Spring Refresh: The Latest Style & Flooring Trends

The arrival of spring is always an exciting time of year. Warm weather, longer days, and plenty of sunshine are just around the corner. It’s also the perfect time of year to refresh your home by updating your flooring with new materials or trying out a new layout design. Whether you prefer hardwood, laminate, carpet or tile, these types of flooring offer big style in a variety of ways. Here are some ideas for how to incorporate the latest trends into your home.

Hardwood/Laminate

When it comes to hardwood, the possibilities are endless. Laminate is a great budget-friendly option, but more people are craving real hardwood floors. Although they present a higher upfront cost, real hardwood can be refinished over time and restained to match the ever-changing trends. They’re incredibly durable and add more value to your home as well.

Furthermore, homeowners are passing up the immensely popular warm, reddish toned hardwood floors for richer, darker, and cooler colors. Blends of ebony and dark walnut are quickly becoming all the rage along with rich browns and dark grays and in some cases, solid black. While these colors look great, they do require a dedicated amount of maintenance as dust and any scratches or imperfections are easy to spot. Conversely, going dark is a great way to cover up any differences in flooring materials, creating a smooth, cohesive look.

If the darker shades are a little too intense for your taste, not to worry! The two hottest flooring trends in 2018 cover both ends of the spectrum: very dark and very light. Grays, gray blends, and white washed hardwood flooring is also very popular and of-the-moment. However, achieving this trendy look can be difficult. The process of staining wood floors gray is tricky and time consuming and white washing floors have a tendency to blow the budget.

The happy medium would be light, natural looking floors with more muted colors that avoid the yellow undertones that typically come through. The benefits of this type of hardwood include easy maintenance and several environmentally friendly and practical options. Go with a flat finish, such as matte or satin, for a low sheen and more sophisticated feel to avoid looking outdated.

Carpeting & Tile

Carpet can feel just as luxurious and high-end as hardwood with the right combination of pattern, color and texture, the three biggest factors that play into the hottest trends for spring 2018.

Nature-inspired patterned carpet along with carpet tiles and geometric patterns can add visual interest and eclectic feel to any room. Statement walls and art pieces have been popular for some time, but now your flooring can also share in the spotlight. Geometric designs are wildly popular among tile designs and are not limited to flooring. Most common in kitchens and bathrooms, funky and unique tile designs can go beyond flooring and used for backsplash and wall designs as well.

Despite the popularity of white kitchens, bathrooms, and walls, pops of vibrant colors all across the entire color wheel can be unexpected, funky, and fresh. Taking a risk with colored carpeting could have a big style payoff, so don’t be afraid to mix bold colors with different patterns or stripes. A brand new trend for 2018 is carpet with a hint of shimmer and shine, a look that takes an otherwise neutral color to the next level. Perfect for blush, grey, and lilac tones this style adds a touch of vibrancy to a sophisticated feel. Pair it with shimmery wallpaper or decorative paint for an even more glamorous aesthetic.

Getting out of bed in the morning might not be your favorite part of the day, but having your feet land on soft, touchable carpet can make it a little better. Soft carpeting is making a huge statement in looks and practicality all while adding extra character to your home. This trend offers silky-smooth materials and durability with convenient built-in stain resistance, an exciting added feature for households with kids or pets.

Ways to Use Leftover Wood and Tile Flooring

Do you have leftover wood or tile from a flooring project you did? You can put those flooring scraps to good use with some fun DIY projects. With this compilation of suggestions, you’ll have fun getting in touch with your creativity:

Wood Flooring

You can use leftover wood floor scraps in a number of ways. Here are eight ways you can use them up:

  • Wainscoting
  • A doormat in a sheltered area
  • Cabinet doors
  • Smooth out wallpaper
  • Cover the ceiling
  • Photo frames
  • Coffee tables
  • Level soil or sand

Tile Flooring

Here are six ways to use that extra tile:

  • Coasters
  • Frame a mirror
  • Cover a tabletop
  • A serving tray
  • Hang artwork on the wall
  • Decorate large pieces of tile with photos

 

You can easy find step-by-step instructions for many of these projects! Next month, we’ll offer suggestions on how you can use leftover laminate and vinyl flooring pieces, so stay tuned.

Do you have other suggestions on how to use leftover wood or tile flooring? Share with us in the comment section below!

Hardwood and tile floor in residential home kitchen and dining room

Insulating Your Home for the Cold Months

Winter is just around the corner so it’s important to find efficient, inexpensive ways to keep your home warm over the next couple of months. In order to keep your home from getting too drafty and cold, here are 5 tips for you to use all winter long:

  • Thick Curtains: Blackout curtains will help contain the heat in your home. You can also buy a fleece liner or a PVC shower curtain to line your existing curtains. During the day, leave the curtains open to let the sun in to heat your home naturally, but in the evening, close up the curtains to keep the heat inside.House in Snow
  • Weatherproof Air Leaks: Air leaks in windows, doors, in the attic or anywhere else can cause your home to lose heat. Contain those leaks with weatherproof strips, caulking, foam and reflective foil material.
  • Space Heaters: Remember to turn down the thermostat in the house before using a space heater. Space heaters work best in walled-in rooms, such as a bedroom, because it keeps the heat in that room. A space heater is less likely to heat the whole room if it’s in an open area.
  • Storm Windows: Storm windows can be used all year-round and some even offer low-emissivity coating to cut the heat loss even more.
  • Plug Up the Chimney: To keep the heat from escaping your home, plug your chimney with a chimney balloon when you’re not using it. You can buy the balloons or create your own with cardboard and bubble wrap.

Do you have other ways to keep your home warm during the winter months? Share with us in the comment section below.

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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Now Hiring: Inside Sales Associate – Retail Flooring / Design

Are you a driven and motivated individual looking to take your career to the next level? Rusmur Floors Carpet One is offering a dynamic and skilled individual an opportunity to achieve professional success by joining our team as an Inside Sales Associate. The Inside Sales Associate is primarily focused on servicing and maintaining relationships with residential customers and new construction customers and clients. If you meet our background requirements and are looking to grow your career with a great company that rewards success, this Inside Sales Associate position is the ideal opportunity for you!

Responsibilities

As an Inside Sales Associate, you are responsible for assisting Rusmur Floors’ customers and clients; assisting customers in making the proper flooring choice and scheduling appointments for estimates; and maintaining updated price lists, and a well-organized and clean showroom.

Working in a well-maintained showroom environment, the Inside Sales Associate will be expected to generate leads from the customers and clients they assist; maintain relationships with current and previous customers; and provide excellent support and insight when requested.

Other responsibilities for the Inside Sales Associate will include:

  • Maintaining a level of professional knowledge about flooring products in order to better sell to and service our customers and clients
  • Taking flooring orders and confirming material arrival and delivery with customers and clients.
  • Assisting in showroom promotions and events

Requirements

Our most successful Sales Associates have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but all have approached this position aggressively and have been willing to put in hard-work to build their customer base. We look for Sales Associates with strong communication skills, an upbeat attitude and the ability to multi-task proficiently.

To apply, please email Denny DePretis at Denny@rsfloor.wpengine.com