Spruce Up Your Stairs with Color

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Stairs are an often neglected design space in our homes. There are three popular options for stairs: full carpet, runners, or bare wood. Carpet works especially well if the rest of your home has carpet. A stair runner is a nice compromise between bare wood and carpet as it allows the wood to show on the sides. Wood looks great in an older home. We loved it when we discovered this last option, painted wood stairs.

We think this is a great option for an older home such as a Queen Anne or Victorian. Often these homes will have painted risers on the staircase. And 99% of the time the risers are painted white.

If your wood stairs are not in the best of shape but you don’t want to invest in a custom stair runner or carpet, paint could be a great option to add some flair to the stairs.

In this example, the soft blue complements the soft yellow of the walls to create a welcoming feel to the entry. We like the crisp white accents and punches of deeper blue.

As with any decorating project, paint is an easy, quick way to change a space. Stairs are no exception. You could keep your wood stairs and just paint the risers a complementary color to your walls or add a fun pattern like diamonds or scrolls. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

And if you don’t like the paint, you could always get a runner or carpet the stairs later.

Go Rustic with Wide Planks

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Does this room appeal to you? For many people, a warm feeling comes from the hand-crafted style of the room. It seems as if everything in it was handmade or carefully chosen and valued.

From the ceiling beams to the unusually-large fireplace, the space was clearly built by hand. Its sturdy, simple style speaks of years gone by when people carved their lives out of the wilderness. It’s not a simple log cabin, but the final result is not far removed from it.

What gives this room its authentic look? For a start, take a look at the wood floor. It is a classic pine with wide planks. Those planks were common at one time, but rarely seen today. They support the sense of age that permeates the home. For a long narrow room such as this one, wide planks also add balance.

Wide plank wood floors are available today, along with another feature that adds to a handmade look – hand-scraped flooring. If you want a home with a flavor of yesterday, a wide plank floor can provide a good foundation.

Choose furniture and accessories with the hand-finished look to continue to create a rustic flavor. Turned wood bowls and handmade pottery make effective accessories for this style. An extra-large hearth will provide more space for handmade elements. Dried flower wreaths such as the one over the fireplace and simple furniture will add to the mood.

If you want this look or something like it, come visit our showroom and see our selection of wide plank and hand-scraped wood floors. We may have just what you are looking for to help create a home as cozy and inviting as this one.

Classic Chevron Wood Flooring

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The Europeans don’t have a corner on the market when it comes to chevron pattern flooring, but it would seem so. The French especially embraced this design and it can be found underfoot in many houses in Paris and throughout the country. The word itself is of French origin meaning “rafter.” The chevron is an inverted V or roof-peak pattern which symbolizes protection.

While there is no documented history of when or how the inverted V pattern was adopted to flooring, there is history of the chevron symbol itself being used as far back as 1800 BC. Examples can be found in early art on pottery and rock carvings. It has long been used by the military of many countries as a sign of heraldry.

When the chevron is applied to wood floors it resembles a sharp zigzag pattern which can add to the energy of the room. It is one of the busier styles of flooring, but absolutely beautiful when incorporated into the overall design of a room. It works really well in large spaces with high ceilings. While in smaller spaces it would be overwhelming.

We Want Happy Customers

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Question: My home needs all new flooring. I haven’t shopped for flooring in decades and the whole process seems pretty overwhelming to me. What kind of help will I get from your salespeople? Are there things I can do beforehand to make the process easier and less confusing?

Answer: Selecting new flooring may seem overwhelming, but you can take some steps before even coming to our showroom to help you start the process. To begin, make a list of your flooring needs, including an estimate of room size and any colors. (Don’t worry about getting accurate measurements; we will do that before ordering or installing anything.) You may also want to spend some time determining your budget range. This will be easier to define once you see what’s available at the different prices.

Your next step is a visit to our website. Flooring is much more varied and interesting than it was the last time you looked. Our website provides a great way to update your product knowledge at your own pace. We also have some tools on our site that may help define your goals.

The final step is visiting our showroom. Put yourself into the hands of one of our salespeople. Their primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for your floors and they can provide a wealth of information and exciting ideas for your home. Take advantage of their expertise and before you know it, you will have a beautiful space.

Remember, we have a more important goal than making a sale. We want to make a customer. If you’re happy we’ve done our job right, and we’re happy too.

The First Flooring

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Sometimes a book can make you take a second look at an everyday idea or product. This is certainly the case with At Home, a new book by Bill Bryson. It focuses on things we take for granted in our homes and discusses how they developed over time.

This month all the newest in flooring will be shown at Surfaces, the largest flooring event in the U.S., so now is a good time to consider the start of flooring and the progress we’ve made.

Initially, homes were constructed to protect people from the elements. Not only were style and design unimportant, so was something as basic as comfort. Floors were simply the dirt a home was built upon, generally packed down.

Over time, wealthier people in England and other parts of Europe added layers of rushes over the dirt to keep down the dust and make the ground softer and warmer to walk on. These rushes were replenished about twice a year generally. However, don’t picture nice clean green grass or dry hay underfoot. People generally didn’t remove the old rushes; simply placing new rushes on top. This meant that floors were deep, natural havens for insects as well as worse options such as mice and rats.

Eventually wood, stone and tile replaced this practice, but choices were limited to what was available locally. Carpets, which often came from far away or were woven at home, were so valuable that they were hung on the walls or placed on tables. Certainly no one expected to walk on one.

It’s worthwhile to think of the challenges homeowners had in the past the next time you come into our showroom. You have an amazing selection of a variety of flooring materials gathered from across the world. Instead of picking up rushes, you can pick from our samples, and we will remove the old flooring before installing your new choice. And our rugs are meant for your feet, and are priced accordingly.

Sustainable Hardwoods

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Do you think about the environmental impact of your purchasing decisions? Many people today have modified their approach to buying a product by exploring the company’s approach to sustainability.

As consumers pay more attention, suppliers do too. One good example of this is a research project started recently by PE International, a consulting firm specializing in environmental consulting. They are investigating the environmental impact of American hardwoods, from the initial extraction to the final delivery at wood import firms. This analysis will eventually help you make more informed decisions when you purchase wood floors and furniture.

Choosing a hardwood floor involves many choices: style, budget, wood tone, type of wood, manufacturer and installer. Today, many consumers also want to know about a product’s carbon footprint. As a result, many suppliers and distributors are working hard to get that information for you. When you make important purchasing decisions, it’s worth your time to ask about any environmental information available.

Wood Floors Are The Best For Resale

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Have you ever watched an episode of “House Hunter” on Home and Garden TV? If you have, you know that wood floors are the most requested home design feature.

Although you may currently have no plans to sell your home, it’s a good idea to consider resale when renovating your home. Would wood floors be a good investment for you? Consider the following factors.

Neighborhood: If you live in an upscale neighborhood with homes that feature higher-end finishes, choosing wood will make your home more competitive in the market. In an area of starter homes, how about wood in the living/dining area only, or choosing a less expensive wood such as oak? Laminate floors with a look similar to wood at a much lower price are another option to consider.

Region: If you live in the south, wood is almost expected. In the northeast it’s also a common choice.

Home style: A traditional style is well suited to wood. Modern homes have more flooring flexibility, but will also stand out with wood.

Personal preference: You have to choose flooring based on your personal preference first. Many people love wood, but if you don’t, select the flooring that suits you best. However, if you are attracted to wood floors, you can be sure that your choice will make selling your home easier when the time comes.

Floor Styles for Different Home Styles

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The style of a home is reflected in its flooring. Whether you have a modern home style or a ranch home, a Tudor style home or the great American home style- the log home – you need a floor to match.

Traditional style homes look best with traditional style floors. Hard wood floors for the formal rooms of ranch homes or log homes lend a sense of elegance to the entire home. If your home is located in a warm place, composite or stone floors look just as good as hardwood floors and provide an easy-to-clean option. Hardwood floors with a lighter shade of wood also work well in traditional home styles in warm locations.

Modern home styles offer the opportunity for more flexible flooring options. New and sustainable flooring types such as cork, bamboo, tiles or linoleum that look good in a trendy modern environment may look out of place in a traditional home

Contemporary homes let you experiment with different types of flooring material in an array of patterns and styles. You can use flooring material to suit the needs of your family in a contemporary home style. Contemporary styles do not have specific themes and lend themselves to invention and innovation when choosing flooring.

If you let your floor serve as a strong reflection of your home style choice, you can achieve a cohesive and dramatic visual effect.

Inspirational Floor Patterns

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Your home décor says a lot about you. It’s no surprise that people often go all out when decorating their homes. One aspect of design that can make a big difference to the look you have in mind is the flooring. It connects the walls of your room and no matter how much hard work you put into selecting the best color for your walls and choosing the best display pieces, if the flooring is not in keeping with the design, it can be a disaster.
At the same time, flooring can serve as a canvas for self-expression and bring out the creative you. How so? You can choose to incorporate patterns into your flooring. Many people have done so with very satisfying results. The floor ceases to be just a background for the room’s design, instead becoming integrated in an aesthetic sense, lending the room a unique feel.
If you like the idea of a pattern on your floor, here are some inspirations you can turn to that would fit in just right with the rest of your design:
1. Gardens: Have you noticed the way pathways in gardens are laid out? Incorporate that idea into your home flooring by having different colors or some other design demarcation in your floor tile to indicate a pathway from one room to another.
2. Quilts: Quilts are treasure troves of patterns that can be reproduced on your floor, whether you choose tile, wood or carpet.
3. Religions and cultures: Religions and cultures have interesting symbols, and religious structures are often intricately patterned. Flip through culture magazines or look through images on the Internet to choose one that is perfect for what you have in mind for your house.
4. Manufacturer design ideas: Many manufacturers have developed specialized medallions or borders to enrich the look of your floors. Talk to one of our salespeople to see some of the possibilities.
Any of these design approaches can be adapted or simplified for flooring that would enrich the look of your home. Flooring is often taken for granted, but it can be a defining feature of your house, if you are willing to make it so, and using pattern is a bold step in that direction.

Wood Floor Styles: Modern

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Do you like wood floors but feel they are too traditional for your taste? Well, before you dismiss them, take a look at an ebony wood floor. The dark cool tones are made to complement the most modern of tastes.

Versatility shines in this flooring option. You can take a black and white sculptural look and the floor will support it. If you want to stay contemporary but want a Moroccan market of rich colors, the dark contrast of the floor will balance your bright colors and help them pop. The tones work with virtually all art as well as standard wood tones, as you can see from the photo.

This particular ebony floor – African Oak – has a wide tonal variety, creating an interesting style. This allows you to keep furniture to a minimum while still providing an interesting and visually arresting room. Other ebony floors are completely dark, providing a strong base to your modern furniture and art choices.

If this look is for you, stop in our showroom and let one of our salespeople show you the possibilities with ebony. It’s a wood floor made for today’s homes.