August 16, 2013

Edmonton Interior Decorator | How to Decorate if you Hate to Clean

How to Decorate Your House if you Hate to Clean

There's some people that get joy in tending to smudges, dust bunnies and finger prints. And then, there's the rest of us. Here are my top 10 house hold finishes to avoid if you hate to clean.

Avoid: Shiny stainless steel appliances
Why: Finger prints, finger prints, finger prints!
Opt for: Smudge free stainless steel or black appliances

Avoid: Marble counter tops
Why:  Potential to etch and stain if not properly cared for.
Opt for: Engineered Stone or Corian

Avoid: White cupboards
Why: Just like white pants -- they offer not camouflage.
Opt for: Light to medium wood tone cupboards

Avoid: White grout
Why: It won't stay white for long. Absolutely unforgiving on floors.
Opt for: Putty or sand coloured grout
Avoid: Wall to wall carpet
Why: Potential for staining and major dust collector.
Opt for: Laminate, tile, hardwood or area rugs

Avoid: Dark laminate or dark hardwood flooring
Why: Every speck of dust will stand out. Expect to clean daily.
Opt for: Light to medium toned laminate or hardwood flooring

Avoid: White or light coloured upholstered or leather furniture
Why: Potential for staining.
Opt for: Mid to dark toned fabric or leather. Microfiber also makes for easy cleanup.

Avoid: Horizontal blinds
Why: Dust collectors! Takes a lot of patience to clean.
Opt for: Roller shades and/or curtains

Avoid: Small floor tiles
Why: Smaller tiles = more grout lines. Therefore, more cleaning.
Opt for:  Large floor tiles, and don't forget -- no white grout!

Avoid: Tiled shower stall
Why: Lots of scrubbing to keep the tiles and grout looking spotless.
Opt for: Acrylic shower stall

So there you go! Happy decorating and enjoy not cleaning (as much).


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