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As we enter the brightest of seasons, infuse your home with color using the interior design tips and inspiration provided in the pages of our 2021 Summer Issue of Design at Home. Within these pages, you get the inside scoop on trending styles, colors, and decor, from exclusive designer interviews to tips on styling your outdoor spaces to behind the design of a lovely lake home. Whether you're hoping to saturate your areas with sunny, rich hues or looking to stick to a natural muted palette, we have the design insight you need to get started. Here's a sneak peek at the brilliant articles that are awaiting you inside this issue of Design at Home:
7 Quick Tips for Outdoor Design
Dive into the best design ideas to create your outdoor oasis in a simple seven-step article. Chock full of tips and advice to make the most of your outdoor space, we detail how to add focal points, use lighting to direct your mood, and bring a fresh feel to your outdoor patio.
Interior Inspiration: Calling All Colors
In this eight-page spread, we gathered our favorite trending colors of the season and show you how you can incorporate them into your home design. Color can be tricky business, which is why we showcase gorgeous room scenes that use simple, low-commitment color solutions to refresh their space.
Styles We Love: Infusing Summer into Your Design
Three styles have stolen our hearts this summer: Modern Mediterranean, Cozy Cottagecore, and Outdoor Oasis. With new flooring, décor, furniture, and lighting, you can effortlessly incorporate these beautifully natural designs into your home. Check out some of our best pieces from each collection and put together a look you'll adore, whether you go all-in on one of our exclusive styles or mix and match a few elements.
Striking the Perfect Balance: Trendy Tile Colors Paired with Neutrals
As the strongest, most durable hard surface solution out there, tile is a popular choice for many homeowners. We'll explain how you can blend tile colors with the existing natural neutral tones of your home, giving you the best balance of color and tranquil ambiance that's necessary to design a refreshing summer home.
Reset, Refresh with a Splash of Color
In this area rug feature, we discuss the benefits of adding an area rug to your space and make suggestions on the best colors for styling. This summer, we're obsessed with blues, golds, bright botanical elements, and elegant stone-inspired hues. Learn how to style your area rugs and delve into our top products from trusted brands at Flooring America.
Designer Q&A: Urban to Suburban with Korina Khamas and Eugenia Triandos of Hibou Design & Co.
Photography by Drew Hadley
Explore a stunning transformation in this Q&A with Hibou Design. Eugenia and Korina walk us through their approach to a home renovation and talk about drawing on inspiration from natural elements to create a unified design.
Designing in a Sea of Blue
Written by Louis Duncan-He, Design by Louis Duncan-He
As a brilliant designer, Louis Duncan-He breaks down how the color blue —which has become a staple hue for so many designs —can work with mixed metals and other household elements. In this piece, Duncan-He discusses the importance of variety, building a color story, and how to bridge your many shades of blue.
Behind the Design: A Casual Lake Home Getaway
Written by Kate O'Hara, Design by Martha O'Hara Interiors, Photography by Spacecrafting Photography
Delve into a stunning lake house designed by Kate O'Hara of Martha O'Hara Interiors. Featuring bright dining spaces both inside and out, unusual bunk space in the guest room, and a surprisingly bold kitchen color, the architecture of this home will make you long for lazy trips to the lake. O'Hara will walk you through her design ideas and challenges to reveal how she created a sanctuary dedicated to lake life.
We are the flooring specialists at Flooring America, and we've compiled a list of the top 10 flooring trends for 2021. Our Style Watch collection of flooring solutions, including carpet, luxury vinyl, tile, and more, takes the guesswork out of choosing a floor that complements this year's top trends, features, and technologies.
How to Find the Best Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are classic in any space. Choosing hardwood floors gives you a beautiful clean slate to create any decor style, whether you are looking for a modern oasis or a traditional home base. When it comes to choosing the right hardwood floors for your home, the best hardwood floors are dependent on…well, you!
The Key to Hardwood Floors Is You
As much as we would love to have a one-size-fits-all when it comes to hardwood flooring, the truth is everyone has different design needs and desires. But fear not, we have plenty of tips to help you find the right floors for you, your family, your pets, and your favorite activities. Choosing the right wood flooring goes well beyond color. Of course, color is important, but finding floors that are durable enough for your space and fit into your budget are considerations that can’t be overlooked.
Foot Traffic Is a Factor
The first step in picking out your hardwood flooring is determining what room it will go in. This matters because the amount of wear and tear your floor experiences can often vary by room. For example, the spills and foot traffic that takes place in the kitchen far exceed those of the master bedroom. So, location can help determine what type of durability you will need when choosing hardwood floors.
You Don’t Have to Break Your Budget
Another important factor to consider is your budget, as some wood types are more expensive than others. Ebony is one of the most expensive species of wood because it is not only rare but also durable and termite resistant. On the other hand, wood-look laminate and luxury vinyl planks are an inexpensive way to get the hardwood look you want for less.
In addition to different types of wood, there are various products and methods for finishing floors. Some wood planks come prefinished from the factory, and others need to be finished after installation. The cost varies for each type of floor and floor finish. To understand the details and cost of hardwood floors, visit or call your local Flooring America.
Hardwood Floors Come in a Rainbow of Colors
Last, how you want your floors to look is a major factor. There’s an incredible array of wood species, but the most popular ones are hickory, oak, cherry, ash, maple, ebony, and bamboo. Each of these species has subspecies, that can range in color, and have unique grain patterns. For instance, cherry has distinctive warm red hues, where white oak is light and adds white accents. It’s essential to have a vision for what you want your room to look like so you can find the right wood species and color.
It is also crucial to consider that wood changes over time. Seasonally, wood can expand and shrink, and sunlight can also change the coloration of your wood over time. Maintenance and refinishing might be required to keep your hardwood floors looking their best. As always, your Flooring America experts are here to help you every step of the way.
Ever hear the term “floating flooring”? Well, it’s not a magic trick. Then again, in the world of flooring, you might consider it a bit magical. “Floating flooring” refers to the construction of flooring material that’s essentially locked together using a system similar to puzzle pieces. The floorboards fit together, creating a tight bond and allowing your floor to be stable without any actual attachment to the subfloor. Having floating floors in your home is beneficial for a multitude of reasons. Let’s explore whether a floating floor installation is right for your home or apartment.
Understanding Your Floors
Wondering if your floor is a floating floor? Look down. If it’s “floating flooring,” it might look like a single sheet, but it’s actually made from three separate layers: the flooring material you walk on; an underlayment of subflooring; and finally, a strong network of joists that provide support like a skeleton. You can compare this to traditional installation methods, which work by having the flooring firmly nailed or glued to the layers below. This creates a permanent attachment that lasts until the floor is worn out, torn up, and replaced. Compared to traditional floors, since floating floors are placed atop the subfloor without fixation, they are much easier to switch up and change out.
Big Savings on Floating Floors
Speaking of ease, many homeowners like floating floors because they’re easy to afford. Beyond often being much less expensive to install, if there is some sort of flooding or accident at your house—or, if you simply decide you’d like to do a renovation down the line—the cost of updating floating flooring is much less than replacing traditional floors. This is why floating floors are so popular in basements, kitchens, and bathrooms, where water damage can often be a reality, even with waterproof flooring.
Floating Floors, Many Options
There are three types of floors available for floating floor applications: laminate, luxury vinyl, and engineered wood. These floors have the technology to click into each other to create a seal that locks the planks together, forming an immovable bind. Laminate flooring is an extremely popular option for floating floors—it’s durable, comes in beautiful wood-look and tile-look styles, and is most often connected using tongue-and-groove “click-lock” systems. Luxury vinyl flooring, which can imitate the look of wood, stone, and ceramic flooring, can be installed the same way. Recently, the popularity of engineered wood flooring has grown. This flooring is specially constructed using multiple layers of wood, with a finished layer of solid wood on top. This construction creates a lightweight, durable, and low-maintenance wood plank. Engineered wood floors are available in a floating “click-lock” option, as well as glue-down and nail-down. Cork is another option that many homeowners looking for floating floors love.
Talk to the Floating Floor Experts
Floating flooring is an excellent option for many reasons: ease of installation, budget, and style. If you’re interested in learning more about floating floors for your house, ask the friendly home design experts at Flooring America. Whether your project is small or large, they’re here to help you make sure everything goes smoothly. Contact Flooring America online to chat with one of their knowledgeable team members, or visit a retailer near you today.
Deciding you’re ready to purchase new floors for your home is always an exciting step. But—let’s be honest—it can be a stressful process. There are simply so many options to choose from.
Thankfully, Flooring America has your back with it’s flooring sample kits that allow you to test-drive multiple samples at home before you make the big commitment.
So whether you know for sure that you’re getting a new carpet, or if you’re still deciding between tile, hardwood floor, or luxury vinyl for your kitchen, you can mix and match flooring samples, try them out, and find the perfect fit for your home.
Light the Way
A key factor in choosing the right new floor for your room can be how different kinds of light will play on the new material. So it’s a good idea to take your various flooring samples, and test how both natural and artificial light interacts with them. You can place your flooring sample by a window to see how sunlight throughout the day will look as the hours change, and you can also see how different lights “play” on your samples.
Eye for Design
One of the most fun (and productive) things to do with your flooring sample is to see how you like the look within your existing interior design scheme. You can hold up your flooring sample squares to your current paint color or your curtains, or place them on the floor next to your furniture. This is a great way to envision how your new floors will fit in with your overall design scheme, and super helpful in guiding you toward the right pick. Not to mention, it allows you the freedom to try samples in varying colors and textures.
Make a Mess
Usually, making a mess is not the best idea, but when it comes to your flooring samples, have at it! Especially if you’re on the lookout for floors that are durable, aka spill-proof or pet-proof, it can be important to see how your samples interact with moisture, and wear and tear. So go ahead, spill some coffee on your sample, or scuff up the sample with your shoes. Treat your flooring sample the way you expect to treat your actual floors—and you’ll find the right fit.
Need More Help?
Being able to sit with a variety of samples in your home for a bit, test them out, and really get used to the idea of how the different options could fit into your life makes arriving at that final decision that much smoother—and fun.
Be sure to check out Flooring America’s sample kit service online, where you can easily browse our vast selection, and then get six flooring samples delivered to your door. Opportunity is knocking, so why wait?
Do you ever wish you could magically see how a new floor might look in your home? Then you’re in luck: Flooring America is excited to announce a brand-new online tool that is sure to make tackling your home improvement projects easier. Introducing Room Visualizer, a thoughtfully designed online tool created so that you can easily preview how new floors will look in any room of your home without ever having to leave your home! Here’s how it works:
First, go to FlooringAmerica.com and click on the Room Visualizer link under About Us. You’ll have the choice to either upload a photo of the room in your home that you’re thinking of re-flooring, or choose one of our preloaded sample room photos. We’ve provided plenty of options if you don’t have your own photo handy: there’s a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and a bedroom in our photo library.
A Library at Your Fingertips
Once you’ve uploaded a photo, the real fun begins. The Room Visualizer tool allows you to explore a practically endless number of flooring options, from hardwood and carpet to luxury vinyl and tile. The tool makes it easy—and fun—to play around with how many different flooring options could work in your home. Plus, we all know that once you think about changing up the floors, the ideas really start to flow for rethinking other design options in your home, from a new paint color to a new couch.
Another great feature of the Flooring America Room Visualizer tool is that it provides you with filters to assist in exploring—and narrowing down—all your potential flooring ideas. You get to filter all the options Flooring America has available by collection, style (ranging from minimalist to rustic, among countless others), color, and lifestyle. The Room Visualizer also allows you to mix and match filters, too. There’s even a handy option to rotate floors! So if you’re wondering, for example, how that tile in the bathroom would look if were laid in horizontally instead of vertically, you can simply make it happen.
Your Room Visualizer: Your Floor Style
Whether you’re looking to just change up the floors in one room of your house, or to do a potentially bigger renovation and style overhaul, it can be hard to know where to start. But with Flooring America’s new Room Visualizer tool, the stress of imagining how your new floors could look is gone. Take a spin around the Room Visualizer and bring on the fun of a virtual makeover. Just click to schedule a consultation or contact your local Flooring America today.
If you haven’t heard about travertine tile, you’re missing out on one of the hottest and most elegant interior design trends of 2020! But don’t worry — we’ll have you all caught up in no time. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about travertine tile and stone flooring, including examples of what travertine tile looks like, some basic travertine tile pros and cons to consider, and how to clean travertine floors effectively.
If you’re ready for a fresh home makeover in 2020, travertine tile flooring can give your space a dazzling new look.
What is Travertine Tile?
What is Travertine Flooring?
Travertine is a natural type of stone, like the granite in your kitchen or the marble in your bathroom. However, travertine only develops around certain types of mineral spring deposits, giving this unique type of limestone a distinctive and striking appearance.
Travertine, which is commonly used for both flooring and backsplash, is available in four basic styles or textures:
- Brushed: Brushed travertine has a matte (non-reflective) finish due to wire brush treatment.
- Honed: Honed travertine is halfway between matte and glossy, creating a balanced, subtly polished look.
- Polished: Shiny and glossy, polished travertine is an eye-catching, sophisticated style.
- Tumbled: Tumbled travertine is treated to look aged and rustic, opening a style portal to the ancient world.
With this wide range of textural styles, a warm and buttery color palette that ranges from rust to beige, and a durable composition that can withstand even heavy-duty wear-and-tear, travertine makes a timeless yet trendy addition to any home or apartment in 2020. Continue reading to learn about these perks — plus a few travertine drawbacks — in more detail.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Travertine Tile?
Like any other type of flooring, travertine tile possesses a blend of qualities that make it ideal for some settings, but potentially unsuitable for others. If you’ve been thinking about getting new floors for your home or apartment, here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding whether travertine is a good fit.
- What are some benefits and advantages of travertine tile flooring?
- Beauty: It’s impossible to deny the lavish, classical beauty of travertine flooring.
- Durability: With proper treatment and maintenance, travertine holds up against scratching and cracking, perfect for homes with small children (or large pets!)
- Value: Planning on selling your house? Installing travertine floors can increase the value of your property ahead of a real estate sale.
- What are some drawbacks and disadvantages of travertine floors?
- Maintenance: Travertine must be sealed during installation, then re-sealed every three to five years to protect against moisture, staining, and other damage.
- Softness: Since travertine is a type of stone, it feels firmer than other flooring materials.
- Temperature: Like other stone floors, travertine tends to stay cool. Though ideal for hot climates, this might be a drawback in cold weather.
If coziness, warmth, and ease of maintenance are major priorities for you, travertine might not be the best material to use for your flooring redesign project. On the other hand, if you like the sound of a trend-setting, damage-resistant material that will elevate both the beauty and financial worth of your property, travertine could be the perfect option. We’re here to help you make the right decision based on your style preferences, lifestyle needs, and renovation budget.
How to Clean Travertine Tile
Like other types of stone floors, travertine floors contain tiny, porous openings. Even though these openings are almost invisible to the naked eye, they are still large enough to absorb moisture and admit harmful particles of debris. This can damage the floor over time, making it more susceptible to premature discoloration, chipping, or cracking. To reduce the risk of damage, it’s important to properly treat travertine with sealers when the floors are installed. Sealant must be reapplied every three to five years to ensure lasting protection against damage.
Once the sealant has been applied, cleaning and maintenance are fairly straightforward. To get the best results from travertine tile cleaning, simply wipe down or mop the tiles with a gentle, non-staining, non-abrasive cleaning solution recommended by the manufacturer. When in doubt, always consult the original manufacturer for product-specific care recommendations about what solutions you can use to clean your travertine flooring.
Find Travertine Flooring & Backsplash Tile for Kitchens, Bathrooms, & More
Want to learn more about travertine flooring or backsplash tile for your home or apartment? Find gorgeous examples using My Design Finder, start a chat with one of our friendly team members, or visit one of our 500+ retail locations to see our stunning travertine floors for you!
For backsplash tile and travertine flooring for kitchens, bathrooms, foyers, and more, you’ll find the perfect fit for any room in your home or apartment. Contact us online to get started, or find a Flooring America store in your state today!