August 2014


Sometimes, some of the most favorited looks are the classic, traditional looks that have been around for years. Below are some of our favorite traditional design ideas for wood flooring:

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Placing mirrors in strategic places is a common method for making a small space look bigger. But there's only so much mirrors can do, so what other illusory design tricks can you try?

Flooring Plays A Role

Turns out your choice of flooring affects a room's perceived size, so if you want to make a space seem bigger, consider installing hardwood flooring composed of wide planks instead of strips. Boards fewer than three inches wide create a lot of seams, making the room look busy and confined, whereas wider boards result in a smooth and open surface.

It's All In The Layout

If you want to elongate the room, locate the longest wall and lay out the boards parallel to it. This method will make a space seem much longer than it actually is. However, if the room is horizontally cramped, avoid placing the boards lengthwise. If you want something different, you can also choose to go diagonal. This pattern draws the eye for from one far corner to another, leaving the impression that the room is wide.

Dark Is Beautiful

What about color? You may think that dark hardwood constricts a space, but it actually has the opposite effect. The secret lies in the color of the walls. Dark hardwood like acacia or walnut opens up a room when the walls, molding, and trim are painted in a light, cool color. This combination works because cool colors recede while warm colors advance. Visually, the room expands as the walls seem to move further to the sides and the floor takes center stage.

Proper Maintenance Goes a Long Way

Lastly, always keep your hardwood floor shiny and clean. Reflective surfaces create the perception of a bigger space (which is precisely the reason why mirrors are so popular as home decor to begin with), and hardwood floors are no exception.

When expanding a room isn't practical, you can still rely on interior design to make the space seem bigger. Ultimately, size is in the eye of the beholder.


Although your guest room isn't used everyday, it should be an inviting space where visitors to your home feel comfortable. With some creative interior design ideas, you can turn this room into a glamorous retreat your guests will love.

Inviting Wall Colors

You can quickly give your guest room some extra appeal by changing the paint color on the walls. With thousands of colors to choose from, narrow your choices to those that complement the rest of your home. For a comfortable, relaxing feel, select a light, cool color like mint, sky blue or periwinkle and use linens and accessories in soft shades of ivory, brown or gray. For a dramatic look, choose a deeper paint shade like crimson, cobalt or emerald. Use linens in complementary, softer hues and add touches of silver, gold or black for glam accents.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring adds timeless character and elegance to your home, providing a beautiful backdrop for a guest room. You can choose from a wide variety of colors and finishes in solid wood, engineered, laminate, and vinyl wood flooring. If you're looking for more of a tranquil guest room, go with white oak, maple, or bamboo floors. For a richer, more luxurious feel, go with deeper shades of walnut or Brazilian cherry. Add dramatic touches with an exotic wood like natural Russian elm that provides visual interest and grain variations.

Accent Pillows

Accent pillows come in a variety of fabrics. For a subtle, sophisticated look, select solid color accent pillows in cotton, linen, or silk with fringe or tassels. You can also use novelty pillows that have special shapes and fun fabrics for a touch of fun.

Natural Lighting

To create a comfortable, inviting atmosphere in your guest room, provide a good balance of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Windows provide natural lighting and warmth. Ambient lighting and overhead lighting, like recessed lights, tracks lights, chandelier and pendants, should provide uniform illumination without glare. Task lighting like table or desk lamps and wall-mounted reading lights are perfect for brightening up a specific area, while accent lighting used to spotlight art or accessories creates drama and visual interest.


If the hallway in your home is like that in most others, it is one busy place – and probably the busiest, next to your kitchen. As people come and go and plunk bags, purses and briefcases in their wake, your hallway takes a pounding. And if you have kids or dogs? They compound the activity and stress on your floor.

In calmer moments, your hallway offers two prime opportunities: to give guests a warm, inviting feeling as they enter and a last chance to look around and revel in your home's ambiance as they leave.

If you want to give your hallway a makeover, your choice of flooring has to achieve many goals at once. So what type of flooring can champion the cause? Without a doubt: hardwood flooring.

Consider the many advantages hardwood floors offer:

  • They exude unrivaled warmth and beauty. With a large variety of colors, grains, designs and patterns to choose from, your only difficulty may be settling on only one that appeals to you. Unlike other flooring options, hardwood floors never go out of style.

  • They complement any decor. From traditional to contemporary and from classic to shabby-chic, hardwood floors are at home anywhere. And they'll stand out, even if you choose to soften them with area rugs.

  • They are profoundly strong and durable, making them ideal for high-traffic areas.

  • Even when the very worst happens – hardwood floors gets scraped or dented – the damaged area can be safely sanded, smoothed and refinished. You won't face a wholesale replacement, like with other types of flooring.

  • They are blissfully low-maintenance – requiring only regular sweeping or vacuuming and no more than a damp mop to keep them looking lustrous. And because hardwood floors don't trap dust, pollen, allergens and airborne particles like carpet, they're an especially healthy choice for allergy and asthma sufferers.

  • They result in better, more uniform acoustics and fewer sound vibrations in a home.

  • They're a wise investment; they will instantly increase the value of your home. No one quibbles over the value of hardwood flooring. (And who would dare after adding up all these benefits?)


There are a lot of reasons to choose laminate flooring over other options. Not only is it cheaper and easier to install than traditional hardwood or tile flooring, it is also more durable and just as breathtaking as the alternatives.

Laminate panels come in many different styles, including mock stone and wood, as well as different widths, thicknesses and finishes. For this reason, it is important to consider all of your options before settling on your laminate flooring purchase. Aspects you should take into account include price, style, location, and traffic volume.

The Price of Laminate Flooring

Laminate is a very affordable flooring option compared to hard wood, tile, stone, or carpet. Because it is more durable and stain-resistant than the other choices, laminate flooring is an investment that will generate a high return and low depreciation rate. Starting at as little as $1.99 per square foot, laminate flooring is a great way to update your home without breaking the bank.

Styles of Laminate Flooring

To choose the style that best fits your home, begin your research early. Keep a notebook containing color swatches, furniture photos, art and potential flooring designs. As a general rule of thumb, it's usually best to keep floors in bathrooms, mudrooms, and kitchens light-colored to brighten up these work areas, whereas darker colors should be used in bedrooms, dens or sitting areas to make the rooms feel more relaxed. The furniture and wall art in these rooms should pair well with the color of the flooring.

Choosing Laminate Flooring Based on Location

Aside from planning an inviting color scheme that includes your flooring, understanding the location of the would-be laminate is also important. For example, areas that experience high levels of moisture (kitchens and bathrooms, for example) should feature laminate flooring with a water-resistant core. Though these types of flooring are typically a bit more expensive than others, protecting your subfloor from moisture build-upand thus toxic mold and structural damagewill be worth it in the end.

Laminate Flooring for High-Traffic Areas

Types of laminate flooring come in different grades that measure their ability to withstand abrasions, the lowest of which is AC1/21. This kind of laminate is cheaper to manufacture and thus costs less to purchase, but it doesn’t hold up well in high-traffic areas like hallways and entryways. Though laminate with a low rating is suitable for bedrooms and closets, areas of the home that are subjected to a lot of traffic need laminate with a rating of at least AC3/23.

Flooring is often the first thing people notice upon entering a home. Make sure your new flooring gives the right impression to guests by being clean, attractive, durable and well-coordinated with the rest of your décor.


Keeping hardwood flooring clean can be a tricky challenge. Unlike with carpet, dust and dirt has nowhere to hide on hardwood floors. With hardwood flooring comes the responsibility of keeping it clean to maintain its shine and luster. Below are a few handy ideas for keeping your hardwood floors looking their best:

1. Buy Rugs

Rugs are absolutely necessary when it comes to making sure your floors look top-notch. Tiny particles, like dirt, can act as sandpaper and scratch your wood. Put a rug in every entryway of your home and ask guests to wipe their feet as they enter your house.

2. Don’t Use A Wet Mop To Clean

Excessive water can cause wood to expand, creating cracks and splinters on your floors. Try using a slightly damp mop instead.

3. Sweep Regularly

By sweeping your wood floors regularly, you can remove large particles that might scratch the floor if caught underneath a mop. Vacuuming is another great choice to pick up dirt and grime.

4. Use A Cleaning Product Meant For Wood Floors

This means no bleach, ammonia, abrasive cleaners, or furniture polish. Not only will these products severely damage your floors, they could potentially void your warranty. Use products that are solely designed for your wood floor’s finish.

5. Buff Dry With Terry Cloth Towel

This step is optional, but after mopping, drying with a terrycloth towel will absorb all water and give your wood floors a beautiful sheen.


Solid wood flooring is the ultimate addition to any home. Not only does it possess the beauty of natural wood, but it’s all natural from top to bottom. Essentially, it is similar to any other plank of lumber, sawn directly off the log with no additional materials added. Below, we will introduce you to the basics of solid wood flooring, a long-time popular choice among homeowners.

Finished vs. Unfinished

When it comes to solid wood flooring, you have two options: prefinished wood and unfinished wood. In general, unfinished wood flooring is cheaper than prefinished, but the former does require finishing in your own home. If you’re not into sanding, staining, and sealing, prefinished flooring might be the right choice for you.


When choosing a solid wood floor, it’s important to take note of the hardness of each wood species. Solid woods like Brazilian cherry, acacia, and oak are extremely hard choices, while pine and fir are softer woods. Because solid wood floors are made solely from wood and no other materials, the Janka Hardness ranking is extremely important.


The best part about solid wood floors (Engineered also) is that even if they endure damage, it is easy to fix any plank with simple sanding and refinishing - a luxury that’s not available with options like laminate wood floors.

Solid wood flooring offers a sophistication and beauty that no other type of flooring can offer. This classic choice is the perfect addition to any home, with sustainability and durability that lasts for decades.


We recently met with a customer who was planning on renovating his living room. The walls were painted, the furniture was picked out, and all he needed was new wood flooring that gave off a rustic style while maintaining a clean and sleek look. This customer ultimately decided on hickory hardwood flooring because its natural grain patterns and distinct markings went with the cozy look he wanted. Hickory wood floors are becoming increasingly popular in the design world, and for a good reason!


Hickory wood floors score a whopping 1820 on the Janka Hardness Scale, making them one of the hardest options on the market. This makes hickory flooring perfect for dogs, kids, and heavy traffic areas.

Distinct Look

Hickory floors offer a unique, rustic look. Swirly grain patterns, distinct knots, and pockmarks give this rusted brown and light blonde wood a traditional, homey style that is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s home interiors.

Our Selection

We offer a wide range of styles of hickory hardwood flooring. From dark chocolate stains to light, natural colors, our selection cannot be beaten. The floors come in both natural and stained finishes that can tie your room together. Our hickory hardwood flooring prices start as low as $1.49 per square foot.