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Choose Flooring For Your Home

In this segment, Shaila Gottlieb of helps us choose flooring for your home.  Shaila believes in function and safety first before aesthetics  if anyone in the home is asthmatic or has allergies, Shaila advises avoiding carpeting particularly in the bedrooms.  Broadloom or berber carpeting are good options for stairs.  A good way to give your carpeting a more luxurious feel without spending too much money is to buy a good quality underpad.   There are many options nowadays for carpeting, hemp, wool, bamboo are now beautiful, eco-friendly choices.  Wool carpets are an excellent option for doorways and bathrooms as they hold up well to traffic.

The trend nowadays is to have hardwood or laminate flooring with an area rug.  When choosing an area rug, make sure the area rug is bigger than sofa and consider carpets with patterning.  You can combine patterns but make sure if you have a large scale pattern on the carpet, choose a small scale pattern for your furniture!

The most common mistake is holding the colour chip down instead of up against the wall, the lighting is different and will not be true representation of the actual colour.  Colour blocking, which is a popular and stylish choice, is when you paint one wall an accent colour.

Latex paint which is water based and Oil based are the two most common type of paint.  Latex is generally better for walls and Oil-based work better for doors and trim.  Beautiful home decor is all about balance, harmony and scale!

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About Shaila Gottlieb:

Shaila Gottlieb, owner of, is a highly respected Interior Designer with over 38 years of experience and hundreds of satisfied, repeat clients. She is an award winning designer, a member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). She has lectured, presented design seminars to both professionals and lay people, and written a monthly column in JTO magazine. She can be heard weekly on the Zelda show on CHIN radio 100.7FM. Shaila’s one of a kind built-ins, vanities and cabinets grace many homes and offices. She has developed a reputation for creating unique roomscapes that have a timeless quality, and are based on sound design principles rather than on trends.

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