Focus on Your Home’s “Fifth Wall”
The temple of solitude. A personal paradise. Whatever we may call it, our homes hold significant importance in our lives—they’re a reflection of ourselves. Despite the notable emphasis put on our homes’ upkeep and design, we tend to forget about one of the most prominent features—its fifth wall.
Neglected, forgotten and stepped all over, your homes fifth wall is the misused aesthetic that can make or break a room. What is your home’s fifth wall?
You guessed it: the floor.
Deciding on a room’s flooring is an unbearable chore for some. Once homeowners have started the design process, matching a floor style to a room’s décor can be a nightmare. A key reason homeowners have an issue with flooring is because they tend to design a room from the top-down. It may seem counterintuitive, but since the floor is often the largest surface in a room, it should be treated as the centerpiece for room renovations.
Everyone knows there are thousands of wall designs you can choose from, but you may be surprised by how many flooring options and styles are available today. When starting from the bottom-up, you’re able to base décor off your selected flooring types, thus narrowing down your vast wall pattern alternatives and helping you tie every single piece of the room together.
When homeowners focus on the fifth wall late in the design process, they may find that a more favorable floor style is out of budget. Having to sacrifice the allure of the largest surface in your room is an easy way to ruin the room’s feng shui.
Don’t jeopardize your personal paradise—focus on your home’s fifth wall! If you need help on sparking your floor creativity, check out some of these beautiful designs. Remember, you can always contact us with any design questions!
Preventing Scratches on Hardwood/Tile Floors
Just imagine you recently had the most beautiful hardwood or tile flooring installed—be honest, who hasn’t dreamt of new flooring?—and are enjoying how pristine it is, and how much it enhances your home’s beauty.
It’ll stay that way forever, right? Right?
Not to burst your bubble, but despite high quality and durability, hardwood and tile floors can develop scratches from furniture, shoes, debris and pets. Luckily, we come bearing precautionary measures you can take to ensure your floors remain beautiful for years to come.
A good rule of thumb? Kick off your shoes once you get home. This will help keep your floors protected from heels and cleats. Along with tough shoe soles, your shoes may carry debris or particles that can scratch your floors. We recommend investing in a good entry mat, one which can absorb and protect your floors from moisture and damage otherwise caused by tracked-in snow, mud or rain.
Simple protectants like Velcro or felt pads can help prevent the legs on tables and chairs from scratching your floor. Also, if you get hit with the urge to rearrange your living room, try to avoid dragging furniture across the floor. And indoor pets should have their claws maintained to further prevent scratches.
If you have any questions on how to prevent scratches from your home’s tile or hardwood flooring, or about proper cleaning techniques, contact your friends at Stoneridge Flooring Design! We want you to enjoy your home’s new flooring for years to come!
Floating Flooring vs. Permanent Flooring
Deciding on the perfect flooring for your home can be a challenge, especially when choosing between floating and permanent flooring. While both are great options, there are a few differences to consider, including your home type, sub-floor type, overall cost and appearance. Not to worry—we’re here to break down the differences and weigh the pros and cons of both flooring options to help make your decision an easy one.
Permanent flooring is flooring that is either glued or nailed to the sub floor. Because it’s permanently adhered, this type of flooring remains in place for decades. It feels and sounds more solid than floating flooring.
Some benefits of permanent flooring include longevity, durability and reduced noise. Permanent flooring also reduces any creaking or clicking noises, since each section is glued in place, leaving no room in between the flooring and sub floor to move around.
Permanent flooring, however, doesn’t allow much room for expansion during higher temperatures and moisture levels, and it can sometimes split or crack. However, this is a relatively easy fix, requiring minimal effort. When it comes to cost, permanent flooring can be a bit pricier, due to increased installation and labor time.
Floating flooring has become an increasingly popular trend among families in recent years. Floating floors don’t need to be glued to the sub floor. Rather, they attach to each other by snapping or gluing together. Because they’re not glued directly to the sub floor, floating flooring comes with the misconception that the floor doesn't stay in place. However, this isn’t the case. Although individual flooring pieces and planks are lightweight, they weigh a significant amount when put together. Because the flooring pieces are joined together, either with glue or snapped in place, the floor is there to stay.
Floating flooring is more affordable, mainly because of reduced labor and installation time. Because floating flooring can be installed over virtually any existing flooring, homeowners can save the time they would otherwise use to remove preexisting flooring.
Floating flooring can, however, feel and sound less solid than permanent flooring. Because floating flooring is placed over existing flooring, it can sound hollower and feel softer on your feet.
Still have questions regarding which type of flooring is best for your home? Contact the flooring experts at Stoneridge Flooring Design or set up a free consultation. We’re here to make your flooring decision (and purchase) an easy one!
Choosing Carpet for Your Home
Choosing a carpet for your home can be difficult, especially if you have pets or high-traffic areas. There are various types of carpets and styles to choose from; however, it depends on your needs as to which will work best for your home. Take a look at these important factors to consider when choosing the right carpet for your home:
- Traffic – Will the carpet be in the bedroom or in the living room? Different spaces have different levels of traffic, so it’s important to keep the amount of traffic in mind depending on your space. If you have a high-traffic area, you’ll want to consider a more durable carpet compared to an area that doesn’t receive as much traffic.
- Budget – Just like anything else, there’s a wide range of prices when it comes to carpeting, so your budget will be a factor in shopping for carpet.
- Moisture – Think about how much the area will be exposed to the elements, either outdoor precipitation, or its proximity to the bathroom. Some fibers can tolerate getting wet and others can’t, and certain carpets should be placed in areas or rooms with higher moisture, like a basement or mudroom.
- Lifetime – How long are you wanting to keep the carpet? This is also important to consider when it comes to your budget and type of carpet. Do you plan on replacing the carpet in the near future, or do you plan on keeping it for years to come?
- Children and pets – Another factor to consider are spills/accidents of any kind. Different carpets can handle the mess, whereas others aren’t built for it. With kids and animals in the house, you’ll most likely want to choose a stain resistant carpet.
The type of room can also inform the carpet selection. Saxony and velvet are formal and elegant styles of carpet that show footprints, vacuum marks and shading. Both are typically used in more formal or traditional rooms.
Textured, frieze/twist, cut and loop and loop designs are best when you want to conceal traffic or footprints. These styles are best suited for areas that receive a lot of activity, like living rooms or bedrooms.
Hardwood Flooring Color Trends
Different colors of hardwood flooring can give your home entirely different vibes. Medium and dark hardwood can make a room appear smaller and cozy, while lighter hardwood can make a room feel open and warm. Choosing to go light or dark with wood can make all the difference for your home.
Light and medium hardwood like oak and hickory bring a light, airy feel to any room. Additionally, light flooring can give smaller rooms a larger appearance which is great for extra tight spaces. If you have light walls, you may not want a light floor, as they can blend and distort the room’s dimension. Try to have a nice contrast that keeps the room feeling open and warm, but adds some continuity.
Dark hardwood, like maple and cherry, create drama and a statement, and if paired well with your current décor, can be exquisite. If you have dark walls, you’ll want to steer clear of dark floors as the combination will make your room appear much smaller. A neutral or light colored wall will contrast the dark wood in a beautiful way, bringing balance to the eye with both light and dark.
A new and popular flooring trend is gentle grays and airy whites, better known as neutral palette hardwoods. Gray hardwood will give your home a warm, coastal feel and will match nearly all of your furniture given it’s a neutral color, thus not overpowering. Airy whites do exactly what their name implies—they open up a room with an airy feel, which is a great option for small rooms. White hardwood floors can provide a vintage and cottage feel.
At Stoneridge Flooring Design, we carry hardwood flooring from trustworthy brands like Mohawk and Anderson, whose quality is unmatched. Take a look at our online catalog!
If you have any hardwood flooring questions, ask away! Our friendly staff is here to help.