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What Is the Best Flooring for a Dining Room?

Sep 23, 2020

With everyone spending more time at home, your dining room is probably getting a lot more use. It’s now part-work station, part-classroom, and part-mealtime location. And with all of this activity going on, your floors could be taking a hit. Maybe it’s time to think about upgrading. Explore the variety of ways you can transform your dining room floors.

Upgrade to Hardwood

A classic for a reason, hardwood flooring sets your dining room apart. Not only does this timeless style give your space an attractive, polished look but also it’s easy to clean and maintain. That means you don’t have to worry about spills, stains, or that cup of coffee you tipped over during this morning’s conference call.

Brown Hardwood Floor Dining Room Example

Replace with Laminate

If durability’s the name of your game, laminate is a top choice. In addition to being an affordable option, it’s stain-resistant, water-resistant, and low-maintenance. So you can let the kids do their worst. That’s when laminate is at its best.

Laminate Hardwood Floor Example

Turn to Tile

Tile isn’t just for the kitchen and bathroom anymore. Flooring trends in 2020 are bringing it straight into the dining room, with wood-look, marble-look, and stone-look selections—all to create a distinct, beautiful appearance for your traditional dinnertime space.

Beautiful Tile Dining Room Floor Example

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl, known for its outstanding durability, is perfect for a multi-use dining room! It also comes in both wood and tile looks with endless designs to choose from. Luxury vinyl is waterproof, dent proof, and scratch proof – chair feet and spills are no match for this flooring option.

Elegant Luxury Vinyl Hardwood Floor Example

Best Dining Room Flooring for Your Home

When it comes to livening up your dining room floors, there’s no better place to do so than your local Flooring America. We have a wide selection of hardwoodtileluxury vinyllaminate, and more to renovate your space. Give us a call today.

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Carpet Tiles Basement Ideas Example

Why Carpet Tiles for Your Basement?

Sep 18, 2020

Does renovating your basement feel like too much of an undertaking? Have a look at carpet tiles. Traditionally used in commercial spaces, they’re perfect for that basement redo. They’re easy to install, affordable, rugged, and even simple to replace. Maybe that home gym you’ve been dreaming about is easier than you think. So, here are seven advantages as to why we recommend carpet tiles for your home.

1. A Painless Installation

Yes, installing carpet tiles is quick and easy. Most carpet installation experts are pros with carpet tile installations. Work with them to design the pattern, and they will quickly complete the job! Your room will be transformed with ease.

2. A Chance to Be Creative

Carpet tiles are the perfect way to add a pop of color. Many of the patterns of carpet tiles are interchangeable so you can achieve a unique look. It’s highly durable, and it’ll give that bold, fun look for you and the kids to enjoy. With carpet tiles, you choose the design, and you make it yours.

Blue Tan Carpet Tiles Ideas Basement Example

3. Maintenance Is Easy, Repairs Are Easier

You heard us right. Carpet tiles can last longer than wall-to-wall carpet. Why? Well, if one gets stained or damaged, it’s only one tile you need to replace, rather than an entire floor. They’re also easy to clean—just a simple vacuum as needed does the trick. Plus, carpet tiles are low pile, so they won’t track as much dirt and debris like a regular carpet would.

4. Durability. And more durability.

Whether you’re lifting weights, the kids are playing, or the pets are running wild, well, carpet tiles are for you. Because carpet tiles are low pile, looped, and very tight, they can withstand almost anything. Most have enhanced stain protection as well, so you can rely on these in your high-traffic areas.

5. Less Waste

Wall-to-wall carpet is great when you have a 12’ or 15’ room width. But, if you don’t, you’ll need to add carpet seams to fill your space. And with looped carpet, those seams are often visible. But with carpet tiles, you can fill the room as you please, with less waste—and no unattractive carpet seams. Carpet tiles are perfect for rooms with a complex shape, filling the space with ease.

Black Gray Carpet Tiles Ideas Basement Example

6. You Can Breathe Easy

Carpet tiles are generally flatter and lower pile, meaning they won’t trap as many dirt or dust particles. Plus, they’re easy to clean, allowing for better indoor air quality.

7. Water Resistance (Thank goodness!)

With its tight weave and strong backing, carpet tiles are, in fact, resistant to water. Though they aren’t completely waterproof, they’re great for areas that are prone to moisture or the occasional spill—the basement, playroom, or workout room! And, as mentioned, if a bigger spill happens and damage is done, it’s easy to replace just the affected tiles, rather than the entire floor.

Taking back the basement? Easy as carpet tiles.

It’s time to take back the basement. And it’s easier than ever. Call your local Flooring America today and talk to us about our carpet tile options. We’ll help you find a style that works for you, your budget, and your space.

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Blue patterned flooring in living room with green gallery walls

Add a Fresh Pop of Color to Your Home

Sep 02, 2020

Maybe you’ve already tried a variety of ways to add eye-catching color into your home. Like statement furniture, new curtains, and perhaps even a plant or two. Yet if you feel as though you’re still missing that pop of brightness, here are a few ways you can bring colorful home décor into your space.

bright open home entrance with staircase and hardwood flooring

Let Stairs Take the Stage

You might not think of your stairs as the “main character” for home décor, but they can be as beautiful as they are practical. Consider painting the banisters a brighter shade than the spindles—or vice versa—to give your space a much-needed pop of color. Or think about giving the stairs themselves a makeover, by selecting beautifully patterned carpet or fresh, new hardwood to adorn each step.

home entrance facing inside home with carpet lined staircase

Put a Twist on Terracotta

What are plants without gorgeous homes of their own? Break out your terracotta pots and plain vases, because it’s time to decorate. Using lively shades of acrylic or spray paint, give your plant holders the makeover they deserve. You can even go wild with stencils and chalk. For optimal color selection, see which hues pair best with the plants you’re growing. After all, green is always in style.

white shelf with designer potted succulents

Organization Is a Beautiful Thing

Need to add some pizzazz to your kitchen? Hang some hooks above your kitchen counter, and then let boldly colored coffee mugs dangle from them for a whole new way to organize. You can even mix and match mug shades to create patterns. Plus, if you have room and the space to do so, you can prop up your plates for a similar display. Adding these colorful accents to your kitchen will give it a whole new look.

bright open concept kitchen living dining room

Spice Up Your Backsplash

Don’t forget about your kitchen walls. A new backsplash can do wonders. Find brightly colored tile to make the room pop, and then style it accordingly. Go ceramic aqua, navy checkered, or even multi-colored. No matter the selection, your backsplash will draw the eye and make your kitchen feel brand-new.

kitchen sink and counter with patterned back splash

Frame Things Just Right

Gallery walls are all the rage right now. They’re a great way to display your best memories and liven up empty space in your home. Not to mention, they’re pretty easy to assemble. Start by printing your chosen photos and gathering a variety of colorful frames. Once you’ve put those together, use a measuring tape, adhesive, and a keen eye to place the frames to your liking. The result? Your new favorite wall.

living room couch and side table with gallery style walls

So when you’re ready to mix things up in the color department, give these ideas a try. Soon, the colors in your home will match the liveliness of the people in it.

Looking for even more ways to renovate? Simply stop by your local Flooring America. We have a wide selection of hardwood, luxury vinyl, laminate, carpet, and more to help make your home as beautiful as it can be.

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80s styled living room with red accented flooring and decor

Bring the ’80s back to the future. And your home.

Aug 26, 2020

When it comes to style, the 1980s tend to get a bad rap. It was, after all, the time of leg warmers and mullets. But the truth is, many of the decade’s fashion statements have come back around—especially in interior design. From large windows to patterned carpet, you can still look to the past for decorative advice. Here are a few ways to do just that.

Clear Furniture

Translucent furniture was incredibly popular during the ’80s. And while we might have taken a turn since then from Lucite to glass, see-through pieces still very much have a place in your home. Consider adding light touches to open up a space, such as a glass coffee table, an open-paneled bookshelf, or even a reflective countertop in your bathroom.

living room with dark carpet floors and neon colored chairs

Neon Colors

While muted tones are in right now, a pop of color here and there can really make a room sing. Try channeling your ’80s nostalgia by infusing bright shades into your projects. Place a set of vibrant pink throw pillows on your beige couch, contrast your wooden kitchen island with lively orange stools, or accessorize your living room with that vivid green armchair. Used sparingly, neon colors will act as delightful additions to your humble abode.

light colored room corner with yellow chair

Glass Walls and Windows

Though the sweeping glass-brick walls of the ’80s have been left behind in favor of more modern options, similar techniques can still create bright, natural light in your home. Think about giving your space a larger-than-life glimpse into the outside world, with floor-to-ceiling windows or glass doors. You’ll combine the feeling of a glass-brick wall with a more contemporary look.

dining room with patterned carpet and glass wall door

Patterned Carpet

Yes, the style has undoubtedly changed over time, but patterned carpet certainly hasn’t disappeared. Trendy in the ’80s, this type of flooring has transformed into a variety of colors, designs, and cuts—and people continue to use it in their living rooms and bedrooms today. But if you want to spice up your space without rolling out all-new carpet, you can use patterned rugs to contrast your solid-colored floors.

living room with patterned carpet flooring

Tropical Prints

Leaves, foliage, and palm trees were everywhere during the ’80s. You could find them on clothing, bedspreads, and curtains. They even adorned some of your favorite characters from television. These days, tropical prints still have their place, but they feature much better on your walls: in the forms of small accent decals (great for gallery walls), framed prints, or canvases.

light colored living room with tropical plants

So if you’re looking for something “rad” without being radical, think about these ’80s-inspired design trends. You never know when inspiration from the past can strike.

Looking for even more ways to make the old new? Stop by your local Flooring America to discover a wide selection of hardwood, luxury vinyl, laminate, carpet, and more.

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Person grasping kettlebell standing on rubber flooring

Upgrade Your Garage Flooring

Aug 19, 2020

Getting tired of the same old places to spend time at home? Why not take advantage of that extra space your car has called home for so many years? Yep, we’re talking the garage. Homeowners everywhere are turning their garages into multifunctional spaces—perfect for a home gym, a workspace, or even a man cave. And the basis of a great renovated garage starts with the floors.

Now, Your Car Isn’t the Only Thing Enjoying Your Garage

Rubber floors are recommended for garages, whether you’re planning on parking your car in it or not. Check out the best rubber flooring options, so you can make your garage a place you’ll actually enjoy visiting.

If you’re planning on sharing the space with your car, try a vulcanized rubber floor. These floors are not adhered with glue, and they won’t break down from oils or solvents that may drip from your car. And if you’re hoping to use this space as a workshop, it’s the perfect floor to withstand any messes that may occur. These are also perfect for home gyms and can withstand the force of a dropped weight or two.

vulcanized rubber floor with dumbbell

Vulcanized rubber can tend to be a bit pricier than other rubber floors, so if you’re just looking to transform the space into a home gym (or a simple hangout spot), an inexpensive rubber roll will work perfectly fine. It’s durable, slip-resistant, and easy to clean.

Another option for those looking for a quick to install, high-durability product, is interlocking modular vinyl tile. It comes in a variety of designs if you would like to add a stylish flair to your garage space. It’s also sound absorbant and waterproof! Now your garage can be a quiet oasis and not just a utilitarian space.

interlocking modular vinyl flooring

Overall, rubber floors are a great option if you’re looking to take advantage of all that extra space. It’s easy to maintain, even easier to install, and, as promised, multipurpose. Whether it’s used to exercise, set up a workshop, or simply hang out, your garage has a lot to offer. So, start taking advantage of that extra space and get more out of your quarantine time at home.

Call your local Flooring America today and talk to us about your space. We’ll help you find a floor that works for you.

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Basement with light colored pattern carpet flooring

Bringing Basements Back (With Fresh, New Floors)

Aug 13, 2020

We all know basements—cold, dark, and sometimes, damp. But you shouldn’t let those stereotypes keep you from making it a livable space. A finished basement is the perfect addition to your home, whether it’s a playroom for the kids, a new exercise room, or even a home office. No matter what you choose, finishing your basement is key to taking advantage of all the square footage your home has to offer.

And your first step in building a fresh, new basement? The floors. You’ll need something durable and water-resistant—floors that can really expect the unexpected. From tile to carpet to luxury vinyl, let’s find a basement floor that’ll freshen up the space so you can start enjoying it.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is an excellent option for basements. To start, it’s highly durable and resistant to moisture, making it perfect for a room that may take on water—whether it’s from an aging water heater or an overzealous rainstorm. Plus, tile is not susceptible to mold or mildew. It’s easily applied on smooth concrete, making the install process quite simple. And, it comes in a variety of styles and colors, so no matter your preference, you can find something that works for you. Whether it’s a vibrant color to brighten up the room or a hardwood look to match the rest of your home, ceramic tile is a basement’s best friend.

ceramic tile flooring in large mudroom laundry room

Waterproof Carpet

If tile is too cold for you, a waterproof carpet will do just the trick. Because this carpet has the fiber technology and a waterproof backing, it’s perfect to handle a water leak. Before installing the carpet, preparations must be made, but utilize a professional for proper installation. Carpet tiles are also a nice choice because if water damage does occur, you can replace only the tiles affected rather than the entire floor. Waterproof carpet or carpet tile are ideal because they warm up the room, making your space more inviting to all.

water proof carpet flooring in man cave

Luxury Vinyl

Whether you’re looking for a wood or tile look, luxury vinyl has it covered at a great price. Vinyl floors are waterproof so they can withstand everthing from a leaky pipe to a minor flood with no repercussions. Some luxury vinyl is also known to be a bit softer underfoot compared to other flooring options, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a wood or tile style. As long as it’s properly installed, luxury vinyl is truly an “everthing-proof” solution for the basement.

luxury vinyl tile in laundry roomWaterproof Hardwood

This is the latest and greatest flooring option for your basement. Waterproof hardwood has a truly natural hardwood veneer with a vinyl core. The veneer is sealed to the core, making it waterproof. Species options are just as wide with waterproof hardwood as with traditional hardwood. This eliminates any excuse to not have the natural beauty of hardwood in your basement.

waterproof hardwood in laundry room with stacked appliances

It’s time to take advantage of that basement space. And Flooring America is ready to help you do just that. No matter the style, or your preferences, tile, carpet, and luxury vinyl are all viable options to withstand life down under. So, call your local Flooring America today and talk to us. Let’s bring your basement back in a way that you and your family just can’t get enough of.

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