You moved into a new house; it was a fixer-upper but you were ready for the challenge! So, you paint the walls, change the floors and re-do the kitchen. Now this house is completely yours but, guess what? You’re pregnant! Baby’s born, and everyone’s happy. Now, baby is a toddler, and toys have replaced your fancy art pieces. You didn’t notice it before when you went with a trendy flooring option, but now that your little one is not just walking, but is playing with toys that drag across the floor, you’re seeing the nicks and dents on that beautiful floor you painstakingly chose for your beautiful, custom home. Wish you knew before which floors best withstand toddler wear and tear?
Of course, we’ve discussed flooring options for children in a previous post, but what about their toys? It will be a while before they grow out of those plastic wheels, and bouncing balls (we mean, a very long time), so if you want to install beautiful floors for cosmetic purposes, we suggest you wait (if you want them to stay beautiful, that is). But, if you are changing the flooring out of necessity, keep in mind these choices:
Oak scores high on the Janka hardness scale, and is the standard for resistance to denting and wear. Honey Oak with all its character will disguise any light damage toys may cause over the years.
Handscraped Bamboo also provides a lot of character and is extremely hard. This eco-friendly choice is optimal for rooms with a lot of traffic-especially the toy car kind.
If you prefer a non-hardwood choice, Mora Cork is a good option. Mora Cork is quite durable, and because it is made of a sustainable material, it bounces back when impacted. Toys fall (most of the time the sharpest edge first); with a cork flooring, you’ll have less damage, and it’s pretty easy on those toddler knees too.
Many toddlers like to give their toys a bath-outside of the bathtub. If you need flooring that withstands the havoc their toys cause, plus protection from moisture, consider Cedar Vinyl. This type of vinyl actually looks like wood and does a great job of withstanding pets as well.
You love your little toddler, and love watching them play, but you love your home too, and don’t want to see it get destroyed-we understand. One of our designers will help you choose the best flooring for your needs that gives you both style and durability. In the meantime, sit back and relax; these years may be long, but they go by fast!
Bathrooms used to be a second thought room-not much time is spent in there as is in the kitchen or living room, right? Well, think of the bathroom as the final frontier; the one room that has been overlooked for many, many years that is experiencing a surge in design, space, and flooring options.
We are spending more time in the bathroom with all of the new, luxurious options that are out there. People are opting for clawed foot tubs, saunas, and even coffee bars (yes, it’s a real thing). With this much time being spent in the bathroom, designers are giving consumers more and more options to make the bathroom just as much of a show stopper as the living room or kitchen. Added bonus: updated bathrooms and kitchens have great resale value.
Hardwood floors are making a comeback to bathrooms in a big way. One would think with as many technological improvements we’ve made in the years, our bathrooms would reflect our modern world. Actually, many are moving towards vintage and classic looks, opting for warmth and natural textures, thinking beyond the floor and installing hardwood on walls; even ceilings! Warm wood is a great contrast to white sinks and tubs. Adding wood against subway tiles and using vintage knobs will give your bathroom a great urban/industrial look.
One of the biggest trends in bathrooms right now is using patterned cement tiles on floors. If you like the Moroccan look or just enjoy a punch of color and pattern against an otherwise colorless bathroom, these graphic patterns will make your bathroom feel old world and handmade! Mix in hints of brass or gold to bring warmth and don’t be afraid of pattern! Mixing up elements with a punch of color will tie the looks together-a great option for a guest bathroom or first floor powder room.
Although there is a movement towards adding natural elements and interest in bathrooms, there are also many who are pulling color out of the bathroom, opting for slick marble and minimal style. This ‘day spa’ approach is bringing luxury into an otherwise dull bathroom. If marble is beyond your budget, but you wish to have this look in your bathroom, there are other options; ceramic tile and even luxury vinyl tiles are available in a myriad of options, including the marble look, giving you the bathroom of your dreams!
If you’re considering updating your bathroom and aren’t sure what direction you want to go in (maybe you like and appreciate all styles! We do too!) Our designers will help you decide according to your budget and your lifestyle. Give us a call and enjoy your morning routine or wind down after a long day in style!
Flooring is a dizzying array of choices; there are hardwood, bamboo, tile, ceramic, etc. It can be difficult to choose if you don’t already know what you want. But, if you do know what you want-say, Oak hardwood-your choice doesn’t end there! Did you know there are two different types of Oak?
Oak is a popular choice, especially in Northern Virginia; it’s readily available, affordable, and can be custom stained to your taste. The versatility and affordability makes it a great choice for your entire home, but which do you choose? How do you even make that choice?
If you already have oak floors in your home and want to add to them, you’ll want to match the stain. The stain can only be matched however, if you have the same type of oak, so start with finding out what kind of oak flooring you have if you don’t already know; after you’ve identified white or red, you can then choose your new flooring to match. Not only do you want your stain to match, you want the graining to match as well; choosing a new oak flooring to match the type you already have will make a difference. What if you don’t have the resources to find out whether you have red or white oak?
Well, red oak has a light pink tint to it and is slightly lighter than white oak. White oak (contrary to its name) is slightly browner, and tends to cast a darker, yellowish tone. When they’re stained, however, the difference becomes a little more subtle, especially with darker stains (making it more difficult to differentiate the two). With lighter stains, red oak takes on a redder undertone in its color.
White oak has a smoother look to it than red oak also. Whereas red oak has strong graining which helps hide scratches and dents, white oak’s smooth surface gives it a more polished look. White oak is also slightly more durable than red oak (on the Janka hardness scale, white oak performs at a 1360 and red oak at a 1290). Even though white oak is harder, as I mentioned it also shows scratches and dents more prevalently than red oak.
Generally speaking, red oak is common for stairs, banisters, and room transitions. If you are looking to renew or replace these areas, red oak is a good choice. White oak is more resistant to water than red oak due to its closed wood grain, making this type of oak a perfect choice for kitchens, bathrooms, foyers, and other transition rooms.
Of course there’s more to matching current hardwood with new oak flooring. If you aren’t certain what you already have, or what you want in your room, please contact one of our flooring professionals to help you make the best choice for your home!