Is it Time for a Fresh Start?

passionateRefresh your home with new paint! It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to recharge a room’s style. Each year paint companies single out shades that capture the current moment in design. Keep reading to learn more about some of the projected hot colors for 2021.

Color affects us psychologically. Warm colors – such as red, yellow and orange – can spark a variety of emotions that range from comfort and warmth to hostility and anger. Cool colors – such as green, blue and purple – often spark feelings of calmness as well as sadness.

When selecting their top colors, paint companies gather insights from pop culture, fashion, architecture and technology trends.

Glidden – Aqua Fiesta

Aqua Fiesta is a bright, refreshing aquamarine color that would look great on an accent wall or millwork. While it might be a little overwhelming as an all-over wall color, it makes a splash even in small doses when combined with other neutral paint colors. You might pair Aqua Fiesta with a cool gray to create a spa-like vibe in your bathroom.

Benjamin Moore – Aegean Teal

Aegean Teal marries the tranquil nature of blue with green’s association with wellness, while a gray undertone helps keep the color modern. The color’s calming qualities make it an excellent choice for bedrooms or home offices. Its casual elegance also shines on kitchen cabinetry or built-ins.

Aegean Teal joins 11 other organic hues that comprise Benjamin Moore’s 2021 color trends palette. Their collection includes buttery yellows, creamy off-whites and deep earthy hues that work beautifully with Aegean Teal’s cool undertones.

Farrow & Ball – 2021 Colors of the Year

Farrow & Ball selected 12 rejuvenating shades for its 2021 color trends. Featuring earthy neutrals and rich natural colors, the shades were chosen to convey a sense of ease and familiarity. According to the company, the selections reflect a broader trend toward warmer, organic colors and away from cool grays and blues.

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams – Passionate (Pictured above)

Passionate is a rich, saturated red color that blurs the line between modern and traditional. The bold yet elegant hue joins nine nature-inspired shades in HGTV Home’s Delightfully Daring Color Collection. Passionate’s deep red creates an invigorating backdrop for neutral furniture and nature-inspired accents. Want a more dramatic look? Try pairing it with other vivid shades from the collection, such as the classic blue called Long Horizon.

Sherwin-Williams – Urbane Bronze

Urbane Bronze is a warm, grounding shade of gray-brown that reflects the country’s current need for serenity and stability. The company says Urbane Bronze encourages you to create a sanctuary space for mindful reflection and renewal.

What do you think about these colors? Are you planning to use any of them in your home or at a client’s home?

Are Shadings and Sheers Right for Your Home?

Hunter DouglasWindow shadings and sheers are a popular window covering option. All of these products are made from fabric and offer the ultimate in light control. Their versatility can provide complete privacy without complete darkness by simply adjusting the vanes for the desired amount of light.

Shadings and sheers are made with a wide selection of soft fabrics, including opaque and translucent materials.

Both window shadings and sheers consist of soft fabric vanes that are suspended between two-sheet fabric facings. Window shadings vanes run horizontally and sheers run vertically. These vanes rotate for a filtered view allowing for complete privacy or anything in between. Both window shadings and sheers are offered in a variety of fabrics ranging in opacity, texture and color.

Window shadings and sheers are extremely versatile and can be installed in almost any room in the home. These products blend all the advantages of draperies, shades and blinds into one design. Vertical sheers work particularly well on large window patio doors or on window walls.

The elegant and sophisticated looks of these window coverings make them the perfect choice for living rooms, dining rooms or bedrooms. They work well in contemporary and traditional settings.

It is important to note that window shadings and sheers may not be the best fit for pet owners. Being a sheer fabric, they may get damaged at the hand of a cat and its claws.

What are the Types of Wood Flooring?

Reed Plank. Suitable for Commercial and Residential Applications.

Solid wood flooring is made of one piece of wood from top to bottom and can be used in any room that is on or above ground. One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is it can be sanded and refinished many times.

Engineered wood floors are also made of real wood, but include multiple layers, with the top layer made of high-quality wood. Because engineered wood floors expand and contract less than solid wood flooring, they are ideal for basement installations. While this type of flooring can be sanded and refinished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring.

5/8″ Unfinished Engineered Flooring in 7″ Width.

Composite engineered wood flooring contains real wood on the wearable surface only. The backing and core material may be made up of any type of composite material.

Wood floors are manufactured in almost any width. Some of the most popular styles are strip, plank and parquet. Each style is available in a variety of species, colors and widths, so choosing the right one is a matter of preference.

Strip flooring is less than 3” wide and often makes a room appear larger. Plank flooring is equal to or greater than 3” wide and often creates a more casual look. Parquet flooring varies in size and generates a geometric, non-linear look.

Wood flooring is made from hardwoods, softwoods, domestic lumber and a variety of imported lumber. Each wood species has unique visual characteristics and maintenance needs.

Source: National Wood Flooring Association

How To Care For Tile Floors

Photo: Bona

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are known for their durability and ease of maintenance. With proper care, your floors can look beautiful for many years to come. Check out the video for maintenance tips.


Add Lasting Value to Your Home

Hunter Douglas Heritance Hardwood

Interior window shutters have long been a traditional and beautiful addition to any home. They are also considered an investment that will add lasting value to your home.

Shutters can control heat, noise and privacy. These products offer excellent light control and provide superior ultraviolet protection.

Most shutters are offered in multiple configurations to cover all types of windows, including bow, bay, French doors, patio doors and specialty shapes. Most shutters offer varying louver sizes and front tilt or hidden tilt bars for unobstructed views.

Shutters are offered in different materials consisting of real wood, polysatin or vinyl and alternative wood or faux-wood. Depending on the window molding and sill construction, they can be installed inside mount or outside mount.

If you are considering shutters, always think about opening the shutter doors and whether or not any obstructions exist. For example, a kitchen faucet can be an obstacle to opening a shutter installed behind a kitchen sink.
While shutters are a great solution for any room in the home, you may want to consider
alternative–wood or polysatin shutters in areas that have warm temperatures or where humidity may be a concern for hardwood products. Polysatin shutters are a good choice for bathrooms, kitchens, pool and sauna areas or areas such as kids’ rooms that may require frequent cleaning!
Alternative or faux-wood shutters are made from engineered materials that offer an affordable luxury alternative to a custom wood shutter and are offered in various colors.
These hybrid shutters combine the great style of wood with the strength, stability and straightness of advanced modern day materials.
For more information about window coverings, see the MODA Floors & Interiors website.

Choosing the Right Window Covering

Photo: Graber Blinds

Choosing the right window treatment to complement your interiors can be overwhelming. But when you consider a few important factors, you’re sure to find the solution that works best for you.

By taking a fresh look at your space and the way you use it, you can identify the best design style for your window treatments.
A spacious room used for entertaining can be elevated with uniquely patterned drapery. Enhance the elegance by layering the drape over a blind, shade or shutter.
Simple yet sophisticated, Roman shades may be just the right look for your home office.
A more contemplative room might welcome a view to the outdoors. Bottom up/top down shades may do the trick, while still allowing for privacy.
Because bathrooms have a higher humidity level, consider blinds made of faux wood or a composite material—both of which withstand moisture.
Natural shade materials bring the outdoors in, adding a textural element to a room that is a showpiece in your home. Similarly, wood shutters give a room true distinction—whether your style is traditional or modern or something in between.
Exposure to sunlight or heat/cold can cause uncomfortable temperature fluctuation, as well as damage to textiles, flooring and furniture. Windows facing south or west can suffer the most. High humidity rooms require special consideration as well.
With motorized treatments, you enjoy total control at the touch of a button, and you also increase safety in your home by eliminating cords at your windows.

An Ounce of Prevention

Photo: Shaw Floors

To avoid scratches, put floor protector pads on the bottoms of the legs of any furniture that comes in direct contact with your floors. Avoid walking on floors with sports cleats or high-heeled shoes. But even if despite your best efforts, the floor becomes a toy car racetrack or dance floor, issues can usually be repaired.

When the floor begins to look a little dull, only use products recommended by your contractor, flooring manufacturer or finish manufacturer. Using the wrong type of cleaning product could damage the finish and possibly the wood.
Wood is a natural product that responds to its environment. During winter months when heating systems are running, wood floors will shrink, resulting in gaps between the boards. When humidity is higher in the summer, wood floors swell. This is a normal reaction that occurs from season to season, but it can be minimized by keeping your home between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit and 30-50 percent humidity all year.
Maintenance Tip
Ask a professional if your wood floors could use a new coat of finish. Most scratches in wood flooring will occur in the finish, not the wood itself. A professional may be able to lightly abrade the finish and apply a new coat to restore the floor. Give MODA Floors & Interiors a call to learn more.

Tips To Help You Select The Flooring That Works For You

Photo: Shaw Floors

Your new flooring should reflect how you live. One size (or one color, for that matter) doesn’t fit all. Here are four tips to help you navigate the selection process.

1. Budget
Before you begin, you should know how much you want to spend. Also factor in cost for installation as well. Once you have identified your product for the square footage of space, your professional installer can provide you estimated installation fees.
2. Performance
Think about what you really need. What are your non-negotiables? Is this a space that is prone to spills and might benefit from a waterproof flooring option? Do you want this space to be beautiful, or is comfort your main objective? Whether it’s one or all of the above, there are solutions to fit your lifestyle.
3. Options
No matter if you base your decision on practicality or style and design, know there are suitable options available in multiple colors, textures and visuals across all product categories. Truly, there is something for everyone.
4. Color
Color makes the room. Pay attention to furniture and décor in your space and keep wall color and the overall color scheme of your home in mind as you select style and color options for your new flooring. Nothing is better than the feeling of a cohesive space – so pay attention to the details!
Source: MUSE magazine – Shaw Floors

Rug Layering: A Hot Trend

Rug layering works with any type of design and provides a palette that can be used for choosing furniture and accessories. Watch this brief video to learn more.