Color Trends for Your Home

Photo: Glidden

Photo: Glidden

You may have read that grey is all the rage in home design and in fashion. And Shaw Floors agrees. That’s why they named Lady in Grey their color of the year for 2015.

But grey isn’t the only color in town! If you’re wanting to liven up your home with some of the latest trends, check out these favorite colors from their Design and Trends team.

English Royal Navy

English Royal Navy remains a top color trend in the world today. It was Shaw’s color of the year for 2014, and it’s still going strong. Navy is a classic in every way. It offers timeless appeal. Think about it, the navy blazer is second only to the little black dress in terms of classic, effortless style. And in your home, navy can offer the same universal appeal. Dressed up or down, navy can stylishly anchor a room in much the same way as black or a deep, chocolate brown.

Indian Ocean Teal

Indian Ocean Teal is another color Shaw loves. It’s a deeper dive into the water colors that have made such a splash in today’s home décor. (Two water references in one sentence.  Impressive, huh?) Actually, this rich color can serve as a bridge color between the cool, barely-there water colors so prevalent in homes today and the dark tones of always-classic navy.

British Racing Green

British Racing Green, a close kin to English Royal Navy, is another color that never seems to be out of style. It’s not only a classic, but is enjoying a renaissance as one of today’s top choices. Like the English roadsters often painted this timeless color, British Racing Green can be a playful, preppy, youthful addition or accent in your home.

Coral

And finally, Coral is truly one of the IT colors of 2015. You see it in fashion, you see it in art, and you definitely see it in homes. Small splashes of this vibrant color can instantly liven a room. Unlike popular corals of the past, the trend in 2015 is redder in hue, deep and rich and bold.

Remember, you don’t have to start from scratch to bring touches of today’s stylish colors into your home. Add a pillow, a single painted wall, a piece of painted furniture or a bound rug of these colors to create a fresh, stylish look.

Source: Shaw Floors

Decorating With a Living Room Rug

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

A rug on top of your living room hardwood is an accessory that can easily transform your space. Small rugs look great on top of sleek hardwood flooring and can add a whole new dimension to the room, especially if they include rich colors, textures or patterns.

Consider these rug ideas for your living room design.  

Durable patterns

Houses catering to a family should include a rug that can withstand the wear and tear usually inflicted upon the floor by children.

Real Simple magazine also suggested patterned rugs to make the space more visually interesting, adding another element of texture to your living room.

 Use your rug as an accessory.

The size of you rug should be smaller than the area that your furniture covers. People often make the mistake of using an oversized rug for their room, covering up more of their hardwood floor than they have to.

According to HGTV, the front two legs of your sofas or chairs should be placed on the area rug, supporting the gathering space, but not taking away from the overall sleekness or openness of the room. Think of the rug as an accessory, just like your ottoman or coffee table. It shouldn’t take over your flooring, but complement it instead.

“It is a nice way to add color to a room if you don’t want to commit to a strong color on the furnishings or window treatments,” designer Jennifer Duneier told HGTV.

Real Simple recommended using a decorative rug to draw attention to a specific piece of furniture, like your bold-colored sofa. This is easily done by contrasting the color of the rug with that of the piece of furniture you want to make the focal point of the living room.

Source: Shaw Floors

 

Keep Laminate Floors Looking New

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Here’s some helpful advice on how to keep your laminate floors looking new.

  • Entry mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit and other substances such as oil, asphalt or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.
  • To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
  • Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.
  • Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35 percent and 65 percent throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
  • Heating season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
  • Non-Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity during summer months.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
  • Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
  • Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.
  • Use a protective mat for furniture or chairs with castors.

Source: Shaw Floors

Cleaning Your Laminate Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

  • Do not use steam cleaners or wet mops, which may cause irreparable damage to your floor.
  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.
  • For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink or tar, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth. Then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  • Sweep, dust or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  • Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care.
  • Don’t wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent or any other liquid cleaning product. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
  • Avoid using steel wool, abrasive cleaners or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
  • Don’t use any type of buffing or polishing machine on your laminate floors.
  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beach-side home.

Source: Shaw Floors

Popularity of Hardwood Floors Continues

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Hardwood flooring has been the first choice of homeowners for over 100 years thanks to its innate beauty and lasting durability.

What are some of the benefits of having hardwood floors?

Hardwoods will last much longer than most flooring products. Solid wood flooring also provides the flexibility and capability of being refurbished/sanded many times to recreate a completely new floor or simply a change in color/look.

Which styles are popular today?

Classic Red and White Oak in 2¼” and 3¼” widths is the standard because of availability and price. As the economy gets stronger consumers are exploring wider solid flooring options. Flooring manufacturers are increasing the selection in all profiles to include greater than 5” width even in engineered flooring.

Any flooring trends that are specific to metro Atlanta?

We install more hardwoods than is generally seen across the country. We live in a forest and seem to have a great appreciation for wood.

How do I choose the right flooring for my home?

Some things to consider are: Classic vs. Modern; Species consideration-the color and look you would like to achieve; the size of the room also give consideration to the width and length of the boards for a visual presentation; and prefinished or site finish.

There are many new options in color and species in prefinished wood both in solid and engineered that we originally only could achieve the look in a site-finish installation. There are now more hand-scraped and wire brushed offerings that create a very unique look.

The last important element is to evaluate the sub-floor moisture levels and of course your budget. There have been more offerings in wood flooring in the last three years than in the previous 10 years.

How do I budget?

There are three elements that go into the price of hardwood floors: 1. Species–the type of wood either solid or engineered and again applying the variable of width and length. 2. Installation-nail or glue or both depending on the installation of solid or engineered. 3. Staining, sand and finishing cost if it is an unfinished product or the adhesive in installing a  prefinished engineered wood. The cost can begin around $8/square foot and continue to increase based on the type and width of the product.

How about maintenance?

There are many products on the market that clean the hardwood without a water application. An electrostatic mop with Microfiber technology contains most dust for the daily upkeep.

Source: Jerry Park, project consultant, MODA Floors & Interiors

Why You Want Clean Carpet

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Have you ever noticed that only a few days after cleaning, you can see dust everywhere, settled on glass tabletops and the like? Dust happens. Household dust carries bacteria, dander, mold spores, germs and pollen. To add to the flurry of grime, your family, friends, pets and even that open window bring in fresh dirt all the time. A lot of it is settling on your carpet.

Between longer work days, time-consuming commutes, and kids’ activities that keep the calendar full, who has time to worry about cleaning the carpet? Today, we’re spending less time on household tasks, yet we still expect excellent results. Lucky for us, carpet-cleaning products, methods and equipment are improving all the time. Cleaning carpet may seem like more of a chore than dusting a coffee table, but properly cleaning and maintaining your carpet makes all the difference in the world.

How often do you clean your carpet?

Source: Carpet and Rug Institute

Domestic Vs. Exotic Hardwoods

Photo: Bona

Photo: Bona

When it comes to choosing the right wood for your floors, you must consider the differences between domestic and exotic wood. Each type has its own benefits and strengths. Domestic and exotic hardwood lumber bring together a wide range of aesthetic and practical considerations when choosing your hardwood floor. They all vary with different characteristics like color, hardness and availability.

Domestic Hardwoods

Domestic hardwoods refer to any and all species found in North America like Oak, Birch, Maple and American Cherry. Domestic hardwood flooring is considered to have a warmer, more traditional appearance.

Exotic Hardwoods

Exotic hardwoods are species found around the world, usually coming from the more tropical areas. Some common exotic species are Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Walnut (Ipe), Purple Heart and Australian Cypress. Exotic hardwood flooring is considered to have a more striking appearance, giving off a more contemporary/modern look.

Color Change

The natural change in color of all wood species over time is a process caused by oxidation and exposure to light over time. This can happen on finished and unfinished wood and varies by species as to whether it darkens or lightens in color. Exotic hardwoods such as Brazilian Cherry may change color very rapidly and drastically while a domestic hardwood like Red Oak may be much slower with minimal changes in color variation. Check with your floor care professional to get a better idea of what to expect when your floors age.

Hardness

A wood floor is only as hard as the species of wood that is installed and not determined by the finish topcoat. Domestic hardwoods are softer than most exotic species, ranking in the low-medium range in hardness. Exotic hardwoods are harder and denser than domestic wood. However, it is important to remember that hardness is not the only factor when considering a durable floor. With modern industry practices, both types of wood will provide you with a floor that will last a lifetime.

Availability

When it comes to domestic vs. exotic hardwood flooring, availability can become a key issue. The availability of species will depend heavily on specific trends in your area. Because of availability issues, some exotic hardwoods may only come in specific sizes and cuts. Generally, some people choose domestic hardwood flooring over exotic to support sustainable practices and local jobs.

Source: Bona