This is a great time of year! There are barbecues and bonfires; summer parties and swimming pool gatherings. Although many in the Northern Virginia area belong to neighborhood pools, we see many homes with private pools. If you’re looking to change the flooring in your home, or in the space that’s closes to the pool, you’ll have to choose carefully. You don’t want to put the most expensive type of flooring there, but you also don’t want to skimp on it either. The ideal flooring is nonslip, resists water and fits your budget. Of course, it has to look nice too!
Of course, the first thing you have to consider is the cost. After you’ve decided what your budget will be, it’s important to choose a flooring that fit your design. Here are some options we think are best suited to your room by the pool!
Vinyl Flooring withstands water beautifully, however, it’s also notorious for being slippery. You could choose to go with a wood or luxury vinyl, however, it’s best to avoid tiles. Vinyl tiles require extensive subfloor preparation; water can seep through tiles and ruin all of the hard work (and money) you put into that space.
Although Ceramic and Stone Tiles can be pretty pricy they’re also one of the best options for a space as unique as yours. There is also a need here for a subfloor as there is in Vinyl Flooring, however, the tiles are more customizable and non-slippery. If you choose to go this route, you’ll have to make sure your foundation can support the extra weight.
Hear us out; nonslip carpet could you be one of your easiest, and most affordable options. Contemporary waterproof carpet is a combination of natural and synthetic fibers that makes your room look cozy, resists water, and finishes any room in the house. You can also install this over a bare subfloor (it includes its own underpadding)
If you’re currently adding a pool to your backyard, or are planning on changing the flooring in your home to accommodate your pool, come in and see us! Our designers will help you select the perfect flooring for your space, and work together with your contractors as well!
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!
We still have a few months left in the year (it feels like it just began, doesn’t it?) Hard to believe, but there will be new trends unfolding in the next few months. The trends themselves seem pretty solid, but there are a few surprising additions. Our highly technological world has influenced many of the trends we’re seeing. If you’re planning to renovate or build something new, take a look at what you should consider adding to, or subtracting from your design.
OUT: White Tiles
As the world becomes more advanced in technology, design is getting closer to the earth. We’re seeing more and more earthy, muted colors on walls, natural wood floors, and matte terracotta tiles used as feature walls or around fireplaces.
What we’re not seeing any more are white subway tiles. These tiles are featured in nearly every space design, from bathrooms to kitchens, to every trendy restaurant in town. Trade the cold for the warm as you look ahead into the future of your space.
Tip: To stay on trend, and give way to a classic look, stay away from tiles that look too rustic or shiny.
IN: Black Steel and Burnished Metals
OUT: Copper and Rose Gold
Didn’t copper and rose gold just come into style? Unfortunately, unless you’re drinking a Moscow mule, copper doesn’t have a place in a modern home’s design any longer. The super polished look of both elements may continue to be on trend for the rest of this year, but come spring, it will make room for the more industrial feel of black steel and burnished metals.
Following the trend of what’s familiar and closer to the earth, black steel appliances and fixtures are going to make a huge statement that leads the way for other burnished metals as well. Future design will carry a more earthy texture, and the shininess of copper and rose gold will clash with this look.
Tip: Use these elements in small doses such as in door knobs on white doors for a truly dramatic effect.
IN: Cork, Concrete, Silestone
OUT: Granite, Marble
Again with the nature trend, it seems only fitting for countertops to follow suit. Natural elements are making their way into kitchens lending a more earth-friendly touch to your home. These options are also quite a bit less expensive, last considerably longer, come in many options, and bring warmth to the heart of your home.
Granite has had a considerably long run, and it is still in high favor for many young home buyers, but if you want something that will still be on-trend 10 years from now, do yourself a favor and choose a different countertop. The coldness of Granite and Marble have had their run; now it’s time to bring a little bit of softness back into the kitchen.
There are a multitude of options for your home these days that go beyond these predictions. Jewel tones and tufted furniture; dedicated decompression spaces in your home, and the end of the open-space design are just a few more details you should expect to see in the coming years. See one of our designers and discuss what you would like to see in your new space, and how you can bring your ideas to life.
If you’ve looked around the Northern Virginia area lately, you see lots and lots of new buildings and condos going up nearly every day! There are new townhomes and buildings dotting the landscape all over the interior of the loop, and it doesn’t look as though it’s slowing down anytime soon. Years ago, you didn’t get the same kind of high-end details in a condo, townhouse, or high-rise apartment that you would in a detached home. Nowadays, those high-end details are front and center in the multitude of options new owners have in customizing their space.
Flooring may not seem to be a major factor in the overall design of your home, however, what you choose could not only up the value of your space, it will make your neighbors happy as well. Let’s explore a few different types of flooring options.
Hardwood is going to be your most expensive option, however the durability and sound it creates in your space is worth it. Hardwood will make your space appear larger, is easy to clean, and has soft acoustics (which is important if your space is more loft-like).
Tile is pricy like hardwood however if used in small spaces such as a bathroom or kitchen it’s quite worth the cost. High traffic areas like a doorway can also fare well with tile, and create a more dedicated space for a foyer if your space is very open-concept. Tile can be very loud to walk on (the acoustics are hollow) and cold under feet.
Carpet is widely popular as a choice for flooring, and the cost can vary depending on the type you get. Carpet feels soft and gives a soft feeling to a room as well. Because of the padding, it’s quiet to walk on and is simple to install. The only downfall to carpet is how easily it stains. Be careful with it, and it can last you for many years.
Laminate flooring has become quite popular in the last few years for its durability, affordability, and huge selection in options. Because laminate does not fare well with water, we don’t recommend it in a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room, however, if you choose to go with laminate that looks like tile or hardwood, you’ll get a look that is so much like the real thing; it’s hard to tell the difference. When walking across it, it echoes a soft, hollow.
With so many flooring choices to choose from, it’s difficult to know what the best direction to follow is! Have one of our designers visit you in your new condo or high-rise to help you decide which one is the best for you!