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Matching Rugs with Your Hardwood Floors

May 11, 2022

Hardwood floors are known for being classic, beautiful, and luxurious, so you may be hesitant to add a rug that covers them. But for as beautiful as hardwood floors are, they aren’t the softest spot for your feet to land. Area rugs are the perfect addition to pull a room together, make it feel homier, and provide some more comfort underfoot. 

Whether you have real hardwood floors or faux hardwood in the form of vinyl or laminate flooring, there’s a rug to match; you just have to look for it.

Size

size of rugs to match floorsDivine in Slate by Nourison

Let’s start with sizing. Typically, an area rug should cover just the seating area of a room, and all the furniture should sit on the rug or at least have its front legs on the rug. This makes the most-used part of the room feel tied together and welcoming to guests. If you have an irregularly shaped room or varied furniture layout, you can choose different rugs for different areas of the room. Just make sure that their colors and patterns don’t clash. Size does matter here—if you choose a rug that’s too small, it will make the room look disjointed rather than cohesive.

Color

color of rugs to match floorsHerrara Collection in Charcoal by Kaleen

When choosing a rug for the room, there are a few different purposes it can serve, design-wise. Depending on the type or color of hardwood you have, you might want to choose a different color or texture of rug. If you’ve already paired dark furniture with hardwood floors, a large, light-colored area rug will brighten up the room from the floor up. Now, the thought of putting a light-colored rug in a room where people eat, drink, and walk may be anxiety-inducing for some. But, you can squash those worries by choosing a rug with a low pile to decrease potential trips and a stain-resistant rug in case you do trip with a full wine glass in hand. For dark hardwood, beige, white, gray, and light blues and yellows will match best. For light-colored wood, opt for brown, burgundy, and earthy-toned rugs.

For a rug that’s meant to protect your floors from dirt and wear and tear, like a floor runner in your front hallway, choose something darker or patterned. Choose a rug color that is in a similar color palette to your floors and furniture to ensure that they all work together in a room. 

If you’re a pet parent, you might also want to consider your furry friend’s hair color when choosing a rug color. You may love your hardwood floors, but as soon as you get a comfy rug, it’s bound to become your pet’s favorite spot to curl up—instead of their overpriced dog bed. So, if you have a black lab, opt for a darker rug, and if you have a golden retriever, choose a lighter rug.

Pattern

pattern of rugs to match floorsCouture Ballerine in Carolina by Couristan

After figuring out what color area rug might work in your space, you’ll want to think about the pattern. Patterned rugs are great because they hide dirt, pet hair, and crumbs better than a solid colored rug. Southwestern and Oriental-style rugs are classic patterned options, but even just a solid, striped rug can complement your hardwood floors beautifully. When opting for a pattern, choose one that aligns with the size of the room. For a large room, a large pattern on a rug makes sense, but a large pattern in a small room won’t look quite right. If there’s already a lot of furniture in a large room, it may look better to choose a rug with a small pattern.

Safety

safety of rugs to match floorsDivine in Aqua by Nourison

Rugs on hardwood floors pose some risk if you don’t plan accordingly. You want to make sure you choose a non-slip area rug or add a non-slip rug gripper underneath to avoid some blooper-reel-worthy falls. 

No matter what flooring you have, your local Flooring America experts are here to help you choose the perfect rugs to match. Start your next home improvement project with us today and find your dream floors fit for your lifestyle!

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Introducing The Spring Trend: Casual and Cool

May 09, 2022

Savoiardi Chandelier by Currey and Company; Study in Neutral art by Arhaus; Rollins Vase Medium by ELK; Oak Mikado Side Table by Burke Decor; Kaishi Chair by CB2; Persephone Pillow Cover by McGee & Co; Lanes Prairie White Oak in Banana Cream by Aquadura H2O; Faux Olive Tree by Pottery Barn; Pearl Wall Clock by Renwil; Ember Natural Baskets by Scout & Nimble

With summer not far from sight, many of us are yearning to open up the patio and eagerly bring the sunshine inside. Fortunately, with this season’s trending style —casual and cool —you can do just that!

Featuring items that provide a laid-back atmosphere that are both comforting and aesthetically beautiful, the casual and cool look is the perfect style for evoking a sense of warmth in design. A soft palette unites raw materials and textures, further enhancing the simplistic beauty of all things natural in this trending style. 

The Best Casual & Cool Flooring Options

the best casual & cool flooring options

The best way to adapt to a casual and cool lifestyle is by installing worry-free floors in pale neutral shades. Our line of Aquadura H2O engineered hardwood is the perfect floor to fit your casual decor. With the smooth grain of white oak complemented by a waterproof core, this beautiful hardwood features light-washed shades that call back to casual beachy days.

How to Incorporate Natural Wood in Design

how to incorporate natural wood in design

From white-washed kitchen shelves to rattan living room chairs, wood elements are key to creating a casual and cool environment. Be sure to incorporate natural wood throughout your home decor whether through small updates like a teardrop wood chandelier above the dining table or in the form of driftwood centerpieces. Natural beauty is a dominant theme in the casual and cool style, so be conscious of the materials you are using when styling your interiors. If you’re someone who’s drawn to wood elements like baskets and rattan, then casual and cool is the perfect style for you!

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How To Use Neutral Palettes

neutral palettes this spring

Mixing neutral palettes with modern design elements, the casual and cool style essentially conveys a comfortable, contemporary aesthetic. Casual and cool aesthetics encourage lounging and lingering. Oftentimes, casual and cool designs can be confused with California Casual since both styles emphasize neutral, soft colors. But, while both share elements of boho-chic, casual and cool focuses more on organic elements and muted tones, leaning heavily on handmade artistry and wood finishes. 

Discover more styles we love this season in our recent issue of Design at Home magazine!

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What Flooring Works Best for the Classroom?

May 04, 2022

School is hard enough for kids—there are bullies, relationship drama, pop quizzes—but we can try to make school a little more comfortable for them with our flooring choices. From the color to the comfortability of the floor underfoot, the decision between different types of floors can help create a more welcoming atmosphere that makes their educational experience slightly less traumatizing.

There are many different types of flooring used in schools, but a few stand out as the most comfortable, durable, and realistic options. Keep in mind that there are different considerations for different rooms in the school. You may need different types of floors in the cafeteria, hallway, classroom, library, theater, and gym.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is a good choice for classrooms. While vinyl can be scratched over time, especially with regular movement of heavy furniture like cafeteria tables, it is a solid choice for rooms where furniture is not moved as often, like the classroom. Vinyl flooring doesn’t possess the noise-canceling qualities of other flooring options, though, so you may want to consider adding an underlayment to save your ears.

vinyl tiled floors

Available in sheets or tiles, vinyl flooring can mimic both wood and stone looks. Sheet vinyl is typically more water-resistant (unless you’re considering investing in luxury vinyl) because there are fewer seams for water to seep into, unlike vinyl tiles. The benefit of vinyl tile is that individual tiles can be easily replaced if damaged or dented. If you’re considering vinyl for a classroom, consider how much water exposure it’s going to get. If there will be kids’ volcano science experiments bubbling over onto the floor, or watercolor paintings dripping on it, vinyl sheets may be a better option.

Linoleum

Linoleum flooring is a classic option for schools. It’s environmentally friendly, scratch-resistant, easy to clean, and water-resistant if properly sealed. With antimicrobial properties, it’s a great option for schools—after all, kids are germ-magnets. The downside to linoleum is that it can get dented by furniture or heavy appliances, but waiting three days after installation before putting heavy items on it can mitigate this.

linoleum flooring

Carpet

While many schools turn to hard surface flooring because of ease of maintenance, carpet is also a great option for classrooms. It is soft underfoot and hides dirt well if you choose the right color –plus it can be non-slip if installed correctly.

When choosing between hard floors and carpeting, consider the ages of the children using the rooms. For kiddos who have naptime and storytime worked into their busy school schedules, the room should have a carpet or rug. A cozy area is a necessity for small children’s classrooms, and an area rug is a great way to do that. Area rugs can be added on top of hard floors or even on top of a thinner, low-pile wall-to-wall or modular carpet.

carpeting in classrooms

For tweens, teens, and “young adults” (Who knows what they want to be called these days?), carpeting isn’t as important, as they, most likely, will not be napping on the floor quite as often. But you should still consider the comfort of the room based on the colors and textures of the floor. Beige, sterile tile may hide dirt well and be easy to clean, but it may make school feel like a hospital or prison—not exactly a comfortable environment.

In terms of design, it’s all about balance. Fun patterns and colors can inspire creativity, but if the flooring is too interesting to look at, it may be distracting to students. 

No matter what room you’re choosing flooring for, your local Flooring America experts are here to answer all your questions. Our professionals are equipped to help with all your projects, so start yours here today.

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Best Flooring Ideas for Your Living Room

Apr 20, 2022

Depending on how often your living room is used and what you use it for, there’s a different type of flooring that’s right for you. Typically, the neater you and your family are, the more options you’ll have. The good news is—even for the messiest, pet-filled households—there are flooring options that will stay beautiful for years to come. Here are a few living room floor ideas.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are a classic choice for any room in your home but work especially well in living rooms. Many shades of hardwood will bring warmth to the room, and when combined with area rugs, they create an even cozier space. Consider different stains of wood to create a new look for your living room. Dark and cool-toned wood floors are popular because of their ability to match well with both warm and cool colors, so it will be easier to match your décor to them. A more traditional option, blonde-colored wood can be installed in styles varying from distressed to glossy, depending on the look you’re going for. Honey and copper-toned wood are other warm-toned options to make your living room feel like home.

hardwood living room floors

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is another great option for the living room and kitchen. With its endless design options, durability, and waterproof quality, vinyl is perfect for any room that gets a lot of use. If your dream living room consists of hardwood floors, but you’re worried about your kids spilling or your cat scratching, vinyl is your best friend. Vinyl floors can mimic wood, tile, or stone floors, so you can have the design you want without having to stress too much about it getting damaged. 

vinyl living room floors

Laminate Flooring

Laminate and vinyl flooring are often confused for one another, and rightfully so. They are both durable and stain-resistant and come in a wide variety of designs that mimic more expensive flooring options. So how do you choose between them? Well, there are a few key differences to consider. Laminate flooring mimics its natural floor counterparts slightly better than vinyl, laminate flooring is thicker and therefore quieter and softer to walk on, and vinyl flooring is fully waterproof, while laminate flooring is not.

So, if you’re a spill-prone household or in the midst of training a new puppy, you might want to choose vinyl. But if you’re a neat, pet-free household and you just want comfort and quiet, go for the laminate.

Carpet

If you spend a lot of time relaxing in your living room, you might want to choose a super-soft carpet with a deep pile to cozy up the room. But if you use your living room for entertaining and not much else, choose a carpet with a lower pile so you can more easily clean up those inevitable crumbs from your next charcuterie board.

carpeted living room floors

One way to add the comfort of carpet without giving up the look of your hardwood, vinyl, or laminate floors is to add a rug. A statement rug is an easy way to bring personality to a room while making it more visually interesting.

No matter what type of flooring you choose, keep cleaning in mind when choosing the color. If your kids tend to track in dirt after their soccer games, do yourself a favor and opt for a darker-colored floor. If you have a light-haired dog like a golden retriever, you’ll want a lighter-colored floor, so you don’t have to vacuum every day to keep your floor from looking like a used lint roller. 

If you’re working to find the best flooring option for your living room, your local Flooring America experts are here to answer all your questions. Ready to help with all your latest home improvement projects, start your flooring journey at Flooring America today.

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Style Watch: Unlimited Variation

Apr 19, 2022

If there is anything we’ve learned from the past few years, it’s to appreciate the beauty in the unexpected. Sometimes, adding a little variance to your life, routine, or even home design and décor can be just the thing you needed to shake things up. Following a season in which monochrome palettes with whites, grays and beiges were all the rage, professional and amateur interior designers alike have begun embracing one of 2022’s top styles to watch: Unlimited Variation. 

Not only does this design trend promote creativity and personal style, but it also makes it easier to put together a cohesive design while including varying colors, textures and styles. If the thought of adding a little variance to your monochromatic space excites you, take a look at some of our favorite flooring products that embody what Unlimited Variance is all about.

1. Wood Grain Luxury Vinyl

wood grain luxury vinyl

If you’re looking for all of the beautiful variance that real wood provides, but also want something durable and easy to maintain, look no further! This Downs H2o luxury vinyl plank floor is the perfect compromise between the varying wood grain look that you want, and the durability that you need. Not only is this LVP product easy to install and maintain, but it’s also 100% waterproof and is resistant to scuffs, scratches and stains, making it the perfect floor for any space. The varying shades of warm-toned browns to cool grays blend seamlessly to create a unique pattern perfect for a space that has varying colors, patterns and textures.

2. Hand Scraped Hardwood

hand scraped hardwood

Much like the wood grain luxury vinyl, actual hardwood floors are the perfect way to bring the style of Unlimited Variance into your home. The natural grain of the wood itself is always unique, and with this Aquadura H2O Marsh Alley Hickory Hardwood that could not be truer. Hickory is known for its distinctive graining and tones, and this flooring features a hand scraped veneer to really bring out the natural pattern of the wood. Another great thing about Aquadura hardwood is that it’s protected by a special sealant, making it waterproof, kid-proof and pet-proof.

While this flooring certainly lends a more rustic, country elegance to any space, it also is versatile enough to fit with almost any design style or aesthetic. That means Unlimited Variation inspired elements can be incorporated from the floor to the ceiling, and everywhere in between.

3. Mixed Patterned & Textured Carpet

mixed patterned & textured carpet

Variance isn’t only in color or shading – mixing patterns and textures to create dimension is another great way to incorporate Unlimited Variance into your home this season. This Tigressa Cherish Why Me carpet is perfect for doing just that. With its unique patterning, this carpet creates a ripple-like effect on your floors, adding one-of-a-kind details that draw you into the space. This stunning pattern is created by varying the textures of the carpet and mixing lighter and darker shades of the same hue, creating a visually dynamic display.

In addition to its Unlimited Variation inspired elements, the Tigressa Cherish Why Me Carpet is made of Type 6 nylon fibers, which are the finest on the market. By choosing this carpet as your floor, you won’t ever have to sacrifice the feel of luxury, and you’ll still be following one of the top design trends of the year.

4. Brick-like Tile

brick-like tile

Nothing says variation more than a tile that is put together in a unique pattern each time and can be used on both walls AND floors. Like real brick, each rectangle has a unique surface, which creates a dynamic color scheme featuring the reds, browns, greys and tans that bricks are renowned for. You can use this Floorcraft Brickwork Paver Field tile on your walls to add dimension and charm with faux exposed brick, or on the floors to create an effortlessly cool urban look. There’s no limit to what you can do with this durable Brickwork tile, making it a perfect fit for Unlimited Variation inspired designs. 

Much like the name itself describes, there are seemingly endless ways to incorporate the Unlimited Variation style in your home. Rather than leaving you overwhelmed with options, we’re here to help you find the best products and flooring solutions for your unique space. Consult the professionals at your local Flooring America for expert flooring advice, and check out our 2022 Style Watch list to read more about this year’s top flooring trends and products.

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What Is Linoleum Flooring?

Apr 13, 2022

When you think of linoleum flooring, you might first think of hospital floors, your elementary school cafeteria, or your grandparent’s retro kitchen, not your home. But if you’re looking for a water-resistant, environmentally friendly, and incredibly long-lasting flooring option, linoleum is a great choice.

So, what exactly is linoleum? It’s aptly named as its main ingredient is linseed oil, which is mixed with other natural ingredients like cork dust, wood flour, pine resin, ground limestone, and pigments, and is pressed onto a woven backing made from jute, a natural plant fiber. Because it is solely made of natural materials, it’s 100% biodegradable.

Linoleum gets a bad rap because, in the past, it needed to be resealed regularly with liquid wax. But now, linoleum comes with a durable factory finish, requiring much less maintenance.

Linoleum Pros

There’s a reason linoleum is used in a lot of public spaces: it’s incredibly durable. It can last up to 40 years with proper care. Unlike more delicate flooring such as wood floors and laminate floors, it is scratch-resistant, disguising wear and tear to hide its age. Since it is antistatic, water resistant and antimicrobial properties make it super easy to clean, it is a great option for kitchens, bathrooms, and damp basements.

cleaning linoleum

Linoleum Cons

Linoleum is a softer material, so it is at risk of getting dented by furniture legs or heavy appliances. You can mitigate this by keeping the floor clear of heavy items for three days after installation. Linoleum floors are also porous, meaning water can seep through them if spills aren’t cleaned up promptly. The good news is if linoleum is sealed periodically with the right finish, it will stay water-resistant and stain-proof. Linoleum flooring usually requires professional installation, though, which can add to the cost.

linoleum cons

Linoleum Types

Linoleum is sold in two different forms: flooring rolls and tiles. The flooring rolls consist of linoleum sheets, which can be laid over any prepared, level subfloor. Sheets are recommended in areas like bathrooms and kitchens because they have fewer seams, meaning they will not absorb as much water as tiles would.

Linoleum tiles come as modular tiles or click-together tiles. If you’re looking into how to install linoleum, click-together tiles are the most DIY-friendly option. Linoleum sheets need to be glued down and flattened with a 100-pound roller, so, unless you’re a regular Bob the Builder, you should get those installed by a professional.

Linoleum vs. Vinyl

Like vinyl flooring, linoleum comes in a range of colors and patterns that can give you a variety of different looks. Vinyl does mimic the appearance of wood, tile, and stone floors better than linoleum. However, vinyl floors only have their color and pattern in the top layer, so they can fade over time. In linoleum floors, the color goes all the way through the material, so it will be just as vibrant in 20 years as it is today.

linoleum vs. vinyl

Where to Use Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring naturally repels dirt and pet hair and is really easy to clean, so it’s perfect for any high-foot-traffic areas, like your entryway, mudroom, or living room. If dirt seems to follow your kids wherever they go, linoleum is also a great choice for your child’s playroom. And, since linoleum is water-resistant, it also works well in damp basements –just keep in mind that you should clean up spills and floods quickly.

 where to use linoleum

To find out more about linoleum and other flooring options, visit your local Flooring America today. Our experts are equipped with the latest knowledge in flooring products and top brands, and they’re here to answer all of your questions.

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