Wallpaper Do’s and Don’ts

Wallpaper may give you bad flashbacks to your house or your grandma’s house while you were growing up, but wallpaper has come a long way in the past decade. To keep wallpaper feeling modern and fresh, follow these do’s and don’ts:


  • Strategically use wallpaper to highlight an area – one feature wall, the ceiling, an alcove, the back of a wall of shelves or bookshelves, etc.
  • Choose a textured wallpaper like grass cloth for a more subtle look.
  • Hire a professional unless you have experience hanging wallpaper. This is especially true for patterned wallpaper.
  • Pick a pattern you love because you’ll be stuck with it for a while.
  • Try removable wallpaper first if you’re worried about the long-term commitment.
  • Measure properly before you purchase your wallpaper. It’s important to get wallpaper from the same batch number to ensure the colors are the same.


  • Wallpaper a textured wall.
  • Paper a whole room with a busy pattern (especially the ceiling!).
  • Use wallpaper in too many rooms to avoid the 70s feel. Wallpaper should be used sparingly and deliberately.
  • Forget to order an extra roll or two as backup ⎼ just in case!

Do you have any other tips for people looking to use wallpaper in their house? Leave them in the comments!

Easy DIY Costumes

Do you need a last minutehalloween costume Halloween costume for you or someone in your family? These easy ideas that can be made with stuff you probably have around the house or can buy cheaply at many stores near you are just the ticket!

  1. Static Cling – Attach clothes and some dryer sheets to a simple outfit with tape or safety pins.
  2. Brawny Man – A red plaid shirt, some stubble (or faked stubble!) and a roll of Brawny paper towels.
  3. Ladybug – Wear all red and attach black dots made out of construction paper or felt to your outfit.
  4. Tourist – Wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, add a fanny pack and a camera around your neck!
  5. Stick Figure – An all-white outfit with duct tape lines on your arms, body and legs. Bonus points if you have a stick figure head made with some sturdy white felt, black marker and elastic!
  6. Raining Cats and Dogs – Rain gear and some strategically placed stuffed animal cats and dogs hot glued to the top of a small umbrella.
  7. Superhero – Preferably a monochromatic outfit, but not a necessity. Add a logo, letter or symbol in duct tape to your chest and wrap a towel around your neck – All set to save the world!
  8. Octopus – Wear all purple and attach old tube socks and tights stuffed with material to your waist – You can attach them to your belt loops with safety pins or use some ribbon – whatever works best.
  9. Crayon – Monochromatic (but colorful) outfit with black felt, construction paper or duct tape spelling out “crayon” (or Crayola) down your body. Top with a pointed party hat matching your outfit made out of construction paper.
  10. Rock star – Dress in your craziest outfit with wild hair and accessorize with a “microphone” – an empty paper towel roll spray painted or duct taped black, with aluminum foil attached on the top!

What are some of your favorite easy Halloween costumes?

Troubleshooting Squeaking Laminate Floors

Are your laminate floors squeaking? Let us help you try and fix the problem before you call in a professional to look at the problem.

Environmental problems – Changes in humidity and temperature can cause the laminate flooring to expand and contract, leading to squeaking. Controlling the temperature and humidity even when you’re away should get rid of the squeaks. Ideally, the temperature should be kept at 60–80°F and humidity should be between 30–50%.

Heavy Furniture – Furniture, especially heavy pieces, can cause squeaks in laminate floors. Moving furniture around may help alleviate the problem, but some heavy furniture will simply always cause squeaks in a floating floor material like laminate.

If it’s neither of these problems, try using some talcum powder. Talcum powder can sometimes fix squeaks in flooring. Sprinkle the talcum powder into the squeaky joints and work into the seams.

If none of these fixes work, you are probably looking at more of a structural problem which will be labor intensive and complicated to fix on your own, so call in a professional to pin point the squeaks and fix the problem. For more questions, give Rusmur Floors a call today!

Radiant Flooring

Has having heated floors always seemedheated floors like an unattainable luxury to you? You may be surprised to learn that they’re more practical than you think – especially if you live in an area that gets colder during winter.

Heated floors, also known as radiant flooring, are an efficient way to heat your home. Radiant flooring allows the air to rise evenly over the floor, keeping the cold air by the ceiling which makes the room more comfortable and cuts down on heating costs. Radiant flooring can work with most types of flooring, but carpet, especially with thick padding, can mitigate the impact of the heat due to its insulation properties. It’s also important to keep in mind that installation requires removal of any existing flooring, so it’s best to install during a remodel or a new build.

There are two types of radiant floor heating to choose from: electric and hydronic.

Electric systems are easier and more affordable to install, but cost more to operate. Electric systems are more suitable for smaller areas like the bathroom.
Hydronic systems, where the floors are heated with hot water, are more expensive to install, but are less expensive to operate in the long-term, making them more suited for multi-room installs.

What do you think of radiant flooring? Let us know in the comments!