Hardwood Flooring Trends

Who does not love quality hardwood floors? They are tremendously beautiful and add character and charm into any home. Some may say that the hard part comes from selecting just one for your space. With an array of different options, homeowners have the pick of the mill when it comes to choosing their new floors. And if you are a hardwood fanatic like we are, you may be interested in learning more about hardwood trends that homeowners are currently doing. Let’s take a look! 

Popular Trends in Hardwood

1. Wide Planks + Longer Planks

Homeowners are obsessed with wide-plank flooring. This beautiful option helps to show more of the hardwood and less of the seams, in essence creating a timeless masterpiece. Longer planks can help create a more visually appealing space by making the room look continuous. If you use the two together, you can create a sophisticated and breathtaking design within your space. 

2. Low-Luster Finish

Next, we see homeowners loving a low-luster finish. A low-luster hardwood finish mimics the look of oil-finished floors without the constant upkeep. This beautiful finish keeps the traditional look of oil-finished floors while adding a modern rendition of style. Plus, they are kid and pet-friendly because they do not display as much dirt, debris, and dust as traditional hardwood floors. 

3. Reclaimed Wood.

Let’s be honest, reclaimed wood is all rage. This trendy look captivates an entire room with its rustic charm and alluring warmth. The best part about reclaimed wood is that it works in different styles of homes. Whether you are contemporary or traditional, this charming addition is a must. 

4. Coastal Colors

Everyone dreams of a coastal paradise and so do our floors. Coastal colors (white, gray, and light beige) have become a popular choice for homeowners because of its relaxing feel. This color scheme will work especially well in bathrooms and bedrooms, where you want to create a serene environment.

5. Herringbone Pattern

If you are looking for a way to display your gorgeous floors, you will want to try installing them in a herringbone pattern. This beautiful style helps to make your floors the focal point and creates a gallery-feel inside your very own home.  

Are you feeling inspired? We would love to help you with your next flooring project! Call us or visit us at one of our showrooms for more information. 

 

Bathroom Lighting Trends

Are you tired of the same old, boring lighting fixtures in the bathroom? Do not be afraid to add style to this often neglected room in your house. You can make a statement just by opting for trendier bathroom lighting. Believe us, your mornings will get so much better. Here are some trendy bathroom lighting ideas:
 
1. Industrial Style Lighting Scheme.
Are you looking for something trendy and unique? An industrial style lighting scheme can be the perfect choice for you! You will want to look for fixtures that feature exposed iron and select heads that feature copper or silver tones and accents. Choosing double sconce, adjustable heads will allow you to control the direction of lighting to wherever you desire.
 
2. Vanity Lighting.
Incorporating task lighting around your vanity is a bathroom trend that homeowners love. It contributes great lighting within a bathroom to create lovely space. Instead of a single lighting fixture around the vanity, you can opt for multiple wall-mounted lighting on each side of the vanity. This can also help to prevent unflattering shadows.
 
3. Accent Lighting in Areas of the Bathroom.
Accent lighting can be used to highlight different areas of your bathroom such as a piece of artwork and other interesting areas within the space. For instance, recessed lighting can be used to bring emphasis on a beautiful built-in shelving unit in the bathroom while a glitzy chandelier over a freestanding jacuzzi bathtub brings emphasis to the area.
 
4. Layered Lighting.
You can use multiple types of lighting features within the bathroom to further enhance the space. A well-designed layered-lighting scheme could include: overhead lighting, vanity lighting, and recessed lighting as well as accent lighting to illuminate key areas.
 
5. Under Cabinet Lighting.
You have probably never imagined installing lighting underneath of your cabinetry. Under cabinet lighting is an opportunity to showcase your bathroom’s beautiful flooring or decorative backsplash. It helps to accent the space while showcasing your beautiful choices. 
 
6. Backlit Mirror
We love mirrors in the bathroom; however, instead of choosing plain, old mirrors for the bathroom, spice things up by purchasing a backlit mirror. Backlit mirrors will give off a halo effect and cast a soft, warm glow over your bathroom.
 
7. Decorative Lighting
Every bathroom should have some form of decorative lighting to add interest to the area. From elegant chandeliers to intricately designed wall lights, your options are numerous.
 
We hope you enjoyed these popular bathroom lighting trends. Be sure to check back weekly for more tips and tricks. 

Should you repair your major appliance or buy new?

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I recently wrote a blog about my experience getting a dishwasher serviced vs having it replaced. In this case, it was an easy decision because of my specific circumstances.

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However, there remains the general question, when should you choose to replace an appliance versus having it repaired? Depending on the product category, most major appliances today should last from 8 to 15 years. For example, refrigerators and ranges usually last longer than dishwashers and washing machines.

If your appliance breaks down in the first year, it’s likely to be under warranty so you definitely will want to have it repaired. In some cases, appliance parts have longer warranties, such as the 5 year parts warranty on my dishwasher’s control panel. In that case, it was worth it to pay the labor for the repair even though the dishwasher was 4 years old.

However, if you are on the hook for an expensive repair for a 5 year old appliance that has only an 8 year life expectancy, you might be far better off purchasing a new appliance, even if the repair means your old appliance is good for another 3 years.

Here’s why:

  1. How confident are you that your repair job isn’t going to be the first of many? Too often, one repair leads to another, and this is a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down.
  2. Are there additional costs or burdens associated with an appliance that isn’t working or is likely to fail soon. Suppose your refrigerator is beginning to act up. You may want to replace the refrigerator sooner rather than later so that you won’t also have to replace all the food. At a minimum, a broken washing machine, creates major inconveniences.
  3. A newer appliance may have advanced features that you find desirable. New “smart” appliances may tip the scale and make your decision easier to replace rather repair your existing appliance.

Either way, the folks at Arizona Wholesale are ready to help. Not only do they provide great service, but they also have the best selection and prices on major appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more.


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Current Trends In Kitchen Design

Tired of looking at the same wood cabinets? Even if your budget doesn’t allow you to completely renovate your kitchen, a few trendy updates in the space can make a world of difference. While the look of dark granite countertops is still stylish, if you’re interested in stepping into the twenty-first century here are few trends in kitchen design that you may want to try.

All Gray Everything
Remember those days when white was always the choice of color for cabinetry? Times have changed. Gray has become the new white. So if you’re looking for a new hue for your kitchen cabinetry, yes, a combination of soft gray cabinets and stained wood is super stylish.

Changing Up The Functionality
Banishing the kitchen walls just to open the layout may not be an option, but you can still improve the functionality of the kitchen without making such major moves. Try new innovative cabinet doors and cabinets. Manufacturers are now creating kitchen drawers and cabinet doors that fold up out of the way with simply the touch of a button.

You can also increase kitchen functionality by adding in some automation. There many different ways to automate things in the kitchen. You can have light sensors that only illuminate the kitchen when you enter and hands-free faucet.

Induction Stove Top
Get rid of your bulky stove top and opt for induction burners. Yes, the modern kitchen utilizes an induction stove which is sleek, safe and aesthetically pleasing. The best thing about induction burners is that they use very little heat which means that no matter how small your kitchen is, the area stays cool while your cooking. In addition, they are safe to touch while in use.

Bold Color Sink
Much like kitchen cabinetry, today’s trends are steering clear from stainless steel or all white sinks. Instead, you can opt for a bold hue kitchen sink such as lime green, jet black or red can be eye catching. Such a pop of color can serve as a focal point in the space.

Non-Traditional Fixtures
Another great way you can add excitement is by choosing unique and bold fixtures. Oversized, gold and rose gold are some trendy kitchen fixtures that instantly add drama to the space.

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Column Refrigerators from Miele, Sub-Zero, and Dacor

We’ve chosen to highlight column refrigerators from three very different brands. European brand, Miele, is well known for their top performing diswhasher, but also has a great story on their column refrigeration. Sub-Zero literally invented the built-in refrigerator category, and with their extensive new refrigerator launch a few years ago, they easily have the most complete line of column refrigerators in the industry. A cooking brand, Dacor, introduced their column refrigerators only a couple of years ago, and they are already enhancing the lineup with a unique interior. Let’s take a quick look at the column refrigerator lineups from these three notable manufacturers.

Miele

Miele’s MasterCool column refrigerators are available in 3 widths 22“, 30”, and 36″. Laden with high end features, reviewers rate Miele high for its lighting, temperature control, and quiet operation. Exclusive to Miele is RemoteVision, a feature which allows Miele to remotely monitor your refrigerator’s performance and notify you if it needs service. As a brand, Miele is known for appliances with a long lifespan, and reliability.

Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero Columns

The name Sub-Zero is a giveaway for the brand that pioneered the built-in refrigerator category. With their massive re-launch of new refrigeration products beginning in 2014 Sub-Zero has the most complete line up of columns in the industry. From all refrigerator, all freezer, or combination units Sub-Zero can seemingly meet anyone’s needs. Widths available are 24“, 30”, and 36″. As you might expect, the Sub-Zero columns are loaded with popular features. Worth noting, is the Sub-Zero 2 year warranty, which is extended to 3 years if the product is installed by a certified installer.

Dacor

While Miele and Sub-Zero don’t lack for high end, custom features, Dacor will not be outdone. Their new column refrigerators are equipped with dual wi-fi enabled cameras that allow the user to examine the refrigerator contents using an app on his or her smartphone.

Choose from a handle or handle-free design, and open the refrigerator with a simple tap. The Dacor interior sports a high tech integrated LED lighting system that automatically adjusts the light to the external environment. Dacor has also introduced an exclusive porcelain model which features porcelain interior panels as well as porcelain crispers.

Dacor Porcelain Columns

There’s more, much more, to learn about these brands, and the other column refrigerators and freezers on the market. Call or visit one of the convenient Arizona Wholesale
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Column Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Storage

While there are no official criteria or definitions for column refrigeration units, we’re going to define them as full-height, *built-in refrigerator, freezer, and wine units.

The main advantages to columns are the flexibility of capacity and location. Depending on the appliance brand, column widths include 18”, 22” (Miele), 24”, 30”, and 36”.  Smaller families might prefer an 18” wide freezer and a 30” refrigerator, while a larger family may want a 24” freezer and a 36” wide refrigerator. The two units may be placed next to each other in a side-by-side configuration below, or they may be used as bookends perhaps with workspace, a dishwasher, and a sink separating them. 

In the configuration below, an appliance wall features separate wine storage, freezer, and refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

Early on, European brands Miele, Gaggenau, and Thermador brands dominated the column refrigeration category. While all are made in the same factory in Turkey, the three brands have different features. Sub Zero, with their massive new refrigeration launch beginning in 2013, quickly became a major factor in column refrigeration. More recently, Bosch (parent of the Gagganau, Thermador brands) has added column refrigeration, as has GE Monogram. Other brands promoting columns are  Marvel, and the commercial oriented refrigerator brand Perlick.

As you might expect, purchasing separate units is likely to cost more than a single refrigerator/freezer unit. Nevertheless, columns are becoming increasingly popular. It appears that to be a member in good standing in the luxury category, brands must offer column refrigeration. Hence, Dacor and Jenn-Air have recently entered the fray with refrigerator columns, and GE Monogram has just announced a 120,000 square foot expansion at its Selma, Tenn. refrigerator plant for new column refrigerators and freezers.

*Frigidaire/Electrolux needs a mention here, because of their “all refrigerator” and “all freezer” configurations. However, they are not true built-ins, but what the industry considers counter depth models. This means that they can not be installed flush with the cabinet fronts.

COMING SOON:  Part 2 of this series on refrigeration focuses on key features of specific column refrigerator brands.

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Create Contrast with Your Kitchen Cabinets

Contrast is a principle in art that has become increasingly popular in modern kitchens. When used effectively contrast can be the key to adding interest and drama to a space. This principle involves using elements that are different in design to add personality and make a striking statement. Here are some easy ways you can create contrast in your kitchen.

There are many different ways you can create contrast in the kitchen area. Homeowners can mix a variety of styles such as contemporary and country styles to achieve a contrasting look. Also, you can mix up your color scheme, cabinetry, and countertops.

Below are some ideas you can implement.

Mixing Up Colors
Perhaps the easiest way to create contrast in the kitchen is by mixing up colors. Don’t shy away from bold colors. Pairing two bold colors that are different from each other will have a wowing effect. For instance, imagine a bold lime green color paired with glossy white.

Contrasting Textures
You can further add contrast by using various textures within one space. You can mix wood colors and throw in colorful fixtures. The texture on texture contrast has also become trendy in the last few years. Instead of mixing and matching textures you can utilize the same texture in variations around the kitchen. For example, the same natural stone tiles can be used on your flooring and backsplashes. While the final look is subtle, such details will draw attention.

Two Toned Cabinetry

Homeowners can create visual diversity in their cabinetry selection. Here are some ideas:

  • Paint the top and bottom cabinet different colors. Using such colors as red or navy blue go well.

  • You can also try contrasting finishes. If your kitchen has traditional dark brown wood cabinets you can switch one set out for a stainless steel finish. You can also break up wood finishes with monochromatic materials.

Kitchen Island
If you’re looking to make one big statement then you’ll let your kitchen island stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Try painting the bottom of the island a vibrant color or replace the top surface with a finish that hasn’t been used yet. Don’t forget to further add emphasis by adding funky bar stools to add to the overall look.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any other great ideas of ways to add contrast to your kitchen! We always love to hear from you!

How to Care for your Heating and Cooling System

What keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer? You guessed it, your heating and cooling system. We want to help inform our customers on how to care for their heating and cooling system. These six quick tips can help save energy and money to the consumer.

How to care for your heating & cooling system:

Filters. Changing your filters can help reduce the energy used by your heating and cooling system. The more clogged that your air filter gets; the harder it has to work. Also, it can damage the system by causing premature wear and tear. You should change your disposable filters regularly (approximately once a month).

Compressors. Your compressor is located outside because it trades hot air for cold air. In order for it to work properly, your compressor needs to be free of surroundings. You should check your compressor around fall and spring time to see if anything has begun to obstruct it. Take away any leaves, debris or trees that may be in the way of the compressor.

Air Filtration Systems. Newer homes tend to have air filtration systems and other households use portable air-filter systems. We encourage you to check how to change your air-filter systems because pollen and debris can be caught up in your filter.

Service Calls. Experts advise homeowners to call for maintenance before the first cold or hot night. Do not wait until the last minute.

Thermostats. Try to keep the heat down during bedtime and when you are not home. You can turn up the thermostat during the morning and dinner hours. If you keep your thermostat on a steady routine, it can help lower costs and save energy.

Reduce Heat Costs. Use curtains and blinds to help conserve home’s heat. Blackout curtains are amazing for reducing heat loss in homes.

It is extremely important that homeowners properly maintain their heating and cooling system to reduce costs and energy. The U.S. Energy Information Administration states that 41% of a home’s energy is space heating and 6% air conditioning. That means that 47% of a household’s energy use is from our heating and cooling system; therefore, it is critical that homeowners reduce energy used by this system.