Vinyl Wall Designs – Durable, Stylish And Practical

For anyone seeking to personalize areas of their home or office, here is a tip. Take a good look at what a beautifully designed, easy to apply vinyl wall design can do for that special place, special wall or special room. The vinyl wall design market is booming and with good reason. For a very reasonable price, you can receive a vibrant wall design from any number of themes. These designs will bring that special place to life and even better will provide unexpected durability and flexibility.

Vinyl wall designs are built with the customer in mind. Each order is precision-cut with special cutters guided by computer software. Selections are huge and verbiage or slogans can be added to enhance the theme. The designs are produced on high quality Type II commercial-grade vinyl wall covering and are extremely durable. All vinyl wall designs exceed fire code ratings for interior applications.

Indoor vinyl wall designs are guaranteed for life. Exterior designs are guaranteed for 3 years unless installed under an awning, in which case the guarantee is longer. In most cases, vinyl wall coverings can be removed and re-used. Simply use a blow dryer to loosen the seal and remove. Re-install in an area of your choice and enjoy another three-year guarantee. It really is as simple as that. The only complications will come with designs that contain small thin lettering.

In addition to being customized, each mural is created to meet the highest standards that produce uniform results and flawless details that simply cannot be matched by paper murals. Vinyl murals are printed with UV protected inks that discourage fading. Pick out a design, size it to your wall’s specifications and wait for delivery of a perfect match that will last for years.

One of the advantages of vinyl wall coverings is the cleaning ease. The material is virtually tear proof and can be cleaned thoroughly with a mild mixture of soap and water.

To install new vinyl wall coverings, a few simple tools and supplies will be needed. A sturdy, sharp pair of scissors, a stiff plastic card or ruler, an erasable pen and a level are the recommended tools. For supplies, add a roll of masking tape and a damp cloth and the installation process is good to go.

When the vinyl wall design arrives, unroll carefully and lay the design on a flat surface. Starting at the center, use the ruler/card to flatten the design and eliminate any wrinkles by working outwards towards the edges.

Each vinyl wall design consists of three layers; a bottom layer of base paper, a middle layer of vinyl and the top layer of protective transfer tape. The top and bottom layers will be solely used for installation purposes and will be discarded upon completion of the installation.

If the design contains lines of text, scissors should be used to cut a straight, horizontal line between the text lines. The design will be applied in two separate applications.

The damp cloth is used to thoroughly clean the wall to be covered. Once the wall is cleaned, the level and the erasable pen should be used to leave leveling marks on the right and left side of the wall.

Six, three inch cuts of masking tape that can be easily removed should be placed on the wall. Tape together the top center to the bottom center and tape the right sides. The taping should be secure and firm enough to avoid any tilt.

Beginning with the left side, the transfer tape or top layer should be pulled up along with the vinyl or second layer. Once the left half of the base paper is free, the scissors should be used to cut away the left half of the bottom layer. Throw the left side base paper away. Starting at the middle and working upwards, the hands should now smooth the vinyl paper onto the wall. The masking tape should be removed and the same procedure should be followed for the right side.

Once the graphic is completely on the wall, the ruler/card should be used to securely affix the design to the wall. The transfer tape should then be removed the self-installation is complete.

The room will look amazingly different, clean and unique. The cost is reasonable and the value is great. Within minutes, vinyl wall designs can spice up the appearance of any wall or any room with no damage or risk to the covered wall. The new room should spring to life while creating a memorable impression.

Stud Wall Design For A Quiet Living Space

Stud wall design plays an important role in noise transmission from room to room in your home. Staggered stud wall design can help soundproof any area of your home.

Construction begins with a wider than normal top and bottom beam, usually a 2 x 6 or a 2 x 8 instead of a 2 x 4. 2 X 4 studs are screwed in an alternating pattern along the base plate. The studs are spaced 16 inches on center across the beam and two 22’s are security each end to support the weight of drywall. This creates form of discontinuous construction. This prevents noise from being conducted from one sheet of drywall, through the studs, and into the next room.

Metal studs can also be used in place of timber to further reduce the conduction of sound vibrations. You may also consider increasing the amount of dead space within the walls to accommodate larger amounts of thick insulating material to help absorb sound. All seams in the drywall must also be properly sealed in order to block out unwanted noise.

Finishing the wall with denser materials such as brick, sheetrock, or plaster can also significantly reduce the noise level that is transmitted from room to room. Double layers of sheetrock can be used with an adhesive layer of glue or silicon caulking in between. By alternating seems out of wall covering, the soundproofing qualities of a room are greatly increased.

Special order thicker doors such as those used in commercial applications may also be needed to prevent sound from being transmitted. Common interior doors are lightweight and have a hollow center. Heavier commercial-grade doors block sound more efficiently. If you are installing double layers of drywall or sheetrock, you may also have to special order thicker doorjambs to accommodate the increased width.

Discontinuous stud wall design is ideal for walls separating the garage and the living space of your home, as well as typically noisy areas such as children’s playrooms and laundry rooms. Incorporating discontinuous stud wall design into areas such as your home office and bedroom can enrich your levels of rest and productivity by keeping out unwanted noise.

Discontinuous stud wall design used in conjunction with double layers of dry wall provides an adequate level of soundproofing for a fraction of the cost of using specially design soundproofing materials. The level of soundproofing achieved by changing the design of the stud walls and selecting denser building materials is usually adequate for the purposes of most homeowners.

Create Sistine Chapel Ceiling Effects With New Ceiling Mural Stencils

The “5th Wall” element is the long forgotten ceilings of our homes.

Look up to a great decorating surface and incorporate your ceilings in to your decorating scheme to create an elegance you never dreamed of.

With coffered and recessed tray ceilings being offered in more and more newly built homes of today’s markets, the interest in ceiling decorating is booming with home owners now in search of new and interesting ways to dress up these wonderfully architectural areas and create interest and detail on plain ceilings.

Even the most drab room suddenly becomes one of grandeur with a ceiling mural. To have a professional create a ceiling mural for you would cost literally thousands of dollars, but the average home owner can now do it themselves with little expense and absolutely no experience.

Painting the ceiling a different color is one thing and yes, it does add interest, but take it a step further by using stencils to replicate the overhead murals of fine homes and mansions.

New “perspective correct” stencils have hit the market that allow the home owner to create mural elements such as trees, columns, balustrades and even hanging grapes that literally appear to be towering above you.

As easy to use as any other stencil design, these new stencils are fashioned to be used on the ceiling rather than the wall and consist of overlays that create authentic, “hand painted” appearing designs.

Overlays are simply parts of the design cut in to different stencils and very easy to use.

The stencils are numbered as to their order of use. The registration holes (found on all the overlays) of the #1 stencil are traced on to the ceiling or wall in erasable pencil. The first overlay is stenciled then removed. The registration holes of the #2 stencil are lined up with the pencil tracing which aligns the stencil perfectly. It is then stenciled and removed. This procedure is followed with any overlays required to complete the design.

Stencil adhesive sprays are inexpensive at your local craft store and allow the stencil to stick to the ceiling without the use of tape which makes it a breeze to stencil over your head.

I just finished a ceiling mural where I began by marking off a 15×8 foot rectangle in pencil on the ceiling. Of course, you can make yours any size you choose.

I then painted the inside of the rectangle in pale blue to mimic the sky.

I stenciled a ceiling mural balustrade stencil around the inside edges of the rectangle, repeating it partially around each side and opposite corners. I then stenciled a ceiling mural urn stencil on top of the balustrade which made it appear to be literally sitting on the rail cap of the balustrade.

I couldn’t believe how realistic the whole design seemed when I was finished. I will later be stenciling vines coming from the pot and winding down around the single balusters to finish the design.

It is not necessary to completely fill a ceiling with designs to get the effect of a mural. A single simple design such as the balustrade, urn or even a single tree can be repeated in ways that fill the space and create a unique mural.

For instance, use the balustrade to completely surround the ceiling or repeat it only 3-4 times to create a “spot” ceiling mural in one corner of the room.

As with any mural, more elements can be added at any time. Murals are typically an on-going process that is a labor of love done over time.

To find stencils for ceiling murals, simply search “Ceiling Mural Stencil” on any of the search engine for sites that offer these great new designs.

Beautiful Beige Bathrooms Tiled To Be Useable And Sturdy

Nowadays bathroom tiles come in a huge selection of colors and finishes, but beige is still one of the best color choices for the bathroom. Selecting a color such as beige for the backdrop in your bathroom lets you use virtually any color that you wish when bringing in your decor to the bathroom. A light beige background is a great way to make a small bathroom look a little larger. Using a color like beige as a primary color for your bathroom design makes a very versatile room that you can make modern, traditional, elegant or casual.

Selecting Beige to Enlarge a Small Room

Lighter hues make small spaces open up. Not only do lighter hues make the walls in the room appear to move back, but they also bounce a lot of light which can make a small bathroom look spacious and airy. Creating a light color palette for a small bathroom pairs beige tile with cream colored walls. By using neutral hues in lighter colors makes the walls open up and lets you use any accent colors you wish in your room decor.

Beige to Build a Casual Look

When decorating a bathroom in a more simple style like shabby chic, creating a neutral, beige background makes the perfect foundation for the room. Once you have created your beige background you can include other light colors, like rose, light blue, sage green or lavender, to keep your small bathroom feeling spacious. Building a completely beige wall of tile also creates the perfect background in your bathroom for introducing patterns like plaid, paisley or floral. If you are looking for the best theme for your bathroom, then you might want to think about incorporating a seaside theme, because your beige tile then works perfectly with pale blue, off white and sea foam green.

Turning a Small Bathroom into a Spa

A common theme for a bathroom is a relaxing spa, and you can use this theme effectively in your bathroom regardless of its size. Using beige tile to create this spa like atmosphere functions extremely well. Beige tile combined with cream walls, fluffy white towels and wall art sculptures store or wall candle sconces can create a very minimalistic look that can be quite relaxing.

Formally Beige in the Bathroom

While beige is certainly a solid, neutral color, it can be anything but dull. Beige can be adorned or dressed down, so to make it more stylish add luxurious accessories to your bathroom. Coupling beige ceramic tile with natural stone in shades of beige builds a perfect backdrop for your elegant bathroom design. Wall mount vase and mirrors can add the finishing touch.

Designing A Shower Curtain For Your Clawfoot Tub

The clawfoot tub has really risen in popularity due to its unique and trendy shape. Nothing beats the svelte impact of having an attractively crafted piece right inside the bath. Unwinding in a bathtub full of bubbles at the close of the day in a quaint and tempting clawfoot tub drawn from the pages of yesterday is rather mesmerizing.

In the past, one of the major forfeitures a person had to make upon choosing a clawfoot bathtub was that there was no planning for fast showers, particularly for days when the user did not have sufficient time to soak in the tub. Modern clawfoot tubs ordinarily are accompanied by an connected wall shower for added serviceability. A shower curtain, shower curtain rings, a shower rod, and a shower fixture are all that the contemporary homeowner requires in order to equip their clawfoot bathtub with a shower enclosure. Constructing a shower curtain that can be installed around your clawfoot bathtub is effortless; just follow the five steps that follow.

Design plans
For starters, you will want to plan out the particular pattern that you want to use when installing the enclosure. Some people prefer to install the curtain around the clawfoot tub in a type of halo pattern that will enclose the tub in a tight space. On the other hand, you can install a straight shower curtain rod to divide the bathroom area from the actual bathtub area, thus yielding the bather more privacy.

Take measurements
Once you have come up with the design or layout, use a tape measure to measure the “drop”. The “drop” refers to the length from the flooring to the top of the shower curtain rod. Add four inches to the drop measurement for an allowance.

Buy the material or fabric
It is a good idea to select a fabric that is resistant to water and effortless to take care of. Shower curtains are ordinarily manufactured using effortless to care for choices. When choosing the pattern for your shower curtain, take into consideration the overall design and style of your bath.

Prepare the fabric
Once you have bought the fabrics, cut the fabric corresponding to your measure and then sew together or tape both ends of the fabric for added durability. If you are not skilled with a sewing machine or don’t own one, you can merely use material adhesive, making certain that you use the waterproof form. You can then affix shower hooks along the top of the material at three to four inch intervals.

Shower curtain installation
As a last measure, attach the shower curtain rings to the previously installed shower curtain rod. You should likewise make certain that clasps are firmly aligned. This keeps the curtain in its place while you are showering. As a final touch, try to move the curtain about, just to see if there are rips.
Now finish adorning your elegant bath with metal wall art in creamy white for a shabby chic or cottage feel, or bring in tree wall art, botanical prints and wall vases filled with vines and blooms for an English garden twist.

5 Hot Projects With Colored Glass Block Windows, Walls & Showers

“What do you have that can add some interest, some pop, some style to this glass block project?” a customer recently asked. With the introduction of colored glass your windows, showers, or wall projects can really stand out without sacrificing the functional benefits of the block. Below you’ll learn about 5 unique projects that combined colors and block patterns to create one of a kind results.

Project 1) Purple Colored Glass Block Windows in a Bookstore–

• The problem – A bookstore in Northwest Ohio had old deteriorated dark purple glass tiles from the 1930’s in their transom windows. Most of these window openings were about 80” x 40” in size. The problem with these tiles is they weren’t energy efficient, many of the tiles and grout joints were cracked, and were no longer commercially available.

• The solution – A deep rich purple amethyst block was specially developed and designed to match the colors of the old glass tiles in this commercial renovation. The advantage of the new block is it is 10 times more energy efficient and the customer had a wide selection of block patterns and styles to choose from. The Argus block pattern from Pittsburgh Corning was selected. The windows were grouted with black mortar for added effect.

Project 2) A Checkerboard Pattern Yellow and Green Glass Block Wall for Privacy in a home near Boston

• The problem – A homeowner near Boston Massachusetts wanted to create a privacy wall between a half bathroom on one side and a kitchen with a uniquely colored pot belly stove on the other side (the pot belly stove was a light green, and the kitchens colors were going to be redesigned to be earth tones and yellows). Since the bathroom had a window the goal was to move light from the outside of the home, through the half bath area, and into the kitchen without sacrificing privacy in the bathroom.

• The solution – A standard amber goldenrod yellow block and a custom designed light green block were designed for this project to augment the colors of the pot belly stove and walls in this home. The Icescapes pattern block from Pittsburgh Corning was chosen to provide privacy for the half bath. Five 40” x 16” panel sections were fabricated and shipped (using the vinyl stack fabrication system) to the project by Columbus Glass Block with the color checkerboard (alternating yellow & green colors) pattern in the top 3 courses (the entire wall was 80” high and the color blocks were used in the top 24” area of the project).

Project 3) Random Red, Yellow, Green, Purple, & Blue Colors for a Glass Block Walk In Shower in Cincinnati Ohio

• The problem – A customer of Mid America Glass Block in Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio wanted the maintenance free benefits of a walk in block shower to stop having to clean the bottom of the framed shower wall & door system of her old shower. In addition she wanted a fun and contemporary way to add some pop and interest to the design for a more eclectic look.

• The solution – For this project the goal was to add the design and style through the color of the blocks and not the pattern within the blocks. A standard Wavy pattern block from Mulia was chosen using finished end blocks for the two walls of the shower. The colored blocks were used in a random fashion through one of the walls including the finished end blocks and radius block units.

Project 4) A Ruby Red Color Cross Inside Vinyl Framed Glass Block Windows for a Church in Arkansas

• The problem – A commercial general contractor in Arkansas called because a church they were working for had a problem with vandalism and high heating and cooling costs with their existing single pane wood frame windows. The pastor wanted vandal and graffiti resistant windows that would be hard to break, but also wanted to add color and interest for the inside of the church. Most of the color blocks they saw in their local market were dull pastel colors that would not provide the vibrancy the pastor wanted on the inside of the church.

• The solution – Since these windows were inside a wood framed structure a vinyl framed glass block window was chosen for it’s ease of installation and long term durability. The pastor chose to design in a ruby red colored block as a cross in the center of the 40” wide by 72” window openings. The Icescapes pattern was used for the cross and the Decora pattern was used around the cross – making the cross really stand out through both it’s pattern and the vibrant red color. The block now provides the security, energy efficiency, and style all in one for this church. The cost of this window was lower than stained glass as well.

Project 5) Stripes of Colors through a Glass Block Bar in New York City, New York

• The problem – A loft owner in New York City was looking for a cool way to create a bar for entertaining in their new space. They liked the idea of lighting through blocks, but fiber optic systems were too expensive and standard rope lighting was too dull.

• The solution – This glass bar, which was designed 40” in height, was built with a sapphire dark blue block to accent the chrome and blue colors in the room. The blue block was used in every other course of the bars blocks including the corner and end finishing blocks to create a striped design.

Color glass block windows, showers, and wall projects can combine both excellent functional benefits with a high degree of style. The design options for this product have never been greater.

By: Mike Foti

Choose The Best Bathroom Design Ideas

Are you in need of bathroom design ideas? Though it is a room which is not used as often as other parts of the home, it should still be decorated in a manner which is conducive to a relaxed and welcoming ambiance.

There are two main factors which need to be considered immediately: the available space and the natural lighting. These will determine the rest of your design plan such as the color scheme and the type of features you can include.

If you have a very light and airy bathroom then you will have more choice when it comes to the color scheme. A smaller space which is not so well lit would look better decorated in light pastel shades to prevent a feeling of claustrophobia.

What are you going to decorate the walls with? As a bathroom is an area of high humidity, wall paper and normal home paints should be avoided to prevent molds and fungus. Instead you could opt for special water proof paint or even tile the walls. If you are going to include any tiles in the design, be it on the walls or floor, then you should choose a style which compliments the rest of your decor.

The problem with a tiled floor in the bathroom is that it is often thought of as being a cold surface, nobody like to step out of the bath onto a cold floor. The solution would be to get hold of a selection of bathroom mats or even consider using wood paneling as the flooring.

Bathtub or shower? This is a very important question. If there is space you should think about both. Usually a bathtub can easily be converted into a shower cubicle with minimal effort.

Finally there are the fixtures and fittings. It can be better to choose one bathroom collection rather than shop for individual products.