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Benefits of Having Houseplants in your Home

by Bevony on February 19, 2020 No comments

Having plants around will have a positive effect on your mood and your brain. They can help you to be more relaxed and to feel better. Walking into a house full of lush houseplants can take the edge off after a long and hard day. They call it Biophilia, according to Dr. Edward O Wilson. He theorizes that all humans want and seek connections with other life forms including nature. His definition of biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”.

We can all agree that bringing plants indoors brings a significant acoustic element. When you make use of plants such as moss that have natural textures the acoustics of the room are heavily impacted.

Some homeowners welcome plants and look forward to all the care and maintenance tasks that come along with them. There are others that like the idea of plants but don’t have the time or the interest to care for them. The latter will be happy to find that there is a new market of plants just for them. Enter the era of preserved plants. These plants have had their growth stopped. They are then treated with preservatives and color enhancers to keep them in tip-top condition. They won’t need sunlight or water so they are easy.

For those who want to care for their plants, many have a lot of trouble as they try to keep their plants alive. One of the biggest mistakes people tend to make is to overwater their plants. Then they forget to put the plants where they can get natural light which is equally as important as giving your plants adequate amounts of water. If you are worried about your plant getting too much of the sun’s rays you can easily place it at a window and leave a sheer curtain to take off some of the rays.

Caring For House Plants

Instead of following a watering schedule, you want to look at the soil your plant is in. 

  • If you have cacti or succulents you wait until the soil is completely dry then give it a good soaking and leave it alone.
  • If you have classical tropical foliage you need to place them where they can get the right amount of light. You want to hold off watering until the soil is partially dry up to three inches down.
  • For all other types of plants, you want the soil to be moisty evenly. Check the soil every day and only water when it feels dry.

With that said, you can add some houseplants to your space to bring it to life. Treat them well and enjoy their presence. If you are not sure if you will be able to care for your plants, try out one and see how it goes then you can commit to more plants for your home.

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2020 Stone And Tile Trends

by Bevony on January 22, 2020 No comments

2020 is seeing a lot of colors when it comes to home design and decor trends. Trends feature punches of indigo blue, minty greens, burgundy, forest green, and black. When it comes to patterns, natural richness and opulent patterns are coming to life. Gone are the trends for neutral stone and ceramic tiles. 2020 will see trendier homes with bold colors, unique shapes, luxurious patterns, surprising textures, and richer veining. 2020 in-home design is all about upping the ante. This was seen in the unveiling of ceramic and stone products from Ciot Inc with its 2020 product line.

There was a time when stone and ceramic products were about functionality, nowadays they serve much more than function. They are making fashion statements in 2020. With the trends that are coming out, your tile and stone ca provide your decor with an elevation in elegance and character. Many of the on-trend options for 2020 mix ultra-stylish looks and natural elements. The trends pave the way for an artful masterpiece and a one of a kind look that will work now and into the future.

2020 Tile Trends

Eye-Catching Color

Minty greens and pale roses; pastels that warm up a room are more suitable for those who are looking for a muted decor. For those not afraid of color, stronger tones will add much character to your room.

Trending tile collections include Colorplay, Crackle, Bowl, Urban Atelier and Let it, Bee.

Striking Finishes

Tiles made with imitation cement boast colorful patterns that are becoming increasingly popular since they have the ability to add visual interest to your home. With neutral textures, you can add a Bohemian or a Mediterranean vibe. For your floor tiles, you can go for a conservative tone on tone choice. Bright and glossy tiles with a lacquered looking finish will also be on trend this season.

Dynamic Shapes

The trend is for a lot of compelling shapes from diamonds, hexagons to fish scales. Anything that can be considered fun and free-spirited is being embraced for their ability to elevate the room.

You will even see computer-generated 3D patterns or effects that will create tile designs that are complex enough to play on shadows, light and provide futuristic palettes.

Large Tiles

Bigger is better for 2020 when it comes to tiles. The new standard tile size is 60 by 60 cm. You can even find large rectangular tiles measuring 60 by 120 cm. These provide a very upscale look and can not only be used on floors but can also be used on walls as well. Using these larger tiles on walls will provide a modern and sleek vibe.

Metallic Finishes

Natural gold, brass highlights, and copper will be on trend this year making for reflective surfaces that will glisten in natural lighting. These are best used as wall coverings. Deeper shades will leave an organic feel.

Distressed Looks

2020 has old looking new again for both walls and floors. Old looking marble floors create a warm charm.

2020 Stone Trends

Stone Wrapping

In this trend, entire rooms are enveloped with sophisticated and elegant stone slabs. This provides a truly one of a kind decor. Imagine an entire kitchen island or entire wall from floor to ceiling complete with stone slabs. Stone wrapping can be used for cocooning floors and stairways etc to provide a striking ambiance.

Color Infusion

Warm whites now have ints of gold and grey while burgundy, jade green, rose and icy blue makes a comeback as suitable choices for all types of rooms. You will also find black mixed with gold and white veining to provide an ultra-chic and mysterious appearance.

Bright & Bold Veins

You will find marble with active wine red veins taking over grey veining. You will also see bright blues and emerald greens making these surfaces work of arts in and of themselves.

Natural Richness

Imagine finishes that look like raw materials from mother nature to include concrete looks, terrazzo look and marble looks inside.

Whether you are using tile or stone you can get away with combining finishes, colors, and patterns in 2020 to create an extremely on-trend and unique room. The trend is seemingly holding its own and is expected to hold its own into the future of design and decor.

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Why You Need an Interior Designer for Your Custom Home

by Bevony on January 15, 2020 No comments

If you are considering building a custom home in Victoria, we can help you with everything you need. We have a team of professionals that can help make your dream a reality. Among the team members are capable and expert Interior Designers. They can take your vision and turn it into a reality when we are done building your home.

An interior designer can help to bridge the gap between your vision and the home. This way, we the builders know exactly what the end product will be like. When you have this input early on in the building game it ensures a better quality build in the end.  A designer can ensure that your needs and wants work for you and your family. While also ensuring they work with the building restrictions of the area, the geography of your lot and any municipal bylaws that may apply along with any neighboring homes close by. 

What Does an Interior Designer Do?

An interior designer is not the same as an interior decorator, but the two are often confused. The interior designer does a lot more than an interior decorator. They are involved in the build process whereas an interior decorator is involved after the completion of the building. The interior designer ensures that design spaces are safe, functional and finished in a way that is aesthetically pleasing according to the homeowner’s vision. 

An interior designer will work very closely with the team of architects, engineers and the contractor that is building your home. They will ensure that the spaces that are being created will meet all of your needs. An interior designer can work with you to give you an idea of what different colors and textures will look in a room. They can inform you of how these colors, spaces, lighting, and furniture can all work together. 

Your interior designer will be reading blueprints. They will be knowledgeable of all the latest trends. They are aware of municipal building bylaws. An interior designer is up to date with local building codes and know about the universal accessibility standards. An interior decorator does not require knowledge of all these things to do their job.

Why You Need an Interior Designer?

If you are renovating or building a new home from the ground up you will find that having an interior designer can be very advantageous. That is why when you hire SilverBeam Homes you are hiring a team that includes a skilled interior designer to assist you all the way. Our designer will be your liaison between the build team and yourself. This will help to ensure that your vision does not die in the hands of the builders. Here is how you can benefit from having our interior designer on your side. 

Stay Within Your Budget

We all understand the importance of staying within your budget. Our designer will not only help you to stay within your budget but will also advise you on ways that you can save money. With their knowledge of building codes and average material costs, they can even help you stay abreast of what is best if you ever want to resell your house later on down the road. 

Our designers have years of experience and they can use that experience to help you to prevent costly mistakes. They know about how materials will stand up to the BC climate and geography and have a wealth of knowledge to impart so you can make the best decisions when spending your money.

Save Time

When building a custom home you want to get it done right the first time. The whole point of a custom home is so you don’t have to have things redone. Your designer can help you save time by ensuring that your design works for now and for the future of your family and what those future needs may be. An interior designer will ask the questions that matter at all the right stages to ensure that obstacles are seen from afar and dealt with so they don’t mess up your timeline. 

Get Honest, Expert Opinions

It can be so easy to get overwhelmed in the design process as there are many choices. When you work with a designer they can narrow down these choices so that the ultimate decision is a lot easier to make. As a neutral third party, they can make the process of decision making even easier.

Protect Your Interest

When you are working with a professional interior designer you are less likely to get ripped off. They will work with their usual suppliers and partners to provide you with all you need. This way you don’t even have to be very involved in the sourcing of suppliers and supplies.

Get You Better Deals

With a track record of success, an interior designer will have their regular suppliers as mentioned above. As such they may be able to get you deals you would not get otherwise.

When you are creating a dream home, you need to have an interior designer on your team. We understand the importance of this professional and we want you to understand this as well. Now that you have purchased the land and you know what you want your layout to be like, it is time to talk to an interior designer. Let us get you to the next step in creating your custom home here at SilverBeam Homes.

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Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

by Bevony on December 18, 2019 No comments

It is around that time of the year when the Christmas lights go up. But you may have not already put them up and are strapped for time and creative motivation. Who says you need to follow traditional home decor trends? You don’t, take the minimalistic approach this year with these tips for decorating your home.

Subtle Touches of Christmas

If you take note you may notice that a lot of people are choosing to be more subtle with their Christmas decorations. Some forego house decorations all together and simply opt to decorate their dining table. Add a couple of festive colors in the form of your table dressings or even in your cutlery, you can forego the mistletoe toe designs and use plain reds and greens with gold or silver accents for a finishing touch.

How to Decorate Your Dining Table

There are so many options for decorating our dining table. You can use a runner tablecloth, placemats, etc. Fabrics alone can make a huge difference in a room. When you fully set your table it can be all the holiday decor you need in your home. 

Use centerpieces that offer candlelight and use candle stands that offer a long and low design element.  These allow you to have dinner conversation without the decoration being in the way or without having to move it off the table. 

If you are not doing a formal sit down dinner you can still decorate your island or buffet with causal but holiday-friendly decor. Use mixed heights and mixed materials as you set your buffet. Use glass and wooden elements and throw in color in the napkins which can be in prints, plaids or plain colors. Opt for footed serving trays of different heights and add some flowers to your display as well. Ensure you have ample lighting. If you need extra lighting you could always get a set of string lights to light up the area and also had to the Christmas feel of the decor. 

Asymmetrical Decor

There was a time when holiday decorations were always symmetrical. This year we are seeing a lot of asymmetrical decors. So hang your garland off to one side instead of in the middle. 

Color Choices

Choose a classic white or green or go with the on-trend gold/salmon color that seems to be in season this year.

Eco-Friendly Options

A lot of holiday season products including decor and decorations are being made more eco-friendly. You can find wooden pegs that are ideal for gifts. Use let glitter and bows and reuse more things you can find around the home or that are from sustainable sources.

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