Flooring Design

The floor is the fifth wall in designing any room, so don’t ignore it! Use these tips and tricks to help Bolivia 765_Plank_LGyou get the most out of your flooring design:

When deciding on flooring, you want to focus on looks and functionality. As far as functionality goes, you’ll need to decide how you’re going to use the room before picking out a material, taking into account things like moisture in the room and traffic the room will get.

Next, consider what you want to flooring in the room to achieve. For instance, wall to wall carpet can reduce sound, tile laid diagonally can make a room appear larger and patterned rugs and carpets hide stains better.

When shopping for flooring, be open to new materials and technology you may not have considered, but go for quality material with a timeless look instead of too trendy. Flooring is a big investment that can last for years and years so take your time deciding.

If you already have design ideas for the room, bring paint samples and swatches with you when shopping to help achieve a cohesive look.

Stop into any of our five locations today and our staff will be happy to guide you picking out your ideal flooring

Kitchen Counters: How to Pick the Right One for You

Picking out your kitchen counters for a remodel or a home build is one of the most important components of the design. There are many materials to choose from depending on your budget, habits and design style. Here are a few of the most popular options and their pros and cons:

Marble
Pros: Relatively durable and heat-resistant
Elegant, traditional counter choice that can add resale value to your home

Cons: One of the most expensive options
Needs periodic resealing
Susceptible to stains

Solid-Surfacing
Pros: Comes in various colors and patterns
Durable, resists stains and moisture
No sealing required
Seamless installation
Can be repaired with light buffing

Cons: Not heat-resistant
Knives can scratch the surface

Butcher-block
Pros: Adds warmth to a kitchen
Can be refinished multiple times
Ages beautifully

Cons: Must be oiled frequently
Susceptible to water damage
Needs frequent disinfecting

Quartz
Pros: Available in a broad range of colors
Durable and low-maintenance
Non-porous

Cons: Expensive compared to other options

Granite
Pros: Durable
Resistant to heat, scratches and stains

Cons: May need resealing to prevent stains
Very heavy – will require lower cabinets that can support the weight

Laminate
Pros: Affordable
Lightweight
Comes in a multitude of colors

Cons: Not heat-resistant
Can scratch easily
Not easy to repair if damaged

There are also more unconventional options you can consider for your kitchen such as concrete, tile, soapstone and stainless steel. Ultimately, the choice depends on the look you want to achieve, your budget and how much time you’re willing to put into maintaining your counters.

Decorating an Outdoor Space: Flooring

It’s starting to warm up out there finally! Time to make your outdoor space the perfect place to lounge and dine in the sun. The first step in designing your outdoor space is the floor! There are a wide variety of flooring choices that can be used in outdoor spaces:

  • Concrete is one of the most durable options for outdoor flooring. It is inexpensive and low-maintenance. However, if it cracks, it can be hard to repair. With that in mind, concrete pavers are another good option – individual pavers can be replaced if they crack. Concrete can also be “stamped” to mimic stone, brick, etc.
  • Wood decking is one of the most popular outdoor flooring options, but it requires a decent amount of maintenance. It must be cleaned and resealed every few years to prevent damage.
  • Slate is another popular outdoor flooring choice that is easy to maintain. Slate also comes in a range colors to match any color scheme. A word of warning however, slate can become slippery when wet.
  • Brick is a classic outdoor flooring choice that is relatively low maintenance. Brick surfaces can shift with the ground over time though, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re choosing brick.
  • Travertine is a limestone with colors ranging from tan to red. The flooring is perfect for a Tuscan style atheistic. Travertine is a long lasting material with proper care and resealing.

What flooring surface did you use in your outdoor area? Let us know in the comments!

How to Find Your Design Style

The key to designing a home with a cohesive look and feel is to know your design style and then purchase pieces that fit in that style.

To find your design style it’ll take a bit of time and examination of what you do and don’t like. Some ways to do this are:

  • Look around your home – There are probably clues to your style. Colors in your wardrobe, jewelry choices, colors you use around the house a lot, the amount of clutter, etc.
  • Visit Pinterest – Create a board (it can be private if you’d like) and spend some time pinning things that catch your eye, regardless of if you want your home to look just like that or not. Go back through these pins and identify common themes, colors and styles to start to get a sense of your design style. You can also do this with home design magazines.
  • Think of homes in your neighborhood or friend/family homes you admire – What draws you to them? Notice styles and colors you like.
  • Sometimes knowing what you don’t like is more helpful than knowing what you do like. Write down items, styles, colors, etc. that you don’t like. Keep this list with you or at least in your mind while shopping so you don’t let an impulse buys get the best of you!

Do you know what your design style is? How did you figure it out? Let us know in the comments!