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7 Creative Ideas for Your Home’s Floor

7 Creative Ideas for Your Home’s Floor

Ah, home. It’s truly the one place in this crazy, frantic world where you can unwind. Relax. Let yourself go and gain your wits about you. Recharge for the day.

Or…. On the other end of the stick, your home causes the mayhem. Children run wild. Dogs, cats, and everything in between like to do their own thing. Emotions clash. It’s one thing after another, constantly piling up. Until finally… you want to snap.

In whichever case, your home is yours. It is your identity ‒ it’s a piece of you, through and through. That’s why having floors that are sturdy, durable, while being “just you” are as important as what style of wall you go with. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, choosing the right floor doesn’t just pave the way for you and your family, but the very liveliness of your guests!

Or maybe you’re going with hand-made tiles to bring a little pizzazz to your home. Whatever floor plan you’re designing, it’s crucial to pick out custom decor that hasn’t been done to death in every other home. Also crucial, of course, is laying down the right floor. Make no bones about it, having just the right floor can make or break the “style” you were going for. And sometimes (really, just sometimes) we need a spark or two in the right direction. Here are 7 creative ideas for your home’s floor.

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1. Old is The New Now

Giving a fresh face to “what’s already happened” is probably the chicest thing anybody can do. Revamping what’s happened before is what humans do best. I remember one friend who gathered a pile of “wooden bricks” (2x4s cut brick-sized)… Sprayed individually and laid out like real cobble. Right in the entranceway of her home!

Not just for designs ‒ making the “old new” means adding new flavours to… just about anything that needs to brought into the 21st century.

2. Cork It

Get ready to raise your glass to corks. Yes. Corks. Half the fun of drinking wine for me, is playing with corks. Can you think of a more creative way to show off the elegance, the special flavour of your home… than corks? Take a look for yourself: let corks get your gears rolling.

3. Put Those Pennies to Use

Time-consuming? You bet. Chances of running out of pennies? Perhaps.

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That’s why small, nifty designs (using ONLY pennies) is a wiser option than flat-out renovating your entire floor in unused pennies. Finally, they aren’t “just there” taking up space! Take a look. Doesn’t it make you feel like you hit the jackpot?

4. Hardwood Diamonds

Bored sick with a hardwood floor, in any room? Add a dash of luxury, of comfort, and “imitate” the filthy rich by designing chequered diamonds on your hardwood floor. Also called parquet. Yowza, where’s a chandelier when you need one!

5. Add Some Pizzazz

Anything (literally, ANYTHING) beats cement floors. They’re plain. They’re boring. You know the drill. Cement reminds me of amateur artists who go to art galas, hang up a white sheet of paper, and ask people to use their imagination.

To their benefit, cement is cheap (it won’t take you to the cleaners) and eco-friendly. They can really make your home look super-ultra-mega-modern. If the rest of your home’s going for that look. Sadly, cement is ugly on patios unless those are converted into beautiful cement tiles.

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A can of spray paint is just a can of spray paint until it brightens up this ugly world. If you can use it, you can groove it, there’s no design too weird, too out there, too refreshing… and badly needed… than what you can come up with. Really, go wild!

One square inch at a time.

6. Learn to Love Laminate

Casey Slide (from Money Crashers) suggests using laminate flooring, to save $$$ here and there. Laminate is versatile as all get out; it can be “dressed up” REAL wood or REAL tile. This versatility is laminate’s biggest benefit, acting like a “chameleon” to simulate the look of different (and NATURAL) hardwood floors.

7. Glass on The Floor

Originally, this idea came from an inspiration overload about things to do with your backsplash. ONE of those ideas was to use broken glass. Just grab a bunch of glass and break it into shards to make an eye-catching, jaw-dropping mosaic. Seriously, they’re beautiful.

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But if you’re the type who likes their home to match just right… why not glassify your backsplash AND floor? Yeah, the idea’s out there. I’m surprised I thought of it. I mean, glass? On the floor? See for yourself!

Final Thoughts

When it comes to designing your floors, the ceiling’s the limit. Really. Hit up Google or DuckDuckGo to keep the search going. There are dozens (and dozens!) of more creative, fresh ideas for home flooring. Go out there and find what’s right for you.

Featured photo credit: Flooriations via flooriations.me

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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