Current Trends in Custom Draperies

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The windows in a home draw the eye, enticing the inhabitant with the world outside. As a home's source of natural light, they are a focal point for color in any room. Custom draperies—drapes, curtains, valances—are an excellent way to add a personal flair to any room. Here are a few hot trends to keep in mind when deciding how to adorn those dormers, appoint those apertures, and filigree those fenestrations. Keep it Clean and Simple In days past, it was common to see draperies with thick m...
August 26 2016 Read More

Choosing a Hunter Douglas Window Treatment for Ideal Lighting in Any Room

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How do you decide what is the best Hunter Douglas window treatment for your home? Personal taste and home interior design are always important, but it’s also essential to consider the effect window coverings will have on the room’s lighting. Sheers In rooms that receive direct sunlight or where natural light is too harsh, light-diffusing window treatments can create a beautiful atmosphere. One type, window sheers, is made with transparent fabrics that soften light as it enters the room for a gorgeous effect. Sheers also lessen the need for artificial light during the day. Lum...
August 17 2016 Read More

Best Carpets for Homes with Kids and Pets

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Beautiful, bright floors no longer have to be a pipe dream for homeowners with pets or kids. While designs of days past may not have stood up to the dirt and traffic that come with children and pets, today’s parents don’t have to sacrifice their beautiful floors for their small or furry family members. The key is knowing which features to look for when picking out carpets and flooring. Stain Resistance Dogs happily bound inside after romping through mud puddles in the yard. Cats drag in unwelcome “presents” in the form of rats or mice. Even young children have unavoidable accident...
July 26 2016 Read More

Remodeling 101: Focus on the Floor

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When undertaking a bath, kitchen, or whole home renovation project, there’s one age old question of which element to focus on first. Some contractors always start with the floor, some always start with the cabinets, and some always start with the wallpaper or wall color. But, the design specialists at Speedwell Design Center recommend focusing first on the flooring during most remodeling projects. Starting from the Ground Up Why concentrate on the floo...
July 15 2016 Read More

The Biggest Tile Flooring Trends of 2016

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When it comes to tile flooring, manufacturers inundate the market with endless new designs, styles, and colors every year. In fact, Speedwell Design Center offers hundreds of different styles of glass, ceramic, porcelain, and other tiles that fit the tastes of even our most conservative and our most stylish clients alike. These are our designers’ picks for top tile flooring trends in 2016. Bricks Piggybacking off last year’s wildly popular hexagon designs, it seems like virtually every manufacturer has created brick-...
July 06 2016 Read More

Top Tips to Keep Hardwood Flooring Scratch-Free

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This adage is commonly used by doctors, but it also applies to the health of hardwood flooring. With a few proactive measures, homeowners can avoid potentially costly damages. Keep hardwood flooring smooth and shiny with these easy scratch prevention tips. Lay Down an Area Rug In larger rooms, such as a living or family room, lay down an area rug. The rug protects the hardwood flooring, plus as a decorative element, it will add a finished, polish...
May 02 2016 Read More

Carpet, Wood, or Tile: Which Floor Is Right for Your Home?

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A home's flooring is an integral part of its atmosphere and ambiance. Materials, colors, textures, and surfaces create a unique feel in every room. Hardwood, tile, and carpet are three of the most popular options, and each one comes with a different price tag and offers distinct advantages. Hardwood Flooring Hardwood is a classic look that adds natural warmth to any living space. Depending on the desired aesthetic and budget, hardwood floors are available in solid, engineered, vinyl plank, laminate, and hand...
April 29 2016 Read More

Choosing a Finish for your Wood Floor

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Polyurethane is the most popular finish for floors. Confused on which finish is best for YOUR wood floor or project, water-based or oil based polyurethane? They are both durable, good looking, tough enough to handle constant traffic and are resistant to almost everything. Though there are differences. As for durability, some experts maintain that oil-based polyurethane is still the standard for performance, especially for high-traffic areas. That said you can't go wrong with either. The water-based poly...
February 28 2014 Read More
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