5 Part Tile Style Interior Design Guide

by Admin on September 4, 2014

Drury_TileThere are so many different materials, patterns, and styles for tiles that your decorating options are essentially limitless. You can also bring tiles into pretty much any room in your house—from your stove’s backsplash to your bathroom’s walls—or use them to add character to an outdoor space like a patio.

But with all the options out there, how do you know what tiles to use for your design project? Check out this overview of some of the most popular materials for tile in order to get a better sense of what will work best in your home.

Glass

Best for: Walls, backsplashes, trims

Pros: Glass tiles are relatively low maintenance and can be colored any shade that you want, so it’s easy to match or complement existing color schemes. You don’t need to worry about the color fading in direct sunlight or the tiles being damaged by water, since they are moisture-proof.

Cons: Glass tiles are not a good choice for flooring because they are not durable enough to stand up to foot traffic. If they are used for flooring and break, the sharp shards can be dangerous.

Porcelain

Best for: Walls, showers, backsplashes, countertops, ceilings, and flooring

Pros: Porcelain requires less maintenance than wood and stone floors, and it is also highly durable and reasonably priced. You don’t necessarily have to go with classic unglazed white porcelain, either—you can choose to screen print your porcelain tiles so they resemble stone, fabric, or another material.

Cons: Porcelain is highly durable thanks to its low moisture levels, but this also means it is difficult to cut custom shapes or rounded edges. Screen-printed porcelain will also show the original color if chipped or cracked, so you may want to opt for through-body porcelain (which has color throughout the tile) for heavy-wear areas like the patio.

Ceramic Tile

Best for: Walls, ceilings, backsplashes, countertops, showers, and flooring

Pros: Many people enjoy the texture and overall aesthetic of these tiles, which are made from clay and often have a natural red terra-cotta or a glazed finish. They’re easy to install and can also be cut into custom shapes.

Cons: Due to their high moisture content, ceramic tiles are somewhat delicate and may fluctuate and become warped in areas with extreme temperature changes. For this reason, it is best to avoid installing them outdoors.

Natural Stone

Best for: Walls, ceilings, backsplashes, flooring, showers, baseboards, tub decks, and outdoor settings

Pros: All-natural stone is popular for its authentic look and versatility. It can be used just about anywhere in your home, and can be even used for the facing of grills and other outdoor appliances. It is fairly durable and will hold up best if sealed.

Cons: Stone requires more maintenance than the tile options discussed above. It needs to be regularly cleaned with soap and water or another non-acidic cleaner, and if you want to prevent the color from fading, you’ll need to use an enhanced seal. Stone is also one of the more expensive tile options.

Other Tile Options

If you’re looking for something truly unique, you can try a non-traditional tile made from materials like sea shells, mirrored glass, or even animal hide. The price and maintenance will obviously vary significantly depending on what type of tile you choose, so be sure to talk to an experienced home designer before making your decision.

Want to know more about any of the materials discussed here? Check out this infographic from the interior design team at Drury Design to learn more about the manufacturing, pricing, maintenance, and installation of each tile type.

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Tips for Storing Just About Anything

by Admin on July 29, 2014

NextDoorIt’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never realize just how much stuff you own until you have to pack it up and store it. Dealing with your stuff may seem like a daunting task when it comes time to move to a new home or transfer some of your household items to a storage unit, but it can be just as difficult to figure out how to store things on a regular basis. Still, it’s entirely doable if you learn a few tricks on how to safely store different types of items. Here are a few tips to store your household possessions like a pro.

Know the Lifespan of Your Food Items

The lifespans of different food items vary widely by type, ranging from about two days for some fruits and vegetables stored in the refrigerator to three years for spices and ground herbs stored in a cool, dark cabinet. Be realistic about how long you’ll need to store your food, and if you’re going to be gone for a long time, don’t store anything that’s likely to grow mold or lose its freshness quickly. Here are a few general rules of thumb for food storage:

  • Dairy: Hard cheese can last 3-4 weeks, soft cheese lasts 5-10 days, yogurt lasts 7-10 days, and milk lasts a week when refrigerated.
  • Bread: Fresh bread from the bakery only lasts 2-3 days, but pre-sliced bread can last 7-10 days, and bread stored in the freezer can last up to 6 months.
  • Meat: Beef and chicken only last a couple days in the refrigerator, but they can last up to a year in the freezer if tightly stored in a plastic bag.
  • Fresh herbs: Chives and thyme can both last a couple weeks, but rosemary, cilantro, and sage only last about 5 days.

Don’t Leave Extra Space in Boxes with Electronics

It’s fine to store items like your TV or desktop computer in a cardboard box, as long as you keep that box upright and fill in any extra space with foam packing peanuts. Don’t stack boxes of electronics, as the additional weight can cause items to break. Make sure to label these boxes as fragile and draw an arrow indicating which side needs to stay up.

Use Boxes with Multiple Compartments for Small Items

Rather than just throwing your makeup, jewelry, or other accessories into large bags or boxes, sort them into smaller boxes with multiple compartments. Pieces of jewelry can easily become scratched or tangled when they’re all jumbled together, so wrap each individual item in tissue paper and place it in a box lined with soft fabric. Use another box with compartments to divide your makeup by type.

Keep Your Clothes in a Climate-Controlled Space

Humid spaces can cause your clothes to mildew, so if you have to store your garments for an extended period of time, you may want to rent a climate-controlled storage unit. The temperature should stay between 66-70 degrees Fahrenheit, or slightly cooler for fur garments. It’s okay to place your clothes in cardboard boxes or garment bags, but the boxes or bags should not be airtight.

Disassemble Furniture As Much As Possible

Attempting to store something like an L-shaped couch or a bulky desk can be a pain, but if you can disassemble your furniture, you’ll save space, make it easier to move, and reduce the chances of something breaking. Be sure to put any screws or bolts from your furniture in labelled, carefully sealed baggies so that you can easily reconstruct it when you get it out of storage (you may also want to hold onto any assembly instructions for your furniture).

Pad Individual Ceramic Dishes

It’s no surprise that ceramic dishes need a little extra care. You can stack plates and bowls, but be sure you place a fitted piece of felt or fleece in between each item. Avoid stacking china cups and saucers as they can be particularly breakable; instead, wrap each of these items individually in acid-free paper and place them only one layer deep in small, padded boxes.

If you’re wondering how to store other household items that weren’t covered above, check out Next Door Self Storage’s new infographic. You can learn more about how to store everything described above while also getting advice for storing items like vinyl records, medication, alcohol, and facial creams.

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