Our Design Centre experts know how to size up a room at first sight. Not only can they visualize what the bones of the home will look like in the end result. They can also fully furnish spaces and envision exactly what the room will look like with furniture. We thought we would share these common mistakes that happen every day when it comes to interior decorating/design. These are the little things that we notice immediately!
Poorly positioned art– This has to be my number one pet peeve! I cant stand seeing art poisoned to high. it should be eye level and not all the way up the wall. To be safe the best height to hang your art would be 57″ front the floor. If it’s over a sofa or bed remember to hang it about an arms width above the back of the sofa. Floating Rug- This is when your rug is too small for the space. Make sure when rug shopping that you find one that extends to under each piece of furniture in the seating area. This brings the seating area into one and will give you that complete look. You don’t want it floating on its own in the center.
Matching Everything– Matching furniture sets whether it be for the bedroom, living or dining room. Rooms that have been purchased from a single source always give the feeling that its missing something and lacking in character. We encourage you to take your time when furniture shopping. Pick pieces that compliment one another, similar to how you would choose your wardrobe pieces.
Skimpy Curtains- What is worse than having no curtains? Curtains that are too short for the window itself. It is very important that you measure correctly and let curtains touch the floor. Also another tip, hanging your curtain rod as high as possible under crown molding for example, will help you achieve the look of a taller ceiling.VS
Clutter or Bare Spaces- Make sure you have enough in the space but not too much. I prefer to use large pieces when it comes to styling accessories instead of having multiple smaller nick knacks everywhere. You want to make sure that everything is balanced, it definitely will make the room look more put together. VS
We hope that our top 5 designer pet peeves will help you on your next home decorating adventure.
Some of peoples biggest fears when it comes to a natural stone countertop is the maintenance it may require. By following a few suggestions your countertops will last you a lifetime while maintaining that just installed look!
Cleaning and Maintenance Tips!
Avoid using cleaning products with any kind of acid, they may cause de-colorations or scratches on your surface.
Kneeling or standing on your countertops should be avoided, as they could crack or break.
Although placing hot pans on granite wont have the same effect and damage as to laminate counters. This is still not recommended, this could cause discoloration and/or cracking. Always use a protective barrier between any hot object and granite such as trivet or mat.
Granite tends to attract soap scum. Be sure to rinse them with hot clean water on a regular basis and use a paper towel to dry. Do not use lime removal products or cleaning products that contain ammonia, as this will affect the seal on the stone.
How to Avoid Chips in your Counters
Chips in granite are not too common however they do happen, and when this happens this is usually caused by banging something into the edge of the countertop. Take care when you handle heavy pots and pans around your granite edges as these are most prone to cause chipping. If a chip does occur and you find the piece that broke hold onto it most of the time this can be fixed.
The use of sealers is a great way to protect your counters and the preservation of your granite countertops. Some granite can be very porous. What a sealer typically does is fill in natural pores and repel spills on the surface, minimizing the absorption. By Sealing counters, this gives you time to wipe spills away before they have a chance to sink into your stone. Usually after counters are installed they are sealed however we do recommend a re-application of this sealer every year or more often for some light granites.
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Our Woodstock town-home’s comes with a stunning golf course view. Our featured model below is of the UNIT B model. This layout welcomes you with stunning oak railings leading you into your kitchen. An open concept L shape kitchen with custom maple cabinetry, quartz counter tops and a eye catching stone back splash.
This model screams functionality. With your dining area right off the kitchen and beside the living area, it is the ideal layout for entertaining guests. On those warm summer nights, a walk out feature onto a deck lets you fully enjoy and take in that view!