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5 Design Tricks to Maximize your Space

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

It’s easy to transform and maximize the space in your home with simple design techniques. This can be done by where your place your furniture, the colors you use in your home, and decor pieces that give an illusion of a larger space. Here are some basic tips to help you create a space that is not only beautiful, but also functional: 

Avoid dark colors

Darker colors in your home will dim the reflection of light in a room, which can make a room seem smaller. Opt for light and neutral shades for your walls such as white, grey or beige. If you are thinking of getting hardwood floors, use a lighter stain color, such as beige or grey. If you already have hardwood floors, you can simply get them re-stained to a color that is more inviting and open.

It does not just stop at your walls and floors- consider the furniture and decor in your home as well. Try to keep the colors neutral so your rooms are not overwhelmed with dark colors. For that pop of color, this can be presented in items such as accent pillows or rugs.

Utilize mirrors

Mirrors are not only a great decor piece, but can also visually maximize a room. Try to place mirrors where they can reflect the most light, such as on the opposite wall of a window. If you have a dark corner in your room, you can also put a mirror there so it feels less constrictive.

Curtains

Having your window curtains start from the ceiling instead of right above the window can visually elongate a room. Also, using curtains that have a more translucent fabric can aid in bringing more light into your home from the window.

Furniture pieces

Try to avoid bulky, big couches that can take up too much space in a room. Instead, opt for loveseats and armchairs that are placed in a circle or square formation. This way, the space is more open.

Wall decor

Utilize shelving to hold some books and decor pieces, as to not limit your storage to only the ground which can be distracting. Also, instead of floor lamps, try wall sconces which can leave room for more furniture space on the ground and reduce clutter.

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Why Can’t I Install Hardwood Floors Myself?

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Although some may think hardwood floor installation is easy, it is not. It is an extremely complicated process, and in certain instances, it can add an extra layer of difficulty. Here are a few reasons why we are against installing hardwood floors yourselves.801-ad-best-flooring-install-over-radiant-heating-system

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Hardwood Floor Care During the Winter

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

In the winter, hardwood floors are more vulnerable to damage than during any other season. They take a greater beating due to people bringing in the outdoor elements when they enter your house. Ice and slush can seep into cracks, forming scratches in the coating, and rock salt, that’s spread outside to prevent ice, only worsen the problem. In extreme cases, the floors can ever warp over time, creating a health hazard to unsuspecting walkers.

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The snow and ice that people track inside are hard to avoid. Even leaving all affected clothing at the door can present an issue, as the water and affiliated melting agents will sit in the same area for hours at a time and eat away at the varnish instead of spreading out and evaporating more quickly. Even more difficult to avoid is the humidity of the season. Since the outside is cold and people prefer warmer insides, the fluctuating state of temperatures makes the wood fluctuate, as well. Because of the constant small changes, the rigid varnish in hardwood can’t keep up and will start to form cracks that start out as imperceptible. These grow bigger with wear and before most people realize it, the varnish has very noticeable holes that can allow the wood to be damaged quite easily.

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What Type of Flooring is Best For Your Kitchen?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

More than all the other flooring surfaces in your home, your kitchen takes all the heat. From spilled juice to muddy paw prints, your kitchen needs to withstand it all. You may ask yourself: Does hardwood flooring belong in the kitchen? The answer is yes. Many homeowners opt for hardwood floor in the kitchen to create one big room by tying together all the areas in their home. It also makes it easier to wipe up spills, and is easy to maintain.Arts and Crafts Style Kitchen --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

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How to Protect Your Wood Floors From Fading

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Wood floors that are exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time can fade over the years. The intense ultraviolet (UV) light bleaches the wood while the infrared (IR) rays heat it, which combine to accelerate fading. So how can you prevent this from happening to your wood floors? Learn how in this week’s blog on protecting your wood floors from fading.

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Unfinished vs. Prefinished Hardwood Floors

Monday, July 31st, 2017

When installing new hardwood floors, one of the choices you’ll need to make is whether you want your wood floor planks to come unfinished, or prefinished. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options, but either one will provide you with a great looking hardwood floor.

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Is Hardwood the Better Choice Over Carpet?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Are you considering flooring options for your home and are stuck between carpet or hardwood? Looking beyond style and the look, there are major factors that need to be considered when figuring out flooring in your home: durability, resale value, livability, and environmental impact.

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Subfloor Damage

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Subfloor may not be in your mind often, since it is under your visible wood floor. When something seems off about your wood floors, though, it might not be the floor itself, but the subfloor. This isn’t very common, but if it does happen it can be a huge problem. The subfloor supports both the wood floor above it, but also everything in the room (including yourself). If there is an issue with your subfloor, it’s important to have the problem addressed ASAP.

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Best Hardwood Floors for Pet Owners

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

We all love our pets, but sometimes we’re not always very happy with what they can do to our homes. Shedding, scratching, and trailing dirt are just some of the not so fun dilemmas pet owners have to deal with. So, can pets and hardwood floors live happily together?

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Engineered Wood Floor Planks As An Accent Wall

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Are you looking to modernize your space? Engineered wood flooring on walls is the perfect way to give any room a unique touch. This could create a slight hipster look, or bring in a more traditional feel with the right materials.

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