How to Mix Different Woods and Stains

Now more than ever we are seeing rooms designed with different woods and different stains, as most people collect and purchase furniture at various stages of their lives. Having your floors match your furniture can make your space feel stale and flat, so follow along for our best practices for mixing and matching different woods and finishes.

The first rule of thumb is to make sure that the undertones of the wood finishes match. You will either want your wood to be warm or cool, and it’s important that you do not mix the two in a room. A wood can have a neutral undertone, and in this instance you can mix warm or cool with neutral undertones.

If you have wood floors, make sure to place a rug where wood furniture sits, such as the dining room table. By adding a layer in between larger wood pieces, it will help soften the transition between different stains.

Choose a few different wood finishes to mix and match throughout your room. Your space will feel more balanced if you stick to 2 or 3 stains for a put together space with visual interest. For instance, try lighter floors with a darker coffee table, with a patterned rug in between.

And lastly, choose one dominant wood finish for your room. Usually this will be your largest wood piece, such as the floors or a dining room table.

What are your thoughts on mixed wood finishes?

2019 Kitchen Trends to Look For

A new year brings new trends for the home, and a lot can be expected for the kitchen in 2019. We are seeing changes in technology, colors, flooring, and fixtures. When it comes to new trends, nothing is off limits in the kitchen.

Raw Materials

Expect to see stone, wood, shiplap, concrete, and copper heavily used on all kitchen surfaces and fixtures.

Pendant Light Fixtures

These are great in an open floor plan for defining the different areas in the room, such as the prep and dining area. Not only that, but with so many different styles and looks, it’ll be incredibly easy to add a unique look to your kitchen.

Technology

Prepare to see more digital technology incorporated into your appliances, such as touch controls, handless appliances, and sinks with integrated features.

Open Shelving

This look not only opens up your space, but it makes your kitchen feel larger and brighter. Give this look a try and you’ll add warmth, design, and character all at once. Even better, open shelving helps you stay on top of organization and allows you to display your beautiful kitchenware!

Darker Colors

The desire for an all-white kitchen isn’t as in demand as it used to be. Instead, you’ll see a shift to darker colors used in the kitchen, on the walls, cabinetry, and also the floors.

Patterned Floors

Patterns are great for adding visual interest to both your floors and the kitchen in general. These are great especially in a kitchen where the overall cabinetry and wall colors are neutral and simple.

What kitchen trends are you most excited about?

The Importance of Shopping Local

Did you know that we are part of a cooperative of more than 500 independent retailers that work hard to offer you quality flooring at competitive prices, all while ensuring you receive the best customer experience and the care that comes with a locally owned business?

As an independently-owned business, we can fully cater to your needs and work with you to make sure that your needs are being met and not overlooked.

We value our customers and work hard to make sure that our community is well taken care of.

Shopping locally allows you to support your neighbors while simultaneously receiving personal customer service that you won’t receive at the big box stores. From your initial consultation to the installation, we are here to answer any questions, offer our flooring & design advice, and make sure that your home gets the makeover it deserves.

As a small business, one of the most important shopping days is Small Business Saturday, which takes place on November 24th, the Saturday following Thanksgiving. On this day, we celebrate the importance of small businesses by shopping local and putting money back into our community.

From family-run corner stores to food trucks to online boutiques, small businesses are an important part of our lives and our business. When they succeed, we all do. By supporting one another, we are helping our community and economy grow and flourish.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting small businesses on November 24, and that you’ll remember to Shop Small throughout the holiday season and year-round.

Incorporating Red Hot Decor in Your Home

A fiery and bold color that will lead us into the upcoming year is red, a color in which a little can go a long way. Red can be used in any room, in small or large amounts, and truly can be used year round. It evokes feelings both of summer and of a cheery holiday season. Follow along for our favorite ways to incorporate this hot color into your home!

The key to not being aggressive with red is to use it as an accent color throughout your room. In your living room, consider a red couch or chair. If that’s a little too much for you, go for red throw pillows or a blanket. It adds just enough red to make an impact without being too overwhelming.

In a dining room, consider artwork that incorporates deep red, dining chairs, or red table linens. Going along the same theme in the kitchen, red can be used on stools, dishware, or storage containers.

Red walls in the bedroom are romantic and powerful, but just make sure to balance the room with neutral colors. If red walls are too bold, but smaller accent pieces aren’t lively enough, add a red accent rug or bedding for the right amount of pizzazz.

How will you add red into your home décor?

Incorporating Red Hot Decor in Your Home

A fiery and bold color that will lead us into the upcoming year is red, a color in which a little can go a long way. Red can be used in any room, in small or large amounts, and truly can be used year round. It evokes feelings both of summer and of a cheery holiday season. Follow along for our favorite ways to incorporate this hot color into your home!

The key to not being aggressive with red is to use it as an accent color throughout your room. In your living room, consider a red couch or chair. If that’s a little too much for you, go for red throw pillows or a blanket. It adds just enough red to make an impact without being too overwhelming.

In a dining room, consider artwork that incorporates deep red, dining chairs, or red table linens. Going along the same theme in the kitchen, red can be used on stools, dishware, or storage containers.

Red walls in the bedroom are romantic and powerful, but just make sure to balance the room with neutral colors. If red walls are too bold, but smaller accent pieces aren’t lively enough, add a red accent rug or bedding for the right amount of pizzazz.

How will you add red into your home décor?

The Popularity of Backsplashes in the Kitchen and Bathrooms

With the kitchen being a main focal point in the home, and the bathroom becoming a place to retreat for a relaxing, spa-like getaway, we are seeing people opt for these rooms to boast more personality, thanks in part to patterned backsplashes. Not just popular in the kitchen, we are seeing more backsplashes being incorporated in bathroom design as well, ranging from the sink to the shower.

A backsplash typically covers the area of the wall between the countertops and cabinets, protecting your walls from water damage resulting from accidental splashes. While its main purpose is functionality, more people are now choosing to add a backsplash solely for the design purpose, with its functionality being an added perk.

No matter what your style preference or color palette of your kitchen or bathrooms, there is sure to be a backsplash that will fit perfectly in your rooms overall design. From subway tiles and geometric shapes, to multi-colored tiles and solid colors, your options are endless.

A backsplash truly is the perfect backdrop for adding both color and texture to your space. If you’re looking to make a statement and add instant visual interest, a backsplash could very well be your best route. Not only that, but a backsplash is a great way to express yourself.

How are you decorating with backsplashes?

Crown-Molding and Wainscoting in Your Home

Crown-molding and wainscoting are classic décor staples that never go out of style. These design features can be integrated in almost any home, no matter your style. By bringing visual interest to your walls and ceiling, you can add a rich and elegant statement and really pull your space together.

Crown-molding is commonly used to highlight where your walls meet your ceiling, and draws your eye upward, creating the idea of more space, while also adding texture, character, and style. There are a variety of style options available to you, which means that the crown-molding in a traditional home will most likely be different than what you’ll see in a rustic home.

Wainscoting, on the other hand, is a decorative accent used on the lower portion of your walls. Originally used for additional insulation, it is now used as a means to add visual interest to your walls. Again, depending on your style, wainscoting can be as high as you want it to go. Entryways and staircases benefit greatly, as those spaces can sometimes lack fine detail, but you can really incorporate this into any room.

What’s your stance on crown-molding and wainscoting? Yes or no?