Choosing Hypoallergenic Flooring

If you, or a family member, suffer from allergies, the type of flooring in your home could harbor allergens – Causing reactions and impacting the severity of allergy symptoms. Luckily, there are hypoallergenic flooring options available that are free from harsh perfumes or dyes and canceramic-tile help you reduce your family’s exposure to allergens and irritants.

The most commonly selected hypoallergenic flooring option on the market is ceramic tile. The hard, slick surface of ceramic flooring keeps dust, pollen and other irritants from settling in to the material. Simply using a mop or damp cloth can remove dirt and allergens from the surface of the floor. Glass tile, while it is more expensive, is a similar option.

Another flooring option for allergy-sufferers is cork flooring. The tough surface of cork is environmentally friendly and, like ceramic tile, keeps dirt and moisture from being absorbed into the floor. As a bonus, cork flooring is also free of toxic substances that can sometimes be found in many new flooring products.

Those with allergies should also consider using area rugs in lieu of wall-to-wall carpeting. Rugs made from organic materials like cotton and wool are soft, durable and can easily be cleaned by hand or in the washer to eliminate allergens.

At Rusmur Floors, we’re happy to help you select a flooring option that works for you and your family – We offer the largest selection of flooring in the tri-state area and we’re sure to have a hypoallergenic option that works for you. Stop in to one of our five showrooms or visit us online today to learn more!

10 Tips for Thanksgiving Entertaining

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, if you’re anything like us, you’re taking the opportunity to kick off the holiday season with a big gathering of family and friends. The thought of planning and cooking and organizing a gathering may be daunting now, but we’ve got 10 tips to make Thanksgiving entertaining relatively stress free.

  1. Accept Help: A common misconception is that, if you’re hosting a meal or gathering at your home, you need to do all of the work. In reality, this simply isn’t true. If Aunt Ruth offers to bring her signature desert, let her. It’s one less item on your to do list.
  2. Shop Early: Avoid the day-before-holiday rush and save some money by planning to do your shopping in advance. Most stores begin promoting holiday foods with specials and in-store displays early – Pick up key ingredients each time you visit to avoid overspending on a single trip.
  3. How to: Host ThanksgivingAsk Questions: Make sure you check with guests in advance about any dietary restrictions or special considerations. If you aren’t sure what to serve to accommodate these guests, simply ask if they have suggestions or a favorite dish they’d like you to serve.
  4. Plan for Children: Take children into consideration when planning your gathering – Set up a separate area for kids with activities and/or a television to entertain them while the adults socialize. You may want to consider planning a separate kid-friendly menu of chicken fingers or pizza as well.
  5. Prep in Advance: Start preparing your meal days in advance. Chop onions, garlic, carrots and celery and store them in air-tight containers. Assemble side dishes the day before. If you’re using a frozen turkey, don’t forget to thaw it out! A good rule of thumb is 1 day of thawing in the refrigerator for every 4 lbs.
  6. Make Guests Feel at Home: Open a few bottles of white and red wine and provide a selection of spirits and mixers for your guests in a designated bar area. Allowing your guests to pour their own drinks will make them feel at home while taking some of the pressure to entertain off of you.
  7. Play Music: Play fun, upbeat music throughout your home when guests are arriving. When it’s time for dinner, switch to soft jazz or piano to allow conversation to flow.
  8. Arrange Seating: If your group is on the large side, consider planning a strategic seating arrangement. Spread the extroverts out among the other guests to ensure conversation keeps going – No one wants to be stuck at the boring end of the table!
  9. Share Leftovers: Buy white Chinese food-style containers or inexpensive plastic containers for guests to fill up with leftovers. You’ll avoid wasting food and save precious space in your refrigerator.
  10. Enjoy Yourself: The holiday season is a time for enjoying the company of friends and family – Don’t let yourself get so wrapped up in entertaining that you forget to spend time with those you love throughout the day.

What are some of your favorite tips for holiday entertaining? We’d love to hear from you!

How To: Design Your Living Room

The living room, whether it’s a formal sit-down space or a free-for-all family room, is often a guest’s first glimpse into your decorating style. It sets the tone for the rest of the rooms in your house and gives you an opportunity to let your personality shine through.

How can you make sure you living room is a comfortable and inviting space to gather with your family and friends that reflects who you are? Here are some of our favorite living room design tips:

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1. Use color to set the mood: The colors you choose affect how people feel when they’re in your living room. Calm blues and pales greens relax guests while vibrant reds or other bright hues add energy to a space.

2. Consider wall treatments: Traditionally, living rooms have received more elaborate or formal wall treatments since they are the rooms most likely to be seen by the public. As an ode to tradition, why not consider wallpaper that reflects your personal style to add texture and dress up the room?

3. Choose comfortable flooring: The living room is likely to be one of the more highly-trafficked areas of your home. It’s important to choose flooring that is stylish, yet durable and comfortable underfoot. If wall to wall carpet isn’t your style, consider covering hardwood floors with stylish area rugs for a pop of color or personality.

4. Create a focal point: A fireplace, piece of art or even the television can become the focal point of your living room. Have more than one of these in your living room? Pair them up! Mount a flat-screen television or large piece of art above your mantle to keep them from competing for attention.

5. Furnish for conversation: Your living room is a gathering place – It should be arranged to invite conversation among family and guests. You may even want to consider adding multi-functional, movable ottomans to the room. They can be used as end tables or extra seating as needed.

6. Accessorize: Give your walls life by using them to showcase art or family photographs. Group items together for a big visual impact, but be sure to hang them low enough to relate to nearby furniture or other items.

When designing or redecorating your living room, always remember to let your personality shine through. Choose colors, furnishings and art that speak to you and reflect your personality. Your guests will always be comfortable if you’re comfortable. For more living room design inspiration, check out our Pinterest page.

 

Buying Flooring: Hardwood

Our Buying Flooring Series is designed to help you make an informed decision when purchasing flooring. To learn more about the types of flooring we offer and how we can help you choose the perfect flooring for your home, visit our website www.rusmurfloors.com.

Nothing brings out the unique, natural beauty of your home quite like hardwood flooring. Whether you want the warm, rustic look of hand-scarped wood, the lush, modern look of a dark finish or something in between, you’re sure to find a hardwood that’s perfect for your home. But with so many options available, where do you start?

Our flooring experts have compiled their best advice to consider when shopping for hardwoods:

Your Home’s Style: What is the overall style of your home – Are your rooms clean and modern? Super casual? Rustic? It’s important to pinpoint the style or look that you’re going for in a room before you begin shopping for hardwoods. This will help you narrow down characteristics like wood species, gloss and shade. For example, dark, high-gloss woods add a warm, traditional feeling to a room while lighter, subdued shades have a casual, cozy flair.

Durability: It’s important to keep in mind that no hardwood floor is immune to wear and tear – However, the hardness of the wood you choose can determine the level of maintenance required to keep your floor looking its best. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind: the harder the wood, the less prone your floor is to indentations and scratches. If the floor will be in a higher traffic area, consider a harder wood like oak or maple.

Solid vs. Engineered Wood: Solid hardwood flooring is milled from a single, ¾ inch thick piece of hardwood and can be easily customized to your preference. Solid hardwood is at the mercy of your home’s humidity and may expand or contracts based on the humidity level, making it less than ideal for basements or other high-moisture spaces. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is produced with 3 to 5 layers of hardwood stacked in cross-grain configuration and bonded together using heat and pressure. This process makes engineered hardwood floors less susceptible to humidity and moisture making it ideal for any level of your home.

Installing hardwood flooring is an easy way to upgrade the look and improve the value of your home. At Rusmur Floors, we offer the largest selection of flooring in the tri-state area and we’re sure to have a hardwood perfectly suited to your needs. Stop in to one of our five showrooms today to learn more about our affordable hardwood flooring options.