Living Room Flooring Design Ideas

This time of year many homeowners are thinking of ways to spruce up their living areas before friends and relatives visit for the holidays. One big-impact upgrade is new flooring. Visitors to your home will instantly notice if you get rid of tired carpets or scratched hardwoods. Once you decide to take the plunge, you may be stumped on what you should replace your old flooring with. We’ve gathered together some of the most stylish trends to help you to decide what you want your home to look like:

Light Colored Woods

Grey floors have been a popular choice for designers and homeowner for awhile now and that doesn’t seem like it will change soon. But blonde wood is gaining in popularity. Light and airy, blonde flooring works with almost all design styles.

Patterned Wood Floors

Patterned wood floors are no longer just for kitchens and the Boston Celtics. Take a look at social media and you’ll see that more and more people are jazzing up their living areas with patterns, in particular herringbone and chevron. What’s the difference between the two, you ask? The folks at the home design website MyDomaine do a good job of explaining. 

“Green” Flooring

While hardly a new trend, flooring made from renewable materials such as bamboo or cork remains popular with home owners. Carpeting made from recycled materials is also becoming more and more common. These types of flooring solutions are environmentally friendly, while still being aesthetically pleasing.

If you’re hoping to get new flooring installed before the upcoming holiday season, act soon. We recommend that you budget at least three weeks for carpet and four weeks for hardwood, laminate, tile or engineered flooring.

2 Bathroom Floor Trends For Your Renovation Project

When it comes to renovating your bathroom, it can be difficult to come up with a design idea that is both practical for what the room needs while also looking aesthetically pleasing. You don’t want a bathroom that looks like it came from the 70’s but you also want something that can withstand high moisture. 

Tiles are still the best way to go for bathrooms, and luckily there are many ways to decorate tiles so that your bathroom looks contemporary. Here are two bathroom floor trends for your renovation project. 

Geometric Pattern

Geometric pattern tiles are one of the biggest trends for 2019, not just in the bathroom but for anywhere in the home. This look is great for big, bold floors that make a statement. It’s a great option that allows you to customize it however you like. Geometric patterns are a great way to turn your floor into a feature for your bathroom. 

Natural Stone

Natural stone is another huge trend for 2019 and it is growing quickly. As more millennials enter the market, we see greater shifts towards natural materials. Natural stone add a sense of warmth and comfort to a bathroom, as opposed to more chilling white tiles. Having darker colors makes a room more comforting and more modern, bringing your bathroom to the 21st century. 

If you’re thinking about trying these trends, or any others for your bathroom, be sure to give us a call. Not only can we install your floor for you, we can help you make a decision as you plan your dream home.

Common Flooring Mistakes

Thinking of renovating your home with a new floor? The process is long and complex, with lots of opportunities for mistakes. But when you have a professional, the end result can look amazing. 

For many people who try to renovate their floor, they end up making costly mistakes. Here are a few mistakes to watch out for. 

Not Plan Enough Time For Installation

Installation is usually twice as long as you might think. You should have plenty of time to do the actual work, but on top of that, you also need a few days after the work is complete before moving in furniture. 

Going Too Trendy

Renovators get very excited about the newest flooring trends. But if you’re looking to increase the value of your home, then a traditional look is a much safer bet. 

  • Trends go out of style very quickly, it’s hard to know what sticks
  • Traditional styles have already passed the test of time, you know they will stick

Not Matching Floors with Walls

One of the most common flooring mistakes we see is that the walls are not considered. Your walls and floor are a set that need to match. This doesn’t mean that the colors need to match, contrast can actually look very nice. But they need to work together. You cannot consider your floor without considering your wall. 

Not Enough Color

As we said, it’s actually important to embrace contrast. If all the colors match together without any contrast, then your room’s going to look monochromatic and well…boring. Adding color that contrasts well with your primary color(s) is key to a great looking home. Be sure to have multiple colors that all interact with each other for a vibrant look. 

With these flooring mistakes in mind, you’re much more prepared to handle your flooring renovation project!

The Top 2020 Trends for Kitchen Flooring

Finding the right flooring itself is a tough job, and the kitchen is the most difficult place. That’s because your kitchen gets a lot of foot traffic and needs the most TLC out of any room in the house. 

When you’re looking for a kitchen floor, you need to consider maintenance and durability above all else. A lot of activity happens in the kitchen and it will face the worst wear and tear out of any room in the house. 

So without further ado, here are the top 2020 trends for kitchen flooring. 

Waterproof Vinyl

That said, there are still trends out there to make your home look modern and appealing to home buyers. The most popular trend is wood. Hardwood will always increase the value of your home and attract a sense of luxury to your space. But the issue with wood in your kitchen floor is that it requires a lot of maintenance and it’s very sensitive to moisture. 

That’s why flooring manufacturers developed faux wood floors! There are now lots of options for floors that have a wood look without the hassle of actual hardwood. 

Waterproof vinyl is one of those options. Vinyl floors look almost exactly like hardwood nowadays, and having a floor that’s waterproof means everything for your kitchen. This is easily one of your best options when choosing a floor for your kitchen.

Bamboo

One of the hottest floors on the market! If you’re looking for durability, then bamboo is your best option. Bamboo is the most durable floor you can get. Not only that, but this floor is highly renewable and eco friendly. 

This floor is similar to the waterproof vinyl in that it can look like hardwood. It has its own unique flair that makes look just a little different from  hardwood, but that just adds to its charm. This floor is not waterproof and in fact, reacts heavily to moisture, so that is something you need to consider when buying this floor, but that setback is made up for by its durability and its eco-friendliness. 

Cork 

Finally, we have cork flooring. This floor is great for people who are up all day and then spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Standing on hard floors for so long can get tiring and even painful. If you’re someone who’s worried about your joints, then cork flooring might be an option for you. 

Cork is the most joint-friendly flooring on the market. Not only that, but it absorbs sound and impact, and is also eco-friendly! There are some things to consider about this floor, however. Cork is more susceptible to dents and scratches, and requires a lot of care. In that respect, it’s about as much work as hardwood but a few more specific benefits. 

Conclusion

There are lots of floors available for your kitchen. You just need to find out what your needs are, and we can help you find the perfect floor to fit those needs. You shouldn’t have to compromise on your kitchen floor, we will make sure you get exactly what you need.

3 Environmentally Friendly Floors

Climate change is real, and it’s coming fast. We see it in today’s weather and with massive deforestation happening today. Unfortunately, the flooring industry has a large carbon footprint, but there are ways we can mitigate that. 

So let’s jump into our tips for environmentally friendly flooring. These are three options for flooring types which are environmentally friendly and very suitable for your home.

Bamboo Flooring

First up is bamboo flooring. This type of floor has gotten more popular recently. Bamboo is a grass which grows insanely quickly. That means that it doesn’t emit that much CO2 and that we don’t run the risk of deforestation when harvesting this material.

Bamboo is usually received overseas so you want to make sure you hire us so that we can verify that you’re getting your bamboo floors from a reputable supplier that is serious about their environmental impact.

Reclaimed Wood

Next, we have reclaimed wood. Yes, this is wood, and yes, it comes from trees, but we already have an abundance of wood we don’t know what to do with. We can repurpose that wood so that we don’t need to cut down any more trees and use material that would have gone to waste anyway.

This is an excellent option when you feel like you need to have hardwood. Bamboo and cork are great options on their own, but this one is an environmentally friendly way of getting authentic hardwood flooring for your home.

There are more options for eco-friendly flooring out there. Feel free to give us a call so that we can work out what’s best for you and your home.

Cork Flooring

Finally, we have cork, a wonderful option for reducing deforestation. While cork does come from trees, it’s not made from wood but instead from a certain kind of tree bark. The bark is cut into bits and pressed together to create cork.

Cork flooring is an excellent option if you want a floor that’s a little more kid friendly. It’s also great at absorbing sound so if there tends to be a lot of activity in the room or you have a few musicians in the household, cork will absorb those sounds nicely and dampen the acoustics of the room.

It should be warned though that cork doesn’t mix well with water, so you want to avoid this type of floor in basements or any floor that’s at risk of flooding.

3 Affordable Alternatives to Solid Hardwood

Planning for your home renovation project? If you’re considering getting a hardwood floor, you might be disappointed at how expensive they can be. Hardwood has its benefits. It can last over a hundred years, it’s very sturdy, can handle a lot of wear and tear, increases the value of your home, and looks very elegant. 

But for that reason, it comes at a high price point. Solid hardwood means that each plank is one plank of wood. It’s a higher quality and can get pretty expensive. Of course, cost depends on a whole bunch of things, such as the type of wood, quality of wood, the manufacturer and more. 

And you also want to consider the environmental impact of your floor. If the environment is something you care about, you might not want a hardwood floor manufacturer with a big carbon footprint. 

There are lots of alternatives to solid hardwood that can get you a lot of the same results you get with solid hardwood. We’re offering three alternatives, each bringing unique solutions to your hardwood problems. 

Engineered Hardwood

If you still want a hardwood floor but can’t shell out the money for a solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is the closest you can get. In many ways, engineered hardwood can actually be better than solid hardwood. 

Engineered hardwood is different from solid hardwood in that engineered hardwood is layers of plywood sandwiched between two layers of hardwood. Giving you the same effect as hardwood, but at a cheaper price. 

And it still counts as hardwood.

  • It increases the value of your home
  • It’s still extremely durable
  • Can handle lots of wear and tear

The problem is that engineered hardwood isn’t that much less expensive than solid hardwood. You still have to shell out some money. If you can afford it, we recommend it. But if you can’t, we still have some options for you. 

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl has boomed in popularity recently. It’s one of the cheapest flooring options you can get, and they now look almost exactly like hardwood. It’s a great option for families who want a hardwood look on their home, but can’t afford hardwood itself. 

There are options for environmentally friendly vinyl as well. The only problem is that it doesn’t necessarily feel like hardwood, and that it won’t increase the value of your home that much. 

There is one more option that takes care of those needs. 

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo grows crazy fast. It’s becoming famous on many different markets as an environmentally friendly alternative to wood and plastic. Finding bamboo flooring with an environmentally conscious manufacturer is probably your best best for green flooring. 

Bamboo flooring looks and feels like hardwood floors. It has the same sturdiness and durability to it. The only downside is that it’s more sensitive to moisture. But if that’s a concern, the other two options should be fine. 

There are lots of options for having an elegant hardwood floor without shelling out the money for hardwood. But no matter what, you need a professional flooring company to make sure that your floors are done right. Call us today and we’ll make sure your floors are installed perfectly.