Dark colors often get a bad rep, mainly due to the fact that dark colors used incorrectly can cause a space to feel small. However, dark colors can also be used to add depth, richness, and a certain amount of coziness to a space. Let's look at some ways to embrace the dark side and add enjoy the richness and beauty it can bring to your home.
When you think of dark colors, you might just think of blacks and grays, but don't limit yourself. There are unending palettes of dark beauty in green, red, and blue shades. Don't underestimate how beautiful your space can look using a dark color as your primary wall color. It's a popular belief that dark colors can make a space feel small and gloomy, but this is not always the case. If used correctly, dark colors can be stunning and make your space rich and warm. If you’re not ready to take the full plunge, dark colors can be incorporated as an accent wall coupled with lighter, neutral walls to add a stunning contrast.
Balance is the key to using a dark color pallet. If your primary wall colors are dark, bring out the contrast with a light neutral for trims and furnishings. Don't over-use textures and patterns because your dark colors are already your contrast. Too many textures or patterns can overwhelm the space. An excellent source of textures is wood, used through wood furnishings and especially hardwood or wood-look floors. Your floors can help balance a dark color scheme by choosing a light, neutral wood or wood-look.
Maybe you’re thinking about neutral walls with deep, dark floors, or maybe you’re bold enough to couple dark walls and floors. Either way, there are so many gorgeous options in dark hardwood and wood-look flooring in vinyl and WPC. Shades range from traditional browns to blacks and ebony. How dark you go really depends on your personal taste. Also consider lighting, both artificial and natural. Lots of light will keep the space from feeling too closed in. Lighter accent pieces and furniture add contrast as well.
Don’t be afraid of stepping over to the dark side. The key is balancing deep hues with light, neutral floors, trims, furnishings and accent pieces. Embrace the beauty you can achieve with deep dark colors.
Vinyl is loved for its durability, look, and low maintenance, thus it continues to grow in popularity. Vinyl comes in several different forms like sheet vinyl and LVT (luxury vinyl tile or plank), and now there's a new vinyl on the scene, WPC. Let's look at what WPC is and why it's so popular.
WPC is LVT taken to the next level. WPC vinyl flooring has all the beautiful looks, durability, and ease of installation of LVT, but with a secret weapon: a waterproof core. While LVT is water resistant, WPC is completely waterproof. The layers of WPC are what make it so effective. WPC is typically comprised of 4 layers:
For even more on WPC, check out our own video series on what happened when we had a water leak under the WPC on our offices.
As you can see, not all vinyl is created equal. WPC is quickly becoming one of the most popular flooring choices on the market. One reason for this is the fact that it’s waterproof. Want to know more about WPC? Come by, and our sales representatives would be happy to show you everything WPC has to offer.
Every year in September, Floors to Go has an Annual Parking Lot Sale. People come from near and far to get the best prices of the year on flooring. We serve up free food and great deals, and people leave with smiles on their faces. In today's blog, we'll talk with our customer, Amanda Bozeman, to see how she enjoyed the sale and installation of her new flooring purchased at our parking lot sale this year.
Q: Amanda, how do you feel about the deal you received at Floors to Go’s Annual Parking Lot Sale?
“I felt that at Floors to Go I got a really great deal. They gave me a really good price, as cheap as they could go at that parking lot sale, so I feel like I got the best deal I could have gotten.”
Q: What flooring did you purchase?
“I got a WPC flooring with a marble gray look (Cascade Horizon Adura from Mannington). It's very clean and makes my room look open and bigger. It's also something easy for the kids, very durable so they won’t mess it up.
Q: How did your sales representative assist you in making your decision?
“My sales representative was very patient. He helped me to find something I really wanted, something that would fit my style and needs for my children. He took me around the whole store and helped me to break it down to what I really wanted. Once I decided what I wanted, we made a good deal.”
Q: How did you prepare your house for the installation?
“It was pretty simple. We just moved all our furniture out of the room, and it was ready to be prepared.”
Q: How did your installation go? Was it professional and done in a timely manner? Were your installers informative and helpful?
“My installer Darrell, he didn't just come in and start installing the floors. He first explained to me what he was going to be doing and informed me of why he was doing it a certain way. My installer was very professional and got everything done in a timely manner.”
Q: How do you feel about the flooring you selected, and how was your experience with Floors To Go as a whole?
Amanda: “I love my floors! It goes great with my furniture and is durable for my children. Overall I feel like at Floors to Go I got the best deal I could have gotten. My sales person and my installer were very helpful and professional. Everything went great; above and beyond my expectations.”
Come by Floors to Go for our Annual Parking Lot Sale in September or any other time of year when you can always find a great deal, exceptional service, and beautiful flooring!
When it comes to picking out hardwood floors, you have options to choose from like solid or engineered wood, color, and species, but that’s not all. Let’s take a look at why texture is also an important consideration in selecting hardwood.
Every species of wood has different textures and grain patterns. For example, maple has a very smooth, simple grain, whereas walnut or tiger wood has more of a patterned, grainy look. Think about how much texture your space needs. Take into account the style you're going for, the textures, and the other patterns you will have in your space (tip: bringing samples and pictures when picking your hardwood floors will help). There are slightly different options in sanded or scraped textures depending on whether you choose pre-finished solid hardwood floors, unfinished hardwood floors, or engineered hardwood floors.
Different textures you’ll find in most solid and engineered hardwood flooring are:
All of the above textures and looks can be found in pre-finished hardwood, unfinished hardwood, and engineered hardwood floors. Keep in mind the styles you're looking for when picking the species and kind of texture you want your hardwood floors to have. Feel free to bring all your ideas and questions to our sales representatives, so they can help you explore all the options.
Trees are a very important part of our ecosystem. They provide us with oxygen, food, and many useful materials. As a flooring company, we especially have a deep appreciation for the beauty trees add to our homes through hardwood floors. In this blog, we’ll consider some sustainable (or renewable) wood species and wood substitutes that are safe for the environment and add beauty to any home.
One thing to look for when shopping for sustainable hardwood floors is the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) stamp of approval. FSC is an internationally certified system for forests and forest products that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. This means the wood species used is safely harvested and regrown.
Another option is picking a domestic wood species instead of an exotic one. Domestic wood species are more sustainable and economical. They are usually priced lower than exotics, and reforestation through FSC guidelines gives back to our environment, creates local jobs, and ensures ethical practices.
Sustainable species to look for are: ash,aspen, birch, cherry, elm, hickory, bamboo and cork. All are available in a variety of textures, shades, and finishes sure to suit any decor. Bamboo and cork also come in a variety of styles and looks, some of which you won't find in hardwood.
If these options don't suit your needs, there’s a variety of wood looks in other products such as tile, WPC, laminate, and vinyl. Wood-look flooring has advanced leaps and bounds in recent years, and most can't even tell the difference.
*Look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) stamp of approval.
*Domestic hardwoods are more sustainable and generally priced lower.
*There are plenty of beautiful wood substitutes to be found in tile, laminate, vinyl, and WPC.
With fall and winter right around the corner, it's time once again to break out the coats and scarves, cozy sweaters, and our favorite hot drinks. Not only do we want to remain warm and cozy when outside, but we want our homes to be warm and inviting too. Let's look at some tips to keep you and your guests feeling warm and fuzzy in your home.
To start with, home accessories are an easy way to get your space feeling cozy with warm colors and textures. A few fuzzy throw pillows or blankets in rich, fall-inspired colors add comfort and style and can easily be swapped out for different looks as the seasons change. Rugs are also a great way to add warmth to cold floors. Look for shag rugs or rugs with longer fibers and wool which is also a good insulator. You can even get shag carpet in beautiful patterns that add a unique touch of style to your space.
Carpet, of course, keeps your house warm, comfortable, and better insulated, but what about hard surface floors? You might be surprised to know that cork is an excellent choice! Cork is a natural insulator, thanks to its porous cell structure that allows it to trap heat. Cork is a good choice year-round because it insulates and feels warm under foot in the cold months, and in the summer months it keeps excess heat from being emitted into the room. Cork also comes in many colors and patterns, even wood looks.
WPC, or waterproof flooring, with cork backing is another great option. The cork backing offers the same insulating properties as cork flooring. WPC can easily be installed via the floating method, is exceptionally durable, warms quickly, and won't expand or contract.
Tile is a favorite flooring in kitchens and baths, but let's face it: no one likes stepping onto that cold bathroom floor with bare feet on a chilly morning. That's were a heating system like Schluter Ditra-Heat can be installed with your tile to bring you all the benefits of tile with the comfort of heated floors. Most floor heating systems can cause cracks in the tile and grout because the fluctuation of temperature causes the tile to expand and contract frequently. This heating system is unique
because of its uncoupling system which prevents any movement and stress that occurs in the subfloor from cracking the tile and grout above. The Schluter Ditra-Heat system is the only systems that provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer, making it a quick and easy installation.
For those that prefer wood floors, Engineered hardwood is constructed so that it resists expansion and contraction due to changing climates. When installed using the floating method, engineered wood is a great heat conductor.
Other flooring like vinyl planks, sheet vinyl, and laminate provide some softness and warmth. Adding an underlayment to these floors also helps provide insulating properties, and they won't expand or contract due to climate. They also warm up quickly.
To keep your home feeling warm and cozy, use accessories like textured pillows, throw blankets and area rugs. Consider flooring options like carpet and cork that keep your house well-insulated or vinyl and laminate with underlayment. Floating engineered wood floors and tile with the Schluter Ditra-Heat system are also great options for cozy feet!
Carpet is one of my favorite parts of a house. When I enter a house with nice carpet, I have a strong desire to sit on the ﬂoor even if there are plenty of chairs. It's not just about comfort, though. Carpet color also plays a huge role in your home décor, and how your carpet is dyed is makes a difference in stain and wear protection.
Manufacturers dye carpet two ways: piece dyed and solution dyed. What's the diﬀerence? Piece dyed is when the already woven tufts (the hair-like bristles that make up your carpet) are run through a water and dye bath, dying the ﬁbers on the outside only. Solution dyed is when dye is mixed in with the very liquid chemical solution the yarn is made from (such as acrylic, nylon and polyester) before it’s put through the machine that makes it into thread. With the solution dyed method, the color goes all the way through each ﬁber that makes up the woven tufts of carpet. Think of it like this: piece dyed is like a vanilla ice cream pop dipped in chocolate--the chocolate is only on the outside. Solution dyed is like a fudgesicle--the chocolate is all the way through because it was mixed into the ice cream itself.
There are some serious beneﬁts to solution dyed carpet that you should consider. For starters, it's some of the most colorfast material in the industry, meaning that it’s almost impossible to fade or bleach the color out. So, if you have a living space that gets lots of natural light, you won't have to worry about it fading. Is your family bad about staining the carpet? Well, you can even use mild bleach solutions to clean your carpet and not worry about bleaching out the color. Because of its durability, solution dyed carpets often have a longer warranty as well.
If you want long-lasting color in your carpet with superior stain and wear protection, then solution dyed may be the right choice for your home.
If you have an active home with children or pets, you understand the struggle to keep your home, especially your floors, clean and in good condition. When considering new flooring, you may also be concerned about how safe your flooring will be for your family and pets. Let's take a look at some floor coverings that are all around child and pet-friendly.
When you have children, accidents happen. With rough-housing or running through the house, someone is bound to take a spill. Carpet is obviously an excellent choice for fall protection, but keeping carpet clean around children and pets can be a hassle. One trait that can help with this is choosing a carpet that is speckled, making it harder to see stains. Also, lighter neutrals like beiges and grays, rather than darker colors, will show more stains and spots.
If you’re looking for superior stain protection, an excellent carpet is Mohawk’s SmartStrand. SmartStrand Forever Clean has permanent, built-in “Nanoloc” stain and soil protection that won’t wear or wash off. It also features a zero percent moisture absorption rate to reduce odors and an exclusive All Pet Protection Warranty. SmartStrand is made from the only renewable carpet fiber, certified free of harmful substances, with exceptional durability and luxurious softness.
Dream Weaver also has a carpet line that is perfect for family homes. PureColor carpet features solution-dyed fiber, meaning the color penetrates all the way through the fibers so it won't fade, wear off, or stain. Dream Weaver’s PureColor also has built in soil and stain protection that is applied on the inside and outside of the fibers.
For hard surface flooring, many people are passing up wood for LVT or WPC products like COREtec from US Floors and SolidTech from Mohawk. While wood floors are often hard to maintain with pets and active families, this is no problem for LVT and WPC products. Wood and stone looks are available in a variety of shades and color patterns that are not only beautiful and realistic, but also very durable. They’re scratch and stain resistant and stand up to spills and moisture, allowing them to be installed in wet areas without any worry of damage. COREtec Plus has an attached cork backing that makes it quieter and warmer. SolidTech also has styles available with a premium urethane backing for sound, mold, and mildew resistance. With SolidTech’s “Uniclic MultiFit” technology, the floor planks lock together, creating a surface impenetrable by liquids, thus keeping moisture on the surface for easy cleanup.
Don’t let your lifestyle limit your flooring choices. With today’s advances in technology, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look and function you desire from your floors.
Vinyl has been around for a long time, and like most flooring, it has gone through many changes in both looks and durability. Vinyl is one of the fastest-growing flooring categories on the market, yet it is still plagued by many misconceptions. You might be surprised at what you don't know about today's vinyl.
Myth 1: Vinyl is outdated and unattractive.
Today’s vinyl is not like that of the 70’s vinyl: picture one giant, seamless sheet of vinyl rolled out on the floor with an unrealistic wood or tile print. Vinyl today has far surpassed that! It now comes in three different forms: planks, tiles, and sheets. Vinyl plank is perfect for mimicking wood plank looks. Vinyl tile comes in many of the same sizes and styles as real tile. And lastly, sheet vinyl is available in very realistic textures and colors of wood or tile. Vinyl also comes in so many different prints like wood, ceramic and porcelain tile, stone, concrete, and even metallic looks. The printing technology vinyl uses today reproduces these looks so well it's hard to tell the difference from the real deal.
Myth 2: Vinyl is not durable.
Today's vinyl is some of the most durable flooring on the market, but not all vinyl is created equal. Some of the most durable vinyl brands are that of US Floors’ COREtec vinyl plank, Mannington’s LVS Gold tile and sheet vinyl, and IVC’s Goliath tile and sheet vinyl. These brands have great warranties and stand up to moisture, scratches and tears. They’re durable and stylish and perfect for spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, etc. When looking for durable vinyl, be sure to look at the thickness of the vinyl and its finish. Some vinyl comes with only a basic, buffed PVC finish that isn’t as durable to wear; others have a urethane finish; and the most protective finish is called enhanced urethane.
Vinyl has become a popular flooring choice because of its huge advancements is styles, sizes, textures and durability, coupled with its affordable price point. Vinyl stands up to the need for style and durability for active families as well as commercial spaces. So, throw out your doubts about vinyl and take a fresh look at whether or not it might be right for your space.
Laminate has been around since the 1970’s. Like all popular flooring, it has gone through many changes over time, and consumers still maintain many misconceptions about laminate. Let’s take a look at some of the facts and features of laminate to help clear up theses common myths.
Myth 1: Laminate and Vinyl are the same.
It's easy to spot the differences between laminate and sheet or vinyl tile, but others find it harder when it comes to LVP (luxury vinyl plank). The main difference between laminate and LVP is the materials they’re constructed of and how they’re layered. Laminate is made up of several layers with a rigid fiberboard core, design layer, and a top wear layer. LVP is also constructed in layers but is made of more flexible, resilient, and water-resistant materials. Laminate is not as water-resistant as LVP and generally is not recommended for high moisture areas like bathrooms.
Myth 2: Laminate flooring doesn't look as good as real wood or stone floors.
Today's laminate is not your grandfather’s laminate. Laminate has made great advances in styles, textures, and designs. New technologies have enabled laminate to have an almost endless selection of wood and stone looks with textures and grains that make it difficult to spot the difference from real wood.
Myth 3: Laminate floors can't be repaired.
This myth may spring from the fact that some people confuse laminate with sheet vinyl. But since laminate comes in interlocking planks that are installed by the floating method, it’s easily repaired. If a plank is damaged, it can simply be taken up and replaced with a new one. Because some laminate is not as water-resistant as other flooring, it is not a bad idea to get an extra box of your flooring in case repairs are needed.
If you've been thinking about laminate floors for your home, you can now have a clearer understanding of the product with these myths and misconceptions out of the way. Stop by our showroom to see the many styles we have in stock. Our flooring experts can help you choose which one suits your style and needs.