When designing your house, it’s important to consider how different elements blend together. You want your floors and walls to match, and you want your furniture to blend in as well. You want a variety of colors and a nice blend of cool and light. You want everything to look balanced and organized, without being too bland. Figuring out what works for your living space is very tough – that’s why interior designers can be very useful. But not everyone can afford an interior designer, nor is one always necessary. You can always learn a few useful tips to make sure your furniture, walls, and floor all work together nicely.
Floor Comes First
One of the first decisions you should make is between your floor and your walls. The first rule is to always start with your floors since that’s the most permanent aspect of the room. Make sure you have a floor you love and can draw a lot of inspiration. Everything else will come from the floor.
Subtle? Or Bold?
One of the first decisions you need to make about your home is whether you want to go subtle or bold. More specifically, do you want colors that stand out? Or would you prefer everything to really blend together? Bold designs involve a lot of contrast, such as dark hardwood with light walls featuring lots of primary colors where subtle designs might be closer to light hardwood and traditional wall colors such as off-white. Talk to your family and see if you can find something where you can all agree on, perhaps you can go bold but not too much, or you’re all enthusiastic about displaying your favorite colors. Usually, these compromises create the best looks.
Find the Right Colors
When looking for the right colors to match, you want to pick one that is present but also hidden. For example, hardwood floors have one or two main colors, but they also have hints of other colors as well. Maybe you can find a hint of yellow, or blue. Look at your floors and see if you can find the most hidden color – that will be the color of your wall.
From there, look at the colors present in both the wall and the floor, and do the same process. Look around for those super hidden colors and use your furniture to bring them out. Based on how bold or subtle you want to be, you can either embrace the most different colors or try to blend them all together.
Designing your room doesn’t have to be a chore. Work out with your family about what designs and colors you want, and see what will work with what you have. Especially when kids are involved, you can make this a lot of fun, and find ways to add everyone’s personality to that room.
Every household has their own ways to keep the house functioning. But sometimes it’s worth rethinking the stuff you do in your home so that you can take better care of it. When it comes to a hardwood floor, you especially want to make sure that it’s well taken care of. That way your housing value stays high and your floors stay beautiful. Unfortunately, many households have some habits that can actually damage your floor. Here are 3 common mistakes that will ruin your floor.
Dragging the Furniture/Not Using Felt Pads
Dragging furniture on your hardwood floor leave you at dangerous risk of scratching. Some hardwood floors can handle some dragging more than others, but if you’re constantly moving furniture around, sooner or later you will see a visible deterioration on your hardwood floor.
Next time you’re too lazy pick up a piece of furniture, or too frugal to buy felt pads, think of the risk that poses to your floor and ask yourself if that permanent damage is really worth that extra few minutes of effort.
Wearing Shoes Indoors
We understand that it can be a tough habit to get into, but the rewards are easily worth it. Your shoes carry a lot of dirt and pebbles that can often scratch your floor. And if it’s raining or snowing, you also risk bringing water damage to your floor.
The benefits of leaving your shoes at the door are huge. Your floors can last over 3+ extra years just by making this small change. Not only that, but your house will also be a lot cleaner and easier to clean.
Using Wax or Cleaning Products that Promise a nice “Sheen”
This is one that not many people know about. When you’re looking for something to clean your hardwood floor, you want a regular hardwood floor cleaner. A cleaner that promises something fancy and especially ones that give an extra sheen to the floor can actually damage it.
That sheen comes from a layer of wax it adds on to your floor. It doesn’t last long meaning you would have to put the cleaning product on again and again. Every time you do that, the product deteriorates the floor a little.
The worst part is that you can’t do a screen and recoat (the proper way to restore your hardwood floors) if you use these products just once. The layer of wax gets in the way, preventing us from getting the polyurethane to adhere properly.
Don’t let these household mistakes keep you from keeping your floor looking beautiful. Making just one small change in the house can keep your floors looking flawless for many years to come.
We all love our pets. They are adorable little members of the family who deserve the most care you can give them. They help everyone’s mental health and give the kids a sense of companionship and responsibility. A pet is always a worthy investment for your home. But they require maintenance, and one of the most important reasons to train your pet is often ignored – the health of your floor.
You want your floor to be free of scratches and smells. Unfortunately most pets enjoy scratching anything they can find, and leaving strange smells around the home. The solution is to work with your pet so that they know where they can play, and keeping them well groomed.
Keeping your pet well groomed is not only good for their health, but also great for your home. It prevents the home from getting messy and is the best deterrent to a scratchy floor. Making sure your pets have their nails trimmed can do wonders for your floor, and combined with regular cleaning and maintenance from yourself (i.e. taking shoes off indoors; lifting, not pushing, furniture; keeping glass or ceramics from falling and shattering) can keep your floor looking brand new for much longer.
You also want to train your pets so that they know what’s ok to scratch and play with and what’s not. If you have a cat, for example, make sure their litter box is clean and well maintained. Making sure your pets have a sense of where they can do their business – and that they feel most comfortable doing it there, will save a lot of messy stress on your nose and the floor.
You also want to make sure they know not to scratch the furniture and that they have plenty of toys for them to play with and chew up.
The best way to keep your pets well behaved and your floors healthy is by taking good care of them. Making sure your pets are well groomed, that they have all of their necessities, that they are comfortable, and most importantly, that they are loved, not only is the mark of a good pet owner, but it will show in the longevity of your home’s floor and furniture.
When you’re looking to replace your home’s floor, you want the best return on investment you can get. Your floor is so crucial, not just because it’s the ground you stand on, but because it helps to determine the value of your home-to yourself over time, and for when you sell. When we talk about return on investment, yes there’s the actual investment into your home’s monetary value, but you must also consider what returns you get personally from making such an investment. Does the floor damage over time? Will it stay in style? Does it fit with your home?
All of these questions and considerations also have a direct result on the value of your home. When purchasing a home, the type of floor, its age, and its durability are huge considerations that can increase the price of your home. Even if you don’t plan on selling any time soon, the selling value of your home should always be considered in any home improvement project.
So when considering flooring options, you want to look at what’s in style, what’s valuable, and whether the investment is worth the cost. Let’s get right into it, here are 3 floors with the best return on investment.
Hardwood floors are by far the most popular option for any homeowner. They are known for their stylistic design and their durability, given that they can be sanded down and repolished. Not to mention that with new technology, hardwood floors can also be more environmentally friendly and adaptable to damp environments more so than before.
The type of hardwood is a harder decision, and that is where your personal style and flavor comes in. It’s hard to predict what styles will stay in style, although we can recommend you avoid older styles of hardwood. Larger boards, cool colors, texture, and matte finish are all very popular options that will give your home more value and a chic, modern look to your home.
If you’re looking for a hardwood look but at a cheaper cost, a good alternative luxury vinyl. Vinyl is not what it used to be. You can buy some vinyl tiles at a much lower cost that looks exactly like hardwood. It will not give you the same return as real hardwood, but it’s a more affordable solution that will still increase the value of your home and give you the look you want.
As we said, hardwood floors are by far the most popular option. Therefore it’s no surprise that the other flooring options with a high return on investment are hardwood alternatives. Laminate floors are wood pressed at high temperatures. They’re about 50% cheaper than hardwood floors and damage less easily. Like vinyl, you will invest less, and gain less, but you will still increase the resale value of your home with laminate flooring.
Anytime you’re looking to change your floor, never forget about the resale value of your home. However, don’t let it keep you from building the perfect home for you.
If you’re thinking of redesigning your floor and are looking for design ideas, these new trends could provide some inspiration. Overall, we are making a trend away from tradition and more towards newer and more creative styles. But above all, the main drive for new flooring trends are about durability and environmental impact. Here are four up and coming flooring trends
Environmentally Friendly Floors
Green flooring is among the most popular flooring trends and we’re expecting it to stay! Installing a new floor can have a greater environmental impact than you may think. While hardwood flooring is still by far the most popular choice for new floors, they do carry a major environmental effect. It promotes deforestation, and while they last for a while, they are more susceptible to water damage.
Environmentally friendly alternatives like vinyl, bamboo, cork, or any other floors made of recycled material are growing very quickly, and may soon become standard.
Along with making flooring environmentally friendly, homeowners also want to protect their homes from environmental disasters as much as possible. With more floods, storms, stronger hurricanes, and environmental instability homeowners are realizing how much risk these can do to their homes and want to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible.
And with scientific progress, we are able to provide almost any floor design you want, including carpet, a waterproof version. We also expect these designs to continue development so that they become cheaper and even more durable over time.
Vinyl is not what it used to be. Today vinyl has been developed enough so that there is almost no distinction from hardwood. You can have the luxury of a hardwood floor with one of the cheapest and more environmentally friendly materials.
One of the most popular options with vinyl is to have a laminate dark and large-board hardwood floor look. Dark hardwood is in style right now and vinyl is an excellent way to make it affordable too! The only downside is that vinyl doesn’t last as long as hardwood, and it will not be as helpful in increasing the value of your home, but it won’t hurt your home either!
And of course, there are waterproof options available too.
Texture is very much in style, and it’s all about hardwood. Whether you actually want real hardwood or not, many alternatives are made in a way that mimics hardwood. Everyone wants a hardwood floor. And the type of hardwood that is most popular are textured wood, and varying styles and colors. A single uniform look is less desired now in favor of a more personalized and unique look you get from varied flooring.
Hopefully, these trends give you a better understanding of your options, and when you’re ready to get started, you can call us and we’ll give you a consultation on the best flooring option for you!.