Flooring done right will last a long time. Picking the right design for your space and your personal style is incredibly important to ensure that you will like your floors the day after installation along with the years after. Our friendly and knowledgeable consultants will come straight to your space with samples and great design advice. If you’re looking for a flooring design that is unique and interesting, here are some great ideas!
One of the biggest demands that home buyers make is an open floor plan. Picking hardwood floors to span throughout your lower floors is extremely popular right now. While this trend leaves your main space feeling larger and open, flooring transitions may still need to occur, especially if the open floor plan includes your living room and kitchen. Consider going bold with your transition space by having a unique shape like honeycomb, or custom cut tiles to transition from hardwood to tile.
Continuing the hardwood trend, there are many designs that can make your hardwood floors unique. Consider varying the lengths or colors of each board for an interesting look. Freshen up your existing hardwoods with a sand and refinishing or make it even more unique by staining them in alternating colors.
A big splash of colored or designed flooring in a small space can create a big wow factor! Some of the best places to use flooring with a bold tile design are bathrooms and front entryways. You can also mix and match different types of tiles in the same color family for an eye-catching effect.
When you’re ready to create a space that is truly unique, set up your consultation today. We will design the perfect flooring that will make you say wow!
Hardwood flooring is a popular choice here in Northern Virginia, and for good reason; our summers are quite humid, and our winters don’t get that cold (and when it does, it gets VERY cold). We don’t do things small here in NoVa, which is why you shouldn’t skimp on your hardwood floors either.
Oak is a very popular choice in hardwood flooring; it’s incredibly durable, affordable, and extremely versatile. If you’ve done any shopping for hardwood, you may have heard about Red Oak and White Oak. What’s the difference between the two, and what does that mean to your home?
One would think that naturally Red Oak would be red, and White Oak would be white, right? On the contrary. White Oak is a mix of browns and tans, ranging from dark brown to a taupe. Red Oak ranges in amber to cream with pink and red hues. Although either can be stained, the resulting stain will still contain the respective undertones. Lighter stains and white washes on Rd oak will still have the pink/red undertones, and the same for White Oak will result in yellow undertones (brown and tan).
White Oak will be slightly harder than Red Oak, so what does that mean to you? Well, that’s really going to depend on how important that is to you. White Oak and Red Oak aren’t that different in hardness. White Oak is very dense, which makes it a great choice for four season rooms that have heavier furniture in it. Red Oak is great for upstairs rooms, or rooms that have a lighter feel to them with furniture and décor to match.
As noted by Valenti Flooring, Red Oak patterns tend to be more unique or ‘wild’[er] than the finer, less pronounced grain pattern common to White Oak. The grain in White Oak runs straighter and tighter than Red Oak with fewer swirls, circles or deviations. Red oak also has wider grain lines that can run in zigzag patterns, or subtle, wavy lines that are absent from White Oak. Another reason that Red oak fooring displays a more prominent grain pattern than White Oak is that it is lighter than White Oak. The smooth look of White oak can also be attributed to the fact that the dark grain is less noticeable against the darker wood. (source: www.valentiflooring.com)
There isn’t a major difference between the price of Red and White Oak. The prices for both will fluctuate from time to time, so you may find that sometimes Red is more expensive than White, and vice-versa. Know what your budget is, and keep that in the back of your mind, as you go through the rest of the list to decide which type of oak you will ultimately select.
Book a consultation with one of our designers to get you on the right path. You can discuss the look of the room you’re going for, or the current look the flooring has to fit in with. You can also discuss concerns about longevity and sustainability to get the best flooring for you!
Spring is the official season of remodels-the weather is getting warmer which means more work can be done on the house, and if you’re prepping for a big tax return, many of you plan to reinvest it into your home. No matter how you and when you plan your remodel, there are some major trends that we think are here to stay in the Northern Virginia area that you should consider.
Dark stains such as ebony, dark walnut, and warm Jacobean can make a bold statement in your design, giving your home a contemporary appearance. Dark hardwoods such as oak, walnut, and cherry are also ideal for more traditional or classic homes. Either way, the colors you choose for the walls and design you select to tie the room together will ultimately determine the look you’re going for.
You can also contrast bod hues in your home with a faint lime finish. This stain mutes dark ebony, oak or ash to create a more vintage, weathered look. You can choose to keep the soft, muted tones throughout your home, or contrast the floors with a bold design. The possibilities are endless!
Northern Virginia seems to be in love with wide planked hardwood floors and for good reason. We are lucky enough to live in an area rich with history, and homes of our past only had wide planked floors. Wide planks range 5”-7” as opposed to the traditional 3 1/2” planks. These planks can create the illusion of space in a small area and are ideal for smaller living rooms, dining areas and bedrooms.
With the help of Joanne and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, the charm of Urban Farmhouse Chic has swept the nation and become the most popular look of homes today. Gray flooring has found its place in modern and contemporary homes because of this. Gray floors come in a variety of shades from faint to dark and finishes from sleek to rustic. The versatile look is also great at hiding dust and scratches making it a wonderful addition to a busy home.
Making the Old New Again
We’ve also seen an influx of customers wanting to bring the original charm of their old floors back by way of salvaging them. Techniques like hand-scraping and wire brushing can add value to your hardwood floors. Have them stained to reveal the natural grain and rustic character. With all of the beautiful old homes we have in the area, it’s easy to take advantage of what’s already there.
Take a moment to sit down with one of our members of the design team. We will walk you through the processes to help you decide what you want and when you want it done. Take advantage of the spring season and get started on your remodel today!