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Do or Don’t: Vinyl Flooring

DO: Sweep and vacuum regularly. A little bit of daily maintenance keeps things nice and clean, and prevents allergens like dust and pet dander from building up.

"Cute doesn't clean up after itself, Dad."

“Cute doesn’t clean up after itself, Dad.”


DON’T: Let spills sit for too long. Even though the vinyl itself is waterproof, liquid left to its own devices can seep down into the seams and cause subfloor damage. It can also weaken the adhesive on glued down vinyl floors and lead to unsightly staining.
DO: Use the right cleaner for your specific mess. Not sure what to use? Always check your manufacturer’s recommendations first. Still not sure? We’ve got a handy cheat sheet already put together.
DON’T: Use any harsh abrasive chemicals on vinyl floors. Bleach is a no-go, as is acetone. They’ll erode the wear layer and cause the decorative pattern layer to degrade beyond repair. Of course, one of the great things about floating vinyl floors is that you can replace individual planks without ripping up the entire floor, but it’s best to avoid the hassle altogether.

DO: Try something new! One of the great things about modern vinyl is its versatility in both strength and appearance. There’s never been a better time to try vinyl in an area of your home you might not have considered before, like a master bedroom or guestroom.
DON’T: Assume that the sheet vinyl of yore is still the only option on the market. Today’s vinyl floors are tough and trendy without the spongy hassles of the 1970’s. The latest innovation in vinyl is WPC, an engineered virgin vinyl product with outstanding strength and soundproofing capabilities.

What are your vinyl dos and don’ts, friends?

Posted in Vinyl Flooring, waterproof

How Is Laminate Flooring Made?

Next up in our “How Is That Flooring Made?” series we have…Laminate Flooring!

What Is It?

Laminate is a multilayered composite product that was originally designed as a less expensive alternative to hardwood. Here’s a breakdown of the layers that make up a plank of laminate flooring:

Backing Layer This is the bottom layer. It’s designed to provide more stability and prevent rising moisture. Typically made from melamine plastic, the backing layer is sometimes covered with an attached pad.

Core Board This is the thickest layer, the real ‘body’ of the laminate and a wood-derived product. Composed of resin, binders, and wood particles, this layer gives laminate all of its stability. The core board is commonly referred to as High Density Fiberboard (HDF); it’s made of leftover wood products from saw mills and manufacturers like sawdust and wood chips. Since no new trees are cut down to gather the aforementioned wood particles, HDF is considered a green product!

Decorative Layer This is the visible part of the laminate, the photographic image that mimics whatever wood species or tile design that particular style is going for. This layer is very thin.

Protective Layer This is the very top layer, also called the Wear Layer, a transparent coating that protects the decorative layer and adds an extra punch of durability. They can be high gloss, matte, or somewhere in between.

Through vigorous applications of heat and pressure, the backing layer and core board are fused together and topped with the photographic decorative layer and the top protective layer. It comes off the production line in sheets and is then cut into planks. For a more detailed look at the manufacturing process, check out this post in our Resource Center.

Laminate diagram from laminate innovator Formica.

Laminate diagram from laminate innovator Formica.


Is Laminate Flooring Safe?

Yes. Laminate is safe for long-term use in your home. The melamine resin in laminate core board contains formaldehyde; however the amount present is strictly regulated. Flooring materials undergo safety testing just like food, cosmetics, medications, work sites and more. As part of our commitment to customer safety and reassurance, Floors To Your Home conducted independent third-party testing at our own expense to make sure every laminate floor we carry is safe. Want to know more? We put together a handy FAQ here. And, as always, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-804-5251 or chat at FloorsToYourHome.com with any questions.

What Types Of Laminate Are Available?

Laminate is commonly divided by appearance rather than technical differences. As their names indicate, wood look laminate is designed to look like wood, while tile look laminate is designed to look like tile. Another way laminate is differentiated is padding. Some laminate floors have pre-attached underlayment, others don’t, and underlayment needs to be purchased separately. Laminate is available in as many styles and finishes as hardwood; there’s a wide variety of everything from sleek modern looks to classic designs to trendy rustic distressed looks. Specialty laminate goes off the beaten path with unique colors, wide planks, random width designs, and more! Check out the latest innovations here.

Different laminates are also designed for different purposes. Similar to how hardwood is measured with the Janka scale, laminate floors are measured with the Abrasion Class rating system. The AC ratings go from 1 to 5, with 1 being suitable for moderate residential foot traffic to the heavy-duty 5, which is designed to withstand very heavy commercial foot traffic.

How Do I Know If Laminate Flooring Is Right For Me?

Laminate is arguably the most versatile flooring option on the market today, in terms of both style and usefulness. It’s easy to install, available in an unrivaled range of colors and finishes, and highly durable. Specialty laminate is on the cutting edge of style! It’s important to note, though, that laminate is water resistant, not water proof. The transparent top layer and the backing layer are waterproof but the core board layer is not, and can swell when exposed to moisture. If you’re shopping for a floor that’s not going in a moisture-prone area, laminate might be the perfect option, although many people do install it in kitchens and bathrooms without any difficulty.

Laminate is considered to be the best choice for pet owners who are interested in hardwood but concerned about scratches and damage. Since it’s easy to clean, laminate is also good for families with children. If you’re looking for style, convenience, and strength, laminate flooring may be the perfect choice for you!

Posted in How Is That Flooring Made, Laminate Flooring

How Is Porcelain Flooring Made?

Third in our “How Is That Flooring Made?” series we have…Porcelain and Ceramic Tile!

What Is It?

Both porcelain and ceramic start off as natural clay, which is then mixed with a variety of raw materials like feldspar, flint, and silica. The exact proportions will vary depending on the manufacturer’s specifications. Here’s a quick breakdown of these raw materials:

Clay is a naturally occurring rock or soil substance found all over the world. It combines one or more clay minerals with organic matter and trace amounts of metal oxide.

Feldspar is a mineral found in the Earth’s crust. It’s commonly used as filler in paints and rubber materials and is also used in archaeological dating.

Flint is a form of quartz.

Silica is silicon dioxide, one of the main components of sand.

What’s The Difference Between Porcelain And Ceramic?

While it’s important to remember that porcelain is actually a type of ceramic, the differences are worth noting. The most basic differences are in clay density and firing temperature. Porcelain is made from denser clay than ceramic, and is fired at a much higher temperature. The clay used to make porcelain undergoes a more rigorous refining process to remove impurities; combined with the increased firing temperature and pressure, the finished product is dense, hard, and highly durable.

Ceramic is no slouch either. In its traditional unglazed form, certain ceramics feature a stunning rusty rose tone: the prized terra cotta, “baked earth,” in Italian. Terra cotta has been used as an ornamental building material for centuries across the world: the famed Terra Cotta Army of the Qin Dynasty were found in 1974 near Xi’an, China over 2,000 years after being built.

A section of the Terra Cotta Army. CC BY-SA 3.0


What Types Are Available?

The two main types of porcelain available are glazed tile and unglazed tile. There’s no difference in the manufacturing process, but glazed porcelain tile is coated in a liquid glass finish – the glaze – then fired at very high temperatures.

A cross-section illustration of the two tile types.

A cross-section illustration of the two tile types.


Glazed Tile

Glaze gives porcelain a sleek, smooth, and stylish finish that’s available in a large range of colors. The glaze layer is nonporous, which helps prevent staining. Hardness also needs to be taken into consideration with glazed tiles: matte and satin finishes are harder than high gloss finishes and therefore less susceptible to scratches. The key to getting a tile floor that matches your beauty wants and your durability needs is balance.

Glazed porcelain.

Glazed porcelain.


Unglazed Tile

Since unglazed tiles don’t have the smooth finished surface of their glazed counterparts, they’re great for slippery areas like kitchens and laundry rooms where moisture and safety are top priorities. As a rule unglazed tiles are denser and thicker than glazed tiles, but they’re more vulnerable to staining and should be sealed and waxed as preventative measures.

Unglazed tiles can be used outside in milder climates. Always check the manufacturer’s specifications to make sure your tiles are approved for outdoor use prior to installation.

Unglazed tile, arranged in a lovely ombre design.


How Do I Know If Porcelain Tile Is Right For Me?

Porcelain and ceramic are great for rooms with moisture concerns. It’s been a go-to in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and entryways for centuries, and with good reason! The variety of colors and finishes on the market help make a truly customizable flooring experience.
It’s important to take safety concerns into account; wet porcelain can be very slippery and falls can cause serious injury. These risks can be alleviated with precautions like area rugs and slip-resistant materials.

In terms of installation ease, porcelain is traditionally applied with grout, a notoriously time-consuming process. Can grout be a pain to install? Yes. Does it look great when it’s installed? Also yes! It depends on your preference, timeline, and whether you’re going DIY or hiring a professional. For those in search of a more convenient option, some modern porcelains use click together installation.

If you’re looking for a combination of beauty and durability, porcelain is a great choice!

Posted in Ceramic, How Is That Flooring Made

How Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring Made?

Next up in our “How Is That Flooring Made?” series we have…Engineered Hardwood!

What Is It?

Engineered hardwood is a flooring material made from numerous layers of wood, as opposed to coming from one single plank like solid hardwood does. The crisscross layer structure provides extra dimensional stability so that each plank is less prone to weather-based expansion or contraction. The wood species used to make the decorative top layer gives the flooring its name: a top layer of acacia will make an engineered acacia floor, whereas a maple top layer will make an engineered maple floor and so on.

A common misconception holds that engineered hardwood is somehow less ‘genuine’ than solid hardwood. This is highly inaccurate! Both solid and engineered hardwood floors are made of real wood – the only difference is the structural constitution.

A cross-section of the two hardwood types.

A cross-section of the two hardwood types.


How Is It Made?

The layers composing an engineered hardwood plank are bonded together with adhesive and pressure. The number of layers varies; a 3-ply engineered floor will have three layers, a 5-ply engineered floor will have five layers, etcetera.

While all engineered hardwood follows the same layered concept, there are two separate ways to achieve the final finished look:

Rotary Cut Veneer. The top hardwood layer is removed from a section of wood using large lathes. Since this peels rather than cuts, it lets more dramatic grain patterns show off their beauty.

•Quarter Sawn Veneer. The log is cut into quarters prior to being cut. Since the growth rings are not visible when this method is used, it produces a lovely straight grain pattern.

Slice Cut Veneer. A piece of slice cut veneer is cut from a plank just like a piece of solid hardwood. It highlights finer graining and allows for a thicker wear layer.
veneer that shhhh

What Types Are Available?

Engineered hardwood is available in as many different species as solid hardwood! Both domestic and exotic woods are popular choices and make beautiful floors. There’s also a range of quality grades available at different price points so you can easily factor cost into your decision-making process. Cabin Grade hardwoods are a great choice for anyone looking for a more rustic characterful look at a low discount price.

As far as installation options, engineered hardwood can feature the traditional tongue & groove design found on solid hardwood.
While solid hardwood needs to be nailed or stapled, engineered tongue & groove floors can be installed in one of four ways:



Gluing down directly to the subfloor

Floating without adhesive

Some engineered hardwoods click together , making installation easier for both professionals and DIY-ers.

How Do I Know If Engineered Hardwood Is Right For Me?

Engineered hardwood is a great choice for anyone who wants the classic wood floor look without having to pay top dollar for solid hardwood. It’s durable, easy to clean, and never goes out of fashion. Of course, just like with any other material, it’s important to factor in your lifestyle, your budget, and where the floor will be installed. It’s critical to look at your subfloor and your room’s moisture content. For more on choosing the perfect engineered hardwood floor, check out this post in our Resource Center.

Posted in Hardwood Flooring, How Is That Flooring Made

Laminate: True Or False?

Laminate flooring is well-known in the interior design world. Of course, with fame comes misconception, so we’re here to clear up some of that pesky misinformation floating around and hopefully answer some of your questions at the same time.

TRUE OR FALSE: Laminate Floors are Unsafe.

False. The formaldehyde content of laminate came to national attention in 2015 as a result of a news exposé into a national flooring retailer’s unscrupulous practices. Flooring materials are regulated for safety just like food, cosmetics, medication, automobiles, jobsites, and so much more. Laminate undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it’s safe for long-term use in both family homes and commercial areas. In fact, Floors To Your Home even conducted independent third party lab testing at our own expense to make sure all of the laminate we sell is 100% safe. To learn more about laminate safety, check out our FAQ here.
TRUE OR FALSE: Laminate is Suitable for Commercial Spaces.

True! In fact, laminate is an ideal choice for offices, retail stores, and even heavy traffic public buildings like government spaces. The key to finding the right laminate for your commercial space is in the AC Rating. AC3 floors can handle light to moderate commercial foot traffic and AC4 floors can handle general commercial foot traffic; AC5 floors, the toughest of them all, are designed to stand up to heavy commercial foot traffic. For a more in-depth look at the AC Ratings, check out this post over in our Resource Center.

TRUE OR FALSE: Laminate Floors are Very Durable.

True! Modern laminates are a tough customer. They’re designed to handle busy lifestyles and are a top choice for pet owners and active families. They can even handle big dogs! Laminate floors get their strength from layered construction: the stabilizing backing layer, the high density core (available in a variety of thicknesses to suit your needs), the photographic layer that makes the flooring beautiful, and the transparent topcoat that seals the photo layer and adds plenty of extra protection.

TRUE OR FALSE: Laminate Floors Aren’t Stylish.

False, false, and false! Today’s specialty laminates are as stylish as they come. Flooring has come a long way over the past 20 years and now there’s absolutely no reason to compromise between style and substance. Modern laminates include larger planks, random width designs, unique multi-tonal patterns, stunning high gloss finishes, and much more! If you can dream it, laminate flooring can do it.

Boring? Not a chance!

Boring? Not a chance!

What misconceptions have you heard about laminate floors? Have you ever had your beliefs about laminates corrected? Any rumors you’d like us to clear up? Let us know in the comments!

Posted in Laminate Flooring

How Is Vinyl Flooring Made?

Welcome to the first in our new blog series, “How Is That Flooring Made?” First up: Vinyl!

What Is It?

Vinyl is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin along with various additives such as plasticizers, stabilizers, pigments, and fillers. According to the EPA, “Vinyl flooring products can be made using different manufacturing processes and material compositions. The density of vinyl flooring will also vary, depending on its intended use.”

Let’s take a closer look at those additives:
Plasticizers soften the vinyl and increase flexibility

Stabilizers minimize degradation and fading from heat and sunlight

Pigments give the vinyl flooring its color

Fillers act as resin extenders and can assist pigments in producing a desired color

Some vinyl floors may include antimicrobial additives to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

How Is It Made?

The combination of resin and the aforementioned additives creates vinyl compound, commonly formed into pellets or granules that look a bit like the pebbles on the bottom of a fish tank.

PVC Pellets


Vigorous applications of heat and pressure render those pellets from individual pieces into a batter-like mixture. At this stage, the mixture that will become sheet vinyl is applied to a backing material, while a mixture that will be cut into planks or tiles is squeezed into sheets. Any texture will be applied at this stage, then the sheet will pass through a die cutter and be cut into the desired size.

What Types Are Available?

Vinyl flooring comes in several different varieties:

Sheet Vinyl

This is the original vinyl flooring. It comes in rolls like carpet does, normally six to twelve feet wide, and can be cut to your desired size.

Rolls of Sheet Vinyl

Once the most innovative flooring option on the market, these days sheet vinyl often takes a back seat to plank and tile designs. Sheet vinyl is most often glued down to the subfloor, but some varieties do feature loose lay installation.

Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tiles are square-shaped pieces of flooring designed to provide a smooth uniform appearance. They frequently feature patterns that mimic natural stone and marble. Vinyl tile often uses the peel-and-stick installation method.

Supreme Click Elite Venetian Slate Vinyl Tile

Vinyl Plank

Vinyl planks are rectangular pieces of flooring designed to emulate genuine hardwood. They’re great in rooms like bathrooms and basements where moisture concerns rule out genuine hardwood. Available in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses, vinyl planks are a popular choice due to their versatility in both appearance and installation. Some models are loose lay, others are glued down, and others click together like this:
click together

What About Luxury Vinyl?

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) are common terms in the vinyl industry. The key word there? Industry. ‘Luxury’ is an industry term and a marketing buzzword, not a vinyl that meets an agreed-upon set of criteria. Both LVT and LVP are renowned for their abilities to create amazing realistic stone and hardwood looks.

How Do I Know Which Vinyl Floor Is Right For Me?

The key things to look at when choosing a vinyl floor are the room it’s going to be installed in, your budget, and your lifestyle. Are you going to be installing the material yourself, or hiring a professional? Do you have children? Do you have pets? Do you have large dogs? These are all good things to consider. This post from our Resource Center goes into more detail about how to find your perfect vinyl floor.

Posted in How Is That Flooring Made, Vinyl Flooring

5 Ways To Keep Your Floors Clean With Kids

(Recently my good friend over at Jorgenson Industrial suggested I write a blog post about floors and kids. The idea took root and…voila! Here we are.)
There are few certainties in life: death, taxes, and the never-ending cycle of trying to keep your floors neat. Throw in complications like pets and children, and whoo boy, your floors can go from clean to chaos in no time flat.

It’s no secret that kids are messy. That’s not a character flaw or a condemnation, it’s just a reality. Whether it’s throwing food, tracking in mud from outside, finger painting, 52 Pickup, or even a glitter bomb, family life is never dull! Keeping your floors clean around a busy family is a challenge, but it is doable. Let’s look at five techniques you can use to keep your floors clean and sanitary:
Do Regular Checkups. Take a lap around your home and perform small tasks as you go. You don’t have to do a deep clean, but you can wipe up that hairball and pick up that hat.

Give Everything A Place. Those socks don’t belong on the floor, they belong in the drawer! Giving things their place and sticking to it will help keep your house clean by cutting down on clutter.

Keep Shoes Out. Shoes track a myriad of dirt and debris throughout your home. By taking your shoes off in the mudroom or entrance way and having your kids do the same, you’ll cut down right away on the weird stuff that gets unintentionally brought in your house.

From Trimblecrafts on Etsy.

Make It A Game. Encourage a little bit of healthy competition by making cleaning into a game! Who can pick up the most toys off the floor? Who can make up the best song? Who can do the best dance moves while sweeping? This is easily customizable depending on time, family size, your kids’ personalities, etc.

Make Designated Eating Areas. This is frequently easier said than done, but try to keep your kids’ meals and snacks limited to your kitchen. That way crumbs, spills, sticky fingers, and food particles are more limited to areas designed to handle them. Besides…do you really want to find the moldy months-old ant magnet Cookie Formerly Known As Oreo behind your couch? I didn’t think so.
Folks with kids, what tips do you have to keep your floors clean? Share your advice in the comments!

Posted in Z-Level: Our Odds & Ends

How To Prevent Hardwood Issues This Summer

Ah, summer. Some of us flourish in the heat; some of us huddle up to the closest air conditioning and offer our thanks to the deities of modern convenience. We all have our needs during the season, but did you know your hardwood floors are the same way?

Think of it like this: You’re more likely to be exposed to hot sun and dangerous UV rays in the summertime than you are in winter. Sunburn is painful in the short term and can cause skin damage down the line. In order to avoid this you take a preventative measure, like wearing a hat or applying sunscreen. You’re stopping the damage before it starts.

With hardwood floors in the summertime, your concerns could be due to increased moisture in the air, known as Relative Humidity or simply RH. When wood gains moisture, it expands, and expansion can lead to problems like cupping, buckling, and distortion. It’s important to note that expansion is NOT symptomatic of a poor installation job or shoddy work: hardwood is a natural product and so it’s subject to changing environmental conditions just like we are! There’s even a special word for it:
Want to know how to handle your hardwoods this summer? Read on.


While there’s no one whizz bang solution to prevent all seasonal hardwood concerns from developing into full-blown problems, there are a few ways to reduce the odds of trouble arising down the line.

Acclimation Letting your floor acclimate to its new environment for a sufficient amount of time prior to installation is critical; at least 48 hours is a good starting point but your time may vary. This post in our Resource Center goes into more depth.

Narrower Boards Hardwood boards that are narrower in design expand and contract less than their wider counterparts.

Engineered Construction Did you know engineered hardwood was actually designed as a more stable alternative to traditional solid hardwood? Now you do! It’s better at withstanding environmental changes than solid hardwood material.

Moisture Removal

There are several common ways to remove moisture from the air in your home. The first option is ventilation, simply throwing the windows open and letting nature do the work, but this method is highly dependent on your local climate and favors cold, arid locations. If the dew point – the temperature at which moisture in the air condenses into dew – is any higher than 60 degrees, opening up your home for ventilation will do more harm than good.

The next options are mechanical in nature. First off, there’s air conditioning. The catch? An air conditioner only wicks moisture away when it’s running. If you’re an energy-conscious person who likes to turn the AC down when you’re away from home, this might not be the best choice.
The next option is a dehumidifier. They’re available in a huge range of sizes, from miniature to massive to those that go to work in your whole house. Dehumidifiers are great for areas that get less attention from a standard air conditioning, like basements and crawl spaces.

With a little care and some forethought, you and your hardwood floors can survive summer in great shape!

Posted in Hardwood Flooring, Z-Level: Our Odds & Ends

What Can I Do With Leftover Flooring?

Did you know that flooring isn’t just for floors? Leftover flooring doesn’t have to go in the scrap heap or, as my mom would say, “To the happy hunting grounds.” Instead, it can be used as a great DIY home décor project! Let’s look at a few ways you can re-use that material and revamp your room.

Accent Walls

Accent walls are huge in the interior design world. They’re a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to transform your room without overhauling your entire décor plan. While paint is the classic medium used, you have another choice with, you guessed it…flooring!

Wood paneling on walls isn’t a new idea. In addition to bringing warmth to dens and family rooms, it’s long been popular in commercial spaces like restaurants and hotels. Now, we’re not talking about your great-aunt Shirley Jeanne’s wood paneling – we’re talking variety to suit any style! Clean modern lines, cozy rustic aesthetics, whatever says ‘you.’
Do you have leftover laminate flooring instead of hardwood? No problem! It can be used in the same way as wood to panel your wall.


Leftover hardwood pieces can be trimmed, joined together with wood glue to form a desired size or design, then painted with whatever you want! For example, this dandelion-themed piece found on Pretty Designs.

Is whimsical nature not your thing? No problem. How about some state pride? Modish & Main opted to show off their love for California with this lovely stenciled piece:



Scrap flooring doesn’t just make great art. It also makes great storage space! Do you have only a single plank left? No problem. Go to your local hardware store or search online, pick out some hooks you like, drill them in, and you’ve got a new coat rack. This can be done with laminate as well as hardwood, as this great example from DIY Inspired shows:

Shabby chic and very cute.

If you’re like me and you’ve got a house full of books and knickknacks, then you know there’s no such thing as too much shelving. Flooring scraps can easily be upcycled into wall shelves. This is another easy DIY project; a free afternoon, a few basic tools, and a trip to the hardware store are all you need to make some unique and inexpensive new shelves, like these from the DIY Network:

You’ve got options, friends! How have you repurposed and upcylced your leftover flooring?

Posted in Hardwood Flooring, Laminate Flooring, Z-Level: Our Odds & Ends

How To Define Your Decor With Hardwood

First of all, let us offer our sincerest congratulations on your new hardwood floor! Whether you chose solid or engineered, you’ve made a great investment in a quality material that never goes out of style. So, how do you help your hardwood stand out and integrate into your home while retaining the room’s unique flair? We’ve got a few tips to remove the intimidation factor and give you some quick and easy tips on how to define your interior design style with hardwood flooring.

Switch It Up

There is no edict, no rule, no law of the land that says your woods have to match! Quite the contrary, in fact: modern design dives right in and mixes stains, species, textures, and finishes for a look that reflects a lifetime. You and your style evolve over time. Let your flooring show that.

Mixed colors & materials from Vered Rosen Design.


Go Natural

Natural light is great for so many reasons. Nothing brings out the beauty in organic materials like natural light, but did you know that long-term exposure to natural light can gradually change your wood’s color? No, not like a fading dye job or washed out posters; rather they age like fine wine. This is a very desirable trait! Different species age in different ways. Some, like oak and maple, tend to show much less color change over time, while American cherry and most imported exotic woods can undergo a very noticeable change. Here’s an example of how your wood might age:

Opposites Attract

Embrace the contrast of light and dark in your interior design play for a look that never fails to catch the eye. Both light and dark are valued for their optical abilities and both can have a real effect on your room. It’s a great way to do a lot with a little.

If you’ve got dark floors, you can brighten up your room with a lighter wall color (anything from a pastel to a neutral or even classic white will do the trick here – it’s up to you) and lighter-toned décor pieces like area rugs and furniture pieces.

Embrace Neutrality

Think of neutrals like the foundation pieces for your wardrobe, like your favorite black blazer that can go casual with jeans or professional with a collared shirt. Neutral floors are an ideal building block for any color pallet. Bright accents and eye-catching textures get to do their thing without being overshadowed by a bright floor.

Notice how that floor doesn't distract from the bright red wall?

Notice how that floor doesn’t distract from the bright red wall?

How have you decorated to show off your hardwood floors? Let us know!

Posted in Hardwood Flooring

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