Creating 3 Different Fitness Spaces in Your Home

August 29th, 2019

Ready to start getting fit? Well you can- from the comfort of your own home. Workouts like pilates, yoga and barre which could easily cost a fortune for a class can be done easily from your home! Read on for how to create a space perfect for fitness in your home.

Creating a Yoga Space

Yogis can agree- the gym probably isn’t the best place for yoga and meditation practice. This is why creating an in-home studio can be the best solution. You don’t have to run on anyone else’s schedule, and can practice whenever you want.

For this, you don’t need a large, open space. Any area will do, such as a corner in a room. Take advantage of natural light and choose an area near a window. You can even have the space look out to a garden for a beautiful view, or near a piece of art on the wall. 

Transforming a Barre Room

You would need more space for a barre room, so any unused room in your home would do. If there is carpet, you would need to remove it and install hardwood floors or LVP (Luxury Vinyl). Once this is done, consider having floor to ceiling mirrors throughout the room to recreate the barre studio look. Lastly, you would need to install a ballet barre to the wall, which can be purchased from any home improvement store and can take less than half an hour to do. 

An Open Pilates Room

A make-shift pilates room can be the answer to cutting down on expensive membership and fees. Like a yoga space, you don’t need to devote an entire room. Making use of your guest room could be a great way to use the space. If the room has a TV, you can follow along to pilates DVD’s for guidance. Equipment such as foam rollers and exercise balls can be stored in either the closet, or in a basket. A pilates room would also be best with hardwood floors, mimicking actual floors in a studio.

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5 Design Tricks to Maximize your Space

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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Tips to Give Your Home a Modern (but comfortable) Look

August 13th, 2019

Modern home design can give off a clean, organized and polished look many people long for, but many worry it won’t have the personality of a real home. If you are interested in a modern design, but also want to maintain the comfort of your home, we’ve got tips to bring your desires to life:

Keep it comfortable

Monochromatic decor is usually associated with modern design, but adding a little color to your rooms are great way to make your home more personalized and comfortable. This can be done by using furniture pieces like couches and side tables, or decor items like throw pillows or curtains that have a pop of color.

Texturize it

If you don’t want the seemingly simple or bleak interior of some modern homes, adding something that appeals to your tactile sensations is a great way to combat this. This can be from textured pieces such as a shaggy rug or a leather couch and armchair. You can even it up a notch by using velvet wallpaper; anything that can appeal to your sense of touch.

Bring nature indoors

Spaces can look a lot less sterile when nature is brought into it. House plants and seasonal flowers can add beauty and life to any space. If you have oversized windows, show off any yard you have by planting flowers and plants outside as well.

Invest in wood

Replace boring marble or porcelain floors with natural hardwood floors. They are easy to maintain and can bring your modern space to life. Hardwood flooring can also accommodate almost any look, and will look good anywhere you put them in your home. It’s also a great excuse to go out and buy a pretty new area rug to throw down!

Personalize your space

A simple way to make your home more comfortable is to make it your own. Adding a personal touch can help reflect your personality in your home. Surrounding your home with family photos in frames can not only add that personal touch, but is also beautiful to look at. Try using different size frames throughout the home to make it more fun, and use frame colors such as black and white for that more modern feel. 

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Decorating Your Teen’s Bedroom for Back to School

August 6th, 2019

A new school year is coming up, which means you and your kids are preparing to get organized. If your child is entering high school, he or she may be longing for a new space that walks the line between childhood and adolescence. It’s simple to create a room for your teen that is not only cool (to their standards), but also age-appropriate. Here are some easy tips to create a more grown-up look for your teen’s bedroom: 

Create a lot of storage space

We already know teenagers can have a messy room, so utilizing and creating storage spaces in their room will help keep them organized. This can be items such as bed frames with built in storage sections, creating adjustable shelving, and labeling containers. Investing in a desk with storage sections can also be beneficial not only for the cleanliness of the room, but for their school work as well. 

Make sure it is sleep-friendly

Teenagers need at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night; teens who are sleep deprived can suffer mood swings and drowsiness, which can impact their schooling and even their driving. Make sure he or she is getting the necessary amount of sleep each night by first eliminating technology from the room. Good luck, right?  This includes computers, televisions, and gaming systems. Blackout curtains can also aid in giving your teen a better night’s sleep. 

Personalize it!

Redecorating your teen’s bedroom can be a great chance to bond with them. Decorate together and make sure their vision comes to life. Embrace bolder colors, and contrast it with unique styled wood floors. Wood floors will also be easy for cleaning; regular maintenance and upkeep is simple and won’t require too much deep cleaning. If your teen would like neutral colored walls instead, you can add color in the form of rugs, paintings, or any other small decor items.

Decorate it

Your teen probably has their own unique style they would love to showcase. Decorate the room with pieces of art that he or she picks out. It is easy to get cheap paintings from vintage shops or thrift stores. These stores can also have vintage frames which can also bring life to the room. If your teen does their own artwork, consider hanging up their own creations on the wall.

Ready to decorate your teenager’s bedroom before they go back to school? Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help with any wood flooring ideas. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Wood Floors and our Connection With Nature

July 23rd, 2019

Do you enjoy moments like feeling the sand under your toes, or waves crashing on a beach? Do you enjoy laying outside, just listening to the sound of nature, or exploring and going hiking? If you do, you could be a biophiliac. This simply means it is the urge to affiliate with other forms of life. It is in our nature to love natural things, whether it be animals, plants, or the earth’s geography. 

Does Biophilia Even Matter?

Humans have a biological need to connect with nature, and we spend most of our time working indoors or even in cars, trains, or planes. With growing evidence suggesting that interacting with nature can make humans happier, shouldn’t we be satisfying this need? Instead of guarding ourselves from nature, we should be connecting with it.

Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is a design that allows people to connect with nature, and provide healthier homes, so people feel complete and content when they are in it. This can be done by adding plants, water features or allowing more natural light. These simple features can heighten someone’s mood by just being in the home and around them.

Wood Floors and the Connection with Nature

Floors are such a large surface area in your home, and can be a foundation to any design in your home. Wood floors are quite simply, bringing the outdoors inside, and there’s a reason they feel so inviting. It is a simple way to not only bring beauty to your home, but also allows that connection with nature. 

Thinking of starting a biophilic design project in your home? Signature Hardwood Floors has got you covered. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Making Your Guest Bedroom as Welcoming as Possible

July 16th, 2019

It’s summer, which probably means you are going to have guests in your home, whether that be family or out-of-town friends. It’s only natural to want your guests to have the best stay and to feel as comfortable as they can. You may have already planned meals or places to visit, but have you thought about the room they will be staying in? Here is a list to help create a welcoming space for your guests.

Declutter

Get rid of any excess personal items that may have ended up on the nightstand or dresser. Also, if you have any clothes in the closet, remove those as well to make room for your guest’s clothing.

When in doubt, use white!
White linens are used widely in hotel rooms for a reason. Not only are they bright and welcoming, but with a splash of bleach, they’re also easy to clean. The same goes for your guest bedroom; if there are any stains on the linen or their towels, having them be white will take the stress off of you when it’s time to clean. Plus, the look of white, crisp sheets is extremely pleasing.

Bring in the nature

Adding a touch of greenery and natural decor will promote relaxation from your guests. You can add a vase with a floral bouquet for that touch beauty. Hardwood floors in the room will also add elegance into the room, with a touch of nature as well. 

Add a mirror to expand the space

A mirror can be a great piece of wall decor, and if you are dealing with a small guest room, adding a mirror to the wall will visually enlarge the room.

Our team and Signature Hardwood Floors has a variety of wood floor options to choose from, and we are happy to help. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

How To Live Eco-Friendly At Home

July 2nd, 2019

There are many ways to make your home more eco-friendly and sustainable. This can be by using natural cleaners instead of harsh chemicals, or switching current light bulbs to LED’s. It’s no longer necessary to choose between quality and sustainability, and there are many ways to take the leap to help the planet. Here are some ways to make your home more eco-friendly.

Choose Flooring that will Last

A great long lasting flooring choice would be hardwood floors, which can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. With such a variety of colors, textures and tones you can choose from, wood floors are an investment that will almost always pay off. 

Sustainable Wood Flooring

There was a time when builders would buy wood without knowing where it came from or how it was sourced. With the current state of the planet and deforestation concerns, there has been a rise in the importance of producing eco-friendly wood. Buying wood floors that are sourced sustainably is a great way to go green.

Use LED Lights

The easiest way to start saving money and energy is from the use of lighting. By replacing halogen lights with LED bulbs, you can reduce your energy bill and help the environment at the same time. They use about 75% less energy than regular bulbs, and have a longer lifespan. 

Switch Out Your Appliances

When upgrading appliances in your home, look for an Energy Star rating. An example is Energy Star rated dishwashers, which use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle, compared to older models which can use up to 10 gallons. Energy Star rated appliances not only emit less water, but they are also usually quieter and last longer than other models.

There are so many different ways to be more environmentally cautious and live eco-friendly. If you are looking to upgrade your flooring to long-lasting wood floors, our team at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Best Hardwood Floor Options for Outdoor Space

June 27th, 2019

Summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about renovations! With the warmer weather, we’ll be spending more and more time outside, so why not make sure the outside of your home is as attractive as the inside? The installation of hardwood floors in outdoor space, like a deck or patio, is a great way to add beauty to your home. Since stone and tile are expensive, and can be hard to repair if damaged, installing hardwood floors outside can actually be a great flooring option for your outdoor living space. Check out the best wood species for outdoor spaces below:

Tigerwood

This wood type is great at hiding stains, and is strong and insect/termite resistant. With colors ranging from a darker red to reddish brown, this flooring brings a unique look to any home.

Redwood

This wood is generally the choice most homeowners use for outdoor living space. It is resistant to shrinking, cracking, warping, as well as insects, which makes it ideal for outside. It also does not require a lot of maintenance, so you won’t have to worry much in the winter months with snow or rain. 

Cedar

This is a very durable wood, and colors range from amber to reddish brown. It is also resistant to decay and insects, making it great for the outdoors.

Mahogany

Mahogany is also a very strong wood species, and is often used for porch or deck flooring for homes in rainy and humid areas.


Our team at Signature Hardwood Floors are here to help with any questions you might have about hardwood floors and your outdoor living space. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Summer Heat and Your Hardwood Floors

June 6th, 2019

Summer is right around the corner, and while you might be excited for the warm weather and longer days, it’s important to remember your hardwood floors need upkeep and protection.

Exposure to sun can cause wood floors to have discoloration, and the heat/humidity can also damage them. But no need to worry, there are easy ways to prevent this. Read on for quick and easy tips to protect your hardwood floors against damage from the sun and heat!

Put on the air conditioning

Putting on the AC can have a big impact on your wood floors. This will not only ensure your house does not overheat, but it will also get rid of the moisture in the air. You may be thinking, “but it’s pricey to run the A/C!” And easy way to combat this is to instead think about how much it will cost if your wood floors need replacing. Bump that AC up!

Move furniture around

Since the sun can’t reach your floor is there is furniture on top of it, a great tactic is to move furniture around now and then so the floor is consistent. That way, if your floors do end up having a bit of discoloration from the sun, you won’t have stains that are shaped like your furniture.

Stop cleaning them so much

Yes, you should always clean your hardwood floors, but you don’t have to do certain steps. This includes polishing or waxing your floors; it will just draw sunlight to them.

Close your windows

Try to give your floors as much shade as possible, but don’t beat yourself up if you’re not constantly on top of it. Use window treatments if possible, to avoid direct sun exposure, or you can protect your home from heat and sunlight with a window tinter like 3M.  These tips will ultimately help reduce the discoloration on your floors so you won’t have to worry about it.

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Which is Best? | Light Stained vs. Dark Stained

June 5th, 2019

A room’s ambience can be affected by factors such as decor, furniture, wall paint, and the flooring choice. The stain color of your hardwood floors has a huge effect on any room it’s in, and deciding between a light colored stain or dark colored stain is more important than you may think. It’s best to learn about both options to aid in figuring out which is better suited for your home.

Dark stained hardwood floor

If you already have pre-existing hardwood floors with dents or scratches and are looking to stain your floors, a darker colored stain will cover them up easily and be barely noticeable under dark grey or deep brown stains.

However, dark stained hardwood floors will show post-installation wear and tear more visibly than with lighter stains. If you have a family with children and pets, darker stains may not be best for your home. Scratches and dents will be much more difficult to hide. Also, dust will show up more on darker stained floors. A darker stain is ideal if you want to create a warm, cozy feeling in your home, and if there is not too much traffic in your home.

Light stained hardwood floor

Light stained floors are better suited for homes with high traffic, and can brighten up any space.

To enlarge a small room, light colored hardwood stains are a good choice. Due to it’s reflective colors, it can help brighten up a room. Lighter colored stains are also better at hiding dents and marks that happen post-installation, which can be helpful in the long run. It’s also better at hiding dust and debris, which is ideal for a home with children and pets.

So, which is better for your home?

Regardless of the stain color, a good quality hardwood floor will bring a beautiful ambience to any home. Darker stained floors add an element of formality to a home, and help make a larger room feel cozier. It is also great when restoring an older hardwood floor. Lighter stained floors can bring a brightness to small rooms and spaces, and is better at hiding dents and marks.

The decision lies in which is better for your personal lifestyle, and our team at Signature Hardwood Floors are here to help. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!