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By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

If you live in a land-locked city and love the beach, infusing tropical design into your home can allow you to enjoy the beauty of your vacations year-round.

Pamela Hastings, a Florida-based designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has brought the beach into seaside, mountain, and urban spaces. She believes tropical elements can enhance any space, as long as the touches are subtle.

“You don’t want your space to look like a rental condo,” Hastings says. “You don’t need to be too literal.” Just a few carefully chosen accessories, furnishings, or fabrics can bring the tranquility of a beach vacation right into your home.

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Valley Floor Covering, INC. Blog

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

If you live in a land-locked city and love the beach, infusing tropical design into your home can allow you to enjoy the beauty of your vacations year-round.

Pamela Hastings, a Florida-based designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has brought the beach into seaside, mountain, and urban spaces. She believes tropical elements can enhance any space, as long as the touches are subtle.

“You don’t want your space to look like a rental condo,” Hastings says. “You don’t need to be too literal.” Just a few carefully chosen accessories, furnishings, or fabrics can bring the tranquility of a beach vacation right into your home.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Blue is a color that evokes mood. And because many people associate blue with melancholy, they avoid it as a decorating color.
“It's a popular conception that blue is associated with coldness, and it's not valid,” says Shelley Kirsch of Shelley Kirsch Interior
Design and Decoration in Toronto. “Used correctly, blue is extremely uplifting and vibrant.”

It’s all in the shade of blue you choose and the hues you pair it with. Discipline is key. “Keep your palate restricted,”
Shelley advises, “but don’t be afraid of blue.” By exploring blue in all its moods and shades, you can find just the
right hue to create a beautiful, serene room.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
If you love the outdoors, decorating a room in a rustic style can help you capture that casual, earthy spirit. It’s a versatile design style that can remind you of anything from a European hunting lodge to a cozy mountain cabin. It can call to mind a vacation to Montana or a favorite nature photograph. Rustic is authentic, handmade, mismatched, and comfortable. And you don’t have to sacrifice sophistication.
Whether you want to entertain your friends with a casual get-together, or curl up on the couch with a thick blanket and a good book, rustic design can help you create a space that is as relaxing as your favorite outdoor spot.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

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.


Modern

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
 
Retro
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
 
Natural
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
 
Fashion-Inspired
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.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Tile isn’t all pale beige anymore. Today’s new colors are richer and somewhat deeper, and there are exciting looks in surface texture and edge treatments. Tile is appearing in larger sizes, too, so that it’s easier than ever to make a dramatic statement you’ll love. Check with us about these hot new tile trends:
  • Sophisticated products that are inviting yet invincible—and for the busiest homes, very durable porcelain tile that can also hold up in commercial settings
  • Longer tile planks—4x24 and 6x24 are two examples
  • Antiqued edges that give an elegantly rustic look, resembling stone flooring of the Old Country>
  • Accent tiles that sparkle and shine, like jewelry that sets off a beautiful outfit; these tiles feature mosaic inserts of glass, metallics, and stone
  • Glazed porcelain in a wider range of rich, earthy palettes
  • Surface and texture variations that mimic the natural variations of stone or wood
  • Multi-layered glazing processes that give immense depth of texture and color, strong veining, and realistic effect
  • Tile that looks like wood
  • Mixed surface looks combining old and new, organic and edgy—such as tile that looks like a cross between stained concrete and textured fabric, or between stylized wood and stone

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Trends in area rugs change from season to season, just as they do in fashion and home interiors. In fact, the rug industry looks directly to those fashion and home interior trends to develop innovative products. You’ll find high style and up-to-the-minute colors in the area rugs we offer.

Today’s area rugs fall into three chief categories—contemporary, traditional, and transitional. Nature is an important influence, affecting both design and color palettes.

Contemporaryrugs have been gaining popularity each season. Their clean, modern aesthetic makes them a good choice for an avant-garde look that showcases your unique style. Current trends are graphic patterns, tailored geometrics, abstract designs, and organic shapes with a hand-drawn appearance.

Traditionalrugs convey a sense of the timeless and elegant. They’re usually based on classic patterns, many of which date back centuries. Lately, however, they’re incorporating more casual and modern elements, making them appeal to transitional and even contemporary rug shoppers.

Transitionalrugs tend to be the most popular of the three style groups, because they’re the most versatile. They have a casual character that works well with many kinds of interiors. Silhouetted botanicals and florals are prominent in transitional rugs, together with scroll and damask patterns that offer traditional styling with an informal air. Simple solid and tone-on-tone patterns sometimes combine with high-and-low yarn heights to offer texture and complexity.

Color, too, plays an important role as it changes from season to season. The newest colors reflect nature, so palettes of warm earth tones are being seen. Soft neutrals, sophisticated grays, and chocolate brown accented with blue and green are a continuing trend. Coming on-scene as fresh complements to these neutral palettes are tomato reds, gingered oranges, golden yellows, and tones of purple such as plum and eggplant.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
The term “cave” is simply a metaphor for a special part of the house where a guy can get away and spend time on his hobbies, occupational pursuits, or just to hang out and unwind. And these days, as teleworking has increased, the austere corporate office is often replaced with a home-based hybrid area for work and play.

A man cave should reflect the man’s personality and tastes. Although there are some masculine commonalities, each man cave will sport features displaying unique preferences. And women, beware: you won’t find ruffled curtains at man cave windows. Don’t even mention them! You’ll need to give your man latitude to design his space his way, even though it can be a cooperative effort.

Where to find the space for a man cave? Depending on your budget and home size, you might use an existing room to dedicate to the purpose, or you could add onto your house (which can incur substantial expense and requires a building permit). For the purposes of this article, we will assume you have an area in your home that you can turn into the perfect cave.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
Transitional design is a great option for a homeowner who wants to build a room around comfort and a few well-loved, carefully chosen items. By not limiting yourself to contemporary or traditional design, you have a chance to infuse the room with your personality, without ending up with a hodge-podge look.

Jamie Gibbs, a designer with offices in New York and Indianapolis and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has worked with many clients who want a transitional style, even if they don’t quite know what it is.

“Transitional is conservative and safe with an edge,” Jamie says. “You can have a little bit of an imagination with it.”
Candle
Chair In Bedroom
By thinking about how you plan to use the space and what you would truly love to see in the space, you can create a beautiful, inspired transitional room.

Here are Jamie’s tips on achieving a transitional look:

Plot out a room. Ask yourself: Where do I prefer to read? Where do I like to prop my feet up? Consider all these elements, so your room will be livable as well as beautiful.

Choose a neutral wall color. “Create a calm background,” Jamie says. “Neutrals bring out what you really want to showcase.”

Go comfortable with upholstered pieces. You can use a fun, functional fabric or leather to re-upholster a high-quality couch picked up at a thrift store or consignment sale.

Go contemporary with tables: Look for metal, mirrors, glass, and other contemporary details.

Every element should have a function and be nice. If it doesn’t have a function, give it up. And if it’s tired, worn, or outdated, let it go.

Go for pop: Make sure you have something eye-catching, such as a unique wall hanging or unusual piece of furniture. But you don’t need several wow pieces competing for attention.

Layer a colorful area rug on a neutral floor. An oriental rug is an unexpected choice, giving you a color palate as well as a wow factor.

Invest in good lighting. Most rooms need three different lighting sources to give you the flexibility you need for the room’s many roles.

Go for a done, not unfinished, look. A transitional room should look put-together and finished, with attention to detail, function, and beauty.
Don’t fill in your décor with cheap, random things: No cheap frames, cheap matting, cheap lamps or cheap accessories. Bare walls are better than walls cluttered with bad art or poorly framed photos.
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