How to Keep Scratches Off Your Hardwood Floor

How to Keep Scratches Off Your Hardwood Floor

Hardwood floors are beautiful and among the trendiest flooring options available. The right hardwood floor on your house can give your home a modern, homey personality, while also increasing the value of your home. It is one of our top recommendations for any client looking for a new floor.

All floors require some upkeep. You want them to last a while, and to look as new as possible for as long as possible. For hardwood floors, part of the trick is to avoid any scratches. Scratches are easy to notice and can quickly change the aesthetics of the entire room. The good news is that you can easily prevent scratches from gathering with these helpful tips.

Don’t Push the Furniture

The biggest and most noticeable scratches come from moving furniture. Pushing your furniture can be tempting, especially when it’s heavy. But we urge you to use caution and find alternatives to pushing your furniture so that you can move it around easily without scratching your floor.

Consider Using Furniture Pads

One solution is to use pads. These attach to the feet of your furniture and slide gracefully on the hardwood, no scratches and no need to grab a friend or two to move your couch.

Use a Proper Vacuum

Sometimes vacuums have thick thistles that can scratch your floor. Most vacuums work well on hardwood, you just need to be wary of some of the heavy duty ones. You need something strong to dig into a carpet, but that same setting on the hardwood can lead to an unnecessary, scratchy mess.

Keep Your Pets Well Groomed

If you have pets, you’re most likely keenly aware that they have paws. We would never suggest declawing your cat, but their nails can be cut and they can be groomed. If you keep them well trimmed, then they are less likely to scratch the floor as they’re running around.

Keep it Clean

Be sure to clean up any spills, especially if you drop glass or china on the floor and it shatters! The cleaner you keep your floor, the longer it retains its fresh look.

No Shoes

One way to help this is to keep your shoes at the door. Your floors become significantly cleaner because you aren’t tracking in so much dirt, muck, and shards from outside.

Consider an Area Rug

Many families are opting for a rug with hardwood instead of a carpeted floor. It’s a wonderful, balanced combination, and your rug can handle a little more damage and is more easily replaceable.

You can take care of any expertly installed floor, so long as they’re expertly installed. When you’re ready to add hardwood to your home,  give us a call.

 

Bring The Beach Home All Year Long!

Bring The Beach Home All Year Long!

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!

 

Ford pic 3Beach-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 DC-pic-4throughout 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!

Understanding Hardwood Flooring Cut Types

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.

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Plain Sawn:

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.

 

Quarter Sawn:

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.

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Rift 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!

Creating the Perfect Space For The Last Days of Summer

Creating the Perfect Space For The Last Days of Summer

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 hutchison_pic_3lot 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 accentDave-s-basement-design-pic 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!

Design Your Home with White Wood Floors

Design Your Home with White Wood Floors

White wood floors are ideal for creating a neutral palette, and matches with basically anything. For some, it serves a functional and aesthetic purpose to make the room feel bigger and brighter. If you haven’t already considered white wood floors, here are some suggestions to inspire your design.

 

If you haven’t already noticed, many are taking on the simple white backdrop to both showcase their pops of color, or to bring a whole new level of sophistication to their homes. Prints, patterns, DC-pic-4and bold colors certainly have their place, but the combination of white wood floors with white walls and glass or white décor.  Unless the finish process is specifically designed to mask the natural variation of the wood, a nice white wash finish will allow variation and character to come through in the floor. This is a great option for those looking for a lived in, clean rustic look.

 

White floors are also a great option for those who want a more modern look. Think of the Scandinavian design whose design lends a room to look and feel bigger and brighter. Bring in live plants to soften the lines, and add interesting, artistic touches to give your home even more character.

 

In some cases white wood flooring gives a floor a more primitive appearance and pairs well with darker furniture or cabinets/countertops if used in the kitchen. Use rustic touches to pull the look together or wrought iron. The contrast is both beautiful and clean, and allows the imagination to make the room anything you want it to be!

 

One of our favorite things about white wood floors is how easy it is to maintain. White doesn’t show dust as easily as dark hardwood does, nor does it show nicks and scratches as easily as a dark hardwood would. You can have style and design even with a busy family!

 

If your style changes and you want to go from one look to another, you can easily do that with white flooring. The beauty of this type of flooring is how adaptable it is. Request a consultation withStrittmatter-pic-2 one of our designers today to discuss the looks you like and what your overall vision is for your space. We will help you work with the furnishings you already have, or make suggestions based on the flooring you choose. Have the home of your dreams starting from the ‘ground’ up!