Paints VS Wallpapers (You’ll be Surprised What Wins)

While few people would debate the aesthetic excellence of wallcoverings over paint, some might be surprised to learn that, over time, vinyl wallcoverings are also a wise economical choice. Modern wallcoverings contain aesthetic appeal unmatched by painted surfaces. Consider painted surfaces in their various states as compared to wallpaper:

  • Flat Color: One room, one color.
  • Accent Wall: One room, one color except for one uniquely colored wall.
  • Textured Paint: Paint containing a media to give it texture.
  • Custom Paint: Mural designs using paint.
  • Faux Finishes: Custom paint designs that add pattern and depth.

While most people are familiar with these major painting techniques, many are uninformed as to their counterparts in wallpaper. As well, few know of the unique features that one can only obtain with wallpaper.

  • Flat Color: Though not particularly popular, there are single color wallpapers available.
  • Accent Wall: Can be achieved by utilizing wallpaper on one wall.
  • Textured Paint: There are many varieties of textured wallpaper from plain to ornate.
  • Custom Paint: Wallpaper manufacturers have a wide variety of mural wallpaper.
  • Faux Finishes: Most popular faux finishes have their wallpaper counterparts.
  • Historic Aspect: Imagine a Victorian style house without wallpaper.
  • Digital: Computer generated designs custom printed onto wallpaper.
  • Photographic: Consider creating custom wallpaper using family photos.
  • Bridging Material: Using this special blank wallpaper, one can eliminate the costly and messy removal and repair of an unattractive textured or damaged wall surface.
  • Faux Surface: Applying an expanded texture wallpaper followed by paint is a way to replicate the look of an expensive tin ceiling or intricate molding with a greatly reduced cost.
  • Natural Surface: Discover the luxury of natural fibers on the wall such as jute, grasscloth, or bamboo among others.
  • Fabric Walls: Cover your walls with your favorite fabric. Fabric may be hung as it comes off the bolt or backed and coated for increased durability as a true wallcovering.
  • Wood Surfaces: The application of wood veneer wallcovering in a variety of species adds formality at a fraction of the cost of a traditional wood paneling.

Increased Functionality

Consider the use of the following specialized wallcoverings:

  • Whiteboard wallcovering: Allows the use of special dry erase markers for presentations or notes. Though predominately used in commercial settings, this type of wallcovering would also be excellently suited for a child’s room.
  • Magnetic wallcovering: Allows the use of magnetic appliqués for presentations. Though predominately used in commercial settings, this type of wallcovering would also be excellently suited for a child’s room.
  • Electromagnetic shielding wallcovering: Used in commercial applications to reduce the amount of electromagnetic interference associated with many industrial applications such as computer rooms.
  • Scented wallpaper: A wallpaper comprised of fibers that naturally give off a soothing fragrance such as lavender or jasmine. Deodorizing wallpaper: Wallpaper infused with charcoal particles which act as a natural deodorizer.
  • Acoustic wallcovering: Though traditionally associated with commercial applications, these are more commonly utilized in homes with expensive surround sound systems or home theaters. These wallcoverings are specifically engineered to absorb sound energy.
  • Glow in the dark wallcovering: Create a funky black light environment with fluorescent wallpaper.
  • Cork wallcovering: Useful as either a bulletin board, a natural sound deadening material, a natural wallcovering, a textured wallcovering, or a combination of its many functions.
  • Metallic or organic wallcovering: Imagine the impact of real copper or mica flakes as a wallcovering.
  • Leather wallcovering: Consider the unparalleled warmness that only be obtained with a leather wallcovering.

    To get the best wall coverings installed in your home or office reach louis valentino  on 08175554806 today for the most competitive offers.

These interior designs will keep your guests coming back.

Have you ever wondered why some living rooms look comfortable and inviting while others seem to fall flat, or simply look unfinished? I’ll let you in on a design secret: it’s the colors. Adding harmonious shades to your color scheme not only adds variety and depth, but feelings of calm and tranquility. They are the colors that can take your living room from “okay” to “fabulous”!

But what are harmonious colors? They can be different tones and shades of the same color, known as a monochromatic color scheme. Many people think that only black, gray, and white are monochromatic, but in truth, any color can be used in a monochromatic color palette. Analogous color is another type of harmonious color combination. These are colors which are next to each other on the color wheel. Some examples are blue and green, red and orange, and purple and blue.

Finding harmonious colors may seem complicated, but it’s actually easier than it sounds. These eleven gorgeous living rooms and accompanying harmonious color palettes will show you how to make your living room cozy and comfortable by incorporating different tones and shades of the same color hue.

Here are some unique color combinations that will help your space really stand out. Visit us at Louis valentino for the best of furniture, wallpapers, bedroom sets and tiles that give life to your homes or call us on 08175554806 today.

These steam shower benefits will help you live longer.

As the ultimate tropical bathing experience, steam showers come with many perks. Eco-friendliness is just one of these benefits. There are also numerous health benefits, plus there is that touch of extravagance that makes the home more attractive to both its residents and potential buyers. Here are a few of the reasons why homeowners are asking about these fixtures:

Steam is well known to help clear stuffy nasal passages, making a steam shower the perfect way to clear congested sinuses — a major plus for chronic allergy sufferers.

  • Steam showers are a great way to wind down after exercise. The warmth helps to open capillaries, which allows blood to flow. This removes the metabolic waste that builds up in muscles, causing muscle soreness.
  • A steam shower can also help improve circulation. Just as steam helps to open capillaries, it can widen other blood vessels, as well. This can have a blood pressure-lowering effect.
  • Steam is good for your skin. Warming skin in this way opens pores, which allows perspiration to run freely. This, in turn, helps to clear pores and reduce the occurrence of blackheads and pimples.
  • This is also a great pre-shave treatment because the warmth and moisture can help shed dead skin and soften hair follicles, which can reduce the likelihood of razor burn.
  • More and more, homebuyers are looking for high-end touches in the homes that they are purchasing. Spa bathrooms are particularly popular, which means the addition of a steam shower increases the home’s overall value.
  • Most importantly, steam showers are relaxing. If you are looking at ways to manage stress, spending some time in a steam shower before bed is a great way to soothe away the mental and physical stresses of the day. People who use steam showers report that not only does the steam itself help to relax them, but afterward, they tend to sleep more soundly — something that isn’t always an easy feat in today’s high-paced world.

Why get a steam shower from Louis Valentino?

In addition to the benefits listed above, there are other reasons why homeowners are asking about steam showers. A day at the spa means extra expense as well as travel time, which makes the spa experience much less accessible for the average person. By bringing elements of the spa into the home, busy homeowners are better able to find time for the spa experience and save money. A steam shower is a one-time investment compared to day passes or membership fees at a spa.

Steam showers, in particular, are getting a lot of attention because unlike the sauna or steam room, these units are smaller. Instead of devoting an entire room to the fixture, a steam shower takes only about as much space as a large walk-in shower. Because steam showers are smaller, this also means that there is less cleaning and maintenance for the homeowner.

For the minimal investment of a steam shower, the homeowner will be able to enjoy all the benefits of a spay day within his or her own home. The many benefits of steam showers make it easy to see why these fixtures are starting to become a priority among homeowners and potential buyers.

To get the best steam showers installed in your home, call louis valentino on 08175554806 today.

PICKING LIVING ROOM FURNITURE (PART 2)

Sequel to our previous post where we have highlighted some points to note in picking out attractive furniture for your living room. We’ve compiled some few final tips essential to making for living room furniture come together seamlessly.

Things to note are

  • Coordinate your pieces. Each piece of furniture in your living room should complement the others. Otherwise, your room will look chaotic and thrown together. If you have an interior design theme, such as modern or traditional, stick with pieces that fit with your theme.

 

  • Know your themes. There are a number of ways to divide up interior design themes, but the main ones often include modern, contemporary, traditional, casual, and Old World. Modern and contemporary furniture has sleek, clean lines and usually makes use of white, beige, or other neutral colors. Glass, metal, and shiny black lacquer are used more often than traditional woods. Traditional furniture is elegant. It tends to look a little more formal and may include details like rolled arms and skirted bottoms. Colors range from ivory to rich hues of red and other colors. Casual furniture is friendly and cozy. Many pieces make use of plaid, small prints, and other patterns. Old World furniture combines styles from French, Spanish, and Italian designs. Rustic, antique pieces are especially appropriate, and you should look for deep, earthy colors.

 

  • Opt for a loveseat instead of a sofa if you have a smaller space. Loveseats typically provide seating for two individuals. If you have a small family or only intend to use the space for entertaining an occasional guest, a loveseat could save you space while providing you with as much as you need.

 

  • Fill the room in with additional pieces as space allows. Chests, flat-top ottomans, and extra tables or seating can add a lot to a large living room, but too many of these pieces will crowd out a smaller space.

 

We hope this piece has been able to help you design and select pieces for a more attractive home. Don’t forget to follow us on social media @louisvalng. Facebook, twitter, and Instagram

PICKING LIVING ROOM FURNITURE (PART 1)

Your living room is a very important space. It is here that your family spends the most time together and also where most of your guests will be entertained. Hence, choosing furniture that creates a pleasant, welcoming appearance as well as withstands the wear and tear of everyday life is paramount to designing a living room that is both attractive and functional.

You can start by Picking Pieces

  • Start with the basics. Most living rooms contain a sofa, armchair, side table, and coffee table. Look for these basic elements before adding extra pieces such as ottomans and additional tables.
  • Buy investment pieces. Look for solid furniture with sturdy wood frames and sinuous steel springs. High-quality pieces may cost a little more, but they tend to hold up better and last longer
  • Look for high-quality, stain-resistant fabrics. Luxurious, high-quality materials will keep you feeling more comfortable and tend to last longer than cheaper fabrics. Stain-resistant fabrics are especially useful if you have young children, but they might still be a good idea even if you only plan on using the space for guests since spills and stains can happen to anyone.
  • Look for cushions made of wrapped foam. Foam is comfortable and durable. Some cushions may be filled with down, but down usually breaks and wears quickly.
  • Test the strength of the frame. Lift one leg of the piece about six inches (15 centimeters) off the floor. If the adjacent leg has not risen as well, the frame is too flexible and too flimsy.

More on this article in our next post, watch out for picking a living room furniture (part 2) on www.louisvalentino.net/blog

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