What is Luxury Vinyl?
Luxury vinyl has started to take over, but why? Well, your quick answer is because it is waterproof and affordable.
For those who do not know Luxury Vinyl is a floor product that has the look of hardwood or stone without the price tag. The two most common types that can be found are the Tile (LVT), and plank (LVP).
When we say Overall Thickness, this means LVT/LVP can be anywhere from 2mm to 6mm thick in whole. The Luxury Vinyl itself is usually 1 mm to 5 mm depending on the style.
Every product has what is called a ‘Wear Layer’. This is a protective layer overtop of the vinyl, it is stain resistant, water resistant, easy to maintain, and scratch resistant. This layer is usually made from polyurethane and is .12mm to 1mm thick - It is important to get the right wear layer for your lifestyle.
‘Edge Treatments’ can be squared, this is used with the seamless look or beveled edges for a hardwood imitation. And rounded edges for the grout-able tiles, that is right, you can grout Luxury Vinyl!
There are a few 'installation methods' that can be used depending on the LVT/LVP. The most used are your Loose-lay or glue down, these tiles are sometimes thick enough that they should just lay on the floor but would need to be glued in some places (like the parameter or over bumpy spots, or any that would be in direct sunlight, etc.), or thin enough that they should be glued all over.
There is the Click product that fits together like a puzzle, this type can have multiple backing options ranging from a foam to cork, the click can be installed over most already installed flooring! (not carpet!)
Colour Psycology 101
Red – is a warm and positive colour with strong and powerful energies, the colour red excites emotions, motivates, stimulates appetite (often found in restaurants) and increases cravings,shows confidence, passion, causes action, creates ambition, determination, and can heighten sexual passion.
China and India - red is the colour for luck and purity, most brides would wear it (they have started wearing more whites). Be careful though, too much red can cause us to become irritated, agitated, and angry!
Orange – has adventure and risk-taking, it has the physical energy from red, and cheerfulness of yellow. It is a colour that is social, interactive, and aids in new ideas, freeing the spirit. Orange encourages self-respect and stimulates two-way communication. It is the most rejected and under-used colour.
Yellow – is happy, and relates to the mind, and awakens confidence and intellect, it is optimistic, uplifting and creates enthusiasm for life. It is a great communicator, entertainer and provides clarity, stimulates growth and change.
Too much yellow can create anxiety and is non-emotional, It is one of the most highly visible colours, but many older people do not respond well to large amounts.
Green – is the colour of balance, harmony, and rebirth. It relates more to the heart and health with growth, self-reliance, positivity, and sense of well being. Green is a peacemaker colour, with the mental clarity from yellow and the emotional calm from the insightful blue. Green creates hope and love, a sense of nature and family, it creates stability and endurance.
Grey – is an unemotional colour, it detaches and neutralizes the surroundings creating a calm and composed environment. Grey can be drab and depressing, or elegant and formal, it is conventional, dependable, practical and mature. It has a steady effect on other colours that it comes into contact with by toning down and illuminating different colours.
White – is pure, perfect, innocent and represents wholeness and completion. White is the colour of new beginnings and opens the way for creativity, and equality. It is natural and independent, and totally reflective.
In some cultures, white is traditionally related to death and mourning by indicated the completion of a ‘cycle in your life’. Too much white can cause feelings of isolation and emptiness.
Black – creates an air of mystery and secretive. It creates a barrier by providing comfort while protecting and hiding the vulnerabilities. Black is also the colour of control, intimidation, elegance, discipline, and authority. Black is the end but also implies a new beginning.
Here is a fun colour test you can take for free - What colour did you get? Let us know in the comments below!
Pulling into the driveway signals freedom and sanctuary, it has been a long day at work and home is just so appealing. The vehicle gives a beep as it locks, the keys jingle to the front door and that familiar sound of home fills the air. Things are getting better until the kitchen comes into view…
Dishes from the night before are in the sink, leftover breakfast is still out, the cat knocked over all the spices lined along the stove and the dog found the trash bin…again.
The kitchen is the most used room in the house, why should it not fit your lifestyle? LA Home solutions work closely with Rev-A-Shelf to ensure every kitchen is fit for the lifestyle of the home. Just look at this amazing closet we completed! Our biggest challenge was getting the new cabinetry to match the already installed cabinets - we had a near perfect match!!
Children and pets can get into anything, which is a fear most parents have. Rev-A-Lock Cabinet Security uses a powerful magnet lock that can attach to wood, glass, metal, and particle board cabinets for a “guaranteed safeguard”. It is easy to use too, just hold the provided magnet key against the cabinet door to disengage the lock.
Using Rev-A-Shelf we can hide the garbage and recycling inside a cabinet drawer, put spice rack in a hidden area by the stove, or just help keep your cabinet organized.
There are so many options that can transform your space, at LA Home Solutions we can show you those options and find the right one for your home and lifestyle. Come visit us today, or book an in-house consultation.
What is your biggest Kitchen Pet-Peeve – let us know in the comments below!!
choose from: Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), Luxury Vinyl Plant (LVP), Tile, Hardwood, Capet, Cork, Laminate, Linoleum, etc.… No matter what product you are looking at, there are always price ranges, varieties of colour, and styles.
Megan Plausteiner, IDT
Interior Designer @ LA Home Solutions. Creating beautifully designed spaces.