Creating the Perfect Farmhouse-Style​ ​Kitchen

Creating the Perfect Farmhouse-Style​ ​Kitchen

There is no one, right way to creating the perfect farmhouse kitchen, but certain materials, aesthetics, and accessories will give you that desired rustic yet elegant look. From Tuscan or French to All-American, this classic style draws inspiration from a variety of styles. Here are a few tips and trends to follow when designing your new farmhouse kitchen.

Cabinets

Traditional farmhouse kitchens have light base colors such as white, cream, or gray. If you are going for a more modern look, navy and sage are also popular colors for cabinets. According to hgtv.com, shaker style cabinets are the most universal, making them easy to customize to your tastes by incorporating unique hardware and adding glass-front doors, a popular design feature. You may also choose to extend the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling for extra storage or do floor to ceiling cabinets for an accent wall.

Open shelving is also an option common in farmhouse kitchens, allowing you to showcase kitchenware or accessories that will accentuate the space. If you opt for this more open feel, look for materials such as natural woods that bring the outside in.

Islands

Kitchen islands can provide additional countertop space as well as seating, but are not necessary to making your kitchen complete. Deborah Pierce, Principal at Pierce Lamb Architects in West Newton, Massachusetts says “kitchens should have an extra 11 x 11 feet of space to accommodate and island.” She adds that islands should be “no smaller than 4 ft long and 2 ft deep”. If your dream farmhouse kitchen allows for an island, you can use the same cabinetry as your wall cabinets in the same color for a more cohesive look.

If you like to mix it up, an island in a contrasting or accent color adds a more modern element to the farmhouse style. If you do not have the room for an island, but want additional prep space, a peninsula or a moveable cart are great options as well.

Countertops

Kitchen countertops should be functional and durable, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice style! To achieve the farmhouse look, there are many different kinds of materials to choose from. For a more rustic and lived-in feel, butcher block countertops are popular and ideal. They can withstand any chopping or cutting and can easily be repaired using mineral oil to buff out any scratches or burns.

Marble and soapstone countertops fit nicely into a more classy farmhouse style kitchen, depending on the specific look you are going for. Marble is beautiful, light in color and perfect for baking enthusiasts, but much more expensive. Soapstone is easy to maintain, dark in color and will continue to darken over time, creating the perfect contrast to lighter cabinets. If your taste is more modern, concrete countertops are also a great option. They can be created in a variety of colors, have a sleek finish and will last a lifetime.

Flooring

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, so it’s important to make sure your floors can withstand all the wear and tear of heavy traffic. Houzz.com offers two basic options that will create the perfect farmhouse-style kitchen are wood or tile. Solid hardwood floors can be sanded down and refinished to eliminate any scratches, but are not the best option for kitchens as they’re not as water-tight.

Engineered hardwood, or laminate, is a less expensive option and more water-resistant, but any imperfections the incur cannot be buffed out. To really capture the rustic farmhouse look, barn plank floors are a budget-friendly choice and very authentic. The planks are generally wider and offer unlimited styling options.

Tile floors are popular in slate or ceramic and the colors are endless. Slate tiles can be randomly placed for a natural cobblestone effect, but prone to scratches and stains. Ceramic will be your best option if you want low maintenance and foresee lots of wear.

Vinyl is cost-efficient and offers a wide variety of looks such as tile, wood, or stone. If you’re feeling adventurous, cork or brick floors will be a standout feature sure to set your kitchen apart from all the rest.

Sinks

You can’t have the perfect farmhouse kitchen without a farmhouse sink! This is what ties the entire look together and is often a standout piece. The apron on the front is what distinguishes it as farmhouse-style and is much deeper than the average kitchen sink. They are available in single or double-bowl and come in all kinds of colors and textures. Porcelain is the most popular material and goes well with light or dark cabinets but tends to show discoloration after time. Fireclay looks like porcelain but is more durable and resistant to chipping. It’s also pricey, but there’s a good chance it will never need replaced.

If your kitchen has more of a modern farmhouse vibe, stainless steel is clean and sleek yet affordable. If you’re going for a mix of rustic and modern, copper is a fun twist with its hammered finish and natural patina coloring. Per houzz.com, copper sinks can be created with a patina finish, or you can have it installed and let the finish develop on its own over time.

Farmhouse style can be interpreted in many ways and customized to individual tastes. However, there a few universal guidelines to keep in mind as you begin your kitchen remodel. First and foremost, the space should be functional. From the layout to the design, keep in mind how you use the room you have and go with what works best for you. Additionally, it’s important to be cost-effective, but not cheap. Investing in high quality materials will keep your kitchen looking nice and in good condition for many years to come.

Finally, to stay in line with the farmhouse look, incorporate accessories that will add to it such as mason jars, glass canisters, and galvanized metals. At the end of the day you should have fun, showcase your personality and enjoy your brand new farmhouse kitchen!

Installing Hardwood Floors vs. Installing LVT Floors

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After you have spent time researching types of floors and looking through our samples, it’s time to install the floors into your home. Rusmur Floors has a team of experts who will install your hardwood and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) floors. Before the installation process begins however, there are a few things to consider. Some aspects of the installation process for hardwood and LVT are similar, and some are very different. Below are three categories of price, timeline, and  preparation where we compare the two kinds of flooring in regards to installation.

Price

Hardwood floors in general are more expensive than LVT floors, and that also applies to installation. The price of hardwood installation comes in at about twice as much as luxury vinyl tile installation. This isn’t necessarily because of the way they install it, but because of the source of hardwood versus the source of LVT. Hardwood is a natural source and LVT is not, so therefore hardwood is more expensive to buy, install, and upkeep than vinyl tile.

Timeline

From selecting the floors up until the installation process, both hardwood and LVT floors take 2 to 3 weeks to complete. Once the floors are selected and delivered, they need to be left alone for an estimated 48 hours to acclimate to the environment. Installing the hardwood floors takes about 1 to 3 days and then up to 2 weeks prior to sanding for hardwood floors. This timeline includes the time it takes to prepare for installation as well as cleanup after installation.

Preparation

Remove any furniture, decor, and valuables from the walls of the rooms you will be having the floors installed in before your scheduled appointment. As mentioned before, make sure the floors have arrived at your home at least two days prior to starting the installation process, to be properly acclimated to the environment. Once your floors arrive, make sure they do not have any damages or defects. For both luxury vinyl tile and hardwood flooring, make sure you read the warranty, installation instructions, and manufacturer’s instructions prior to when the installation team arrives. It is also good to prepare for the post-installation clean up. Prior to installation, have a plan in place to clean any leftover dust, dirt, or extra materials that can pile up during this process.

Want to learn more about the similarities and differences between hardwood and LVT floors? Check out our Hardwood vs. LVT guide and stay tuned for our next blog that discusses in-depth the upkeep and maintenance for both types of flooring!

 

How to Style White Flooring

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It’s no secret that the color white has been an ongoing interior design trend, and the trend only seems to grow. If you’re in the market for new floors, and are looking specifically for white floors, our Rusmur Floors team can help narrow down the options. Picking the color or shade for your floors is half the battle, now it’s time to pick which type of white flooring you’d like for your home, as well as how to style it. Continue reading for advice on how to design your rooms around each kind of white flooring, whether you choose carpet, hardwood or tile.

White Carpet/White Area Rugs

White carpet is the perfect choice if you’re searching for a fresh look while focusing on comfort. Another bonus? With bright white carpet, you have endless options for styling the rest of the room! If you’d like to keep your color scheme neutral, stick to shades of beige, olive green, and dark brown for your furniture and decor to pair with the white carpet. You can also pair the white carpet with bold colors of bright orange, yellow, or pink if you would rather display a stand-out design. If you don’t want to commit to an all white carpet in the entire room, a white area rug is a great option to cover less square footage, yet still be on-trend.

White Hardwood

White hardwood, or white wood flooring, is a more contemporary way of participating in the white flooring trend. This type of flooring would be especially great for kitchens and dining rooms. To create a more elegant look to your interior, install accent marble countertops or decor to compliment the white wood. White plank wood floors can also be styled as a rustic cozy room, by adding faux fur rugs, grey decor, and other wood features.

White Tile

White tile flooring is best for bathrooms to give the illusion of more space. Glossy white tile combined with all white countertops will make the most out of the square footage you have in your bathrooms, whether it’s a powder room or an en suite! Gold or copper accents would pair perfectly with white tile in this room.

If you want to discuss more white flooring options, or check out what we have available at our stores, visit us at any of our locations!

How to Use your Sunroom During Fall & Winter

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In Western Pennsylvania, sunrooms are valuable spaces as the weather starts to cool off. These rooms can provide warmth in the cooler hours of the day while still allowing you to bask in the sunshine of midday, regardless of the temperature outside. The sunroom is perfect for easing you into autumn’s brisk temperatures, especially if you have the right flooring and a climate controlled room.With the right decor and flooring choices, you can use sunrooms 365 days a year, not just in the summer!

Vinyl, sometimes referred to as LVT, and carpeted floors are the best choices to use  for your sunroom if you want to use it year-round. These floorings options are most tolerant to Western PA’s extreme temperature changes and humidity swings. With the right flooring, it is easy to transition your sunroom from fall to winter.

Add an Area Rug
When you want to change things up for the colder seasons, an area rug can be a great complement to your flooring choice. It’s an easy way to incorporate new colors into the room. Not only a good source of color and themes, an area rug can help warm up the room as well. For any parts of the room not covered by the rug, keep your favorite slippers by the room’s doorway and don’t forget to bring a hot cup of your favorite tea in with you!

Decorate with Holiday Pieces
As the holidays get closer and closer, it is a good time to break out the holiday decor and to remember your sunroom while you are decorating! A few holiday decorations can be placed around the room will help to make it seasonal. Your decor choices can be as simple as a pumpkin as a centerpiece, a wreath on a wall, or a vase of fall foliage placed somewhere you can enjoy it.

Bring out the Pillows and Blankets
Consider investing in a few decorative pillows and throw blankets that would make your sunroom cozy for the cooler months. These items could be holiday themed or just colors and patterns that you find pleasing. They will help to make the room more inviting and tempt you from the rest of the house to enjoy the occasional balmy winter day from your sunroom.

These little decor ideas will transition your sunroom to the perfect cozy autumn space that you will keep enjoying into the winter months.

Reach out to us today if you have any questions about what flooring would best suit your needs and don’t forget to check out our collection of floors suitable for sunrooms at any of our 5 locations!

Designing a Bedroom on a Budget

After a long day, there’s nothing more relaxing than coming to your humble abode and being in your own space. While not everyone has a large budget to spend, you can still create the bedroom of your dreams with these tips:

  • Accent wall: If you’re looking to add some color to your space, painting an accent wall will give your bedroom the life it needs to make your room feel homier.
  • DIY: You can create a headboard for your bed, refurbish old door knobs or drawer handles, or even paint over your dresser to give your bedroom the look you’ve always wanted.
  • Plants: Adding some greenery to your space will make it feel more Zen and calming when walking into your room, especially if it’s been a busy day and you’re looking to relax for a few moments.
  • Clear the Clutter: Add shelving units or storage under the bed to get rid of some of the clutter. Your bedroom will feel like the big space you want.
  • Canopy: If you have some extra fabric from your last DIY project, you can make a canopy to make your space look more luxurious. Even if you don’t have fabric around, you can easily find an inexpensive roll.
  • Lighting: Lighting can give your room a chic, simple feel. Lamps, candles and even white Christmas lights can give you that effect.
  • Throw Pillows: Find some inexpensive throw pillows to accent your bed and to give it the comfy, cloud-like feel you want when you put your head down at night.

 

Do you have other tips on how to design a bedroom on a budget? Share them with us in the comment section below!

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Decorating Your Home for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we want to make sure that you have all the essentials to get your home in the spirit for the best holiday in October! Here are a few tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween:

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  • Front porch: Sprinkle Halloween on your front porch with pumpkins that have either been carved, painted or anything else creative you can think of. You can also decorate your front porch with straw hay that’s bundled together with themed Halloween ribbon.
  • Doors: Decorate your doors with Halloween themed wreaths. You can make your own wreath with your favorite ribbon, pumpkins, spiders or anything else that fits your decorating needs. You can also buy Halloween wreaths at your nearest craft store.
  • Windows: Place Halloween themed window clings on your windows, create silhouettes to hang in your windows, or if you really love Halloween, you could hang window treatments to really get your home in the spirit!
  •  Entry-Way: When trick-or-treaters arrive at your doorstep, you want to make sure they see the fun decorations you have for Halloween. You can set up a cauldron with a fog machine inside the pot, witches’ shoes, dimly lit electric candles or tall pillar candles.
  • Inside Your Home: Strategically place candles or fake skulls that you got from a Halloween store around your home. Add fake frogs or eyeballs in jars to really get into Halloween or dress up your walls with “spooky” paintings or spider webs.

Do you have other tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween? Share with us in the comment section below!