How to Find the Perfect Rug

How to Find the Perfect Rug

Finding the right area rug for your room is one of the most important decisions you make for your home’s interior design. A well designed room is filled with lots of different pieces of furniture, each with their own personality; they need something like an area rug to tie all of these pieces together. 

Choosing the perfect rug is a tough decision, and many homeowners make major mistakes when choosing an area rug. That’s why we’re here to help. We’re going to share tips on getting the right size and style rug that fits your lifestyle. 

So let’s jump in with our guide on how to find the perfect rug. 

Size

Most rugs are too small for their room. Finding the right size rug is tricky because the right size is often bigger than you think. You want the rug to take up a good amount of space, and you also need the rug to help define space. 

There should be 10-20 inches of floor between the edges of your rug and your walls. Depending on the size you can go a little less if the room is especially small, or a little more if your room is excessively large. 

You also want to make sure that the rug is centered on the floor. Keeping an equal amount of space between the rug and the wall around every corner. 

Space

You also want to use your rug to help define and segment space, especially if you have an open concept area. An open concept home doesn’t mean that there are no walls per se, it just means that you don’t see the walls. You still need to divide the room and create imaginary walls to divide the space. Otherwise, open concept idea ends up just looking like one big mess. A

And rugs are a great way to segment that space. Find where your imaginary walls are, and then get a rug that still grants 10-20 inches of space between the edge of the rug and your imaginary wall. And then you have a beautifully segmented and organized open space. 

Style

Finding the right style rug is almost as important as finding the right size. You want something that matches the furniture, but also matches yourself and your personality. 

We have a few tips that can help you, but ultimately you have to choose the aesthetic that works for you:

  • Use Persian or European style for a classic traditional look
  • Use low pile and flat weave for a rug that will get a lot of wear and tear. If you want something fancier, then move towards something softer with a higher pile. 
  • Don’t use white if you have kids. That goes for anything, but especially for rugs. Same also goes if there are adults who act like kids. 
  • First and foremost, go with whatever makes you happen. 

Conclusion

A lot goes into finding the perfect rug. But when you consider size, space, and style you can find the perfect fit for your home and your lifestyle.

3 Hardwood Trends That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

3 Hardwood Trends That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

When you’re planning to redesign your home, you want to keep your house’s market value in mind. The decisions you make can affect the increase in value of your home. With something like flooring, that means that you need to consider a floor that will add a lot of market value to your home. 

As a general rule, hardwood floors add the most value to your home. But there are many different types of hardwood. Not to mention various trends in hardwood flooring. What’s popular today might look outdated and undesirable in a few years. So how do you know what kind of hardwood trend will last? 

That’s what we’re here to figure out. We’re going to give you 3 hardwood trends that will increase the value of your home, and never go out of style. 

Wide Plank

Wide Plank flooring is a fairly new trend that we’re pretty confident in. Wide Plank floors are planks that are more than five inches. This flooring type has seen a huge surge in recent years. And they have market durability because they’re fairly simple and easy to manage. 

Simplicity is always a style that will stay, or at least always come back. These planks add a rustic tone to the room, they’re easy to clean, and are completely customizable. Giving them a lot of value. 

We predict that this trend will go on for a while. But we also know that the biggest surge is right now; if you’re selling soon, then Wide Plank is the way to go. 

Mixed Width

Mixed width is another type of flooring that we feel confident in. This one should come with a caveat. They work best in large rooms. If you put mixed width floors in smaller rooms it starts to look like there’s too much going on in a small amount of space. 

But for a large space, mixed width is perfect. It’s a simple solution to the problem of making your space look too big or too empty. It adds just a little bit of activity without needing to get too weird with or unique with the flooring. 

This floor is busy, but elegant. 

Grey Flooring

Not only are we dealing with width, but we’re also dealing with color. Grey flooring has become incredibly popular and rightfully so. It’s a beautiful, elegant look that literally shines. It’s a great way to make a small room feel more spacious, while also making it look unique in a simple way. 

We predict that grey flooring will be popular for a long, long time. 

And there you have it! These are our top 3 flooring trends that will raise the value of your home. If you want more specifics about how your home can benefit from a flooring makeover, be sure to give us a call. 

3 Tips on Keeping Your Floor Clean

3 Tips on Keeping Your Floor Clean

One of the worst nightmares for any floor is a dirty stain. Floors may last a while, but if you don’t take care of them, they will look filthy. There is a point of no return for some of these floors. Stains can be very tough to remove and any floor is susceptible to risks like water damage. 

That’s why we are here to give you 3 tips on keeping your floor clean. So let’s jump right in. 

Leave the Shoes Behind

Much more dirt sticks onto your shoes than you may think. Think of all the germs you carry every day getting to and from work, all the grass, mud, bugs or even feces (yes, feces!). All that filth gets on your carpet when you walk with your shoes inside.

Removing your shoes while indoors is a common courtesy all over the world. And if you don’t like being barefoot, people often use slippers or sandals. This creates a cleaner household, and a better floor.

But we understand that could be a big change. In that case, we recommend you at least…

Have a Welcome Mat

If taking your shoes off is too drastic, then just having a welcome mat and making sure you scrape your shoes will still do wonders to help your carpet. They say you’re still carrying outside debris after 17 steps in doors, so make sure you use that mat well.

Use the Right Vacuum

Vacuums generally do their job pretty well, but you want to make sure you’re using one that’s safe for your floor. You don’t want a vacuum that will scratch your hardwood floor and you want it to be effective on all the flooring in the house. 

Generally, really cheap vacuums are not much help, and vacuums can get overpriced pretty easily. You just want to make sure that you have a vacuum with a variety of settings and good reviews for all kinds of flooring. 

These tips should give you a starting point to making sure that your floors last a while and they look presentable.

Cheap vs. Expensive Carpet: How to Spot the Difference

Cheap vs. Expensive Carpet: How to Spot the Difference

When it’s time to remodel your floor, you might find the decision to be very tough. Just the decision on whether to go for hardwood, carpet, or any other type of flooring can be tough. But even then, you have to decide what kind of carpet you want to get. Should you find the cheapest carpet possible, is it better to buy a more expensive one? Or should you try to find a balance between your budget and the right kind of floor?

Knowing what to look for in a carpet can get rid of most of the confusion you get when shopping around. The rest can be taken care of by a flooring professional.

For this blog post, we want to share our process for choosing the right carpet for you. It’s always very personal, but this guide can help you better understand what to look for in your carpet.

Woven Carpets

A carpet is made by weaving and cutting fabric onto an underlay. There are three weaving styles that each have a significant effect on the quality of carpet:

  • Woven
  • Tufted
  • Needlefelt

Woven carpet is among the most expensive and come in a variety of colors and patterns. These are a bit higher quality – and it shows in the carpet. Tufted are much more common and less expensive. They are not made with a color or pattern, but are often dyed. This is what you would consider a traditional home carpet.

Needlefelt carpet is a high-tech, ultra-sturdy carpet often used in hotels or public buildings. Very rarely are these carpets used in the home, as there are other ways to get a sturdy and beautiful home carpet with less of a price tag.

Durability

The next question you should ask yourself is how much wear and tear your carpet will have to take. If it’s a room that’s barely used – and you have a practice of keeping your shoes at the door- then you can save your money on a more fragile carpet. But if this room will get regular use, then it’s worth the extra dollars to get a sturdier carpet.

Other Add-ons

You might also decide to get more modern carpets that are especially made for the modern home. One option we recommend is getting a water-proof carpet. Water and liquid damage are one of the main reasons why a carpet can deteriorate quickly. And those stains are not friendly to the eye.

Having a carpet that’s easier to maintain, lasts longer, and stays nice as you use it is definitely worth the few extra dollars, as you will save a lot of money in repairs and upkeep.

3 Floor Facts to Know Before You Buy

3 Floor Facts to Know Before You Buy

Flooring is a complicated world of information that very few people know about. When it comes time to replace your floor, you can easily feel overwhelmed by all the options and how the circumstances of your home affect your decision.

But it doesn’t have to be so complicated. There are a few flooring facts everyone should know that can make the decision a little bit easier. Here are 3 floor facts to know before you start your home renovation.

All Hardwood is Unique

No two planks of hardwood are the same, because no two trees are the same. If you’re thinking about getting hardwood or going with laminate, then you should know that hardwood is going to look more authentic and more unique while laminate flooring will have a more consistent pattern.

While a lot of progress has been made in creating hardwood-like flooring, the uniqueness of hardwood is what keeps the original material so highly desired in the market.

Replace Your Carpet with Hardwood to Increase Air Quality

Did you know that installing hardwood can increase the air quality in your home? That’s because, unlike carpet, hardwood does not absorb mold, dust, or allergens. Leaving the space much easier to clean and the air easier to breathe.

Bamboo is Stronger than Most Hardwood

If you’re thinking of going with bamboo flooring, but you don’t want something week, we have the perfect solution – bamboo! Despite being thinner, bamboo is actually very strong. It has been used as scaffolding in Japan and has long been desired for its strength.

Bamboo is almost double the strength of Red Oak and can be stronger than maple as well.

These facts can help you get closer to building the floor you want. But there are a lot more things to consider. That’s why you should give us a call and we will make sure that you make a researched and informed decision.

Is Bamboo Flooring Worth it?

Is Bamboo Flooring Worth it?

Bamboo is one of the most popular trends for modern flooring options. But is it worth all the side effects? There are 3 things to consider when thinking of bamboo flooring: where it came from, susceptibility to water damage, and environmental impact. So let’s jump in.

Water Damage

Because bamboo is a grass, not wood, it’s also more susceptible to water and humidity damage than other floors. It’s not suitable for areas where humidity can be high. Low to medium quality floors also scratch more easily and are much more noticeable than in other hardwood floors.

Where it came from

For bamboo floors, the quality depends greatly on the source. Because there is no industry-wide grading system, you must look more carefully at the sources than you would for other flooring options. You will regret going cheap with bamboo floors because these companies are often overseas, and bamboo made cheaply is not very durable at all. When you buy your floor, make sure you have a substantial warranty.

Environmental Impact

Bamboo itself is a versatile renewable resource which can and should replace wood as we move towards a more environmentally conscious economy. However, because you would be buying these floors from overseas, and because there is not an industry-wide grading system, the carbon footprint that comes from importing and creating the adhesive could cancel out the environmental benefit of using bamboo. If you want environmentally friendly floors, you want to make sure the company is certified by the Forestry Steward Council.

Conclusion

Bamboo flooring is unique and trendy. It’s a wonderful option if you want to be environmentally conscious and want to give your home a modern look.

It is possible to get bamboo flooring that works for you, that’s durable, environmentally friendly, easy to clean and refinish. But you need to do the extra work in researching the right buy, the right warranty, and considering the effects of carbon footprint. If you’re willing to do that work, then bamboo can look wonderful on your home and it will be well worth the effort.