Design Trends and Inspiration
Maybe you’ve already tried a variety of ways to add eye-catching color into your home. Like statement furniture, new curtains, and perhaps even a plant or two. Yet if you feel as though you’re still missing that pop of brightness, here are a few ways you can bring colorful home décor into your space.
Let Stairs Take the Stage
You might not think of your stairs as the “main character” for home décor, but they can be as beautiful as they are practical. Consider painting the banisters a brighter shade than the spindles—or vice versa—to give your space a much-needed pop of color. Or think about giving the stairs themselves a makeover, by selecting beautifully patterned carpet or fresh, new hardwood to adorn each step.
Put a Twist on Terracotta
What are plants without gorgeous homes of their own? Break out your terracotta pots and plain vases, because it’s time to decorate. Using lively shades of acrylic or spray paint, give your plant holders the makeover they deserve. You can even go wild with stencils and chalk. For optimal color selection, see which hues pair best with the plants you’re growing. After all, green is always in style.
Organization Is a Beautiful Thing
Need to add some pizzazz to your kitchen? Hang some hooks above your kitchen counter, and then let boldly colored coffee mugs dangle from them for a whole new way to organize. You can even mix and match mug shades to create patterns. Plus, if you have room and the space to do so, you can prop up your plates for a similar display. Adding these colorful accents to your kitchen will give it a whole new look.
Spice Up Your Backsplash
Don’t forget about your kitchen walls. A new backsplash can do wonders. Find brightly colored tile to make the room pop, and then style it accordingly. Go ceramic aqua, navy checkered, or even multi-colored. No matter the selection, your backsplash will draw the eye and make your kitchen feel brand-new.
Frame Things Just Right
Gallery walls are all the rage right now. They’re a great way to display your best memories and liven up empty space in your home. Not to mention, they’re pretty easy to assemble. Start by printing your chosen photos and gathering a variety of colorful frames. Once you’ve put those together, use a measuring tape, adhesive, and a keen eye to place the frames to your liking. The result? Your new favorite wall.
So when you’re ready to mix things up in the color department, give these ideas a try. Soon, the colors in your home will match the liveliness of the people in it.
Looking for even more ways to renovate? Simply stop by your local Flooring America. We have a wide selection of hardwood, luxury vinyl, laminate, carpet, and more to help make your home as beautiful as it can be.
When it comes to style, the 1980s tend to get a bad rap. It was, after all, the time of leg warmers and mullets. But the truth is, many of the decade’s fashion statements have come back around—especially in interior design. From large windows to patterned carpet, you can still look to the past for decorative advice. Here are a few ways to do just that.
Translucent furniture was incredibly popular during the ’80s. And while we might have taken a turn since then from Lucite to glass, see-through pieces still very much have a place in your home. Consider adding light touches to open up a space, such as a glass coffee table, an open-paneled bookshelf, or even a reflective countertop in your bathroom.
While muted tones are in right now, a pop of color here and there can really make a room sing. Try channeling your ’80s nostalgia by infusing bright shades into your projects. Place a set of vibrant pink throw pillows on your beige couch, contrast your wooden kitchen island with lively orange stools, or accessorize your living room with that vivid green armchair. Used sparingly, neon colors will act as delightful additions to your humble abode.
Glass Walls and Windows
Though the sweeping glass-brick walls of the ’80s have been left behind in favor of more modern options, similar techniques can still create bright, natural light in your home. Think about giving your space a larger-than-life glimpse into the outside world, with floor-to-ceiling windows or glass doors. You’ll combine the feeling of a glass-brick wall with a more contemporary look.
Yes, the style has undoubtedly changed over time, but patterned carpet certainly hasn’t disappeared. Trendy in the ’80s, this type of flooring has transformed into a variety of colors, designs, and cuts—and people continue to use it in their living rooms and bedrooms today. But if you want to spice up your space without rolling out all-new carpet, you can use patterned rugs to contrast your solid-colored floors.
Leaves, foliage, and palm trees were everywhere during the ’80s. You could find them on clothing, bedspreads, and curtains. They even adorned some of your favorite characters from television. These days, tropical prints still have their place, but they feature much better on your walls: in the forms of small accent decals (great for gallery walls), framed prints, or canvases.
So if you’re looking for something “rad” without being radical, think about these ’80s-inspired design trends. You never know when inspiration from the past can strike.
Getting tired of the same old places to spend time at home? Why not take advantage of that extra space your car has called home for so many years? Yep, we’re talking the garage. Homeowners everywhere are turning their garages into multifunctional spaces—perfect for a home gym, a workspace, or even a man cave. And the basis of a great renovated garage starts with the floors.
Now, Your Car Isn’t the Only Thing Enjoying Your Garage
Rubber floors are recommended for garages, whether you’re planning on parking your car in it or not. Check out the best rubber flooring options, so you can make your garage a place you’ll actually enjoy visiting.
If you’re planning on sharing the space with your car, try a vulcanized rubber floor. These floors are not adhered with glue, and they won’t break down from oils or solvents that may drip from your car. And if you’re hoping to use this space as a workshop, it’s the perfect floor to withstand any messes that may occur. These are also perfect for home gyms and can withstand the force of a dropped weight or two.
Vulcanized rubber can tend to be a bit pricier than other rubber floors, so if you’re just looking to transform the space into a home gym (or a simple hangout spot), an inexpensive rubber roll will work perfectly fine. It’s durable, slip-resistant, and easy to clean.
Another option for those looking for a quick to install, high-durability product, is interlocking modular vinyl tile. It comes in a variety of designs if you would like to add a stylish flair to your garage space. It’s also sound absorbant and waterproof! Now your garage can be a quiet oasis and not just a utilitarian space.
Overall, rubber floors are a great option if you’re looking to take advantage of all that extra space. It’s easy to maintain, even easier to install, and, as promised, multipurpose. Whether it’s used to exercise, set up a workshop, or simply hang out, your garage has a lot to offer. So, start taking advantage of that extra space and get more out of your quarantine time at home.
Call your local Flooring America today and talk to us about your space. We’ll help you find a floor that works for you.
We all know basements—cold, dark, and sometimes, damp. But you shouldn’t let those stereotypes keep you from making it a livable space. A finished basement is the perfect addition to your home, whether it’s a playroom for the kids, a new exercise room, or even a home office. No matter what you choose, finishing your basement is key to taking advantage of all the square footage your home has to offer.
And your first step in building a fresh, new basement? The floors. You’ll need something durable and water-resistant—floors that can really expect the unexpected. From tile to carpet to luxury vinyl, let’s find a basement floor that’ll freshen up the space so you can start enjoying it.
Ceramic tile is an excellent option for basements. To start, it’s highly durable and resistant to moisture, making it perfect for a room that may take on water—whether it’s from an aging water heater or an overzealous rainstorm. Plus, tile is not susceptible to mold or mildew. It’s easily applied on smooth concrete, making the install process quite simple. And, it comes in a variety of styles and colors, so no matter your preference, you can find something that works for you. Whether it’s a vibrant color to brighten up the room or a hardwood look to match the rest of your home, ceramic tile is a basement’s best friend.
If tile is too cold for you, a waterproof carpet will do just the trick. Because this carpet has the fiber technology and a waterproof backing, it’s perfect to handle a water leak. Before installing the carpet, preparations must be made, but utilize a professional for proper installation. Carpet tiles are also a nice choice because if water damage does occur, you can replace only the tiles affected rather than the entire floor. Waterproof carpet or carpet tile are ideal because they warm up the room, making your space more inviting to all.
Whether you’re looking for a wood or tile look, luxury vinyl has it covered at a great price. Vinyl floors are waterproof so they can withstand everthing from a leaky pipe to a minor flood with no repercussions. Some luxury vinyl is also known to be a bit softer underfoot compared to other flooring options, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a wood or tile style. As long as it’s properly installed, luxury vinyl is truly an “everthing-proof” solution for the basement.
This is the latest and greatest flooring option for your basement. Waterproof hardwood has a truly natural hardwood veneer with a vinyl core. The veneer is sealed to the core, making it waterproof. Species options are just as wide with waterproof hardwood as with traditional hardwood. This eliminates any excuse to not have the natural beauty of hardwood in your basement.
It’s time to take advantage of that basement space. And Flooring America is ready to help you do just that. No matter the style, or your preferences, tile, carpet, and luxury vinyl are all viable options to withstand life down under. So, call your local Flooring America today and talk to us. Let’s bring your basement back in a way that you and your family just can’t get enough of.
When it comes to your space, the color scheme and accents can do only so much. Sometimes you need that little extra something to make the space pop. And by “little something,” we mean texture. Considering a texture when choosing a hardwood, luxury vinyl, or laminate floor can bring depth and warmth to a room, making the space look naturally lived-in (perfect for families with pets and young kids, too!).Traditionally, texture is a characteristic of hardwood flooring, but luxury vinyl and laminate have added textured features as well to enhance the realism of these products.
With the increased interest in custom or artisanal flooring styles across the country, wire-brushed floors have become quite the trend. The wire-brushing technique uses steel bristles to pull the soft grain from the wood, leaving the harder heartwood exposed. These floors can range from moderate to extreme in texture, accentuating contrasts in color, and masking the effects of daily traffic.
This textured floor type is experiencing a renassaince. Textured by hand with a knife, these floors have a smooth surface with a distinctive look. They’re perfect if you prefer a more natural, authentic aesthetic, giving off a very sophisticated vibe. Great for rustic, farmhouse styles, they can also add a beautiful contrast in modern homes.
If you want an artisanal look, consider soft-scraped flooring. The original soft-scraped method is done by hand, creating soft ridges on the floor. But you can also get extremely natural (and more affordable) premade soft-scraped flooring that does an amazing job at providing that vintage, aged look. Today’s options are extremely durable, but any scratches that do occur simply add to the character.
Laminate and luxury vinyl wanted to join in on the realism of hardwood finishes. Not only do the wood visuals convey texture, but now they have added physical texture to each plank on most laminate and luxury vinyl products. Embossing can be random, throughout the plank, or follow the visual grain.
Interested in textured floors for your home? Call your local Flooring America today. Our experts know just how to get you started.
When you think waterproof flooring, you probably think tile. After all, you see it everywhere in bathrooms and kitchens. The savior of spilled milk and overflowing bathtubs. But these days, waterproof can mean more than tile. It can mean vinyl, laminate, hardwood, and even carpet. (Yes—we said carpet.)
1. Vinyl Locks Out Liquid
Durable, waterproof flooring that’s beautiful and affordable? Sounds like waterproof luxury vinyl. It comes in a variety of styles—and is an excellent selection for your bathrooms and mudrooms. Not only will it create a distinguished look in your home, but it’s not afraid of a little water. Maybe even more than a little.
2. Laminate Goes Waterproof
Beautiful hardwood without the hardwood? With the waterproof nature of vinyl? It’s actually possible. That’s where laminate comes in. Waterproof laminate is one of the newest most popular wood-look options, new advancements in laminate have evolved it into a waterproof option of flooring. Its beauty and uncanny ability to resist tough spills is quite the combination.
3. Hardwood Shields from Splashes
It’s a common truth that hardwood can’t handle spills and splashes. But waterproof hardwood is a leading advancement in hardwood being able to resist everyday splashes and spills. Technological advances in hardwood have introduced a waterproof core with a natural hardwood veneer, putting the myth, and your worries, to rest.
4. Carpet Grew Up
This isn’t the carpet of your childhood. Waterproof carpet is a thing now. What makes carpet waterproof? Well, the combination of resilient fiber technology along with a waterproof backing makes carpet a contender in the waterproof flooring market. And this plush, high-performance flooring is kid-proof and pet-proof, too, making it perfect for active families.
Whether you’re looking to keep Fido from dripping on the carpet or trying to preempt accidental juice spills, you can find the waterproof flooring you’re looking for at your local Flooring America. We have a wide selection of hardwood, luxury vinyl, laminate, carpet, and more to help shield your home from all that goes splish and splash.