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.


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?

How to Create a Relaxing Bedroom

The bedroom is the one place in your home that you can turn to when life gets to be a little stressful and hectic. It’s the room where you can escape from the craziness of day to day life and enjoy a little bit of rest and relaxation. Utilize the below décor tips to create a tranquil bedroom that encourages relaxation and peace.

Decorate with a Serene Palette

Different colors have a different impact on our mood, so incorporate calm and soothing colors like soft blues and greens, lavender, grey, and beige, to bring peace into your bedroom. These colors work best in décor such as curtains and bedding, and for a bigger impact, consider repainting your walls in a soothing color.

Lighting Plays an Important Role

After a long day when we want several minutes of relaxation, the worst thing for this is harsh lighting. To avoid a brightly lit room in the evening, choose lighting that has a warmer tone to it, which will allow you to recharge your batteries without the obstruction of bright lights. Another great option is to install dimming lights in your room, which allows you to control the brightness of your room depending on the time of day.

Cozy textures

Textured décor will transform your space into a cozy sanctuary. Fuzzy area rugs add warmth to your feet, knit throw pillows add comfort and warmth to your bed, and a plush comforter makes for a comfortable place to curl up under, allowing for the release of everyday tension.

What is your favorite way to make your bedroom feel like a retreat?

It’s Never Too Late To Jump Into Summer Trends

Jump into Summer Trends

Summer is the time when the sun shines just a little more brightly, colors seem to be a tad more dazzling, and the carefree nature of the season makes everything all the more vibrant. With the hottest, most laidback season upon us, why not use this time to try something new for a change? Your home décor may be still be caught up in the neutral décor days of winter and needs a touch of summer fun, or it could be that you never got around to a spring redesign and now you’re itching to add some unique nuances to your home. Whatever it may be, take advantage of these long summer days and try out some trendy seasonal updates.

Something Borrowed, Something New

You know the saying, but this time we’re not talking about weddings! When it comes to decorating, we tend to buy all brand-new pieces, which give homes a fresh, updated look. However, don’t steer away from pieces that have lived through the ages. Vintage antiques, family heirlooms, a vase found at a local yard sale, all of these will add a flare of character to your home and give a complementary contrast to décor in pristine condition.

Monochrome with a Bold Twist

All white interiors is a clean and classic look. However don’t be afraid of using a color, instead of just plain white, for a monochromatic look! Decorating with one color is very flattering if done right. Use the same shade or stay within the same color family, with only small variations in tone, to keep it visually appealing rather than overwhelming to the eye. If the bathroom tile is light, go for a bolder color such as emerald green. If the tile is dark, go for a lighter color such as ocean blue. To execute the monochrome design in a more subtle way, choose just one color that is incorporated into every room of the house. This will create a sense of unity in your home design without the boldness of a monochrome room.

Design from Head to Toe

Why stop incorporating creative design when it comes to your feet? Carpets come in many different subtle patterns, textures and colors. With a unique carpet, your home will be eye catching from any angle! If you find yourself needing a new carpet entirely, opt for one that will add an exciting flare.

Which summer trend will you try out?

Indoor Plants for Your Interior Style

Summer is the time when nature radiates beauty. There are people across the world that get together to hold outdoor parties, go hiking, or to the ocean just to get outside and enjoy the natural scenery. With so much desire to be surrounded in natural foliage, why not bring a piece of nature indoors to give your home and sanctuary a summery flare? Whatever your interior style is, there is a plant that will complement it perfectly and provide a beautiful essence to the space.


This style is all about clean lines, bold colors such as black, and the use of abstract décor pieces. Modern style has little room for frills and distractions, and this guideline extends into incorporating indoor plants. Bamboo stems and fiddle leaf trees are a wonderful addition to a modern home because they are sleek with linear lines. They do not add a feeling of unnecessary clutter, yet they add an interesting dimension to any room.

Big and Bold

Do you like standout décor that your guests are sure to never stop talking about? You’re interior style may consist of red-orange, canary yellow, hot pink, or any bold color under the sun. Texture is abundant, and rather than the philosophy being “less is more,” it’s “more is more.”

This thinking should extend to indoor plant selection. A bold space can be made even more memorable by adding a cascading palm tree plant or a towering ficus. Unexpected and stylish, these plants are perfect for your larger-than-life interior décor.


Minimalist styles strive for simplicity and creates an inspiring design with only the most special and unique pieces on display. Clutter is a minimalist’s nightmare, but even minimalist spaces can benefit from a little bit of greenery, and there are plants that won’t sacrifice the understated nature of the home.

Succulents are small but will add a significant amount of character to a space. Lemon butter ferns are delicate and textural, and will not disrupt an uncluttered space. Both are fairly low-maintenance plants, tying back into the simplistic lifestyle of which minimalists cherish so much.

Light and Airy

A home with natural light flooding in through high windows, muted colors such as dusty rose, blue-grey, and sage green, and delicate fabrics such as chiffon and lace all work together to create a place that is dreamy and elegant. With a whimsical home such as this, it’s important to choose indoor plants that will complement the lightness that each piece of décor offers to the space. Calla lilies are sleek and beautiful, and in a stark white color they are sure to add a touch of brightness to the room. Polka dot plants are dainty and delicate, and soft pink day lilies go perfectly in a room full of sunshine.

What’s your favorite summer houseplant?

Keep it Light for Summer

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 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.


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.