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Different Types of Denver Moldings


June 21, 2017

There’s no better way to add character to your room than with perfectly placed Denver moldings. If you’re interested in adding moldings, it’s important to learn about the different types that are commonly used inside homes so you can choose which one is right for you.

Crown Molding

Perhaps the most popular type of molding is crown molding, which is used where the wall meets the ceiling. Crown molding tends to make the ceilings seem higher so the entire room feels larger and more open. Adding this type of molding will instantly make your home more luxurious and elegant.

Chair Rail

Although many homeowners use chair rails for decorative purposes, it can be functional as well. Chair rails serve as a barrier between your furniture and walls so your chairs, sofas, tables, and other pieces of furniture do not bump into the wall and damage it. For purely decorative purposes, chair rails can be used in rooms with two types of wall treatments such as paint and wallpaper. For example, some homeowners have painted walls below the chair rail, and wallpaper on the walls above the chair rail. Learn about the chair rail: what it is and how to make the most of it.

Picture Rail

Do you have a lot of artwork you would like to hang around your home? If you’re hesitant to display your artwork because you don’t want to drill nails into the walls, then a picture rail would work perfectly in your home. Picture rails are about one to two inches tall and are placed between seven to nine feet above the floor. You can drive nails into the rails to hang your photos so you don’t have to damage your walls.

Baseboard Molding

Baseboard molding is used where the wall meets the floor. It typically runs between four to six inches high and does not have much detailing. This is a great way to add a little something extra to the room without going overboard.

Cove Molding

Similar to crown molding, cove molding is used where the wall meets the ceiling. However, cove molding is not nearly as ornate and detailed as crown molding. In fact, cove molding is often considered an alternative to crown molding for people who want a simpler look. In addition to being used on the walls, cove molding can also be found on staircases, where it is frequently used in the area where the tread meets the riser.
 
Now that you know the most popular types of molding, it’s time to plan how you should incorporate these styles into your home. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing Denver moldings around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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Top Denver Hardwood Trends


June 14, 2017

Hardwood flooring is becoming increasingly popular, so this is a great choice for your home. But before you begin the installation, it’s important that you know what type of Denver hardwood is trending right now. Here’s a look at the top hardwood trends for this year:

Dark Wood

In general, dark wood is much more popular than light wood. Dark wood instantly makes a room look more elegant and luxurious, and it creates a beautiful contrast when paired with light furniture and walls. But, be sure not to use dark wood in small rooms, where it may make the space appear more cramped.

Texture

Homeowners are also starting to gravitate towards hardwood flooring that has texture. If you’re interested in this trend, look for hardwood that has been hand scraped or wire brushed. Texture tends to make hardwood flooring look aged and distressed, which adds character to your room and can help you create a unique look. Another bonus? Textured floors tend to hide dirt and dust better than smooth wood floors, so if you have kids or pets in your home, this may be the right choice for you.

Satin Finishes

Floors with glossy finishes are incredibly shiny, while hardwood floors with matte finishes lack shine. Many homeowners are compromising by choosing a finish in between these two extremes. Satin finishes have a touch of shine, but aren’t anywhere near as shiny as glossy finishes. This is a great choice for homeowners who can’t decide between glossy and matte finishes.

Gray Wood

Gray wood started to become popular a few years ago, and many industry experts predicted that the trend would quickly come and go. However, this trend hasn’t gone anywhere—in fact, it has only grown in popularity. Gray is a neutral, so it complements almost any interior. Plus, there are countless different shades of gray, so you shouldn’t have any trouble picking a shade that will work well in your home. See 10 stunning hardwood flooring options.

Wide Planks

Besides the color and finish of the wood, you will also need to choose a plank width. Most homeowners prefer wide planks because they can make a room appear larger and more open. They also tend to look more luxurious and expensive than narrow planks. If you really want to make a space seem larger, be sure to choose a wide planked wood with a long length. Choosing hardwood with a long length will expand the room even further and help you achieve the look that you desire.
 
Now that you know the different hardwood floor trends, it’s time to choose the right wood for your home. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing Denver hardwood around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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How to Seal Denver Granite


June 7, 2017

Homeowners love Denver granite because of its elegant appearance and durability. Even though granite is one of the most durable natural stones, it still needs to be protected to ensure that it is not damaged. To protect your granite, you will need to seal it at least once a year. Sealing ensures that nothing soaks into the granite and stains it from within. Luckily, it’s fairly easy to seal your granite. In fact, most people are able to tackle this project without the help of a professional. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

Wash the counters.

Before you start to seal the granite, you will need to wash it to ensure that there is no dirt or debris on the surface. Use warm water and a gentle dishwashing liquid to clean your granite countertops. Be sure to dry the area completely before you move onto the next step.

Cover other areas.

You don’t want to get sealer on anything besides your granite countertops, so before you begin to apply the sealer, cover your appliances and sinks. The easiest way to protect your appliances and sinks is by covering them with plastic wrap.

Use the sealer.

Talk to the installer to find out if there is a specific type of sealer that you should be using on your granite. Then, after the countertops have been cleaned, apply the sealer while wearing gloves. Be sure that you completely saturate the surface of the granite until it is very noticeable that it’s wet.
 
Let the sealer sit on top of the granite for about 10 minutes unless the directions on the sealer say otherwise. Sealers may have a strong smell, so it’s best to leave the windows open or turn on the fan while the sealer penetrates the surface.

Polish the countertop.

After the 10 minutes has passed, grab a dry soft cloth and begin to polish the countertop. Rub the cloth over the countertop in a circular motion so you can pick up any sealer that did not absorb into the stone. Run your hands over the countertop to make sure you don’t feel any excess product sitting on the surface once you are done polishing.

Clean it one more time.

Leave your granite countertops alone for a few hours to allow the sealer to cure. Check the label on your product to see exactly how long you should let it sit. Then, wash your countertops the same way that you did before you started to seal them. This will ensure that any excess sealant is removed so it doesn’t make contact with your skin or contaminate food as you prepare it on your kitchen countertops.
 
You can go to the Countertops Guides site for more information on how to seal granite countertops. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing granite around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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The Benefits of Using Denver Slate in Your Home


May 24, 2017

You’ve probably heard of granite, ceramic and porcelain tile, and marble, but what about slate? Denver slate is one of the most versatile natural stones for your home, but many homeowners are unaware of the many benefits that it provides. If you’re one of these homeowners, learn about the benefits here:

Durability

Slate is considered to be one of the most durable natural stone flooring materials. It is very resistant to stains, cracks, and chips, so you shouldn’t see any damage if you accidentally drop something on your slate floor. This makes slate a good choice for areas within your home that see a lot of foot traffic, such as the kitchen or family room.

Versatility

It doesn’t matter what the rest of your home looks like—you will be able to find a style of slate that fights right in. There are dozens of different colors and styles of slate, which makes this natural stone very versatile. Plus, the veining and other features that are found in slate are all natural. This means that each piece of slate is like a unique work of art that can’t be recreated.

Easy to Replace

Although slate is extremely durable, it’s not unbreakable. If you do damage a piece of your slate flooring, you don’t have to panic. You can very easily replace the damaged tiles without ripping up the entire floor. However, it is wise to plan ahead by ordering a few extra tiles when you do the initial install. Keep these tiles handy in the event that you need to replace broken ones. Why? Because the color and veining within slate varies so greatly, it’s best to have a few extra pieces from the initial batch on hand so it’s a closer match to the rest of the floor.

Increase Your Home’s Value

Slate is thought of as a high quality natural stone similar to granite and marble. Because of this, you shouldn’t expect slate to be cheap. However, paying the high costs upfront can help you down the road. How? Including slate in your home can increase your home’s value if you eventually decide to sell it. Even if you don’t plan on selling in the next few months, keep your slate in good condition and it will increase your home’s value regardless of when you choose to list it.

Waterproof

If you’re choosing flooring for a kitchen or bathroom, you will need to consider how water resistant each material is before making a decision. Slate is one of the most water resistant flooring materials, so it’s the perfect choice for your kitchen or bathroom. Another bonus? Because slate is waterproof, it’s also easy to clean.

You can read more slate flooring pros and cons here. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing slate around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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How to Use Denver Natural Stone to Create A Spa Atmosphere in Your Bathroom


May 17, 2017

Are you thinking of redoing your bathroom? If so, you may be interested in creating a bathroom that resembles a high-end spa so you can kick back and relax in your tub or steam shower. One of the best ways to pull this look off is by using Denver natural stone in various places around the bathroom. Here’s how you can use natural stone to transform your bathroom into a luxurious spa:

Use travertine on the floors.

Many homeowners choose porcelain or ceramic tile for their bathroom flooring, but if you want to create a spa-like atmosphere, use travertine instead. Travertine has a warm, earthy look so it is perfect if you want to create a natural looking spa environment. Plus, travertine doesn’t get as slippery as other tiles because it’s not polished, so it’s the perfect choice for the bathroom.

…And in the shower.

It’s common to use porcelain or ceramic tiles on the shower walls, too. But if you choose travertine for your floors, it’s best to use it on the shower walls as well instead of switching materials. This will make your bathroom look much warmer, more cohesive, and calming.

Choose marble over granite countertops.

Marble and granite are both considered to be two of the most high-end materials, so they’re probably on the top of your list for your new countertops. Even though both are viewed as luxurious countertop materials, marble works better with the spa theme than granite, so it is the best choice to help you achieve the desired look. See the comparison of marble vs. granite here.

Add tiles to the wall.

Everyone knows that a kitchen should have a backsplash, but did you know you can create a backsplash in your bathroom as well? Lay glass tiles on the wall behind your sink and countertop to create a unique backsplash in your bathroom. If you are using a lot of white throughout the rest of your bathroom, choose cool blues or greens. But, if you are using a lot of soft colors in your bathroom, stick to warm neutrals for your backsplash to nail the “natural spa” theme on the head.

Add wood accents.

Now that you’ve chosen the countertops, flooring materials, and shower tiles, it’s time to finish your new bathroom by adding wood accents. For example, create a wall or bench using wood slats to make your bathroom look like a high-end minimalist spa. Adding wood accents gives the entire bathroom a Zen-like atmosphere so you can unwind and clear your mind while soaking in the tub or relaxing in a steamy shower.

Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing various natural stones around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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