When a bedroom has light colored walls and floors with a polish or color, no other covering may be required for the floors. Pinewood floors, however, need some kind of covering and the best results can be obtained by staining the floors and using scatter rugs by the bed or in front of a fireplace. The second, or bedroom level of a home can be carpeted, using a neutral color throughout and scatter rugs in complementing colors. Pine floors can be stained to blend with any decorating color scheme that is used on the floor or in the furniture.
Picture a room beautifully decorated by the owner in a seaside motif that is not overdone. The floor could be stained in such a way (in a pale green, for instance) as to suggest the colors of the ocean, while touches of marine life and plants throughout the room would continue this theme. A room such as this, even if it had no windows at all, could. with a turquoise and other water colors palette, appear to overlook the ocean and the beach, with floors and walls that recreated a seaside idyll. A color scheme such as this is indeed memorable!
It is probably easier to pick colors for walls than for floors, firstly because floors are a more permanent feature of decorating, while walls are easy to paint and change color to match the floors. In general, soft, muted colors are the best choice, rather than dark or very garish colors, and walls should be decorated in simple, not complicated designs. In addition, if the floors are the same color as the walls, they should be in a much darker version of the same color. This can be achieved either by having the floor itself this same darker color, or by adding a rug or some kind of surrounding border in a vibrant tone of the same color. It is very important to maintain this color relationship between the walls and the floors, for this is the true hallmark of a well decorated home. As far as the floor coverings are concerned, it is important to consider the cleanliness of the home, as well as the artfullness of its decoration. For this reason, wall-to-wall carpeting should not be used, but rather rugs or area rugs would be the best choice. They can be taken out, aired, vacuumed, and the floor underneath thoroughly dusted and cleaned.
In a vacation or country house, it is not recommended to use wall to wall carpeting that cannot be lifted and cleaned in this manner. One solution that works well in a vacation or country home is hemp matting whose squares are sewn into any size required. This type of material makes a perfect floor covering for summer houses where dirt is contstantly tracked in: the dirt falls through it and then the matting can be lifted and all the dirt vacuumed away. A perfect solution for the busy homemaker.
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