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Getting Just the Look You Want: Beach House

Posted on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 15:08 PM

Hardwood floors are a perfect fit for the relaxed beach house look.

In this final blog in our seires on using hardwood floors in popular decorating styles, we're thinking about relaxing at the becach!

If your home is near water, you may want a relaxed, informal beach house look to compliment the natural setting. With its care-free charm, this style puts people at ease while connecting them to the aquatic surroundings.

If you desire a beach house look, for your main residence or a vacation home, here are some quick tips about how you can use hardwood flooring to create it.

Natural, aged, and textured looks fit perfectly into a beach house theme. Flooring that looks worn by the elements (think of the hull of an old wooden boat) not only has a relaxed feel to it, it’ll keep you from being anxious about wear and tear. You can use reclaimed wood or have your flooring wire-brushed, hand-scraped, or distressed to give it an aged appearance.

Light brown, grey, and white floors contribute to a light, airy feel that many people love. These light-toned floors can often be strikingly contrasted with darker trim, window fixtures, celling planks, etc.Dogs and hardwood floors get along great!

Consider using high-quality engineered hardwood floors. If you like to leave the windows open to feel the breeze and smell the sea air, but you also like to close them up sometimes and cool off with the AC, well-manufactured engineered flooring is a practical choice because it is less suseptible to cupping and gapping due to moisture fluctuations than solid plank flooring is.

Work with a hardwood floor company experienced with beach house flooring. From providing advice about design possibilities and performance considerations to ensuring the wood is correctly acclimated to the home’s environment before installation, the right hardwood flooring company can make all the difference.

Please stop by our showroom or give us a call if you’d like to discuss the beach house look for your home.

 

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Getting Just the Look You Want: French Country

Posted on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 16:08 PM

Antique Heart Pine Natural

As we continue our series on using hardwood floors in popular interior design styles, we focus today on the charm of the French Country look.

Rustic, Old World charm and relaxing warmness characterize the “French Country” style that many people desire for their home. It’s a natural look, and the colors and grain patterns of hardwood flooring—courtesy of Mother Nature—are a perfect fit.

Rustic-grade floors (i.e., with knotholes, wormholes, or other imperfections) beautifully enhance the comfortable informality of the French Country look.  A popular choice is to install hardwood floors reclaimed from old homes, barns, schools, etc.  This element of genuine age really adds to the Old World feel.

Hardwood species with open grain (i.e., “a lot of grain”) work well with this style. Because the French Country look is frequently used with open floor plans, relatively light colors (natural or stain) are often chosen because they tend to make rooms feel larger, in line with the open style.

To pull the French Country look together, you can chose hardwood floors that complement other features typical of the style, such as exposed rafter beams and stone fireplaces.

The French Country look puts people at ease because of its casual naturalness, and no type of flooring is more natural than hardwood. To see samples and discuss possibly creating the French Country look in your home, please stop by our showroom or give us a call.

 

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Getting Just the Look You Want: "Rustic Cabin"

Posted on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 15:07 PM

Rustic antique oak hardwood flooring

In this installment of our series on using hardwood floors in popular interior design styles, we turn our attention to the warm comfort of the Rustic Cabin look.

Whether it’s a home in the mountains, by a lake, or deep in the woods, many people in relaxing natural settings want an interior design that’s equally relaxing and fits with the beauty outside. That desire has given rise to the popularity of the “Rustic Cabin” look.

This look is natural, casual, soft, and warm, inviting you to come in and put your feet up by the fireplace. Hardwood floors, with their inherently natural beauty, play a big part in creating that cozy atmosphere.

Rustic-grade hardwood has a “rugged” feel that’s perfect for a cabin-style home. You can add even more depth of character with hardwood that’s hand-scraped, wire-brushed, or distressed. This type of flooring really makes a home feel like a getaway.

Homeowners going for the Rustic Cabin look often have great success using hardwood walls, which can be just the thing to really create a “woodsy” cabin feel and can be used to great stylistic effect in combination with the floors. Exposed rafters in the ceiling, which are a common element of the Rustic Cabin style, can also be matched (or contrasted) with the flooring.

With a Rustic Cabin interior design, you can have a home worthy of the beauty of the great outdoors. Please stop by our showroom or give us a call to discuss how you can use hardwood floors to make that look happen.

 

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Getting Just the Look You Want: "Victorian"

Posted on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 15:07 PM

Intricate hardwood floors help pull off the Victorian interior design style.Continuing with our series on using hardwood floors in interior design styles that are currently popular, we take a look at the time-tested Victorian style.

The Victorian Era (1837-1901) was a golden age of peace and prosperity for Britain, and it gave rise to a refined sense of style that’s still popular today.

Hardwood floors have always been an integral part of the Victorian look, which is built on elaborate ornamentation. In Queen Victoria’s time, a cutting-edge style was to install intricate parquet flooring as a border of several feet around an entire room, and then cover the center of the room with an elegant rug.

Hardwood floor borders are still widely used to create a Victorian look, and while borders can be beautiful without being parquet, the geometric details of parquet borders continue to appeal to many homeowners.

Ornately patterned rugs also remain a standard of the Victorian style, adding to the highly crafted feel of the look. Other creative ways to recall the ornateness of the Victorian era include having in-laid hardwood floor medallions installed and varying hardwood floor color to create visual stimulation.

The refined beauty of the Victorian Era isn’t a thing of the past. You can have it in your home, and it all starts with your floors. Please stop by our showroom or give us a call—we’re happy to discuss a Victorian look for your home.

 

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Getting Just the Look You Want: "Urban"

Posted on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 15:06 PM

In the second of our series on using hardwood flooring to create certain specific looks that are currently popular, we focus on the “urban” style.

As aging industrial properties in urban areas are converted into modern housing, a trend has emerged. Homeowners are embracing the building’s former look—doing nothing to divide open spaces; leaving beams, rafters, concrete walls, etc. exposed; and adding features such as steel cabinets.

Hardwood floors fit right into this “urban” look, as it’s often called. Hardwood reclaimed from old factories, barns, and the like is perfect for this style. Hardwood can also be hand-scraped, wire-brushed, or distressed to give it a time-worn character.

The urban style is flexible, offering many chances for creativity, and even whimsy. In general, however, natural floor color (i.e., clear finish) is ideal. Other popular choices for this style include using a rustic grade of hardwood and selecting wide flooring planks that vary in length.

In the open floorplans typical of the urban look, hardwood flooring can pull all the interior design together while adding to the charm of the style. Please stop by our showroom or give us a call if you’d like to discuss an urban look for your home.

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Getting Just the Look You Want: "English Pub"

Posted on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 14:06 PM

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Welcome to the first in our series of blogs on using hardwood flooring to create certain specific looksr. The first style we'll consider is the "English pub" look.

Many people today want the charm, comfort, and coziness of an English pub in their own home. I think it has something to do with creating a sense of familiarity and ease—like the Cheers bar in the classic sitcom, where “everybody knows your name.”

People like walking down into their basement and entering another world—a space that’s warm, inviting, and intimate, where they can relax and entertain in an easy-going atmosphere.

If you like the idea of having an English pub look in your basement, here are some tips on how hardwood floors can help make that happen.

Use medium to dark hardwoods.

Of course, it’s a matter of personal taste, and we’ve seen the pub look pulled off very well with relatively light floors.

Use flooring with texture. 

Hardwood reclaimed from old homes, barns, factories, schools, etc. are wonderful for creating an authentic English pub feel. The same is true for wood that is hand-scraped, wire-brushed, or distressed to give it an aged character.

Use flooring with pronounced grain.

Distinctive grain adds to the casual, informal environment typical of an English pub.

Complement and contrast the flooring to other elements in the room.

The bar, walls, furnishings, and décor should all work together with the flooring to create the English pub look. 

Be careful about choosing soft species of wood.

If you’re going to be doing a lot of entertaining in the room, you can expect things to get dropped on the floor, and soft floors more easily dent.

The right hardwood flooring can be just the element that really pulls off the English pub look, immediately conjuring a sense of hospitality and good times. Please stop by our showroom our give us a call if you’d like to discuss an English pub style for your home.

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