Monday, May 18, 2015
Homes and Families Thrive When "Eco-nomics" Play a Role in Decor
Luckily, manufacturers are up to the task and recently have begun to focus on these features -which is good for you, your family, and the planet.
Take paint, for example. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to transform a room. But whatever color you have your heart set on, it pays to buy the best quality latex paint. Top quality paints are tougher and more durable than other paints, they resist staining, and even if they happen to pick up fingerprints and smudges, they are easier to clean with just a little soap and water. That’s something any mother will love.
In addition, today’s latex paints are largely (or entirely) free of VOC’s – Volatile Organic Compounds – which were common with the oil-based paints of yesteryear. As a result, they leave no lingering "paint smell". These paints also tend to resist mildew growth and continue to look bright and fresh even when exposed to strong sunlight.
Another home decorating product that’s experienced advances in technology is flooring. Certain types of flooring offer benefits far beyond "your grandmother’s vinyl" both in style and in performance.
The designs offered in vinyl today are much improved over what you may be familiar with. Using advanced printing and embossing technology, these floors can resemble marble, slate, stone, even hand-scraped wood. The designs look so real, you have to bend down and touch them to be sure. But unlike some of the natural materials they’re made to resemble, vinyl is soft and warm underfoot (your feet and back will thank you), practically waterproof, a cinch to keep clean, and a lot less costly.
It pays to consider all your needs before choosing a product – whether it’s paint for the walls or vinyl for the floors. With a little knowledge, you can find something that’s family friendly, budget-friendly, and Eco-friendly, all in one!