Creating a Beautiful Kitchen

Worried that stainless steel appliances are on their way out? Try introducing a bronze element to the mix. Alternating matte and gloss white tiles in this kitchen also amps up the volume. Watch this video for tips on creating a beautiful farmhouse/modern luxe kitchen.

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Creating a Fabulous Family Room

How do you create a kid- and pet-friendly family room? It starts with a neutral palette. Take it up a notch with punches of color and layered art. Get tips in this brief video.

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Hardwood Floors Improve Indoor Air Quality

Hardwood Floor PhotoYou probably think a lot about whether the food you eat is safe. But how safe is the flooring surface in your home?
When it comes to flooring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds that hardwood floors improve indoor air quality. They don’t harbor microorganisms, allergens or pesticides that can be tracked in from outdoors. Hardwood floors also minimize the accumulation of dust, mold and animal dander, which makes them a healthy option for your child’s first steps and beyond.
Allergens can exist everywhere. Some are more common outdoors, like pollen and mold spores, while others are more common indoors, like dust mites and animal dander. All allergen sources, however, can be present anywhere at any time. And because the impact of air-borne allergy-related illnesses can be staggering – up to $17.5 billion in health care costs and more than 6 million work and school days lost each year – it makes sense to prevent and minimize allergy triggers whenever possible.
While outdoor allergens can be hard to control, there are ways to minimize the impact of allergens that occur indoors. Frequent dusting, vacuuming, and washing will minimize many indoor allergens, but these activities can stir them up as well. One way to prevent allergens altogether is to eliminate many of the areas where they can gather.
Flooring is one area of the indoor environment where the number of indoor allergens can be controlled. Certain types of flooring, such as carpet, are simply better gathering places for allergens. Small microorganisms, pollen, dust, dust mites, mold, animal dander and other substances tend to accumulate in carpet fibers. Other flooring types, such as wood, tend to minimize the accumulation of allergens because there are no fibers to trap these substances. Taking steps to minimize these kinds of allergens can result in improved indoor air quality.

Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your New Floor

Wood Flooring Photo

Photo: Lauzon Flooring

Are you ready to update your home this year with new wood flooring? Here are seven steps to help you streamline the process.

  1. Determine where in your house you would like to have wood flooring.
  2. Establish a general budget range and desired timing for the project.
  3. Find a professional to help with selecting/ordering product and installation.
  4. Choose the type of flooring, design requirements and colors that are necessary for your project.
  5. Plan a time to have the work completed.
  6. Discuss maintenance requirements with your flooring professional.
  7. Enjoy your beautiful new wood floors for a lifetime.

Source: National Wood Flooring Association

 

What is the Janka Scale?

Did you know that each species of hardwood has a different level of hardness? Some common domestic species like walnut, cherry and birch are less hard in comparison to other common domestic species like maple, hickory and oak. The hardness of solid wood is measured according to a system called the Janka Scale.

The Janka Scale gives a good indication of how well a wood species can be expected to withstand dents and dings. The scale is determined by the amount of pound-force required to push a .444-inch diameter steel ball halfway into the wood.

Ratings for both domestic and imported species are included in the scale; however, none of these values apply to engineered wood flooring. While Janka values give a general sense of how hard solid wood is, other factors also contribute to the durability of wood as well. This can include things like how the wood is cut and the finish that is applied to the wood.

Durability

Paws and claws? No problem! Wood floors are designed to withstand the traffic of busy families, including man’s best friend. Wood floors are extremely durable. They can withstand the rambunctiousness of a puppy and still look beautiful for decades. Just be sure to pick a species that can endure Fido’s playful spirit, sharp nails and occasional accidents.

Source: National Wood Flooring Association

2020 Colors of the Year: Which is Your Favorite?

Wow! This year has flown by quickly. Have you noticed all the new car colors on the road recently? We have always wondered why people gravitate toward certain colors when they choose a new vehicle. That’s also true when paint companies announce their picks for colors of the year.

The 2020 Colors of the Year serve as a predictor of the paint color and decorating trends to come. Which one of these colors is your favorite? Do you plan to use any of them in your design or home improvement projects next year?

Sherwin-Williams selected Naval SW 6244, a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence.

Sherwin-Williams

PPG Paints recently announced Chinese Porcelain as its 2020 Color of the Year. The energetic hue is a clever blend of cobalt and moody ink blue.

PPG Paints

Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Color of the Year, First Light 2102-70, is the backdrop for a bright new decade. The 10 harmonious hues of the Color Trends 2020 palette, including First Light, deliver modern paint color pairings that combine optimism with understatement.

Benjamin Moore

Behr’s Back to Nature is a restorative and revitalizing green hue that engages the senses and pairs well with other colors both inside and outside the home.

Behr