No one wants to think about the holidays right now, but it’s really just around the corner! Halloween is closing in on us ,and less than a month from that is Thanksgiving, and only a month from that is Christmas, Before you know it, the year is over! Before the stress of the holidays become part of the season, if you’ve been thinking about changing your flooring, you may want to consider doing it now.
Of course, considering replacing the flooring shouldn’t be done specifically for your guests, but it is a good time to upgrade so you can show off your beautiful home! Before you embark on replacing your flooring, there are a few things to consider outside of cost. We’ve broken it down to these few questions so you can get the most out of your flooring.
What is my style?
Look around your home and determine what your overall style may be. Perhaps you’re going through a phase and can’t be too sure what your core style is, but there are flooring options that go with multiple styles. If you find you’re more traditional a red oak hardwood floor would be a great addition; if you’re contemporary or modern, a luxury tile may be a better option. Find your style in the things you have to determine what the style should be in the flooring you choose.
Is the flooring comfortable?
This is a pretty important question to ask. If the flooring is going to be replaced in the kitchen, think about how much time is spent in there. There’s a lot of time spent on your feet preparing food, and hard flooring can be tough on feet and legs making you uncomfortable. Luxury vinyl may be a better option than traditional tile. Laminate or hardwood flooring may be a better option than slate, so on and so forth.
How easy is it to clean?
Again, another very important question. You’re going to have a house full of guests, most likely more often than once, and those people spill food and drink-it’s natural. Flooring with multiple grooves such as tile may be a little difficult to clean. Choose a flooring that’s simple to clean, and doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance.
What is the life of this flooring?
Most types of vinyl and laminate flooring have shorter lives than tile or wood flooring. Laminate reacts to moisture and temperature, which is common in the kitchen. Wood and tile hold up well through heavy traffic. If this is a home you plan to be in for a very long time, you may want to consider the type of flooring you install; do you want it to last as long as you do? These are questions you should ask yourself before setting out to select a flooring type.
Budget is the biggest question, and should be the first one you ask yourself. Once you’ve set your budget, ask yourself these previous questions, and see one of our designers to help you find the best answer. Knowing the answers to these questions will clarify your overall design plan and set you forth with the perfect flooring for you! Just in time for the holidays!
Hardwood flooring may seem to be a ‘seen one, seen them all’ kind, but in reality, the myriad of choices goes beyond width and stain options. Sure, you can choose to go with wide plank, or narrow; any shade between black and white, and of course there’s different types of wood from oak to bamboo, but there are different cuts that are also important aspects of the end quality of your hardwood. The various sawing methods available can create many different flooring options all from one species of tree. How it’s cut and how it’s dried are just as important as the width of the board or stained, if not more so. The cut affects how the flooring will be installed, which makes a huge difference in the long run on the life and maintenance of your floors.
This cut is also known as flat sawn. Most old homes built in the early and mid-1900s and is what most people think of when they think of common oak floors. Plain sawn is the most popular type of cut, and involves the least amount of waste. Due to the large yield of lumber with faster milling times, this cut provides the most affordable lumber.
When a log is cut into quarters, the annual growth rings are at 90 degrees to the surface. White Oak is a popular type of wood to be cut in this way because of the vibrant flecks and tight wavy grain pattern it creates. More physical labor and time are required for this piece of lumber, creating a more unique grain pattern. Of course the labor drives the price of these boards; however, the cut is more stable than plain sawn.
This cut has annual growth rings angled around 45 degrees. This cut is best for tables, chairs, and furniture legs that require a straight lined cut. Certainly flooring can be cut in this fashion as well, but it products a great deal of waste and requires a decent amount of labor, making it a pricy flooring option.
Make your appointment today to learn more about cuts of wood, and what yearly rings can do to the look of your boards. Find out what flecks and rays are in a plank of wood, and discuss what grain patterns you will find with the different type of wood species. The more you know about the wood you put down in your space, the easier it will be to choose the one that’s right for you; and, the more you’ll appreciate the hard work that goes into those hard floors!
Can you believe we’re in August? It feels like summer is slipping between our fingers, just when we were getting comfortable with the lazier part of the season. Swim season is over and many of us are planning our beach vacations. It’s the perfect time to create a summer nook that can transition into the colder seasons to enjoy a glass of iced tea, or a hot mug of cocoa when the time comes!
Think about what you want for your nook; do you want to look out the window? Do you want it to be in a quieter part of the house? Do you want it to be more cave-like than sunny nook? What you want from your private space will determine where you place it. Some examples of space is a corner in the basement, a quiet part of a sunroom, an unused closet, a part of the outdoors that sees a lot of shade, or an unused portion of your dining room beside a window.
Once you determine what you want, you can then decide whether you want it to be a completely separated space, or if you want it to blend in with the rest of your home. To blend the nook with the rest of your home, stick to the same color scheme or style. if you want to area to maintain a little privacy, use a stylish drape or unique bi-fold.
Use pillows and a bench to start, with a side table, or foot rest to use for drinks or books. Add drawing pads and even a place for snacks!
Lighting should match the mood; if you want your area to be dimly lit, choose soft lighting, maybe a stylish lamp. If you want there to be natural lighting, use a space that maximizes sunlight. If the area you are using is an actual cove, you can hang a small chandelier to give the space a lush look.
If your floors are in need of a change, you can incorporate the new flooring with your new nook! Follow the pattern of flooring up the wall or create a whole new design with flooring on the accent wall! If the design fits, you can add a different type of flooring to the area your nook will be in, which makes the space permanent and separate from the rest of the room/space.
If you have the idea, but don’t know where to start, ask one of our many designers to create the look you want with the perfect flooring, and paint color pairing. Make your appointment today!
When the kids are growing up, many times, the basement is used as a children’s space. Bright, colorful walls, carpeting, and toys make it a great space to divide the adults from the children and give them a place to grow and play. But after the years have passed, and the children are all grown up, you’re left with a basement that looks more like a preschool than an alternate place to entertain. Transform your space into a place you can either entertain friends, or relax in a more mature setting with just a few changes.
Most basements are lacking in light, so choose colors that will reflect the light you have by painting the walls a light color with a gray undertone. Using a color with a gray undertone will not only evoke a soothing feel to the room, it’s also a more mature, sophisticated tone. Try blue-gray, green-gray, or beige-gray (“greige”). These colors are also great neutral backdrops to set the stage for the furniture.
If you want pops of color, choose to wallpaper one wall as an accent wall, or add bright pillows or accents. If your flooring allows, add color through area rugs or with throws. Hanging unique wall art will also spruce up the basement and give it a more adult hangout vibe.
Choosing furniture for your basement is slightly different than in the main area of the home. Most people want their basement to have a cozy, cave like feel to it, so choosing comfortable chairs, cushioned sofas, and perhaps a sectional. Choose soft fabrics like microfiber to give the room an even cozier feel. If you have windows, even if they’re small ones, put up curtains to give it more if an “established room” look.
Flooring is probably the single most effective way to transform a space, and with the basement, choosing something extraordinary will pull the whole room together. Choose a flooring that reflects your style, and feel free to get a little fancy! Use two different types of flooring for separation purposes, or use one type for a clean look throughout. Luxury vinyl tile works great in a basement as a way to make the space look more sophisticated, yet still be durable and moisture resistant at the same time.
Don’t be afraid to add accents as needed to make the space fit the overall look of the room you desire. Talk to one of our design experts who will help you pull together the look you want and make the space adult-friendly!
We all love our pets, don’t we? We would do anything for them, and they for us. There are arguably no more loyal pets than the family dog and giving him or her an ultimate space truly makes them feel at home and as part of the family. How do you incorporate your pet into your overall home design?
Nowadays, there are so many ways to cohesively design your dog’s area to seamlessly match a home’s décor, for example, selecting a dog bed in the same pattern, color, or fabric as your couch or your bed spread is a great way to add style and class to function. Finding a quiet, little used area to store your dog’s bed is another option if you don’t want the bed in view.
There are some more clever ways to incorporate your pet as well, for example, a custom cabinet with a cut-out for your dog’s bed, and a few shelves for their toys and treats can be a standalone option that you can coordinate colors textures, fabrics and overall design with the rest of your décor.
Dogs may seem to only sleep but they have to get up to eat too! If you have an island in your kitchen, you can create a custom area for your pet’s dog food and water dishes. If you don’t have that option, you can get your pet very stylish bowls to eat from that match your overall look-for example, if your home has a contemporary feel, then get funky bowls that portray that. If your style is more traditional, there are bowls that evoke that feel as well. Explore options and think outside the traditional dog food bowl. Any bowl can be eaten out of so get creative!
When it comes to décor and your dog, wood floors are always best. The sturdiness of wood floors makes them easy to clean with simple vacuuming or mopping. Remove dirt, dust, pet dander and other allergens fairly easily. Why wood over tile? Just as tile or hard surfaces can do a number on our knees, the same goes for dogs. Wood floors are easier on those paws of theirs, and warmer to the feel too in some cases.
Help your pup out and give them some of those creature comforts (pun intended!) that will make them feel like home. Schedule your appointment with one of our designers and let them know what kind of dog you have and how many to create the ultimate in doggy décor for them that’s suitable to your lifestyle as well!