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2017 Flooring Trends

When it comes to home design, each choice seems crucial – each a factor in setting the tone for your home. If you’re purchasing a new home or planning to renovate – start with the floor up (get it?) – and consider some upcoming flooring trends for 2017.

We know you like to pave your own path – and have a look that’s all your own. Getting an idea of upcoming styles can give you an excellent starting point for a direction you may like to take.

Carpet: It makes a room cozy and inviting. It comes in many different styles and textures - with additional features as well (such as being stain-resistant, water-repellent, antimicrobial, and more). Carpet also helps with insulation and noise absorption. For 2017, look for carpet with plenty of visible and tangible texture (largely cut and loop style). Select a luxurious look and feel - with the added functionality of easy maintenance. Don’t forget to select the texture best suited to each room of use. View our guide here.

Hardwood:  When it comes to rich color and character, no other flooring compares to hardwood. It’s also difficult for any other flooring type to match hardwood’s life expectancy. In 2017, the expected trend in hardwood leans toward gray or white-washed woods, wide planks, and/or warm colors. If your goal is to make a cozy room look more spacious – definitely go with the lighter options and wide planks – while the opposite direction will create a warmer, more traditional setting in a larger space. More and more discerning buyers are also seeking out hardwood made in the U.S. and are opting for a more natural wood look.

Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile used to be a fairly limited option, but that’s no longer the case. Stoneridge provides tile in all colors, shapes, sizes and textures, including glazed ceramic, porcelain, glass, quarry, and natural stone. Imported tile is also available. What’s new for tile? 2017 trends toward larger (up to around four feet by four feet), thin tiles that mimic the look of hardwood, brick, fabric, or even marble, with unique styles like metallic emerging.

Laminate: It’s highly durable, low-maintenance, and beautifully imitates the look of wood and stone. Even better? Laminate typically costs less than other flooring options and lasts longer. If you’re considering laminate, look for highly authentic replications of hardwood that have that lavish feel.

Need even more inspiration? View our room-by-room image gallery.

Hardwood Flooring: Light or Dark?


When it comes to hardwood flooring, do you prefer dark or light wood? If you’re considering home renovations, odds are you’ve asked yourself that very question. While it’s a difficult decision, the color you choose is a big one that determines the entire vibe of your home/room. What are some differences and maintenance requirements for both? Using one of America’s most beloved beverages- coffee- we’ll compare the differences! Trust us, this comparison will make sense!

Dark wood floors are classic and come in a variety of different color variations. Think of dark hardwood like coffee: some are a true dark wood like hickory- hello black coffee- while some are the perfect blend of dark and lighter wood like walnut- a splash of cream. No matter your personal style, dark wood flooring can look glamorous against any colored wall or baseboard. Matching furniture to dark wood flooring is a little tricky because you want to make sure you have a balance of lighter tones so the space doesn’t appear too dark and closed off. Much like a stain caused by dark coffee is more noticeable than lighter coffee stains, dust, crumbs and scratches are more visible on dark wood versus light wood flooring. While dark wood flooring does require more regular maintenance, there are cleaning products that make it easier to maintain this classic style of flooring. And of course, our flooring experts at Stoneridge are happy to help you care for your dark wood flooring!

Light wood flooring is for the modern and rustic home enthusiast. It’s easy to understand why with its versatility in matching a variety of décor and easy maintenance. Think of light wood flooring as coffee with creamer: the more creamer to add to your coffee, the brighter the color like mahogany or oak flooring. Light wood flooring can make a small room appear larger and can brighten your space, making it the ideal choice for small rooms and homes. Light hardwood floors usually show less dirt and scratches than dark wood floors, making them perfect for homes that have pets and/or little ones.

Whether your style is classic, modern or a mixture of the two, Stoneridge Flooring Design has the perfect hardwood flooring to complement your home! Visit any of our 3 locations in Nixa, Branson and Branson West or contact us today. Also, feel free to browse our online catalog to see the different flooring options we have available. We’d love to help you decide which wood flooring is best for your home!

Beware Shower DIY-ing


It’s cheaper. It’s easier. It’ll get done faster. These are just a few of the reasons why homeowners think they should install a tile shower themselves instead of hiring a professional. You may be saying these reasons to yourself in the beginning, but what happens when you get half way through the project, only to realize you missed a step and now you have to start over and buy more material?


We hope this doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, there goes your “cheaper, easier, faster” theory. How do you know you’ve bought the right material, and even the right amount of material? Do you have to cut the tile yourself?  Do you have a tile saw? Not many people just have one of those lying around, and even if they do, cutting tile can be dangerous. You need the right shoes, the proper clothing, gloves, goggles, and so on. Still think it’s easier?  And cheaper if you had to buy all the stuff just to cut the tile? While we don’t want to scare you, we do want to make sure homeowners are educated on all of the things that go into tiling a shower and the potential dangers and mistakes that DIYers make.


One of the main mistakes DIYers make when tiling a shower is not waterproofing correctly. The grout, tile, backer board, and more all need to be properly waterproofed when tiling a shower. If this is not done right, many problems can arise – mold, damaged tiles, and infestation of termites and carpenter ants from the trapped moisture just to name a few. The shower membrane and shower pan also need to be installed properly. Did you also know there’s a difference between waterproofing and moistureproofing? While there are countless how-to articles and videos online, there are also countless versions. You could watch 10 different videos and learn 10 different techniques.  How do you know which one to trust? You don’t, and that’s the problem. 


Whether you’re contemplating a bathroom makeover or knee deep in the remodel, call the experts at Stoneridge and we’ll help you through the tiling process and make sure your new shower comes out beautiful and functional. You can also view our online tile catalog and browse our photo gallery for inspiration.

Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Flooring

While some trends have faded (groovy shag carpet, anyone?), some—like hardwood floors—will be relevant forever. But there’s a new kid in town called LVT, and it has a lot to offer. LVT flooring, or Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring, is resilient flooring that shares similarities with vinyl flooring and tile, but is much higher quality. Along with its high quality design, LVT offers the following benefits:


  • Many customizable features—from patterns to color, you can easily match any room design to your flooring. Browse our photo gallery for inspiration!
  • Quick instillation—while ceramic floors can take days to install, LVT has a quick installation time.
  • Reduced sound volume – Stoneridge has the best underlayment to pair with quality LVT flooring that can provide top-notch comfort and quiet throughout your whole house.
  • Scratch resistant – This is perfect for the pet-loving family who wants the companionship of furry friends without the damaged floors.
  • Water resistant – If you dream of having hardwood in the kitchen or bathroom but don’t want warped floorboards, you’ve met your match with endless LVT design options.

Because LVT is extremely durable and scratch-resistant, there is no need to worry about heavy traffic flow, making it an ideal option for families. Additionally, LVT flooring is relatively easy to maintain, so spills and stains are simple to clean up.

If you’re interested in upgrading your home’s flooring to Luxury Vinyl Tile, contact the friendly professionals at Stoneridge Flooring. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about LVT. We’re here to help you choose the best design for your home!


Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpet with Pet Stain Protection & Warranty


Pets are like children, just furrier (hopefully, but we won’t judge!). We sometimes treat them better than we treat ourselves- gourmet food, luxurious bedding, topnotch toys- anything they need, we give them. Now’s the time to treat yourself and your home with Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet.


SmartStrand protects against any accident caused by your pet. That’s right- any accident (we’ll let you use your imagination on this one). Whether you have a dog, cat, bunny, bird, turtle- we can go on and on here- SmartStrand remains stain-free with its built-in lifetime stain protection. It contains zero dye for stains and spills to adhere to, ensuring the carpet remains in its purest state. SmartStrand Forever Clean is naturally soft with 3 times more fibers than ordinary nylon carpets, making it a pleasure to walk on.


Normal carpets use nylon for protection against stains, but Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet uses advanced fibers that shield it from stains and protect the longevity of your carpet, not ruining the quality over time. Not only does SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet have stain protection, but it also has odor defenses in the carpet fibers (protecting not only your carpet, but also your nostrils). SmartStrand Forever Clean allows for 0% moisture absorption so odors are never a hassle, which also means hair and dander have never been easier to clean.


If they haven’t already given us enough, SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet also has an “All Pet Protection & Warranty” which adopts a lifetime, built-in stain protection policy for those furry friends you may have. Mohawk SmartStrand also provides a certified guarantee that its products are free from harmful substances, making it one of the safest carpets on the market for your pet and/or small children.


If you need more convincing that Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean is the right carpet for your home, check out Mohawk’s website or come talk to one of the carpeting experts at Stoneridge Flooring Design.