How to Know Which Flooring is Best For Your Bathroom

When it comes to your home, flooring is important in each and every room you inhabit, but there are some rooms in your home that require more thought; the bathroom being one. Regardless of the room you are selecting flooring for, it’s always important to consider your budget, your style, and the flooring requirements of that specific room.

Big questions to run through are, “how does it look,” “how does it feel,” and “how well does it repel stains and water?” Once you can confidently answer those questions with your flooring options, you’ll be better able to select your new bathroom flooring!

Akando Tile by Design Distinctions

A Big No

Carpet is the worst flooring selection for your bathroom, with hardwood being a close second. While hardwood brings a warm and polished look to your floors, over time the moisture will ruin the hardwood, making this a “bottom of the totem pole” choice. Save the hardwood for your kitchen!

Good

Laminate is easy to clean, durable, and available in various styles, but if the base comes into contact with moisture, the laminate will begin to bubble, and will eventually need to be torn out and replaced. If selecting laminate, just be cautious of excess water being splashed out of the bathtub by energetic kids!

Better

Vinyl, which is budget-friendly and extremely easy to clean and maintain, is the most popular bathroom flooring choice with consumers. While vinyl is waterproof and stain-resistant, keep in mind the importance of choosing a quality vinyl, as the higher quality products will be better able to reduce the risk of water seeping under.

Mannington Vinyl in Allegany

Best

The best flooring option for your bathroom is tile. Durable, budget-friendly, waterproof, and stain-resistant, tile not only cleans well, but it also brings a classic look to your room. If you have children or elderly family members in your home, consider being cautious and choosing a slip-resistant tile. If options for slip-resistant are limited, go for smaller tiles, as more grout means less slip. One of the only downsides to tile is that it gets cold, especially in the winter, so if you have room in your budget, consider installing a floor heating system to keep your feet warm on the colder days of fall and winter!

Design Distinctions Tile in Urmi

If you’re still unsure of which flooring would be best for your bathroom or simply want to ask questions, visit us in our showroom and we would be more than happy to go over the proper flooring products to fulfill your requirements!

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3 Trends to Try in 2015

With the New Year upon us, it’s time to start taking note of any updates or décor changes that you would like to make to your home. Updates can range from new flooring, updated furniture, new wall colors, or a complete flip of a room. A new year encourages people to try new things that they otherwise wouldn’t consider, and we are here to give you 3 adventurous trends to try in 2015.

Go Bold with Gold

Brighter and more elegant than in years past, gold fixtures are once again coming back into the spotlight as an accent for bathrooms and kitchens. Gold fixtures, when used appropriately and in conjunction with the room’s current décor, can add a touch of glamour or vintage charisma to the room. A gold faucet and drawer handles give a feeling of elegance and charm when paired with light wood, white cabinets, or marble countertops.

Create Visual Impact with Texture

Another hot trend of 2015 is to create a visual impact with the addition of fabrics and patterns into your décor. Whether it’s via pillows, curtains, or artwork, adding texture to your space with geometric patterns, floral prints, ethnic prints, and images will become a popular design aspect. If you’re feeling bold incorporate a cowhide or fluffy rug into your room to bring texture to your floors.

Matte Black is Back

Marking its spot in modern décor is the use of matte finishes in your home. Not only does matte add character and depth, but it can also add edge to your room, especially when matte black is used. The cozier, more inviting shade of black softens the harsh color, transforming your room from drab and dark, to dramatic and elegant. To balance the matte black in your room, incorporate furniture or accents in a soft white, and for those with a family, using a matte black wall as a chalkboard can add a touch of warmth to your walls.

What décor trend of 2015 are you most excited about?

3 Tips for Entertaining for the Holidays

Holiday cheer is all around. From local carolers going door to door singing loud and merrily, to candles and lights decorating houses in your neighborhood. While there are many ways to bring the holiday spirit to your home, it’s never too late to include our 3 tips for entertaining for the holidays into your decor.

One of the most important décor objectives is to create a warm welcome for your family and friends when they enter your home. You can hang wreaths on your front door and windows, or wrap garland that has been intertwined with white, twinkling lights, around your front door. To truly capture the holiday spirit, place friendly holiday décor near your main entrance to make your guests feel like they are home with their first step inside.

The holidays mean something different to each family, so it’s important to make your home feel like the holidays, however you choose to celebrate. Your family might love the classic holiday atmosphere, while others are drawn to a more modern approach. To bring the holidays to your home, depending on your taste in décor, hang vintage or glittery ornaments on your tree or on shelves. Plaid, throw blankets and red pillows are perfect additions to your chairs and couches, as this not only brings the classic holiday feel to your space, but it also allows your guests to stay warm during the cold evenings.

Lastly, for those families hosting a holiday party, creating the perfect table setting can be one of the most important tasks you have. Sparkly gold and a rich green create an elegant feel, while red, brown and green brings the classic holiday cheer to your dining room. Decorate your table with a centerpiece that can act as the focal point, such as a vase of flowers or berries, and surround it with votive or pillar candles, in colors complementing your color scheme.

From personalized table settings, twinkling lights around your door, or red and green décor, there are many ways to still bring the holiday spirit to your home, and from our Flooring America (MA) family to you and yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Best Flooring Options For Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most valued rooms in a family’s home, so it’s not surprising that it is also one of the rooms that a family is willing to spend the extra money to makeover. If you’re looking to give your kitchen a new look starting with your floors, there are several factors that are important to consider, such as whether or not you have an open floor plan, and how often the kitchen will be used.

For those that spend a great amount of time entertaining and cooking in the kitchen, vinyl is the best choice for flooring. Both waterproof and stain proof, vinyl is also the easiest to maintain, requiring only a mop and a broom. Vinyl is budget and foot friendly, as it is the softest hard surface option, making it easier on both your feet and your wallet.

PURstone Luxury Vinyl Tile in the style Emperador Travertine

Tile, the toughest flooring that can handle anything that is dragged or dropped on the floor, is low maintenance and stain-resistant, which is great for those families with animals or young children who are prone to spilling drinks and food.

Design Distinctions Tile in the style Cooper

With warmth and visual appeal comes hardwood, which is low maintenance, moisture resistant, and simply never goes out of style. For those with an open floor plan, hardwood is the perfect option, as it allows for a smooth transition from your kitchen to the connecting rooms.

Downs Performance Hardwood in the style Kinetic

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