HAVE YOU TRIED VIRTUAL DECORATING?

Many of our supplier partner websites are getting more and more sophisticated and fun to use when thinking about buying new flooring.  Today you can choose a floor type/colour and pattern and drop it into a virtual room or better yet, upload a photo of your room, and see how it will look.  You can change wall colours as well to match your décor as closely as possible.

Mannington has a great virtual decorator and you can drop all types of flooring images into the room. read more…


The 2016 Hardwood Flooring Trend Countdown #1

Drumroll please… We’ve made it to hardwood trend #1!   Check out the wide design of trend #2 from last week. CLICK HERE.

Hardwood Flooring Trend #1: Wire-brushed (handscraped) hardwood

The wire-brushed hardwood is the top of our countdown list, and it sound just like what it is. In the raw stage, wire bristles are used on the floor, enhancing the look of the wood grain. It is a process that removes the soft wood and leaves only the hard wood underneath. It provides an etched, aged texture to the grain that makes the wood look older and rawer. This is a more expensive look because it requires an extra step to create the character. But if you are looking to create that rustic lived in feel, it will be well worth the extra money.  Also a perfect choice if you have a busy family and or pets in your home, as it tends to be a little more forgiving when it comes to scratches showing.

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Photo:  Shaw Floors   read more…


The 2016 Hardwood Flooring Trend Countdown #2

A contemporary look with a vintage twist is very on trend for hardwood flooring fashion. See more about this hardwood flooring in trend #3 from last week: CLICK HERE.

Hardwood Flooring Trend #2: Wider Planks

Enlarge the feel of your room(s) and create a modern vibe in your space with flooring trend #2, wider planks. Older, more traditional flooring was generally about 2 1/4″ wide . The newer standard for planks are about 3 1/4″ in width. For the wide plank trend, the planks will be about 5-8 inches wide.  The wider the plank, the more rustic the feel. The wider plank is similar to the look of the wood floors of barns, creating rustic charm.

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photo:  Antique Impressions    read more…