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4 Top Design Trends for 2017

Terracotta, tuxedo, cork and kilim. These four design trends are expected to flood Pinterest boards and interiors in 2017. From the latest issue of our digital home design magazine, Beautiful Design Made Simple, we’ve compiled our favorite pins inspired by these top trends.


From terracotta tiling to terracotta-clad walls, the distinct coloring of the naturally-derived earthenware adds instant warmth and dimension to any space. So distinct, in fact, that even a little bit of this beautiful hue can make a big difference within a room. So if new paint or tiling isn’t in the cards, don’t worry, you can expect to see an increasing amount of terracotta-inspired decor items from home design retailers throughout the year.



Elegant, simple and balanced, tuxedo kitchens offer homeowners a classic look with striking, contemporary contrast. The classic combo also compliments another rising trend in kitchen & bath – mixed metals. From lighting to plumbing to hardware, designers and homeowners alike are experimenting with finish combinations such as the popular matte black and brass.



With natural textiles and materials continuing to gain popularity in interior design, it’s no surprise that cork has been positioned as one of 2017’s top trends for interiors. We just LOVE this cork wall both for its visual appeal and practicality. This design is perfectly suited to an office, kitchen or kids room space, but don’t discriminate! This trend can be incorporated just about anywhere. Other ways to include cork within the home? Flooring, of course. If new floors are on your 2017 to-do list, don’t make the mistake of not considering cork. The super-resilient, super-supportive flooring product is not only gorgeous, it’s eco-friendly and naturally hypoallergenic.



Boasting unique geometric patterns and remarkable coloring, kilim print adds head-turning interest to any space. Not comfortable with bold print or color? Start small. Purchase a single throw pillow like the beautiful piece below and display within a neutral room. We promise, this small touch of kilim won’t disappoint. Feeling brave? Purchase a runner for your hall or kitchen. Again, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with this traditional print!

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6 Beautiful Luxury Vinyl Tile Floors

For some reason, most people have an adverse reaction to the thought of vinyl floors. Ok, maybe they’re ok for the bathroom, but for the rest of your home? The fact is, vinyl products have come a long way. There’s even a new category of vinyl floors – Luxury Vinyl Tile (sometimes called LVT).


vinyl tile (or vinyl plank) floor like this one from Carpet One’s Invincible Vinyl Tile collection could be just the floor you’ve been dreaming of.


LVT is a great option for rooms that have moistures, spaces that need a durable flooring option and it can save you money too. Depending on the style you choose, you could save as much as 4 dollars a square foot compared to a similar hardwood style. That really adds up considering the average kitchen size is around 300 square feet.

We also love that luxury vinyl flooring is softer and warmer underfoot. Great if you spend a lot of time standing on your floors.

Perhaps the best feature of Luxury Vinyl Tile is getting the look you really want. Manufacturers have even gone the extra mile in creating tiles that are the shape and size of wood planks (sometimes referred to as Luxury Vinyl Plank) so that when they’re installed, you get even closer to the look a wood floor.  Luxury Vinyl Tile and Luxury Vinyl Plank can have beveled edges and even the texture you would expect in a hardwood or tile floor. You might even forget it’s not the real thing.

Here are some of our favorite rooms featuring Luxury Vinyl Tile. Which is your favorite?


Great wood look for a living room. Durable enough to stand up to the whole family.


Something  durable and beautiful for a dinging room, yes please!


A sleek look in the living room.


Perfect for a kitchen. Holds up to moisture and it’s easy to stand on.



Eat in kitchens get a lot of traffic. Invincible Vinyl Tile can stand up to that.

Where would you put a beautiful luxury vinyl tile floor in your home?

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The Low-Down on Laminate

Today’s laminate has come a long way. Not only is it aesthetically appealing, but there are countless looks and textures to choose from. Whether you prefer the appearance of wood, stone, or tile, laminate makes any room pop for an affordable price. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about laminate flooring right here. So, if you’re considering flooring your home with laminate, you’ve come to the right place.

Laminate can be used anywhere in the home. It is extremely versatile and the perfect choice for any room. However, laminate is best in areas of your home that have a lot of traffic. Use it in hallways, entryways, or the family room. Laminate is also a great choice for flooring a basement where concrete slabs lack the level flooring needed for hardwood.

Great-looking floors are easy to maintain with laminate. They have tough exteriors that resist stains, moisture, scuffs, and scratches for years of unbeatable protection. It’s also a good choice for the kitchen because it cleans up so easily.


If you love entertaining, you’ll love laminate floors. They handle heavy traffic without showing wear and clean up easily after the occasional spill! Fortunately, laminate flooring is long lasting and affordable.


Plus, it’s easier than ever to find the style you need to set your room apart. There’s a huge range of types of laminate flooring, each with a style of its own. From the rugged beauty of slate to the natural warmth of hardwood to the clean look of ceramic tile, it’s all possible with laminate.


Care of laminate flooring is relatively easy. It brings the beauty of a natural wood or stone floor and the easy maintenance of a resilient floor for the style and carefree maintenance that you need. For general cleaning, use a dust mop. If heavier cleaning is needed, an occasional damp mopping with a mild cleaning product is suggested. Don’t flood your floor with water or use wax, detergent, or polish as they leave a filmy and dull residue. To eliminate particles of dirt and grit, vacuum or sweep daily. Make sure to use a vacuum with a brush.


If you choose to buy and install your flooring with Carpet One Floor & Home, you get advantages like the Beautiful Guarantee, where if you’re not perfectly satisfied with your flooring, they’ll replace it – free. You can also have warranties lasting up to 50 years and healthy installation to maintain the air quality in your home.


Keep laminate flooring in mind for the next time you want to balance the natural elegance of hardwood or stone with the versatility, durability, and affordability your lifestyle demands. With so many laminate options available, you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your needs.



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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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Bathroom Design : Focus On Flooring

Inspired by the design of serene spas and luxury hotels, the bathroom has beautifully evolved from a purely functional space into a relaxing in-home sanctuary. From the ceiling to the floor, every interior detail combines to create an unforgettable experience. If you’re ready to design the bathroom of your dreams, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in the exquisite work of four top interior designers who’ve created stunning bathrooms (with striking floors) in a range of styles from traditional to contemporary.

Kandrac & Kole Interiors

The Atlanta-based designing duo of Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole design distinctive interiors like this transitional bath that effortlessly melds contemporary decorative elements with traditional features. Creating a sense of organic luxury starting from the floor up with a sublime, gray-toned basket weave patterned tile.


Transitional Bathroom Design via Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs

Feia Construction

Susie Feia of Feia Construction, an award-winning design and build firm, created a warm and welcoming bathroom retreat anchored by neutral-hued tiles on the bathtub surround and on the floor. This space has the feel of a Tuscan country villa with these rustic, earth-toned tiles.


Traditional Bathroom Design via Feia Construction

Pulp Design Studios

Posh, luxurious contemporary interiors filled with character and comfort are the hallmark of Carolina V. Gentry and Beth Dotolo, the designing divas behind Pulp Design Studios. This ultra-luxe bath with floor to ceiling stone tiles evokes a timeless sentiment and conveys the meditative tranquility one finds in the best spas.


Contemporary, European-Style Bathroom via Pulp Design Studios. Photo via Stephen Karlisch.

Patti Johnson Interiors

Cincinnati interior designer Patti Johnson – principal of her eponymous design firm Patti Johnson Interiors – brings the beautiful look of field stone into the bathroom space. This neutral-toned haven feels grounded and expresses a peaceful allure.


Earthy Bathroom Space via Patti Johnson Interiors

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