Keep it Light for Summer

Summer is the time for barbeques, family outings, swimming, camping, and simply taking time out to relax. Along with the season also comes blistering heat, which can sometimes bog you down. As homes across the country replace their window screens for AC units or swap out their heavy-duty comforters for thinner quilts, you can get ahead of the curve to conquer the red-hot sun with the latest trends. This summer, light and airy home décor will turn your home into the coolest of the neighborhood, literally and figuratively.

Dark colors pale in comparison . . .

Pale colors are not only chic, but their cool undertones are perfect for creating that easy-breezy feeling in your home. Colors like baby blue, blush pink, sage green, and mellow yellow, will bring a soft touch to dark living room walls that may be too harsh for summer months.

Step into the season . . .

Do your floors need an update? What better time to swap out your old carpeting or dark hardwood floors for something in a lighter shade.

Hardwood not only keeps your feet cool in the summer heat, but looks cohesive with the light and airy colors previously mentioned. Opt for a low-gloss hickory, such as Millwood Stream by Floorcraft, or something more rustic, such as Canunda pinewood by Floorcraft.

White tones will transform your home . . .

If you’re not in the market for re-painting your walls or changing your flooring altogether, then adding carefully cultivated, beautiful décor to a space can upgrade it in a pinch. Ivory and creamy whites are a great way to incorporate airiness and elegance into a home that has darker, bolder colors.

There is something ever so serene about billowing white curtains swaying in the summer breeze as the sun floods in through the window. Whatever style home you have, décor in shades of white is sure to lighten up the space in no time.

Choosing to upgrade your home with colors and décor that add a light and wistful vibe to your home just might make the summer months feel a little less hot and a little more amazing.

Remember to stop by your local Flooring America store for your flooring needs all year round!

Is Hardwood or Carpet Easier To Maintain?

When it comes time to replace the floors in your home, there is no doubt that you will have a lot that you need to think about. Choosing new floors isn’t as simple as choosing a new recipe to make for your Sunday family dinner. There are factors that you need to consider, such as whether or not you have children and pets, the function of the room, the climate that you live in, and the necessary maintenance for upkeep.

While all of our flooring can fit the needs of your lifestyle, at the end of the day, the burning question that will be on your mind is whether hardwood or carpet is easier to maintain. While we aren’t afraid of hard work and a little bit of elbow grease, most homeowners want quality flooring that won’t require cleaning day in and day out.

While both carpet and hardwood have pros and cons when it comes to cleaning and overall maintenance, any type of flooring is going to require you to either vacuum, sweep, or mop by weeks end.

Carpet

Carpet has a softer underfoot and is ultimately warmer than hardwood, but it does require frequent vacuuming in order to pick up the trapped dirt, dust, and pet hairs that get trapped in the carpet fibers. You will also need to have your carpet shampooed or steamed several times throughout the year to pick up the allergens and other debris that a vacuum cleaner simply cannot pick up.

Lastly, beware of the fact that carpet is more susceptible to showing wear and tear in the heavy traffic areas of your room, so if you have pets and little kids running around, more cleaning might be required of you.

Hardwood

There’s no doubt that hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpet, however, you are still going to want to mop or sweep your floors every few days. While carpet requires a deep cleaning several times a year, with hardwood, using a cleaning solution at least once a month is highly recommended.

A liquid spill is easier to clean up when it’s spilled on hardwood as opposed to carpet, but dropping a hard object can dent hardwood, whereas it has little impact on carpet.

No matter which flooring you choose, you will still be required to clean and maintain the quality of your floors if you want them to last as long as possible, so really, the choice is yours.

Adding a Splash of Color to Your Walls

With the birds chirping, the sun shining, and winter behind us, we all have a little pep in our step and are in higher spirits. Gone is the dreary clothing in our wardrobe, and our bright, fun spring clothes are back in rotation. Just as our wardrobe goes through an overhaul, it is also a great time to give your home a new look.

If you’re looking to give your walls a fresh new look with color, look no further, as we’ll share with you several of our favorite colors. To add depth and texture to your room, choose a color that’s bold, such as kettle black, which will make a sultry statement in your space and allow your accents to pop.

To create feelings of warmth and tranquility in your room, along with giving it a touch of the outdoors, consider selecting an emerald green paint. It’s colorful yet sophisticated, and simple yet dazzling, which makes this pop of color one that we are lusting over!

We cannot get enough of golden yellow, and while it can be unappealing to some, if correctly used, it will add beauty and interest to the space. When paired with white, both colors work together to pop and creates a sense of elegance. You want your room to make you happy, and this color will certainly bring a smile to your face.

While the above colors are only 3 of more than 500 colors offered by Tribute Paint, we know that there will be a color that fits your family’s personality and home. Tribute, which is an exclusive line of KILZ Paint, is the most technologically advanced acrylic product to date. It offers the best coverage, and with its exceptional stain resistant properties that resist future smears and spills, it is the perfect paint for a busy home.

What colors are you considering painting your walls?

Our H20 Products Are Great For Pet-Friendly Families

When it comes to choosing new floors as a pet owner, it is incredibly important to keep your pets in mind in regards to the durability, resilience, and the necessary maintenance that each flooring option requires. The last thing that you want to do is to purchase flooring that is not built to withstand the demands of your animals.

Pets cause wear and tear to your floors no matter how well-behaved they are, but our Select H20 products will stand up to any, and all messes left by your furry children! Not only are our products durable enough to withstand animals running around the floor, but they also hold up against any accidents that may occur.

Our H20 technology is available in both carpet and hard surfaces, so it’s perfect for any room in your home. Whether your family prefers one type of flooring over the other, you can rest assured that no matter what your flooring preference is, we have you covered!

Now until April 23rd, you can receive 30, 40, or 50% off of Select H20 flooring products, so come on into our showroom and let us help you and your pets find the perfect flooring for your home!

Jen Bertrand’s Top 4 Trends for Spring

Spring will be here before we know it, and to stay ahead of the design game, we’ve spent the last several weeks pouring over all of the upcoming design trends that will be warming up. We asked HGTV personality and our very own Spokesperson Jen Bertrand, what her favorite 4 design trends will be for this spring. Jen, take it away!

Outdoor Living

Outdoor living is making a huge break into trends. Whether it’s a fire pit, a kitchen, or hammock, families will focus on their love of being outside together.

Greenery

You are also seeing the color green being very much on trend this year. However, if you don’t like the color green, remember, it is like having a plant in your room, so do just that. Add plants that you can keep alive in your home, real or fake, and you’ll be amazed at what a difference plants make!

See It Now Rug & Rio Grande Hardwood

Patterned Tiles

We are seeing more and more patterned tiles making their way into our homes, both on the floors and on the walls. In regards to the types of patterns being used in tiles, classic patterns that are inspired by Italian, tribal, and southwestern designs are predominantly being used.

Floorcraft Decorative Accents in Mega Cat

Wood & Laminate

Wood, wood, and more wood is still hot in home décor due to the texture and character that it adds to a space. Don’t just look at your floors when it comes to adding wood. You have empty ceilings that could use some wood flooring on them, or clad a wall in distressed wood to create a truly amazing ambiance in your home. And better yet, since laminate is an increasingly popular alternative to wood, you can even bring laminate to your floors and walls. Nothing beats having options!

On the wall: Architectural Seaside Pine Dockside

On the floor: Architectural Seaside Structure Black Paint

What are your favorite spring trends that Jen Bertrand didn’t mention?

How To Decorate Your Home With Red & Pink

Red and pink are the colors of Valentine’s Day, and while we incorporate these colors into themed home parties, these colors are actually great to use year-round in your décor! We believe that no color should be limited to a holiday, so with that, we share with you our favorite ways to add red and pink in your home.

Red is a color that is often found in interior design, however, you must be mindful of how much or how little you use, as too much red could be overwhelming, or too little of it could simply not be enough for a proper impact.

If you use red as an accent color, it will draw your attention to other furnishings in your home. In this instance, and in the room below, red has the power to enable you to see design and detail outside of the color, such as the details of the below fireplace.

With pink, this color can look awesome and grown-up if and only if the correct shade is used. For a fresh and bright feel to your furniture, use pink accent pillows; this will go a long way in your living room. Pink flowers are simple, low-key, and ideal for giving a neutral room a jolt of energy, while pink artwork can do wonders for a room as the focal point.

When it comes to the shade of pink, a soft, light shade is best to create a calming environment, while a darker pink on your walls or flooring will surely make a statement in a big room, such as your living room or bedroom.

What are your favorite ways to add pink and red to your home interiors?

Taking Care Of Your Floors During The Winter

From the décor and furniture, to the appliances and flooring, it’s important to have a home that is well-maintained. With winter upon us, our homes, especially our floors, are prone to be damaged from winter debris. To learn how you can protect your floors, read our top floor care tips for the cold!

Door Mats Will Be Your Best Friend

Use door mats both inside and outside each entryway, as they will be the first stop in keeping the winter elements outside. Door mats are also great at keeping moisture at bay, so don’t overlook the power that mats can have in your home this winter!

Vacuum Often

Salt can scratch hardwood and easily get lost in your carpet, so staying up to date with your vacuuming will prevent hidden damage to your floors. We recommend vacuuming daily for maximum preservation in high traffic areas.

Have Cleaning Supplies on Hand

It’s important that you have cleaning products in your closet or in a cabinet. Brooms, mops, an iRobot, and our Resista cleaning products are all great options that you can use when it comes time to clean your floors this winter.

Invest In Rugs

Rugs in your entryway and hallways are not only perfect for adding character to your floors, but they also prevent excess dirt and water from damaging your floors. While the rugs will hold onto dirt and water, you can easily clean your area rugs with your vacuum or use one of our cleaning products to pick up the residue.

What is your #1 tip for maintaining your floors during the winter?