All White Floors – What’s the Craze?

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From social media to your favorite home decor magazine, we’ve seen the lustrous all white floor look. It’s simply pure and chic. Have you been considering stepping outside the box and jumping on the all-white floor bandwagon? Before you make the final decision, you’ll have to consider the bad, the good and the ugly. There are some things you should know about an all-white flooring scheme.

Is It Ideal for Your Home?
Before you contact your local flooring contractor you’ll have to first determine whether all white floors are ideal for your living space. It largely depends on your lifestyle. If you have children and pets then a white flooring scheme can a be a challenge to maintain. White flooring requires regular maintenance to keep looking glossy and new. If you live in a household with children and pets than the maintenance process may be more intensive. Can you handle it?

Glossy white floors can make a small space look bigger than what it actually is. It reflects natural light, casting the glow all around the room which can really make the space appear dreamy.

Keeping White Floors Clean
Of course, the biggest challenge that comes with having white floors is keeping them clean. The type of flooring material is a big factor in the maintenance process. Laminate and tile white flooring can be easily cleaned with a general cleaning agent. White carpet will be more of a challenge with stains.

Daily vacuuming or sweeping is necessary especially if you have kids or pets. You’ll also have to make an investment in quality cleaning tools. You can consider implementing a “no shoes in the house” policy to keep mud from being tracked indoors. In addition, area rugs will help minimize the dirt as well. Keep in mind that keeping white floors squeaky clean will be a never-ending challenge.

5 Remodeling Projects You Should Take On Before the Holiday

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Is your list of home improvement projects piling up? If you plan on hosting guests in your home during the holiday season you no doubt want it to look it’s best. Since it can be a huge challenge to get everything done in the nick of time, we’ve created a list of home improvement priorities you’ll need to focus on in order to get your house ready for visitors.

Below are five home improvement projects you should invest in right away.

  1. Refinish the Cabinets
    If your kitchen cabinets needed updating years ago than this will be one of the first home improvements you should take on. Giving your cabinetry an high-end upgrade can give your kitchen the ultimate facelift.

  2. Upgrade Your Kitchen
    Since there will be a lot of food preparation during the holidays you’ll want to ensure that your kitchen is both functional and stylish. Now is the time to invest in a brand new backsplash. Be sure to select a classic pattern with a timeless hue. Also, you’ll want to make room for extra built-in storage. You may even consider adding in a built-in buffet to hold all of the food and drinks your guests will be feasting on.

  3. Install A New Stair Runner
    It’s so easy for a stair runner to look used, worn and even dirty after some time. Therefore, before you have guests in your home you should get rid of that dated, contractor grade stair runner and opt for something with a canvas border or timeless hue. There are numerous style options when it comes to choosing a stair runner.

  4. Make Over the Fireplace
    Who doesn’t love to gather around the fireplace during the holidays? Give your fireplace a modern look by making a contemporary update. Consider building a mantel out of wooden planks.

  5. Create A Focal Point in the Room
    You’ll need to wow your guests a little. This is done by adding a focal point to the room. A focal point could be painting an accent wall a bold color or even a beautiful painting. You can mix prints as well as layer different shades within the same hue.

Five Reasons To Consider Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

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If you’re anything like most homeowners, you’re always looking for ways you can refresh and reinvent your space. If you’re planning on updating your kitchen into something modern or contemporary then you may want to consider a cabinet free look. The idea might sound crazy, but it’s a look that is becoming increasingly popular.

What are some of the advantages of an open shelving concept in your kitchen? We are going to give you five reasons why you should consider taking the jump.

  1. More storage options
    Are you always looking for ways to increase your storage options in the kitchen? With the upper cabinets gone, you know have more room for your dish ware and appliances. Narrow and deep cabinetry make it difficult to store larger items and nearly impossible to get them down once you’ve stored them away. Open shelving allows for more space and it’s much easier to reach your items.

  2. Adds a sense of warmth
    The kitchen should feel warm and welcome especially when you have guests over. Open shelving in the kitchen will make visitors feel like they are at home and they won’t feel like they’re being intrusive when they reach for a glass or plate.

  3. Makes the space brighter and larger
    Yes, removing your hunky kitchen cabinetry will make the space feel much brighter and open. Kitchen cabinetry can make the room feel small, dark and closed off. When you remove them, the kitchen walls are able to reflect more sunlight which creates an airy feeling making the space appear much bigger.

  4. Inexpensive
    Who doesn’t like to save money? If you were planning a kitchen remodel you were likely going to be kicking out thousands of dollars for updated cabinetry. Open shelving is the best economic solution that will give you the modern look you’re seeking without cleaning out your pockets.

  5. Simple Cleaning Process
    Kitchen cabinetry requires thoroughly cleaning to remove dust and to prevent mildew from forming. Dust won’t accumulate on the shelving as easily because your dishes are constantly being used. If it does you can simply swipe clean while doing the dishes.

Five Ways to Make a White Color Scheme Pop

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Do you love the look of pure white but hate how bland it makes your home appear? How can you get the most out of a white color scheme without feeling like you’re trapped in a minimalist compound? We’re going to show you how you can inject personality into this design so that you can create a look that’s airy and clean, yet inviting.

Bursts of Color
A great way to add personality to an all-white color scheme is to add some colorful accents to the space. Even the smallest hint of color can instantly add pizazz. Such neutral foundations make for the perfect backdrop for more bolder hues. Use a variety of colors to create a diverse palette so that a single hue doesn’t drown out the current scheme. If you enjoy switching up looks in your decor, consider using slipcovers in a saturated color for your furnishing. This allows you to alter the design according to your mood.

Pattern Materials
Accessorize an all-white palette with patterns. Go bold with uniquely designed rugs or window treatments. Can you imagine how much interest a zebra print area rug would look in your white living room? Using patterned materials in the space will tie in the color palette while adding some drama.

Wood
Although, wood is a neutral material with it’s brown and yellow undertones it breaks up the sterile look of an all-white color scheme. It allows you to keep in line with the fresh and clean theme of the room while keeping the space from feeling sterile. Aged hardwood adds even more softness to the space.

Texture
The texture is important when you’re sticking with a white color palette. Yes, texture makes a big impact on a neutral background. Use a mix of textures including rough, soft, matte and highly glossy materials. Accessories with texture reflect and contrast light differently.

Elements of Nature
Liven up a neutral color scheme with some hints of nature. A fresh vase of flowers or some other types of plants, when combined with other accessories, will add more style to the space.

Five Reasons Why You Would Choose Hardwood Flooring

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Still in limbo about what type of flooring you’re going to install in your home? Well, let us help you. Here are five reasons why you should opt for hardwood flooring.

  1. Easy to Clean
    Many homeowners steer away from hardwood floors because they feel that it would be too difficult to maintain. This is a common misconception. Wood floors are not difficult to clean. They don’t trap dirt, debris any other type of contaminant because it doesn’t have fibers. You can easily remove dust by taking a hard bristle broom or vacuum to the surface. To maintain that glossy or matte finish you can create a mixture of your favorite wood cleaner and buff the floors every six months. That doesn’t sound hard, does it?

  2. Wide Array of Choices
    Want to create a distinct look in your home? You don’t have to stick to dark wood grains. There are many different types of woods on the market with characteristics and colors that set each one apart from the other. You can also narrow your choices down based on the grade of wood. Based on your decor and preference you can select narrow or wide wood planks. Your options are numerous.

  3. Longevity
    Unlike most flooring types like carpet and vinyl that require replacing every few years, hardwood floors can last a lifetime. Wood floors are such a great investment because if you can care for them they won’t show extensive wear which means if you decide to put your home on the market in the future you won’t have to install new flooring.

  4. Healthier Option
    Carpet flooring attracts dust, mites and other allergens. If you’re especially sensitive to allergens then you might want to go with hardwood flooring since it doesn’t host harmful allergens and contaminants.

  5. Return On Investment
    Often, the main reasons homeowners don’t opt for hardwood flooring is because of its generally more expensive than other flooring options. Since hardwood floors increase your home’s resale value, you will get a return on your investment. According to real estate experts, homes with hardwood floors tend to sell a lot faster.

Choosing Bathroom Floors

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Updating your bathrooms can be one of the greatest investments for your home. Whether you are updating it for yourself or a future resale, a bathroom remodel can be a wise investment. The remodeling process will take an extended period of time, but the results are well worth the wait. If you eager to begin your remodeling process, you may have already done some research. From toilets to light fixtures, the decision process will be full of excellent choices. When it comes to flooring, we want to help you make that decision process a little easier. Here is our quick and simple guide for choosing your new bathroom floors:

Best Types of Bathroom Flooring:

Tile. As one of the most popular and versatile options, tile can be a stylish and affordable option for your bathroom floors.

Natural Stone. Natural stone can be a beautiful option for homeowners looking for something different and a little more upscale.

Vinyl. Homeowners love luxury vinyl planking because it has the aesthetics of wood without compromising on water resistance. Both sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl planking come in a variety of color and sizes to match your style preferences.

Things to Consider:

The amount of moisture your bathroom produces will play a big factor into your flooring selection. That is why we do not suggest flooring options like wood or carpet. The types of flooring listed above are the most appropriate choices for your home’s bathrooms.

The color scheme of your bathroom can help you determine the best type of flooring. Take into consideration the color of your walls and fixtures before you make a final decision.

Your budget can affect the type of flooring that you will ultimately choose. Natural stone will be one of the more expensive options while vinyl can be more cost-effective.

Your contractors will give you a general time frame, but delays and unforeseen circumstances can arise. Make sure you give yourself some wiggle room when planning for the remodel.

Our extremely knowledgable staff members are willing to answer any questions you may have. Please call us at (888-TileYou 845-3968) or visit one of showrooms to learn more about your choices. We look forward to working with you.

Ceramic or Natural Stone Flooring?

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So what will it be? Beautiful ceramic or rustic natural stone flooring? When making the final decision on what type of flooring material you’re going to install in your home it involves much more than simply how the tile will complement the interior. In addition to style, functionality, durability, and safety should be taken into consideration.

Deciding whether to go with ceramic or natural stone can be a tough decision. That’s why it’s important to understand the disadvantages and the benefits of each flooring material.

Ceramic Tile
Beautiful ceramic tiles are often installed in common areas of the home such as the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic flooring materials are evaluated and rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Standard ceramic tiles have a PEI rating of Class 1 to Class 3. This means that the flooring can handle the moderate impact. The quality and durability of ceramic flooring largely depend upon its classification. So the higher the rating the more foot traffic the tile can stand up too.

Benefits
If you desire a flooring material with a distinguishable design or pattern and color then you’re likely leaning towards ceramic tiles. Ceramic flooring is available in a wide array of rich hues, textures, and sizes. One of the best features of ceramic tiles is that it can capture the look of various flooring styles such as hardwood and stone.

Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain. Its smooth texture allows for sealant and cleaning products to be evenly distributed over the surface. It’s also more resistant to scratches and scuff marks. Ceramic floor materials are affordable with a price range from $3 to $7 per square feet.

Disadvantages
Ceramic tiles are often manufactured in production runs. As a result, there can be drastic size variations between lots. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that the caliber and lot number are the same throughout your order. Resurfacing and repairing ceramic can be a bit difficult to keep that in mind when considering installing ceramic in high-traffic areas. Also, ceramic isn’t considered a high-end flooring choice and can appear a bit plastic. That’s why it’s essential to choose the right type of ceramic flooring.

Natural Stone
Natural stone flooring encompasses marble, slate, granite and travertine floor types. Marble, limestone, travertine, and limestone are derived from compressed fossil remains while granite is an igneous rock.

Benefits
Since natural stone floors are composed of natural materials it is super durable. It’s resistant to harsh weather and extreme wear. Unlike ceramic, natural stone is considered to be an upscale flooring material because the look can’t be simulated with synthetic materials like most flooring types. Installing some type of natural stone floors will increase the overall value of your home.

Disadvantages
The uniqueness of natural stone makes it expensive. Natural stone has an inconsistent texture and color. Therefore, it may be a bit of a challenge to get a consistent or uniform look. Maintaining natural stone floors aren’t easy. The unevenness makes it difficult to clean and apply sealant too.