Make Ugly Floors Beautiful
Start your decorating in the most obvious place, the floor. Most people seem to overlook the benefits of adding decorations to their floor. Mainly because they see flooring as a fixed item and until it gets worn-out, it basically keeps the same look for years.
It is true that flooring is not easily replaced and can cost thousands of dollars. That is why adding decorations or eye candy to your floor is such a great idea. Adding color coordinated flooring accessories will accent a room and won't get outdated for as long as the flooring stays in tact.
A perfect accessory to use that will add value and give an enchanting appeal to any room is decorative floor registers. They are called many things; floor registers, grates, air vents, grilles and so forth. But regardless of what you call them, they are built to serve the same purpose and add beauty.
Floor registers are available in hundreds of size and color combinations and can be matched to any type of flooring product and room scheme. The main consideration for proper selection is identifying the fixed items of the room where they are to be placed.
You should not try to get one style or finish and make it work for every room. Although some styles and finishes are very universal, the way to accent a room is to get a style and finish that matches the scheme of that room.
Another thing to consider is the type of flooring that is installed in each room. Rooms with carpeting will use a different floor register that a room that has wood floors such as typical dining room and kitchen areas. By choosing a decorative register to match that specific type of flooring, you will achieve the best overall look for the room.
If you have hardwood flooring in certain room of your home that have been stained with an unknown color, simply get an unfinished floor register and have someone match a stain to your floor. This is the best solution and will ensure that the register matches perfectly.
Now for matching other items in the room like cabinets, shelving and wall paper. This is a simple process if you have flooring that is either a neutral color or has been matched to the other items in the room. All you have to do is pick a matching color register with a style that goes with the scheme of the room.
For rooms that have mixed-matched items, things can be a little more complicated. The best thing to do is to decide which item you would replace with a different color at some time in the future. This way, the floor registers will compliment the fixed item with the longest expected life span. You want to have great looks, but without throwing money in the trash.
Make sure you take the scheme of the room into consideration as well. If the room has a Victorian look, get decorative floor registers that match that era. There are literally hundreds of different styles, types and colors to choose from, so there is no excuse for installing a generic register.
Also remember to buy the matching ceiling and wall grilles to blend with the rooms new look. It is not always necessary to match a ceiling grille to the floor registers. An example of this would be if you have mahogany hardwood flooring and slick finished ceilings coated with white paint. A mahogany ceiling grille would look extremely out of place.
Best practice is to use your own judgment and do not get overboard with trying to accomplish a unique look. In most cases, a straight forward design with blended accessories will give the most practical look that you and the rest of your family can live with for years to come.