Which floor would you choose? Why?
When you begin a new kitchen renovation, or you consider replacing the flooring in the rest of your home, you may wonder whether you should extend your new flooring throughout the space, or separate the kitchen. For many years, the kitchen was seen as separate from the rest of the home, much like the bathroom is now. Therefore the rule of thumb was always that the kitchen often needed separate flooring. Things have changed, however, which means that kitchens can now take on several different looks.
When the Kitchen Should Be Separate
There are times when the kitchen flooring should remain separate from the rest of the home. If your house falls into one of these categories, consider keeping the kitchen flooring different:
- If the kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house by way of a door or doors.
- If you use carpet in the areas directly off the kitchen.
- If you have flooring in the rest of the house that would be difficult to match to color, tone, or style.
- If the kitchen is on a slightly different level than the rest of the flooring, such as one section of flooring being thicker or more elevated than the other
When the Kitchen Should Be the Same
Since the time of Frank Lloyd Wright, floor plans have been opening up across the country. This means that kitchens are rarely as closed off from the rest of the house as they used to be. If your kitchen opens out onto another room, or is a combination kitchen and dining room or kitchen and living room, the flooring ideally needs to stay the same through all the areas to get the most cohesive effect.
Likewise, if you are renovating your kitchen at the same time you are replacing the floors in other areas of your home that are adjacent to the kitchen, it would make sense at this time to choose the same floors for your kitchen.
Hardwood flooring makes a beautiful addition to any home. For rooms that need a little more style than even the most exotic hardwood can bring, though, there are several ways that you can accent the floor to highlight the space.
Contrasting Wood Tones
One way you can boost the appeal of your flooring and highlight the shape of your room at the same time is to outline your space with a single line of contrasting wood running through the home. Pick a dark-colored or stained hardwood that will stand out against the rest of the wood and install it a few rows in from the edges of the walls, outlining the room or rooms of your home. This subtle accent highlights the shape of the rooms without adding any extra pattern or design.
Use a Hardwood Floor Accent
Did you know that there are accents out there made just for hardwood floors? These decorative border pieces are the same thickness and width as your floor boards and are designed to be installed with a field of plain hardwood for a more prominent accent. They often come in repeating patterns and may be made out of water-jet cut wood or stone that has been pieced together in a unique way.
Change Your Pattern
If you want to emphasize a certain area of a room, such as the space where your dining room table goes, consider just changing the pattern your hardwood is laid in. For example, you can lay the wood straight until it reaches the designated area, then lay a single row as a border and fill in the interior with a herringbone pattern to offset it from the rest of the room.
Install a Medallion
If you really want to make a statement in a room such as a foyer or entryway, consider installing a medallion in your hardwood floor. Floor medallions are large murals made of stone or wood that has been pieced together into patterns. With new water-jet technologies, medallions can now be produced in nearly any pattern or design from a coat-of-arms to silhouettes.
Update Your Floor
With just a little imagination, you can update and transform your hardwood flooring into something amazing. All you may need is a little accent.
Formed deep inside hot springs, travertine exudes rustic charm in its natural state. This unique looking limestone comes in a variety of different finishes that use terms you won’t find in other stones. Using the incorrect term for what it is you are looking for could change the entire look of your design, so it helps to learn more about them.
Travertine is a calcium based stone that formed inside a cooling hot spring. The escaping water vapor left behind countless tunnels inside the stone. When cut into tiles and counters, these tunnels show up as holes.
Travertine can be cut so the holes form long lines in the stone. This is known as cross-cut stone, and in this case the holes are always filled.
When travertine is cut like all stones, it has a very pock-marked surface. This is charming when the stone is tumbled, but can be a little incongruous looking when the travertine is honed or polished. Therefore some manufacturers will fill the holes with an epoxy designed to closely match the color of the stone and disguise the holes. Sometimes this fill can be radically different in color than the rest of the stone, and if there was a particularly big hole, it can really stand out.
Therefore some manufacturers choose to leave their travertine unfilled. Again, most often you will see this in tumbled, chiseled, or rustic travertine, but you will also occasionally see it in honed stones. When this occurs, the holes are meant to be filled with grout during installation. Leaving a few holes is fine for rustic texture, but too many holes mean that:
- The stone is weaker and more prone to cracking and other issues over time
- The stone is now a catch-all for dirt, dust, and debris, as well as very difficult to keep clean
When installing the stone, it’s important to choose a grout that matches the color of the stone as closely as possible, and then skim over its surface rather than just hitting the edges. This fills the holes, strengthens the stone, and creates the most pleasing look for the installation. We are more than willing to answer any questions you may have about travertine. Please ask!
If you want hardwood flooring in your home, there are numerous choices available for homeowners today. Laminate floors are not really wood, but a type of plastic made to look like wood. That is easy to understand. But how to you know the difference between solid and engineered hardwood, flooring? Which is the best product, and which one should you install in your home? Both solid and engineered hardwood floors are made of real wood, unlike laminate. There are several other differences between the two types of floorboard, however, that you need to consider depending on your home’s subfloor and where in your home you intend to install them.
Solid Wood Floors
Solid wood floorboards are made out of a single piece of wood. The top of the wood is finished, but the grain and color go straight down to the bottom of the board. You can therefore refinish and sand down the top of the board as many times as you’d like without disturbing or ruining the floor.
Solid wood floors are subject somewhat to moisture, meaning that they swell with moisture and shrink again when dry. This means that they cannot be installed below grade or in finished basements, because the moisture levels would cause the boards to warp over time. They also may not work well on concrete subfloors because concrete doesn’t totally block moisture. Even a moisture barrier only helps to a point.
Engineered Wood Floors
Engineered wood floors are made of hardwood, just like solid floorboards. The difference is that they are made up of several different layers of wood, each running a different direction. Only the top layer is meant to be finished. These boards can be sanded and refinished only a few times before you get to the layer below.
What makes engineered wood floors so beneficial is the way that the layers run in different directions. This means that the boards are much more stable in humid and wet conditions, and they are less likely to swell and warp. Therefore, you can install engineered wood floors anywhere in your home, including below grade and in finished basements. They can also work well with a concrete subfloor.
When installed, both types of hardwood floors look identical. You cannot tell the difference between them from looking at their surfaces. Therefore, it’s best to base your decision on the stability or longevity of the boards and which one will work better in your home.
Carpet provides soft flooring for tired and weary feet. This can be especially relaxing for people who are exhausted from work or school, and also safe for children who are fond of playing on the floor.
Two possible types of carpet flooring that homeowners may choose from are high pile carpet and low pile carpet.
High Pile Carpet
High pile carpet has loose carpet threads that give it a fluffy appearance and softer texture. This is precisely why some refer to it as soft carpet. Types of high pile carpet include the Saxony cut and plush carpets.
The disadvantage of having high pile carpet is that it may be difficult to clean and maintain. Stains and footprints may easily show. Moreover, the threads and fibers can become even much looser and settle on top of the carpet. The plush carpet pile, for example, is prone to scuffing.
Within rooms with low traffic, these soft carpets can provide a lot of comfort. The Saxony cut pile, for example, is one of the most remarkable carpet piles in terms of being “fuzzy”. It can give a room a relaxing and welcoming ambience.
Low Pile Carpet
Low pile carpet has a flatter appearance compared to high pile carpet. The fibers that make up the material are very tightly woven. Because of this, there is less space for dirt and stains to settle into. This can be easily cleaned especially when treated with a protective stain-resistant solution.
The downside to low pile carpet is that any dirt caught within the knots can be very visible. In order to address this issue, busy patterns with swirls can be used. Also, when choosing a low pile carpet, it is best to look for a high-density type made with strong synthetic materials.
For areas with heavy foot traffic such as the foyer or mudrooms, the low pile carpet can be a viable choice. Families with little children or pets may also opt for this type of flooring, which can be easy to clean but still comfortable for activities such as playing.
If you have any questions regarding the type of carpet that is right for your home, feel free to ask!
Flooring choices today seem nearly endless. There are products made of nearly every conceivable material in both hard and resilient tile, planks, and carpets. Homeowners installing new flooring in a room of their home have a lot of choices to consider. These choices become even more important when the flooring is going into an area predominately used by kids.
Kids’ Flooring Considerations
While style or sustainability may be factors that you look for in the flooring used through the rest of the house, there are several other considerations that need to come to the forefront of the decision for kids’ room flooring.
What How the Room Is Used
A room that is used for crafts and playtime will need a very different floor than a room used mostly for sleeping or reading. Consider how the kids will use the flooring – be down on it playing? Painting and drawing up above it? – when making your choice.
Whether this is a playroom or a bedroom, most parents are aware that kids floors tend to get messy. Spilled paint from a craft project or an overturned cup can quickly create a stain that requires some attention. That’s why choosing either a product that doesn’t stain such as porcelain or vinyl tiles, or a product that can be easily cleaned like stain resistant carpeting make better choices than something like natural stone that could absorb the stains. Eliminating things like grout joints, seams, and other places that can collect dirt is also a wise move in helping to keep the flooring looking great over time.
Some kids like to play rough. Others like to wrestle, and some occasionally are known to drop things. When considering the flooring, take its resiliency into consideration as well. Carpeting, vinyl, linoleum, and cork can all be softer underfoot cushioning falls and making for a more comfortable play surface.
Color and Style
Kids’ rooms should be a reflection of their personalities and things they do there. Consider choosing flooring that can be laid in a variety of colors or patterns or that comes in bold colors that can complement the rest of the kids’ décor.
The flooring in your home should last for as long as the room you put it into does. Make a wise choice considering the flooring in a kid’s room to help ensure it outlasts their activities.
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