If the flooring in your home is bothering you, it may be time for a change. Carpets get dirty and worn, floor boards and tile can get damaged, and aesthetics and tastes change over time. A flooring specialist can help you make the important decisions needed so that work can begin! Some things to consider when calling a flooring specialist are…
- What is my budget?
Always start your meeting with a flooring specialist with a budget in mind. A specialist will help you choose a design you love and can afford! A flooring specialist can also help you identify cost-saving measures, like removing old carpet or moving heavy furniture out of the room yourself.
- What areas of my home need new flooring?
Will this be a whole house project or only in certain rooms or levels of the home? What do you use these rooms for and what type of foot traffic does the room receive? If your budget doesn’t allow you to change the flooring in every space, is there an area that would be a priority for an update?
- What look are you going for? Is there a type of flooring that appeals to you?
While a flooring specialist can help you come up with an update you love, it is always helpful to have an idea of what you would like and what would match your tastes and design styles. Browsing home décor magazines or websites can be a great source of inspiration. Consider textures of carpeting and other features such as whether the flooring is easy to clean.
- What is your plan when new flooring is installed?
Consider whether you have the time and flexibility to be off from work when the flooring is being installed after you have chosen new floors with a specialist. Flooring can take anywhere from one day to three weeks to put in. Do you own any pets or have small children? Consider their needs as you ponder a large flooring project that may require extra precautions for small children and animals. Loud noises and strangers in the home can be frightening for children and pets.
- Plan for extra time and cost!
A flooring specialist helping you to measure and plan for new flooring in your home can only see what is above the surface. Damaged sub floor and uneven spaces will not show up until old flooring or carpet is removed. Repairs will need to be made before new installation can begin so it is important to plan for extra time and cost.
If you have taken the time to consider these questions, give us a call to get started with our flooring specialists and designers today!
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!
We know how you are; you look at your bathrooms and know that there are things you would like to change, but who has the time or the money? What if we told you you could easily upgrade your bathroom in little time, for a very affordable cost, would you do it? Of course you would! Here are our top ideas on how you can upgrade your bathroom with a little elbow grease, imagination, and dedication!
These small-scale projects are quite simple to do on your own. Of course, there are some you will need to schedule a professional for, but they’re quick, painless, and easy on the pocket.
Update the Vanity
You may not be in a position to completely knock out your existing vanity, but you’re not too keen on the look of it now. Try painting it a contrasting color, or spray painting the handles to a modern finish. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could use textured wall paper to really add interest to your bathroom!
Add Interest to Walls
Bead board is a great, classic update to any bathroom, ad super simple to achieve. Wood bead board is easy to install, however, if that feels like too much of a commitment, there’s also bead board-style textured wallpaper that gives you the same look.
If bead board isn’t possible, you could choose to cover your walls with art to change the whole look of the bathroom. If there’s one bare wall you’d like to make a contrasting wall, there are wallpapers available that peel on and off. Easy to do, easy to change your mind in the future!
Don’t be limited to these ideas; you can change the paint color, or add interesting design using paint as well. The possibilities are endless!
Remove Dated Shower Doors
Shower doors are extremely difficult to keep clean; installing a fresh new curtain will open up the space, and save you from all the time you spend scrubbing soap scum.
Maybe your towel bar and other hardware are dated; now is a great time to change them all to a more updated look. You’d be surprised what a difference changing out the hardware can make! You can change out the lights and faucet as well for an updated look, but if you’re not sure of what you’re doing, call an electrician or plumber to help. The job is simple enough that the cost will be minimal.
Since the space is small, the cost of replacing the flooring is budget-friendly. Our designers will help you find the perfect flooring for you bathroom, and will install quickly as well. Choose an updated tile, or hardwood, or go for something bold in your small space.
Is there a project in your home you want to tackle, but just don’t know where to start? Contact us to put together a short timeline, a weekend or just a couple of days, to help you achieve that ‘honey-do’ list you’ve been putting off!
The time has come for your teen to move away from the princess/dinosaur bedroom they’ve had since they transitioned from a crib to a bed. It’s not as easy of a transition when they want a more grown-up room; for starters, they want to have more of a voice in their design, and why not? Designing a room that reflects their life or personality is their first step towards adulthood. It’s a great bonding time for you and your teen to learn more about what they like, what they don’t, and what their overall vision is.
To achieve a room that will be easy on your budget, and fulfill their desire for a more mature look, start by emphasizing storage. A desk with drawers or shelves, a bed with under storage, or floating shelves to both store their items in a more streamlined way, and get what’s on the floor up and out of the way. Not having to think about cleaning their room every other day will be a stress reliever for both you and your teen.
Speaking of less stress, teens need nine or more hours of sleep to distress and recharge daily. Create an environment that promotes better sleep, and comfort. Keep electronics out of their room, and add blackout window treatments if they don’t already have them. If you have a houseful of children, consider a noise machine to give your teen a way to block out and conk out.
Flooring is important to a teen’s overall design, and the carpet they’ve had for the past ten years may have seen better days. If you chose a colored carpet to match the childhood theme they once had, it’s time to take it out and add a more mature flooring. This teen will likely be out and off to college in a few years, so choose a flooring that either matches the rest of your home, or will work with a future flooring change (meaning, if you plan to add hardwood to all bedrooms, change the teen’s flooring to the hardwood shade you would likely change the rest of the rooms in in the future). Cork flooring is a great option as well, with the soft underfoot feel and easy cleanup.
Lastly, add décor to the room to pull the look together. Your teen will want to highlight their style and have fun with their new room. If they are artists, display their art on the walls. Create a gallery wall with thrift store pieces, or, use frames you pick up from the thrift store to place their artwork in. Add other elements like cool vases or vintage cameras-whatever their interests area, and make their room reflect who they are. Many of them are fascinated by the highly designed rooms they see on TV and in magazines. Make their vision come to life!
Ask one of our designers to help you and your teen choose the right flooring to fit the theme of their room, and the overall design of your home!