Choosing The Right Rug For The Room

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A new rug can tie an entire room together and instantly give an aesthetic boost to an outdated space. There are a few key factors to think about when selecting a new rug, including the color, size and material. Your family’s lifestyle should also be an important consideration.

1. Color

Perhaps the most important element of a rug is its color and pattern. If you have a rug with bold, bright hues and attention-grabbing designs, it might be easier to select furniture and accessories that complement the rug rather than the other way around. For rooms that already have furniture, try choosing a rug that has a contrasting style. For example, a neutral-colored couch could use a patterned rug, while a solid-colored rug can provide a grounded look to a visually busy area.

2. Size

Typically, you should try to aim for an area rug that covers the entire seating area in a room. A best-case scenario is fitting all of your furniture onto the rug, but if you have space limitations, placing just the front legs of your furniture on the rug can work as well. If you’re placing a carpet under your dining table, make sure to add space on each side, so chairs can be pulled back and remain on the rug.

3. Material

When selecting the material of a new rug, think about the area of your home where it will be placed. A high-traffic location, like a hallway, needs a rug that can withstand heavy use. Look for durable materials that can endure wear and tear, like wool or olefin. Areas that don’t see as much foot traffic can be a great place for rugs that have a delicate, tufted design, which last longer when put in less frequently used locations.

4. Lifestyle

As you browse new rugs, your family’s lifestyle should always stay in the front of your mind. Homes with young children and pets should steer away from light colors that can stain easily. Darker, easy-to-clean rugs can hide spills and other mishaps. For people with limited mobility, shag-style rugs with long strands can cause problems with walkers and wheelchairs. Think about choosing a flatter rug that won’t act as a tripping hazard.

Adding a new rug can change the look and feel of an entire room. Let the experts at Speedwell Design Center of Morristown, New Jersey, help you select a rug from our wide assortment. Contact us, and a member of our knowledgeable design staff will assist you in creating a brand-new look for virtually any area of your home.

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Optimal Blinds Hanging Strategy

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Whether you’re moving into a new home or redecorating your existing space, installing blinds on your windows offers an easy way to adjust the ambience of an entire room. Hanging blinds by yourself is easier than it seems. Most blinds include installation hardware, but you’ll probably need a tape measure, pencil and either a drill or screwdriver.

Hanging Blinds Inside The Window Frame

Many homeowners choose to mount blinds on the interior of their window frames. This creates a sleek, clean look, and blinds installed this way are less likely to detach and allow more light to enter around the edges. For windows with deep sills, an inside mount lets that space serve as a spot for plants and other decorative items.

The first step is to measure the width inside the casing, where the glass and the casing meet. Make sure to measure at the top, bottom and middle. If there are any differences, take the smallest number and use this as the width of your blinds.

Next, position the head rail inside the window frame. Use a pencil and make marks below the head rail at both ends. Find the brackets and place them inside the pencil marks, up against the inside top corner on either side of the window. Make sure the bracket door faces toward the inside of the room. Use your pencil to mark where your pilot holes will be drilled, choosing two diagonal holes for increased stability.

Once you’ve marked the holes, use your drill to create pilot holes for the screws. If you’re mounting into wood, the standard screws are acceptable, but mounting into plaster, drywall, concrete or other materials may require specialized screws and anchors. Use these holes to drill the brackets into place.

Finally, place the head rail into the brackets. Once it’s in position, snap the bracket doors shut and make sure they’re securely closed. Attach the valance and blind wand, and you’ve officially completed installing your blinds.

Hanging Blinds Outside The Window Frame

While placing your blinds inside the frame is a common choice, changing the mount location can be a simple way to add a different look to the room. Mounting blinds outside of the frame can conceal unsightly casing, and it also more fully blocks light from entering. When completely raised, outside-mounted blinds also make it easier to see the entire view, since the gathered blinds sit above the window frame.

An outside mount doesn’t change much during installation. Instead of measuring the width inside the casing, you will need to measure to the outside edge of the window trim on both sides. You’ll also want to place the brackets on the outside face of the window casing.

A third option is mounting the blinds above your window. This creates the illusion of increased height and size, making the window seem taller than it actually is. Functionally, this type of mount is similar to an outside mount. Simply place the brackets a few inches higher than you normally would, and be sure to account for the extra height when selecting the size of your blinds.

If all else fails, remember you can have the expert installers at Speedwell Design Center install your blinds and window treatments for you! No matter what type of mount you choose, the experts at Speedwell Design Center are available to help  you pick the right blinds to suit your needs. With a wide range of materials, colors and styles available, you’ll be sure to find the perfect choice. Contact us, or stop into our Morristown, New Jersey showroom, where our highly trained designers can provide you with step-by-step guidance and expert tips.

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Floor Checklist for New Homeowners

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Buying a new home is a landmark moment in your life. It might be the single largest investment you’ve ever made, so it’s important to make sure things are just right. Both wood flooring and carpeting can add beauty to a room, but before you close, look for any signs of degradation or excessive wear. Use this brief checklist of potential flooring problems while making your inspection, so you can identify any issues early on.

Wood Flooring

  • Gaps between boards
  • Raised edges
  • Boards lifting from the subfloor
  • Fractures, scratches or other surface blemishes

Wood flooring provides a warm, inviting look. Since it’s an organic material, wood floors can absorb and lose moisture, depending on the humidity level. This can cause the boards to shift and move. Small separations between the boards can be seasonal and are typically not an issue, but larger gaps can look unsightly and may need to be repaired.

If moisture is absorbed unevenly throughout the wood, the edges can rise higher than the center. This is called cupping and can cause the boards to squeeze together and deform. Cupping usually occurs when the flooring is installed over a damp area, and the bottom of the wood is exposed to increased humidity. If the excess dampness is removed, the wood may settle back into shape, but if not, it may need to be sanded into place.

An excessive amount of moisture, such as flooding, can cause wood floors to buckle and lift completely away from the subfloor. If it’s caught early, buckling can be repaired, but advanced cases may require complete board replacement.

Keeping the relative humidity of your home stable is a great way to make sure your wood floors stay beautiful. A dehumidifier can remove moisture from the air during damp weather, while a humidifier can minimize abrupt moisture changes during dry seasons.


  • Noticeable wear and tear
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Fading, staining and other color changes

High-traffic areas usually have visible wear and tear, and using patches to repair worn spots will often create a visible difference between the new and existing sections. Since carpeting is difficult to repair, many home buyers choose to simply replace the existing carpets entirely.

Another problem you might face when inspecting carpeting is a noticeable odor. If not promptly cleaned, spills and messes can seep into the padding, making them tough to get rid of. Pet hair and dander can also get under the carpeting, triggering allergies in those with sensitivities.

Moving into a new home can be the ideal time to install new carpeting, since you may also be painting and redecorating as well. This makes it easy to match colors and patterns to suit your new space. If possible, try to schedule carpet installation before you move in. New carpeting often contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause headaches and allergic reactions in some people. Most of the VOCs will dissipate within 72 hours, so early installation can help you avoid potential health hazards.

No matter if your new home has carpeting or hardwood flooring, Speedwell Design Center can help turn your new house into a home that you’ll love for years to come. Contact our highly trained specialists for expert advice on your hardwood flooring or carpeting with non-allergenic fibers, or stop by our Morristown, New Jersey location for a consultation regarding your flooring options.

July 11 2017 Read More

Selecting The Perfect Wallpaper

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Envision yourself walking into your newly redesigned home, complete with brand-new wallpaper that matches your taste and personality perfectly. Whether you’re going for bright and open, soft and soothing or dark and sophisticated, adding wallpaper to any room can help you achieve most of your style goals in one fell swoop. Focusing on how you want each space to look and feel will enable you to take a step forward in the design process. Doing so will allow you to eliminate choices that are too far from the mark, effectively narrowing down the selections – which will come in handy as you browse through the massive inventory at the Speedwell Design Center in Morristown, NJ.

Starting out, you probably already have a pretty good idea of the style you’re looking for, whether it’s geometric, novelty, stripes, traditional or something else altogether. There are a lot of considerations that come into play when choosing wallpaper, such as your home’s lighting and general color scheme, the measurements of the walls and even any architectural imperfections you might want to cover up. You can follow the trends or follow your heart, but at the end of the day, it’s important to choose a paper that you’ll be happy with well into the future.

Find The Style That Speaks To You

In Speedwell Design Center’s showroom, you’ll be able to browse the different types of wallpaper from some of the leading brands in the industry, including Ralph Lauren Home, Schumacher and Seabrook. Each brand brings their own distinct look and texture to their papers, so you can decorate each room of the house with a singular look. Perhaps you’ll choose an abstract-patterned paper for the office, a fun botanical print for the restroom and a country-inspired wallpaper for the kitchen. With an abundant amount of styles to choose from, you can truly add unique flair to every room, whether that takes the form of a special pop of color or a personalized print.

Other popular style categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Abstract
  • Asian and European influenced
  • Contemporary/Transitional
  • Damask
  • Novelty
  • Kids
  • Stripes and Plaids
  • Toile
  • Textured
  • Grass Cloth

Whichever type you end up falling in love with, take advantage of the wide range of styles to set the backdrop for a stunning, one-of-a-kind space.

Start Designing Today

If you’re thinking about overhauling your home’s design, deciding on the wallpapers will be one of the first and most important steps. For inspiration, browse photos of some of our products in action, or stop by our showroom, located at 108 Ridgedale Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey. If you’re hoping for some one-on-one assistance and tips, sign up for a consultation with one of our experienced designers today.

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