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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 September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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