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Hardwood Flooring Trends 2017

With the recent real estate market surge (as of this writing December 2017) new wood floors will help boost selling prices opposed to ones that still have carpeting. Today’s trends show brownish to darker stained products selling quite well in northern states, reds and browns in the prarie states (Texas, Oklahoma and others) and mountain regions. The popularity of greys, off whites and beige are seeing good demand along coastal areas or warmer regions that include Florida, Southern California and Arizona.

Natural Finished Hardwoods Making A Comeback

It was only a matter of time before savvy homeowners began turning back to traditional hardwoods without trendy colors and other effects. 2016 saw a renewed interest for reasons of becoming neutral and ‘thinking ahead.’ Better explained from some of our buying customers with comments like; “I don’t want to regret my decision when it comes to selling my home” or “I’m not sure I want to go through the hassle of changing everything when grey goes out of style.”

Distressed?

Heavier hand scraped or contoured products, the rage that started around 2005 has taken a back seat in most areas, while a softer wire brushed ceruse effect seen mostly on White Oak (below) has been remarkably strong showing no effects of becoming “dated” like the others mentioned. Reclaimed hardwoods will always be welcomed but it’s popularity has never taken a front row seat.

See Grey & Beige Hardwoods
Darker stained hand scraped

Most Popular Types of Hardwood?

What hardwoods are people buying? Red oak remains strong in the sand and finish market. White Oak has taken on a renaissance with a large number of character graded prefinished hardwoods. Hickory remains strong, while being used more for distressed type floors or offering the rustic choice. Lighter toned hardwoods in the likes of Maple and Birch have lost favor in their natural finished form, but are still desired for those seeking a cleaner contemporary look.

Exotics have taken a sizable hit as has bamboo. Brazilian Cherry, the rage of 10 and 15 years past, is seen less and now replaced by the trendier character grade hardwoods and a return to less pronounced natural colors without the heavy character.

Factory prefinished wood flooring remains the selection of choice over actual on site installation and finishing. Reasons include faster completion schedules as the flooring is ready to be used immediately instead of waiting for finishes to cure. Additionally, prefinished warranties are very difficult to top traditional on site ones. The majority of manufacturers are now offering 25 and 50 year warranties. Looked at closely, they only cover the actual wear of the finish itself.

Longer Length Hardwoods

Wider plank flooring has seen a dramatic increase in use since the turn of the century. Some prefer their appearance as it can open up rooms that may otherwise feel or look smaller. Along with wider plank hardwoods, longer length material is becoming more the norm. By way of explanation, I’ll offer an example.

In the late 90’s Anderson was king of the hand scraped market; the innovator really. Others followed suit going into the new century, along with a tidal wave of Chinese knockoffs, but nearly all consisted of short length engineered hardwoods that weren’t any longer than 42 or 48 inches. Most didn’t notice it until we took notice thinking…”if we can produce a solid hardwood with longer lengths, why can’t we do the same for engineered?”

Why Longer Lengths?

For one, they’re more traditional. Along with that the desire for wider plank appearances didn’t make sense with short pieces. I like to call it the checkerboard look (shown). An installed 7 inch wide plank for example, looks exceptional with longer boards opposed to shorter ones due to the bevel or micro bevel all prefinished manufacture.

Plank Size?

Plank width size has been increasing since five inch wide planks came on stream with Anderson and other prefinished manufacturers at the turn of the century. Over the most recent five years or going back to 2011 we’re seeing more 7 ½” planks, practically all imported from China. 7 ½” width is a dead giveaway as it is simply not made in the USA. USA made uses a 7 or 7 1/4″ dimension.

Issues With Wide Plank Solid Hardwoods

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Random or Mixed Width

Random or mixed width is becoming more noticed and used. However, most manufacturers limit the consumer to their own specifications, namely 3 and five inch width. Our own engineered hardwoods offer any combination from 3 ¼ up to 8 ¼” width on Hickory, White & Red Oak, along with Walnut.

Types Of Finishes

Today low matte finishes (10-20%) are the norm with mid to higher end floors, but satin (30-40 % gloss level) remains constant with others.

Natural Oil Finishes? Good or Bad?

On the higher end and those seeking environmentally friendly choices, natural oil finishes have been making significant inroads with manufacturers in the likes of Hallmark, WD Flooring and DuChateau and a seemingly forever list.

Reasons are obvious as these finishes contain little if any VOC’s and are much easier to repair. However, they can be a maintenance headache for some and premature color wear in high traffic areas can be a reality. Ideally, these finishes are suited more for those that have professionals maintain their floors. Or if you have plenty of time to look after them yourself; not always an easy task.

For unfinished flooring or those sanded on site, some of the more established finishing products used by flooring contractors are Basic Coatings, Bona, Rubio Monocoat, Poloplaz, and Synteko.

Durable Appearances

It’s not always about hardness. The video below explains what many do not realize and may never know until it’s too late.

What Areas Of The Home Are Hardwoods Being Installed?

Of the many floors installed today, areas of use have expanded over the years. More common areas used for new flooring today include; foyers, great, and dining rooms, dens, libraries, home offices, and hallways leading to bedrooms. Kitchens and powder rooms fall right behind while bedrooms are often preferred for carpeting.

Kitchens? Yes. Maintained properly, wood flooring in kitchens play a significant role. However, sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, or stone lead by a large margin as the floor covering of choice.

What Hardwood Floor Types Should We Choose?

I will have to leave this one up to you. If you haven’t noticed, there are a myriad of choices and options these days, but solid 3/4″ products are still the leading choice if you have a wood sub floor. Keep in mind, the popularity of wide plank floors limits solid products as they do not perform well in most environments. This is why you’re probably hearing many salespeople today recommending engineered hardwoods.

For those with concrete subfloors, engineered hardwoods should be considered in either a glue down application or floating installation. However, this does not rule out genuine solid wood flooring on concrete, but uses have fallen off dramatically in the last five years with the advent of thick veneer engineered floors including all of our Uptown hardwoods.

When Should They Be Installed?

Any hardwood flooring project should be scheduled very near the end of other work. The only other trades we would expect after the installation would be carpet installers, punch out trim, painting touch up guys, or wall paper hangers. It’s highly suggested to cover all completed areas to protect against damage. For limited trade traffic, gray craft paper available at the big box stores can be used to cover. Tape? 3M quality the painter dudes use are safe on wood floors, but should not be left on for extended periods of time. Nor should they be exposed to direct sunlight. It’s best not to tape to the floor but to the baseboards.

But! Our Remodeler/Builder Says It Has To Go Next Week

Haven’t we heard that before? Builders are notorious for not understanding when floors should be installed. Some reasons for their hurriedness include having the painting and trim subcontractors finish everything at once instead of having to come back. There are other reasons I will never figure out. If your new hardwood floor is installed with other major work not completed, make it clear to them you want the flooring protected.

Far too many times new floors get damaged so badly they need to be refinished before the remodeling work is completed. The best protection, besides having the work done at the proper time, is covering with 1/8″ masonite board, while duct taping the seams or joints. Duct tape should not be affixed to the floor itself. These efforts will be meaningless if the masonite board and finished floor¹ itself is not squeaky clean.

It doesn’t stop there. Depending on how much other work is needed to complete the remodel and the amount of debris created, it may be necessary to remove the masonite every so often making sure nothing has traveled underneath that will damage the finished floor. Common sense dictates the areas should be swept often and debris cleaned up at least once per day.

We’re Near the Beach. Sand?

Living near the beach, or in the desert, sand will always affect the performance of any flooring. Attention to care and maintenance should be given priority. Newer high tech finishes will help handle the everyday wear, but not the inevitable scratching. Lighter grays, beige and off white brushed hardwoods that help camouflage minor issues when it comes to sand are extremely popular in this scenario.

See our Imagination product videos for ideas.

Many Say Not To Use Wide Planks Near Water

Solid wide plank products will be more susceptible to adverse reactions relating to high moisture levels, but some types are less prone than others. Engineered or quarter sawn hardwood will offer a safer alternative if in doubt.

¹ Site finished floors need time to cure. Covering may not be an option. Consult a qualified professional with this one.

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Flooring Trends: New Year, New Floors

As we welcome a new year, we welcome new trends in home décor. Flooring, an aspect that we hold particularly close to our hearts, is no exception. Here are the flooring trends you can expect to see in 2016:

Warm Toned Grays

Gray’s popularity will remain strong in 2016, as a neutral staple in home décor. However, this year, will be begin to see grays take on some warmth with brown undertones. This creates a comforting and versatile base that coordinates with a number of different color palettes and personal styles.

Right-hand image: Via Ella Leoncio

Get this look with the following products available through Carpet One Floor & Home.

St. Lawrence by Earthscapes With beautiful designs and textures that so closely mimic hardwood and ceramic, this cushioned vinyl flooring is a long-lasting and comfortable option for your home. Get the warm toned gray look with color 501.

Lowden by Laminate for Life The beauty of this value flooring is that it’s engineered to withstand daily living while upholding the authentic look of hardwood. Go gray with this attractive, affordable option in the color Timber Wolf Oak.

White Washed

From white marble tile to white tinted hardwood styles, flooring will experience a white wash this year. Now, we know what you’re thinking… There’s no way white is feasible in my home. But don’t fret, today’s flooring, even white styles, are as stain-resistant as ever.

 

Brighten up your home with these products available through Carpet One Floor & Home.

Snowdrift by Carpet One Extremely versatile, there are endless décor possibilities with a beautifully textured white carpet as your home’s foundation. We recommend the color White Tail.

Northern White Oak by Invincible Utilizing the most advanced milling and finishing techniques, the Invincible™ Collection brings the authentic distinction of hardwood flooring to your home in a product designed to withstand years of use. Lighten up your floors with the color Ash Beige.

Basento by Bel Terra This beautiful ceramic tile, waterproof by nature, is a natural fit for your kitchen and bath. By why stop there? With its unmatched durability paired with easy care and cleaning, tile is a great option throughout the home. For your larger living spaces, simply throw on an area rug for added warmth. For a look similar to the photo above, try the color Pebble Gray.

Deep and Dark

For those who still aren’t convinced on white, you can take advantage of a different and darker trend in 2016. Black, dark chocolate and charcoal colored flooring will also be seen this year. Combine dark flooring with light elements of décor and you’ll create a striking look, yet grounded feel within your home.

 

Right-hand Image: Via Cote de Texas

Dive into dark with these products available through Carpet One Floor & Home.

Falcon Crest – Hickory by Rustic River The genuine warmth of hardwood is delivered in all its richness, through varying textures, styles and traditional colors. Get a similar look that that which appears in the right-hand image, with colors Rambler Brown or Antique Lantern.

Cordova Oak by Invincible H2O A breakthrough in flooring, Invincible H2O luxury vinyl plank flooring provides waterproof protection, outstanding durability, with a high-end handcrafted look. Create a nice contrast to your light décor elements with the color, Habben.

Chambord by Tigressa Carpet One Floor & Home’s premier all-nylon soft carpet brand, is an easy choice for any choice. To created a grounded feel, go with a charcoal color like Cadet.

Handmade & Handcrafted Elements

Inspired by traditional crafts such as weaving, knitting and carving, flooring will be taking a unique turn this year both in the products themselves and with creative installation techniques like mixed width planks.

 

Left-hand Image: Via Style Me Pretty.

Add some uniqueness to your home with these products available through Carpet One Floor & Home.

Time After Time by Evans Black This patterned carpet is sure to make a statement. Available in a variety of coordinating color combinations, you’re sure to find one (or more) that perfectly meet the design style of your home.

Hearth Stone by Rustic River This natural finish hickory flooring presents eye-catching color variation, naturally occurring knots, waves and grains. With strong piece-to-piece variation, this hardwood flooring is sure to deliver a handcrafted feel.

 

Distressed Rugs

Not looking to do a complete flooring overhaul? You can still stay on trend by accenting your current flooring with a distressed rug.

 

From Left: Rugs and décor by Surya.  Area rug by Zahara.

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Entryway Flooring

There’s no getting around tracking mother nature’s messiness into your entryway, especially this time of year. So with spring just a few days away, it’s the perfect time to talk about entryway flooring.

One thing we know for sure, is an entryway is bound to endure a lot of foot traffic, dirt, mud and moisture. For this reason, the well-used space requires a floor that is durable, easy-to-clean and naturally water-resistant. Tile, vinyl and laminate flooring are three great options for an entryway, fitting both the practicality bill and offering style. With today’s advances in technology, vinyl and laminate floors can mimic the look and even feel of natural hardwood, ceramic or stone. Throw tile in the mix, and you have an expansive and varied selection of entryway flooring guaranteed to fit nearly any design style.

Pulling inspiration from two beautiful entryway interiors, we’ve produced flooring palettes that each include a tile, vinyl and laminate option. Continue reading for specifics on the products we’ve featured, as well as general information on the three flooring types. We have a feeling you’ll be learning something new!

Interiors By: Sims Hilditch;Studio McGee

FEATURED PRODUCTS – Are available through Carpet One Floor & Home.

TILE: Franciscan Slate Tile by Bel Terra in Coastal Azul & Continental Slate Floor Field Tile by Bel Terra in Asian Black

VINYL: Earthscapes Platinum Dahlia Vinyl in Color 997 & Vance Coburg Vinyl in Bobcat Tan

LAMINATE: Elkins Hall by Laminate For Life in Antique Brown & Tanglewood by Laminate For Life in Iron Gate

LEARN MORE –  Visit Carpet One Floor & Home’s, Flooring Simplified, your guide to tile, vinyl and laminate flooring.

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Art Inspires Home Decor

Beautiful artwork has long been an inspiration in creating striking interiors. From the subject matter to the myriad of color combinations, art can be the perfect inspirational element to get the creative process underway. In this post I share three color and design boards inspired by three of my favorite paintings that illustrate how art can influence home design.

Modern Romance

The muted pastels, smoldering grays and ethereal whites of Sir Henry Raeburn’s famed portraiture “Miss Eleanor Urquhart” along with  Raeburn’s masterful ability to capture the soft, feminine beauty of the subject convey a timeless romantic aesthetic. These features inspired the “Modern Romance” color and design scheme.

 

Painted River Cloud Pillow from Dransfield & Ross, Handpainted Charcoal and Indigo Pillow Cover from Delinda Boutique , ‘Curious’ Grey and Yellow Abstract Art Pillow from Zazzle, Eudora Chandelier from Currey & Company, Markham Sofa in Slate Gray from Home Decorators, Booneville Brushed Hardwood from Carpet One Floor & Home, Larkhall Granite Rectangle Rug from Karastan.

Palazzo Posh

Sir Peter Paul Rubens captured the splendor and opulence of aristocratic Italian life during the Renaissance in his renowned portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. The “Palazzo Posh” color and décor scheme was inspired by the shimmering silver, gold and bronze hues of the Marchesa’s gown and the sumptuous velvet ruby red, black onyx and rich mahogany of the interior décor.

 

Copper Decorative Pillow from John Robshaw, Zebra Pillow from Surya, Lana Wall Sconce from Currey & Company, Hand Embroidered Brocade Pillow Cover from Banarsi Designs, Copper Decorative Pillow from John Robshaw, Griffin Charcoal Sofa from Urban Home, Hawthorne Ottoman from Bernhardt, Bravado Mahir Rectangle Rug from Karastan, Chandler Point Hardwood from Carpet One Floor & Home.

Farm Chic

Intense earth-inspired colors express the idyllic, romanticized farm life that Winslow Homer captured in his painting “The Dinner Horn”. The rustic, autumnal colors, and verdant meadow punctuated by the horn-blowers aqua tinged white dress billowing in the wind inspired the color scheme used in the “Farm Chic” décor scheme.

 

Graphic Field Pillow from Dransfield & Ross, Primal Decorative Pillow from Surya, Lacefield Bombay Mist Throw Pillow from Layla Grayce, Finial Pendant in Gold from Barbara Cosgrove, Marseilles Hardwood from Carpet One Floor & Home, Garland Chair from Wesley Hall, Pescadero Teal Rectangle Rug from Karastan.

Contributed By: Carmen Maria Natschke

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