Choosing Area Rugs For Your Home

  • Why should a homeowner consider placing a small or large area rug in a particular room? Area rugs are an excellent option to accent a room and protect hardwoods from excessive wear. They also provide comfort in a gathering space.
  • What are the benefits of using a rug? Since many homes have hardwoods and tile, rugs protect from heavy wear and tear. They also help with sound reduction.
  • What different rug fabrics, colors, styles, shapes and sizes are available today that perhaps weren’t available years ago? Area rugs are more often made from carpet, which provides flexibility in size, shape, color and pattern. We are able to provide a custom rug within three to six weeks. Many pre-made rugs come in standard sizes that no longer fit larger spaces and to order a custom size can take several months.
  • In which rooms are area rugs most effective and why? All rooms that need softness, warmth or an extra element of design are good candidates for an area rug.
  • What are some things a homeowner should consider before choosing the perfect rug for their chosen living space? Clients should consider the use of the space. 1-Stain resistant fibers like nylon and polypropylene are best for spaces with heavy traffic, children and pets. Wool is a very durable and luxurious option. Sisal and Seagrass are natural choices that can be accented with fabric borders. 2-The size of the rug can be determined by the room or the seating space. Dining tables should always be 18 to 24 inches larger on each side to allow easy movement of chairs. 3-When choosing a rug you should have swatches or pictures of your current furnishings and fabrics. Rugs can be used to create a neutral canvas for a bold room or as an accent in a monochromatic design.
  • What is the expected lifespan of an area rug before you should consider replacing it? Area rugs require proper cleaning maintenance to achieve the longest life span, just like carpet. The fabric quality and location can also dictate the lifespan.
  • Any other tips or suggestions on this topic? When shopping for a rug bring fabric swatches, pictures of the space and a rough dimension of the room. This helps the designer or the sales person make informed suggestions.

Source: Leslie Waller, MODA Floors & Interiors project consultant/designer

Color Trends for 2018 Announced

Shaw Floors Color of the Year (Gold Rush)

Painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make an impact in a room. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional painter, painting can turn a drab room into something special. Add colorful pillows, a new area rug or a comfortable throw. Voila! You are on your way to creating a restful retreat, a fantastic entertaining space or something magical you didn’t know you wanted until now.

What are some of the color trends expected for 2018? Check them out below and let us know your thoughts.

Do you plan to use any of these colors next year when decorating? Which ones do you like?

Unique Flooring Options

 You can create a unique look with simple upgrades such as borders, medallions, distressing, painting floors, mixed media and staining.

  • Borders create a frame effect. They can incorporate multiple wood species, stone, marble, brass, stainless steel, nickel and other metals.
  • Medallions are installed in the main field of the floor. They can incorporate multiple wood species, stone, metal and leather. Medallions also can be routed into existing floors.
  • Distressing offers an antiqued appearance. Hand-scraping is the most-common distressing technique used to achieve a worn look.
  • Painted floors transform an ordinary wood floor into something unique. Features such as borders or other design elements can be added and sanded off later.
  • Mixed media mixes wood with other materials. A marble and wood foyer makes a dramatic entryway, while brushed nickel accents in your kitchen wood floor could showcase your appliances.
  • Staining can give your existing wood floors an entirely new look very affordably. Light, medium and dark stains transform your floors without replacement

Source: National Wood Flooring Association

Shaw Floors Announces Color of the Year

Every year since 2014 Shaw Floors has named a Color of the Year for the upcoming year. (Royal English Navy, Lady in Grey, White Hot, Lush and now Gold Rush) Shaw says these colors work well alone and can deliver even more pizazz when they work together.

Gold Rush brings energy to a room, creating a range of emotions from warmth to excitement, from serious to playful. What do you think about the color? Will you use it in your home?

Upcoming Home Tours Shed Light on Design Trends

Fall is a great time to get out and explore the city! If you’re thinking of remodeling or making some tweaks to your home before the holidays, these five tours are great places to start for design inspiration.

  • NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes: This self-guided tour features the best in kitchen, bath and whole-house remodeling. Sept. 16 | Atlanta RemodelingTour.com
  • Great American Tiny House Show: This event features container homes, modular homes and portable structures. Sept. 23-24 | Dalton Convention Center | GreatAmericanTinyHouse.show
  • Fall Fest Tour of Homes: See a variety of architectural styles that have been added to the Candler Park area throughout the years. Oct. 1 | FallFestCandlerPark.org
  • Dunwoody Home Tour: View four Dunwoody homes that range from historic to modern. Oct. 4 | DunwoodyWomansClub.com
  • Castleberry Hill Loft Tour: Each unit on the tour showcases a diverse range of style, budget, size and taste. Oct. 14 | Castleberryhill.org/lofttour-2/

MODA Floors & Interiors worked on the Distinctive Remodeling Solutions home that is included in the NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes. Our design professional will be there to answer any questions you might have. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity ReStores in metro Atlanta.