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!
There are many exciting new trends that are coming through for the end of this year and into the beginning of the next. There are some that are wildly short-lived (leather cabinets, anyone?) and some that are so beautiful, they’re clear to be long-lived classics. At Kruper Flooring, we understand there’s so much more to your kitchen than just your floors; you have to consider your overall design, and tie it all together. Here are our suggestions for those kitchen trends that take you beyond your flooring and beyond the following five years as well.
We’ve seen a lot of white over the past few years, and there doesn’t seem to be a slow-down on all white kitchens. They’re easy to clean, and convey a very calming aesthetic. But, if you’re into a bold look, try an all-black kitchen. Black is quickly proving to be the new white with a real wow factor. The untraditional look easily becomes the focal point of your home’s design. The sophistication of an all-black kitchen with small pops of color in accessories truly hones the movement towards fusing ultra-fashionable and ultra-functional elements.
If all black seems a little dark for you, there’s also a trend of using more muted Hex colors like Equator Yellow, Bali Hai Blue, all shades of Gray and Tawny. The neutrality of these colors keeps your kitchen from looking like a box of crayons, and ups the sophistication value of your space as well. These colors also work well with a multitude of other colors also, so if your style changes, your cabinets don’t have to.
As we mentioned in our last blog, countertops are seeing a lot of change this year. Cork, concrete, silestone, and quartz countertops are pushing out the ever popular granite countertops as top choices for new kitchens. Don’t worry if you just got granite a couple of years ago, it’s not a dated look just yet. Granite is still quite popular, however, as millennials are becoming home owners, their eclectic styles and out-of-the-box ideas on what is considered ‘normal’ are beginning to strongly influence future design.
The white subway tile is making way for more eclectic, colorful and interesting backsplashes. No longer just a place to blend the countertop with the upper cabinets, it’s now viewed as an area to really showcase your artistic side. Colorful and eclectic tiles that either add that pop to your otherwise monotone kitchen showcase a theme for your kitchen that can then be translated in light fixtures and other kitchen add-ons.
These colorful tiles are also being used in flooring, tying the entire look together! Either use them in conjunction with your hardwood flooring, or, create a tile-like rug as a focal point in your kitchen. We’ve seen a surge in cork flooring and luxury vinyl tile simply for their ease of care and water-resistance. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and where you most likely spend most of your time. Taking some of these key elements and translating them into your new, stylish kitchen will not only update your look for the coming years, they’ll wow your guests as well for a very long time!
Ask us how we can help you design your dream kitchen!
August is otherwise known as Beach Season! Being that we’re in the thick of August, the beach seems like a natural part of the season. What do you do when the season changes, but you’re not ready to break up with the beach? Bring the beach style décor into your home with a few key pieces (including a special type of flooring) to enjoy the beach all year long!
Beach-style accents are abundant, especially if you get them FROM the beach. It’s a fun way to make your whole family a part of the styling process. Have the kids go shell hunting and see how many shells they can collect! Bring home buckets of the beach and start decorating. Using hurricane vases, fill the vases with shells and use as table décor. You can also fill a shallow bowl with shells to serve as a great centerpiece.
Sea glass and driftwood are great in décor as well. Place sea glass in a shallow, rectangular bowl and decorate with candles for a lovely coffee table centerpiece. Driftwood can be used in a multitude of ways as well. Cut one in half and use as bookends; drill holes and add hooks for a unique key holder, or jacket holder. Hang with twine and then cleverly hang pictures as a unique way to display your favorite snapshots!
Color theme is key when it comes to ‘beaching’ your home. Soft turquoise and blue along with creamy whites, and beige work well on walls and even ceilings. Think of what kind of waterfront you want to invoke; do you like the southern California look, a lakeside cabin, the Florida Keys or the Maine Coastline. The colors of these very different waterfronts should serve as inspiration for your overall color scheme.
If you’ve been to our showroom, you’ve gotten a glimpse of our whitewashed or distressed driftwood looking hardwood floors, which are also available in luxury vinyl tile. Use this flooring throughout y our house to fully evoke the beach house vibe, or use in just the space you want to really embrace the beach décor in.
Our designers will help you during the design process to help you bring the beach home in a way that transitions into the colder months without a thought. The idea of having your décor as a backdrop for your beautiful home is our focus! We will help you choose the right kind of flooring to give you the type of waterfront look you want!
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!