Jumping into a new look for your floor can be daunting. That’s why most people play it safe. But even if you don’t want to show off your wilder side, there are ways to incorporate fun into your floors. You just need to find the look that works with your overall design style.
WHAT ARE MY PREFERENCES?
Here are a few of the possibilities to consider when deciding on the style you prefer.
If your style is modern, you likely prefer carpets with bold geometric patterns—such as circles or squares—or the clean, sleek look of light-colored hardwoods and laminates. Both are great choices to offset the chic simplicity of contemporary furniture.
Avalon Garden Rugs by Shaw
A retro gal combines the designs of the past with the flair of today. You might put Country French floral motifs together with modern chrome accessories. Or hang a minimalist painting over an antique sideboard filled with vintage linens. You enjoy mixing it up!
Continental Stone by Shaw
You like using elements and colors that help bring the outdoors in. Beautiful stone, natural textures, wood featured in unique ways and places, and the colors of earth and sky—all create a sense of comfort and warmth in a room. Very inviting and nice to come home to.
Stylish Art Carpet by Shaw
For those who favor the runway over the hallway, this is your look. Whether the newest thing is purple paisley or pink patchwork (not that we recommend either), you’re a trendsetter who loves to take the sleekest looks hitting the stores and bring them into your decor—so it’s as stylish as you are.
There are really no rules when choosing a floor. Just listen to your heart. Unless your heart only likes beige, and then you might want to listen to some experts, too.
Burnt ochre, shale green, lemon curry. If it makes you feel good, use it. Color is one of the best ways to spice up a room and create personality.
Please the eyes and the feet.
Texture is the big story in flooring these days. Think about loops and layering and other ways to create a tactile experience.
Layering flooring is as fashionable as layering clothing—specifically using rugs everywhere, even over carpet.
Go green—and not just with the color.
Today, more and more flooring products are environmentally friendly as well as stylish. Look for carpet and rugs that are recyclable and hard-surface flooring (hardwood, laminate, resilient-vinyl, and tile and stone) that has recycled content.
Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s where your family convenes to watch movies or TV together, and where your guests might sit around for conversation during a party. It is likely you put a lot of thought into what goes into your living room - charming decor, the perfect furniture set, an impressive flat screen television - but what about the floor? Your living room’s flooring will set the stage for the room’s overall aesthetic, so make sure you choose wisely!
Hardwood floors are undoubtedly beautiful, adding a certain kind of warmth to the room that other types of flooring just can’t match. They are one of the more expensive types of flooring, though, but they are long-lasting and age beautifully, making the cost worthwhile. The downsides of wood, besides cost, is the discomfort of a hard surface underfoot. This is easily fixed with an area rug.
Carpet is the number one choice for flooring in bedrooms, but it is less popular in living rooms. Still not an unpopular choice, though, since a carpeted living room offers softness underfoot (a plus if you have babies or children) that only carpeting can provide. A carpeted living room is also a less noisy one, since carpet absorbs sound. There are a few downsides of carpeting to keep in mind, however. Although fairly easy to keep clean (run a vacuum over it once or twice a week), it does have a tendency to stain and will show signs of wear over time. You can expect to have to replace your carpeting at some point.
Tile or Stone
Tile and stone flooring offers an elegant, modern, and sleek look. It can be a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind, and very durable option, but also one of the more costly materials. Other than cost, the downsides of tile and stone flooring is that it is cold, hard, and very noisy. Area rugs can help with this, and some people even chose to have in-floor heating to keep the floor from being too cold on bare feet.
While hardwood floors are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, scratches can happen, and when they do, you should know how to remove them as best you can. Below you’ll find some tips on removing scratches from your hardwood floors, because let’s face it, life happens!
For this, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, and a protective coating. Clean the scratched area of floor with the cloth and floor cleaner, as the area needs to be clear of any dirt. Then, rinse the area with another clean cloth with warm water, and allow the area to dry completely. When the area is clean and dry, apply a layer of protective coating and allow the area to dry overnight.
For minor scratches, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, steel wool or a fine grade sandpaper, and a wax wood repair stick. For this purpose, avoid clear waxes. Begin the process by cleaning the section of scratched floor. Then you can start sanding the scratched area with the steel wool, and remember to always go with the grain of the wood. After you’ve buffed the scratched area, apply the wax stick and let it set for 10-15 minutes.This will fill the scratch and allow the area to blend in with the rest of the floor. Use a soft cloth to buff over the area, and finish by cleaning the section of floor.
When deep scratches occur, it’s best to call in the professionals. Fixing these scratches entail stripping, repairing, and refinishing the floors.
Wood fillers of different colors are available for a variety of different colored wood floors. Wood fillers can be used to minor scratches that have penetrated the surface of the wood. Avoid waxing a polyurethane floor. By doing this, you won’t have the opportunity to refinish your floors in the future. If you have a section of flooring that is badly scratched, call in the professionals to strip, repair, and refinish your floors.