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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 March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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