2016 Flooring Trends

The New Year 2016will be here before we know it! If you’re considering renovating your home in the coming year, here are some trends that will be hot in 2016:

  • Increased use of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) in place of laminate and hardwood flooring. LVT is more durable, making it ideal for homes with pets and children, and in high-traffic and high-moisture areas like the kitchen.
  • Gray tones are perfect neutral color that can complement all kinds of design styles and provide a clean palette for your furniture and decorations.
  • Weathered flooring and natural imperfections provide texture and “realness” to a space and go well with the popular farmhouse decorating style. Reclaimed materials are also eco-friendly, which is a big concern for some consumers.
  • Mixed-width planks allow for a more natural feel that doesn’t feel too perfect.
  • Carpets and rugs in natural fibers such as wool and sisal will continue to be popular choices in 2016 because of their eco-friendliness.
  • Extremes when it comes to hardwood floor colors, depending on which look people want their home to achieve. Dark wood floors, such as walnut, can help people achieve a high-end look. At the opposite end of the spectrum, light-colored wood will be popular for people who wish to achieve an airy, modern look.
  • In 2016, we will continue to see the popularity of chevron, herringbone, parquet and other interesting tile layouts to add texture and interest to a space.

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!

Winter Activities around Pittsburgh

With the temperatures dropping, snowmanit’s easy to get restless sitting around inside, but there are still plenty of activities around Pittsburgh that can keep you and your family busy during the winter months! Here are some of our favorite ones:

  1. Skiing at Seven Springs or Hidden Valley.
  2. Ice skating at one of the ice rinks in the area – PPG Ice Rink is our favorite!
  3. Snow tubing at Boyce Park.
  4. If it’s not too cold or too snowy, a winter hike is always beautiful!
  5. Spend the day having fun at Wildwood Highlands.
  6. Exploring any of the museums in Pittsburgh is a perfect winter activity – There are so many to choose from for all ages.
  7. Cook! Winter is great for trying out new, more time-consuming recipes. Try making a nice hearty meal to warm you up!
  8. Bake a bunch of cookies and have a cookie swap party.
  9. Curl up by the fireplace with a good book and a mug of hot cocoa, or just watch the snow fall outside. Don’t have a fireplace? Fake it on your computer or TV with this video!
  10. If you don’t mind driving a bit, visit an indoor water park and pretend you’re in the tropics. Great Wolf Lodge is just under 3 hours away in Sandusky, OH and Splash Lagoon is only an hour and forty five minutes away in Erie, PA.
  11. Build a snow fort, and while you’re at it, have a snowball fight, make some snowmen and snow angels!
  12. Go “camping” in the living room – You can even build a fort to use instead of a tent!
  13. Knit scarves, hats and gloves to keep everyone in your family warm!
  14. Burn off some calories and tire the kids out at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.
  15. On a not too cold day, head to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium for smaller crowds and a new experience at the zoo!

What are some of your favorite winter activities in the Pittsburgh area? Let us know in the comments!