The Best Flooring For Your Pets

With pets often being the most spoiled member of the family, it’s important to take into consideration their needs, along with your own. Everyone wants a home that is comfortable and safe for their pets, and that means choosing flooring that will provide them with comfort and safety, while also meeting the needs of your family as a whole.

What are the Best Hardwood Floors for Pets?

Hardwood floors are a fan favorite, but when you own pets, specifically dogs, you will want to consider a harder species like oak or hickory. These woods have a distressed appearance and a tough Urethane finish, which will help hide everyday pet wear and tear. Since hardwood is slick, cold, and susceptible to scratches, it’s not going to be the best dog friendly flooring option for you.

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What is the Best Laminate Flooring for Pets?

If you’ve ruled out hardwood due to cost and lack of comfort for pets, laminate flooring is an option, as it can give you the look of hardwood while also providing your pets with more support and comfort.

Laminate is made of 4 layers which work to absorb the heavy traffic and day-to-day use of a household. The wear layer protects the floor from pet stains, fading, and surface burns, making laminate flooring and dogs a great mix.  With a water-resistant and easy to clean surface, pet accidents are no longer a big deal. Its slippery surface might cause your dog to have trouble with grip, so adding rugs to a room with laminate can make it comfortable and cozy for your pets.

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Are Luxury Vinyl Floors Good for Pets?

For households with pets who are accident prone or messy, vinyl flooring is a wonderful choice for you. Not only durable and waterproof, vinyl flooring makes clean-ups a breeze. Vinyl has a protective top coat that provides ease of maintenance, which makes your floor resistant to scratches and scuffs and offers a wipe clean finish. The rugged versatility and waterproof characteristics make vinyl flooring and dogs a perfect pair.

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What is the Best Carpet for Pets?

There is a general consensus that carpet and pets don’t mix, as fur and the dirt that comes off of them can get trapped in the carpet, or their accidents are difficult to get out of carpet. There are however ideal carpets for pets that can resist stains and accidents.

For a family with pets, it will be best to choose a carpet with nylon fibers, as nylon is the most durable and stain resistant carpet fiber when treated with stain protection. The best carpet for pets and high traffic areas are carpets that have been treated with static, stain, and soil resistant treatments, making them easy to clean and maintain.

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What is the Best Tile for Pets?

Tile may be the best flooring choice for a home with pets due to its long wearing durability, moisture resistance, and ease of maintenance. Tile is scratch resistant and easy to clean, making this a practical option; just remember that it can be hard, cold and slippery for both pets and humans.

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When considering the best flooring for pets and your family, always take into consideration how easy it will be to clean up accidents and how comfortable the flooring will be for both you and your pets. As always, make sure that you talk with a professional about choosing the best product for you and your family.

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Luxury Vinyl & Is It Waterproof?

Luxury vinyl is durable, waterproof flooring that offers you the look of hardwood, tile, or stone, without the hefty price tag of real hardwood. Luxury vinyl is constructed of multiple layers that provide in the realistic design, durability, and ease of maintenance of the flooring, making it a great option for your entire home.

Luxury vinyl is waterproof, and because of this, it’s a great choice for the kitchen and bathrooms. Thanks to its layers, luxury vinyl does a great job of withstanding moisture, heavy foot traffic, scratches, and spills, so if you have kids or pets, this flooring is for you.

Luxury vinyl is available in 3 types:

· Luxury vinyl plank – best if you are going for the hardwood look, as the plank is designed to mimic the look of cut hardwood.

· Luxury vinyl tile – used when replicating stone or an intricate pattern

· Luxury vinyl sheet – commonly used in areas that are prone to water, such as bathrooms or kitchens. Sheet can look like hardwood, stone, or tile, making it the most versatile type.

For more information on luxury vinyl, stop by our store or give us a call and we’d be happy to help you with your flooring needs!

What’s the Best Flooring For Your Kitchen?

We know that choosing new floors for your home isn’t a small task, and when you’re selecting new floors for your kitchen, a room prone to spills, dents, and heavy foot traffic, it’s imperative that you make the right choice.

One of the most important factors in choosing flooring for your kitchen is taking into consideration the function of your kitchen. Do you host parties, enjoy cooking, have kids or pets? If you answered yes to any of these, it’s important that your floors can withstand such things.

What Material is best for Your Kitchen Floor?

It’s incredibly important to keep function and durability at the top of your mind, making luxury vinyl, laminate, and tile great options to consider.

Luxury vinyl tile is best for those who enjoy making a mess in their kitchen. Luxury vinyl is durable, can hold up to scratches, and is one of the most water resistant options on the market. The protective top layer allows for ease of maintenance and makes clean-up a breeze, which is what you want after spending time prepping and cooking a meal!

For those who spend a substantial amount of time in the kitchen, consider laminate. Laminate has 4 layers that will absorb heavy foot traffic and protects against stains, burns, and spills. Better yet, it is affordable, easy to install, and comes in a variety of styles, making it a great option.

Tile is also going to be a competitive flooring choice for your kitchen. It’s scratch resistant and easy to clean, but take into consideration that it does not have the softest cushioning, so if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, tile might not be your ideal choice.

Which is the Most Durable?

Hands down, it’s tile. Due to its long wearing durability, ease of maintenance, and resistance to moisture, and because of its resistance, tile is ideal in those moments when pots are dropped… just maybe not dishes!

If you’re in the market for kitchen floors, stop by our store and let our experts guide you toward your best flooring choices.

How to Add Color in Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the hottest rooms in the home, and there is always the desire to keep it updated for maximum functionality as well as to keep up with the trends in design. Whether you’re interested in a kitchen renovation or just want to make subtle changes, one of the hottest kitchen trends we are seeing is an increase in color. Adding color can be a simple task that you can complete in an afternoon, or it can be a bit more elaborate.

Lately we have seen a substantial amount of kitchens with the white on white, or the soft brown on white look. We are still big fans of neutral-inspired kitchens, but there has been an upswing in kitchens that are bringing a fresh dose of color to their walls.  Blue and grey will be popular colors, but don’t be afraid to choose a more daring color. If you don’t have plans to replace cabinetry, just make sure that the color you do choose for your walls pairs well with your current cabinets and appliances.

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We also love the idea of choosing a less than common color for your cabinets or kitchen island. Consider a turquoise island in a white and cream colored kitchen or cabinets in a moody grey or black for a bold statement.

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If a low risk change is what y interested in, consider making simple changes to your kitchen towels, curtains, rugs, or dinnerware. These are great items to experiment with bringing in bold, bright colors or patterns. If you want to paint, but not your walls, try painting your chairs or stools in a sunny color. While not an extensive overhaul, subtle changes like these can make quite the impact.

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How would you add color into your kitchen?

Our Favorite Interior Design Trends for 2018

A New Year means new interior design trends to lust over, and while there are so many to choose from, we’ve selected our top 4 trends that we can’t wait to see in more homes this year. Follow along to learn our favorite picks!

Darker Colors

Dark colors will continue to be a hot trend in home design this year, as they will be used to add extra drama to your space. Dark colors still give off feelings of warmth and coziness so don’t worry about these colors making your room feel dark and lonely. Whether you add these colors to your walls, furniture, or décor pieces, you can’t go wrong!

Natural Wood

Natural wood is still maintaining a strong presence in home design, as owners are taking advantage of its ability to evoke an earthy and natural feel to their home. Natural wood elements harmonize the different textures and colors in your space, allowing for the room to come together harmoniously.

Moody Green

Moody green continues to be prevalent in home design. Moody, luxurious, and calming, this shade of green is bound to make a statement. If used in furniture, take it one step further and make it a velvety green on your couch or chairs. On your walls, we love pairing it with white accents to truly make the color pop and come to life.

Metallic Finishes

Whether in hardware, furniture, wall coverings, or accent pieces, metallic is being used in various ways in the home. Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals either, but if you do, make sure to incorporate the same color metal in other areas of your room.

What are your favorite design trends for 2018?

Cozy Winter Bedroom Ideas

With colder weather and darker days upon us, now is the perfect time to make your bedroom extra cozy and comfortable. While it’s important to have a living room that promotes relaxation, some nights we just want to venture into our bedroom to unwind for several hours. Follow along as we share with you our favorite ways to create a warm and cozy winter wonderland in your bedroom this season!

Winter Color Scheme

White is going to be a color that you will want to incorporate into your bedroom this winter. Not only does it give off a feeling of the holiday season, but it’s also an ideal color for bringing peace and relaxation into your bedroom. Whether it’s a fluffy, white throw blanket, a furry white rug, or sparkly white accent pieces, there’s a magnitude of ways for you to incorporate the color in your room.

Cranberry and gold are also winners for your winter color palette, and when combined, these two work together to create a sophisticated and classic holiday statement. Whether its holiday décor or throw blankets, just like white, you can take these colors and incorporate them in a variety of ways.

 

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Layer with Texture

Thick duvets and knitted blankets are an easy way to ramp up the coziness factor in your bedroom. They evoke feelings of warmth and make you want to curl up under your blankets with a movie and a mug of tea or hot cocoa. By layering your rugs, blankets, and pillows, you can add both texture and warmth to a room anytime of the year, especially during the colder months.

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Add Plush Rugs

Add warmth with fluffy and luxurious rugs or carpet to your bedroom floors, because on cold winter mornings, the only thing better than a pair of slippers is a plush rug to sink your feet into as you start your day.

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Soft Lighting

In the late afternoon or evening when you’re ready to unwind and relax for the night, choose soft lighting to create coziness. A dimmer is a great way to adjust your bedroom’s overhead lighting, and when you can, choose soft white or warm white for the temperature color, as this will create a warm, cozy ambience.

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What are your favorite ways to create a warm and cozy atmosphere in your bedroom?

Easy Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Thanksgiving feels like it has snuck up on us, and with the holiday being a week away, we have several decorating tips that can make your home feel like Thanksgiving in no time.

To create a space of warmth and coziness, decorate with colors that are inspired by the season, such as soft brown, burnt orange, and cranberry.

 

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Before your guests even walk into your home, you want them to feel comfortable and relaxed. An easy way to do this is to welcome your guests by hanging a festive fall-themed wreath on your front door. This sets the tone that once they walk inside, there will be a warm, festive atmosphere awaiting them.

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Near your entrance, have a thankful board either hanging on a wall or resting on an accent table, where your guests can write down something or someone that they are thankful for. By the end of the day, your thankful board will be overflowing with reasons that everyone can be thankful.

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If you’re hosting a holiday dinner, it will be important to have a festive dining table. Add festive table linens to each place setting, and create fall-themed place tags for your table. You could use pretty leaves gathered from your yard, or use mini pumpkins with a name written on a tag, tied around the stem. For your centerpiece, use decorative vases that are layered with twigs, berries, pine cones, and corn kernels to create a full fall effect.

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Remember, when it comes to decorating, less is more, and sometimes having too many decorations can be overwhelming. Keep décor simple, stick to several colors, and decorate with what you already have to make your home feel warm and welcome for your friends and family.

What is your best tip for decorating your home for the holidays?