LVT, WPC and laminate flooring are durable and come in many different hardwood and stone looks that make any space look beautiful. But is flooring just for floors? Not necessarily. Let's look at some ways to think outside the box with you flooring.
You might have recently had flooring installed, and you have some extra left over. What are you supposed to do with it? Don't underestimate the style and texture a wood or stone-look accent wall can bring to a space. In addition, wood planked ceilings are stunning and easy to achieve with lightweight materials like LVT, WPC, and laminate. Hardwood can also be used for ceilings and accent walls, but it’s just a bit more labor-intensive because of the weight of the wood (want to make sure it’s secure to your surface).
If you don’t have enough excess flooring for an accent wall, what else can you do with it? Wood or stone-look picture or mirror frames are a stylish and easy way to use up those extra pieces. How about a wood plank headboard? Since LVT, WPC, and laminate are lightweight and very durable, they’re easy to work with and can be used almost anywhere. You can use those extra pieces on the walls in other ways too like funky wall art or floating shelves. LVT, WPC, laminate, and even tile are perfect for covering shelves and tables, giving them a stylish wood or stone look. Another benefit to using that extra flooring to make accents in your space is that it draws the look of your space together with the color and texture of your floors.
Maybe you've already had your floors installed and have extra flooring, or maybe you’re about to buy new flooring. Either way, don't forget the other uses for the leftovers that can really draw your space together and make it unique.
There are many elements to consider when decorating your home. You may first think of color schemes, furniture, and accessories, but there is a décor secret you might have overlooked. Textures can play a very important part in achieving a desired design.
Textures add depth and help to draw a space together and complete a look. The amount of textures you use and where you use them will depend on the style you’re trying to achieve. For example, rustic styles will have many layers of textures, whereas modern motifs will use very few. Think about the style you want to achieve: does it have a streamlined-feel or a softer-curved line feel? As a rule of thumb, the simpler the design, the less texture you'll use and Vice versa.
Texture can be incorporated into a room through fabrics, such as that of furniture, throw pillows, drapes, rugs, and blankets. Additional depth can be added with artwork and accessories like vases, books, trays, and flowers. Floors can also provide a great deal of texture in a space, whether you have hardwood, tile, vinyl, carpet, laminate, or WPC. If your space requires a more streamlined look, go with a flooring that has a smooth, simple grain. If your space needs more texture, hardwood floors or wood-look floors offer many styles with features like scraped, brushed, knotted, and distressed planks. And of course, carpet, whether it’s wall-to-wall or a rug, adds warmth, softness, and depth to any room.
Textures are an important key to achieving the look you desire in your space. Keep in mind the simpler the design, the less textures you'll use. Furniture, accessories, and flooring all work to bring the design together.
Despite growing trends in flooring of all kinds, tile is still a favorite. Tile is not only loved for its durability and classic looks though; it’s keeping up with all the trends and making new ones. Let's take a look at some current and emerging tile trends and features.
For starters, wood-look tiles are here to stay with new looks and tile sizes like 6x36 and 4x28 that are perfect for using in herringbone patterns. Sizes are also getting bigger and better with new sizes like 12x24 and even 24x48! New textures and finishes are adding more style and enhancing the beauty of wood-look tile. Tile is taking on new shapes too with wood look tiles in planks, bricks, and hexagons of all sizes.
Tile doesn’t have to be limited to the floor either. You can take it up the walls to make quite a statement in your space. Tiled walls using large format wood, concrete, or brick make a big impact. New designs and materials in brick, metals, and printed patterns can take a backsplash or accent wall to the next level. The possibilities are endless with these new trends.
We see more and more people gravitating toward a seamless indoor-outdoor look in their homes. Wood-look porcelain tile is perfect for a hardwood look in your space that can flow to an outdoor living area for a seamless, open look with no worries about the weather. Or, if you like a more modern, industrial vibe, consider using concrete tiles in your home, and let them continue outside into an outdoor kitchen or patio.
Tile in the home continues to stand the test of time while evolving with new trends that we love. Next time you have a tile project, don't forget to explore your options and see what’s out there. You can find all the latest tile trends and fashions in our showroom. We’ll be happy to help you find the one that completes your home.
Recently a customer came in our store wanting to look at tile for her bathroom. She confessed she felt a little overwhelmed to see all the tile selections because she had no clue what she wanted or even were to start. You may have felt this way before. Some start a project with a very vivid idea of what they want, but a lot of people need direction and guidance. Having a more specific idea of what you want can make your home project more enjoyable as you see your ideas coming to fruition. The question is, “How do I get inspired?”
The internet is a great place to find home décor and renovation blogs, and you’re already off to a great start by reading ours! Home and décor blogs often cover many subjects that can help you get inspiration for your design projects. Here are some of our favorite sites:
Betters Homes and Gardens
Mohawk Home Scapes
While you’re browsing for inspiration, figuring out the color scheme you'd like to use in your space can help narrow down your choices. Look for pictures with your chosen hue to help you get a visual of your future space. Pictures and color schemes can help you draw ideas together. If you’re not really sure what your décor style is, try this quiz from HGTV to find your design personality.
Keep in mind that the perfect flooring provides the perfect foundation for the rest of your home. When you’re ready to go shopping, bring your pictures, color swatches, and anything else that inspires you so that our flooring experts can help you find the right flooring for your project. We have a wide selection of samples that you can take home and “preview” so that you can find the one that suits your whole vision for your home.
Finally, remember that your home should be a reflection of you, your personality and style. Don’t design your home around a look you hate just because it’s trendy or popular. Find what makes you comfortable and happy to be at home!
Despite the rise in popularity of hard surfaces, many people still love the coziness of carpet in their homes. While flooring trends come and go, carpet is still a favorite. Let's look at some classic and trendy carpet styles.
Before choosing a style, you need to consider the use and abuse your carpet may take. If you have an active family or pets, make sure to get a strong carpet made from a resilient material like Nylon and that is outfitted with pet stain and soil resistance. Carpet with level loop pile is a durable choice that resists crushing and matting because the bristles are uncut loops. Cut pile is the most popular choice and is durable because of the type of fiber used, the density of the tufts, and the amount of twists in the yarn.
When people think of carpet, they generally picture a low pile (height of the bristles) carpet that is a classic, neutral color that coordinates with pretty much any décor. Carpet can be a neutral backdrop or a focal point for your space. Beiges, light browns, and even some grays are great neutrals. If your room décor doesn’t have too many textures, you can also choose a neutral colored carpet with mixed colors to help hide stains.
For those that want carpet to speak up a little more, colors and patterns are back in style. Subtle hues in earthy greens and blue tints can give your room a pop of color. Textured and patterned carpets speak volumes in large or open rooms and are effective ways of adding style. Patterned carpets can be beautiful focal points for neutral or contemporary décor and are great for hiding stains. Adding a patterned carpet runner to stairs not only provides traction but also elegance and style. When using patterned carpet throughout a room, it's best to choose more neutral colors and simple patterns so the room doesn’t feel busy.
Carpet tiles were once relegated to commercial buildings because they are very durable and easy to change out if stained or ruined. But now, they have become a popular choice for the home and can be found in many colors and patterns. Carpet tiles are very good choices for basements or play rooms. It’s easy to get creative with fun looks, and they’re easy to replace if damaged. A popular design choice with carpet tiles is to border the room with hard surface flooring and cover the rest of the floor in carpet.
Carpet is still a favorite for comfort in the bedroom. Frieze (or shag) carpet with its high pile fibers provides excellent softness underfoot. Now you can even make your frieze carpet the focal point in your bedroom because you can find this style of carpet with subtle patterns!
Keep in mind how your carpet will function in your home, the traffic flow it will endure, and the style you’re looking for. Color is important to your overall décor, but so is pile length and feel. For more information on selecting carpet, visit our website, or come by our showroom to talk with a flooring specialist.
When it comes to building or remodeling projects, every space has different requirements depending on how the space will be used. How can you be sure you’re buying the right flooring for your space? Let's take a look at some tips to help you get the flooring that's just right for your space.
You may think, “Flooring is flooring, I just pick the kind that appeals to my eye,” but you could be making a bad choice. Think about what the space will be used for. Do you have kids or pets? If so, you will likely want to get a more durable flooring like rigid core waterproof flooring or Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet that will last and stand up to the traffic in your home. On the other hand, maybe you’re empty nesters ready to invest in something more luxurious like hardwood flooring or soft, premium carpet that increases your home’s value and appeal.
What if the space you’re building or renovating is not your forever home, and you’re preparing it to sell or rent? If this is the case, you’ll likely want to buy a less expensive flooring that will still add buyer appeal to your home. If you’re renting out the space, you may want a durable flooring that is easy to replace if damaged buy renters. Asking yourself questions like these will help you to get the most bang for your buck and find the right flooring for your space.
Once you've evaluated your space, share your results with your flooring sales representative. Having these questions answered beforehand will help you have a quicker and enjoyable buying experience. A little thought and planning can save you time and money and help you to find the perfect flooring for your needs.
Modern or mid-century modern has been popular since the 1950’s. Don't get the wrong idea though; it's by no means outdated. Like most décor, it has evolved and changed over time to become one of the most popular home styles. You don't have to have a mansion or skyscraper apartment to achieve the modern home. Modern décor is primarily made up of simple, clean lines and driven by functionality. The predominant color pallet used to achieve this design includes stark whites, grays, and taupes. The clean lines, light colors, and simple design of the modern look helps make your space feel larger and open.
When it comes to wall colors, primarily you want to stick to whites, grays and taupes, but the modern style looks great with a bold pop of bright color or texture. A colorful focal wall can make a statement, but you don’t have to be limited to this option. A brightly-colored or metallic, tiled focal wall in a geometric pattern makes quite an impression, along with textured accents made of simple grain wood looks, concrete, and metals.
For modern kitchens, tile backsplashes are the perfect accent to flat-planed, light-colored cabinets with minimal hardware. Choose geometric tiles with repeated patterns like grids, lines, or circles. If you prefer a simpler design, subway tiles aren’t just for farmhouses. You can still achieve a clean, modern look with subway tiles, and they’re also available in a variety of colors to add that extra something to your design.
For your floors, you can get modern looks in any floor covering you choose, whether it's hardwood, laminate, tile, LVT or WPC. Concrete-look tile is perfect for the industrial, modern look and even looks great on walls! If you prefer real wood or a wood look, opt for a simple grain pattern that doesn't look aged or worn. Wood is also not limited to just the floor! Wood and wood-look products like laminate, tile, LVT, WPC, and vinyl planks look amazing as accent walls.
Favorite modern wood flooring styles are light and dark (almost black) grays and white-washed looks. White-washed floors are quickly becoming the latest trend, provided an open feel and simple beauty. If you have a small space, lighter floors keep the space feeling open.
When it comes to décor, keep it simple. Try a canvas painting instead of a framed painting, and don't be afraid to bring in furniture that adds a pop of color, like a clean-lined, brightly colored arm chair or ottoman. Utilize furniture and accents made with angular or flowing designs and industrial materials like wood, plastic, and metal. Primary shapes and patterns are also key to a stream-lined look with straight-lined tables, cabinets, couches, and chairs.
When aiming to achieve a modern design, keep in mind your color scheme: light neutrals with pops of dark or bright colors as accents. Flowing, clean lines should be the rule of thumb for furniture and other accessories. Don't forget textures with wood, metals and concrete. Follow these tips and add your own style, and you'll have a beautifully modern home.
Today stress is easy to come by. Between work, family, and just daily living, it can be hard to find a moment of peace. Home is meant to be an escape from the stresses of the day. If you’re feeling frazzled, you need your space to give you a warm, calm feeling. Let's take a look at some design tips to help you feel at ease at home.
Do you have a place in your home were you like to get away? Maybe it's the bedroom, an office, or even just the living room. What can you do to your space to make it more calming? Color is a major factor when it comes to our emotions. Different colors affect us in different ways. For instance, pastel blues often trigger a relaxation response. When you couple light blues with beiges, taupes, and creams, you get a beachy feel, and the ocean has always been a symbol of relaxation, giving off a calm feeling.
Like blues, other calming colors like yellows and greens tend are derived from nature. The sun is essential for life and being with or without sun physiologically effects our moods. Brining some yellow into your space can give you that same warm feel of the sun. When it comes to tones of yellow, lighter is better than a deep yellow. You want your space to feel sunny but not look like a banana. Green is in the middle of the color spectrum and incorporates both warmth and coolness. Pairing green with white will lend a bright, crisp feel to your space. Other good colors to pair with yellows and greens are beiges, taupes, creams, whites, and grays, but be sure to keep them on the light side.
One factor of your home that brings in a lot of color and texture is your flooring. Wood flooring has always been equated with a warm feel. If you like solid hardwood or wood-look products, shoot for lighter colored wood looks with grain textures that don't feel busy. Simple, clean-lined textured floors can add to the calm feel of the space. Tile is another excellent choice with it's cool feel and natural stone looks that add feng shui to any space.
Another thing to keep in mind aside from the look of your flooring is the maintenance. Less maintenance equals less stress. For active families with kids and pets, a WPC-type flooring is an excellent choice. It’s waterproof and can easily be cleaned with vacuuming or a wet/dry mop combination and is available in wood and tile looks. If you’re going for carpet, be sure to opt for one with superior stain, wear, and soil resistance. Tile and vinyl are also excellent choices for easy cleaning.
They say, “A man’s (or woman’s) home is his/her castle.” Make your castle a restful retreat by utilizing calming color schemes and warm-toned, low-maintenance flooring. Colors derived from nature like light blue, yellow, and green help bring the soothing effects of the outdoors indoors. Choosing a low-maintenance flooring also helps take the stress out of cleaning so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your home.
Everyone needs their own space, a place to get away and have things just the way they like them. This is especially true for children whether they’re newborns or teens. Let's look at some design tips for fun and functional space for kids of all ages.
Every room begins with a good foundation: beautiful and functional flooring. Kids’ rooms and playrooms take a lot of wear and tear. For flooring that stands up to messes and high traffic, your best bet will be WPC, LVT, or stain-resistant carpet. Highly recommended products are Mohawk’s SolidTech WPC, Mannington’s Adura Max, and Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet. SolidTech and Adura Max are completely waterproof and come in a variety of wood and tile looks to suit any décor. WPC flooring is also a softer surface than traditional wood or tile. If it’s carpet you’re looking for, the softness, stain resistance, and durability of SmartStrand is unequaled. Whatever flooring you choose, choose a style that can “grow” with the room as your child ages.
Organization and easy access will be your best friend as your child grows from cradle to college. You don't have to have a big space to stay organized; just use your space wisely. If you can’t go out, go up with wall hooks, floating shelves, or shelves with slide-out containers. Buy multipurpose furniture pieces like a storage ottoman, combination dresser/changing table, and crib that converts to a full-size bed. Utilize any empty spaces (like under the bed) for pull out baskets or tubs to organize and store everything from toys to extra linens.
As needs and styles change, make the transition into your child's next stage of life smoother by picking furniture like convertible cribs or daybeds and using neutral paint colors. Your child's favorite color will likely change almost weekly, so it's best to choose a neutral paint color and use accent pieces, wall art, bedding, and personal mementos to bring in bright colors, patterns, and individual style.
When designing your kids’ spaces, remember that style and function need to go hand-in-hand. Keeping your flooring and paint color neutral and utilizing multi-functional furniture provides a great foundation for changes in needs and personal style. Pulling all these together to create a timeless look will allow the space to grow with your child.
Today’s tile is rising to new heights with variations in style, textures, shapes, and more. While traditional tile looks like travertine remain popular, hardwood looks, metals, and many other materials are emerging. Let's take a look at some classic tile designs and some of the trends for 2017.
Wood-look tile is taking over the tile market. Darker, rich looks remain popular to get the look of hardwood without the maintenance, but a whitewashed look has also made its way onto the design scene. The whitewashed look is very versatile. It goes perfectly with streamlined, contemporary designs for a clean, fresh look, but it’s also great for coastal and even rustic motifs. If you’re working with a smaller space, lighter colors and clean lines will make your space feel more open.
Wood-look tile has also taken over the bathroom, allowing you to have the look of wood with the durability of tile in areas with high moisture exposure. Long plank wood-look tile that continues to a tub surround or into the walk-in shower makes for a clean, flowing design. Take your décor up a notch by pairing wood-look tile with other materials such as glass or marble.
Designers still love the clean, simple look of Scandinavian style wood floors, and a popular wood-look that tile will take on this year is larch wood—a lighter wood look popular in the United Kingdom. Gray wood-look continues in popularity. It comes in many different tones or mixed with browns and beiges, matching well with many styles.
Tiles are also coming in many different shapes and sizes now. Daltile is introducing a 4” x 28” size tile that's perfect for a herringbone pattern. Daltile even has larger tiles, some 60 inches long. Hexagonal subway tile floors have reemerged in bathrooms, and the black and white patterns still make for a clean, open look. However, if you have a large bathroom, you may want to avoid using smaller patterned tiles that cover the whole floor. This can cause the space to feel busy and take away from the look of your bathroom.
In 2016, brick and subway tiles became all the rage for focal walls, backsplashes, and bathrooms, and they are still popular today. For brick walls, you don't have to have actual bricks to get the look you want. Tile can be found in brick styles and brick-shaped subway tiles. If you’re looking for an industrial, modern style, try a brick-look tile backsplash or focal wall with concrete and metal-look tile floors. Metal-look tile comes in more color options than just stainless, such as gun metal and pewter. Metal-look tile is more authentic but also offers styles you can't get anywhere else, like metal-influenced concrete looks. Pairing brick and metal tiles is a great way to accomplish an industrial, rustic style.
This year is shaping up beautifully for tile lovers. Brands such as Emser, Daltile, Marazzi, American Olean, and more continue to roll out new styles and designs. Stop by our showroom to browse our selection of in-stock and special-order tile and imagine the possibilities!