2015 Flooring Trends

Ready for an update in your home for the New Year? Check out our list of 2015 trends in flooring that you should try!

Wood-look Porcelain Tile Planks
Why it’s hot in 2015

  • Technology in flooring has come a long way, making the wood look more realistic than ever.
  • Tile is more durable and easier to clean than hardwood flooring.
  • The price point of tiles can be cheaper than hardwood flooring, depending on the brand and quality you choose.
  • Porcelain tiles are more resistant to moisture than traditional hardwood flooring, allowing you to get a cohesive “hardwood look” throughout your home by using porcelain wood-look tiles in spaces not typically recommended for hardwoods, such as bathrooms.

Large Format Ceramic Tile (Larger than 16”x16”)
Why it’s hot in 2015

  • Larger format tile allows for fewer grout lines that are also thinner, making it more pleasing to the eye.
  • With less grout to clean, it can be easier to maintain and clean.
  • Larger scale tile can make room feel larger.

Weathered Hardwood
Why it’s hot in 2015

  • Most designers will tell you that texture can improve the design of a room by adding dimension and visual interest – Weathered hardwood is the perfect way to add texture to the floors!
  • These floors go with the farmhouse style of decorating that continues to be popular.
  • Ideal if you have children or pet, as it hides nicks, scratches and other imperfections the way traditional hardwood cannot.

Low-Profile Carpet in Lighter Colors
Why it’s hot in 2015

  • Lighter colors make rooms appear larger and airy.
  • Low-profile carpet is low maintenance, durable and easy to clean, making it child and pet-friendly.
  • Low-profile carpet is budget-friendly.

Have any questions? Call or stop into any of our locations today and we’ll be happy to assist you in finding your perfect flooring for the New Year!

Caring for Your Area Rugs

Area rugs can be a significant investment, so keep them in top shape with these tips: Caring for Your Area Rugs

  • When you first get your rug, put a pad underneath it to prevent it from sliding around and to help retain its original appearance.
  • Rotate rugs once or twice a year to even out the wear and prevent traffic and sunlight patterns from appearing.
  • Vacuum regularly to keep dirt and dust from accumulating, avoiding the fringe while doing so. For reversible rugs, vacuum both sides.
  • If you have pets, use a stiff brush to remove pet hair left behind after vacuuming.
  • Smaller rugs can often be shaken out outside to remove dirt and dust instead of vacuuming.
  • For special types of rugs, keep care tags on file or consult the manufacturer to avoid costly care mistakes.
  • Wash rugs following manufacturer’s instructions. Professional cleaning is recommended when a rug has set-in stains or appears dirty.
  • Act quickly when spills occur to prevent them from setting in. Always blot, instead of rubbing the stain, which can force the spill deeper.
    • Solids should be removed with a blunt object. (The exception being latex paint, which should be rinsed with water and then blotted with white paper towels.)
    • Absorb moisture from spills with white paper towels or napkins.
    • Use lukewarm water with a bit of carpet shampoo to blot stains.
    • If that doesn’t work, use a solvent according to manufacturer’s suggestions, but test it in an inconspicuous spot first. Also, remember never to over wet the stain while using the solvent.
    • Once the stain is removed, make sure the rug is completely dry before walking on it or moving furniture.

Quality area rugs with the proper care should last you a very long time – If you have more specific questions regarding the care of your rug, consult the manufacturer.

How to: Sell Your Home during the Holidays

While it isn’t ideal to sell your home during the holidays, it can be done! To combat the disadvantages of selling during the holidays, try these tips:

  • Pick the right real estate agent: Ask friends and family to recommend agents who will make the process easier for you by being dedicated to selling your house through the busy holiday season.
  • Target the right buyers: Have your real estate agent target buyers on a deadline, such as those relocating for jobs.
  • Price your home fairly: Don’t gradually make price reductions on your home, price it to sell when you list it.
  • Decorate tastefully: Your home should feel inviting and cozy, especially during the winter months, so decorate accordingly. Avoid adding too many decorations though, which can obscure your home and distract buyers.
  • Update your curb appeal: Curb appeal is the first thing buyers notice about your home, and in winter with bare trees it will be even more noticeable. Touch up exterior paint, make sure the front porch is inviting, clean up the yard and for safety, ensure that your walkways, driveway and steps are clear of ice, snow and leaves.
  • Take great photos and videos: These days, buyers start their house hunting online. This is even truer in winter when cold temperatures and snow can make leaving the comfort of their own home seem daunting. With that in mind, create top-quality photos to be listed online – high-resolution photos in good lighting when your home is looking clean and organized. Consider a well-shot video tour of your home to really give buyers a feel for the space.

Lastly, relax and remember there is one advantage to selling during this time – Buyers are often looking to move quickly, meaning they will be more serious and competitive!