Flooring Trends for Fall Renovations

Fall is upon us, and as we begin to hear the crunch of fall leaves under our feet as we walk, it’s time to get home interiors up to date with the new season. Flooring trends change year to year due to homeowners acquiring new tastes and technology allows a larger variety of flooring designs for their remodeling project. Below are some flooring trends for this fall:

Fumed Wood Flooring:

Almost all types of wood flooring undergo some kind of staining to given them the desired final finish. Fumed wood flooring gets its rich color and grain without having to get any sort of staining. Instead, the wood is put through a process called fuming. This involves placing the wood in a chamber where airborne ammonia is then released.

The wood reacts with the ammonia and undergoes a color change. The reaction does not always result in the same changes. The final look depends on a number of factors including: the type of wood, the outside environment, and the atmosphere itself. Generally, fuming gives the wood rich dark tones and enhances the natural grain of the wood. The final look is much more appealing and feels deeper than what you would get with stained wood flooring.

Distressed Wood and Concrete Tiles:

The distressed floor style has been around for quite some time, but has become even more popular just recently. Next year, it is expected to see more homeowners opting for that aged look in their flooring. Distressed flooring undergoes artificial aging and styling processes that give it a slightly worn finish. In preparing distressed wood flooring, carious actions are taken depending on the degree and style of “distress” desired.

The edges of each wood plank are hand scraped, swirl and kerf markings are added to imitate historic wood and the planks are brushed to remove glossing and give them a soft worn texture. If wood flooring isn’t your style, you can opt or the increasingly popular distressed concrete flooring.

The distressed concrete floor style will begin to receive more attention as homeowners begin to look at alternatives to traditional wood flooring. As with distressed wood, distressed concrete goes through artificial processes to minimize the highly polishes look and produce an enhanced worn at patina. Distressed concrete flooring can be integrated into most types of decors but works best in industrial and contemporary home styles.

Designs That Will Sell Your Home

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Are you looking to sell your home? Do you wonder what is appealing to homebuyers? Some of these designs may surprise you while others are an obvious for both buyers and sellers. When choosing a home, buyers are really looking for specific features. Now you can’t offer up every single feature on their list but I’m sure you can choose the right ones and hit their top priorities. The main feature that home buyers are really looking for is an open floor plan. When you walk in you can see the front to the back of the house while having the kitchen, dining and living rooms open to your guests. Continue reading

Sizing up Your Kitchen and Bathroom

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When you are remodeling your kitchen and bathroom, space and budget can be a challenge. One kitchen dilemma can be that the kitchen is too small. Remodeling can allow for the kitchen to seem large and spacious without causing financial hardship.

Tiny kitchens can feel confining when overhead cabinets are hovering over you in tight spaces. Many individuals cannot reach the higher levels and the feeling is restricting. Ponder shelving and hanging pot racks. This technique will give your kitchen look more “roomy” and not so cluttered. Continue reading

Hansgrohe – World Class Designers

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Hansgrohe is honored to have many of the world’s most successful designers & architects working for them. Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were judged by a highly-qualified judging panel in 2009 to be part of an elite group of the top 25 designers and are considered the world’s best in their craft. They offer a new perspective on bathroom designs and have stepped forward as technical innovators. Hansgrohe credits these designers with having a hand in the brand winning more than 300 internationally renowned awards for their bathroom faucets, showers and shower systems, as well as helping them to set multiple new trends. Continue reading

Contemporary Kitchen and Bath Design

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Designer Joel Contreras renovated his 1927 bungalow in Phoenix’s Coronado Historic District by incorporating his love for contemporary design while staying true to the building’s past architecture. With the help of Jonah Busick from Foundry12, Contreras was able to bring his home into the 21st century.

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The large and airy master bathroom, flooded with natural light, features bathroom faucets and tub by Brizo and the toilet is made by Duravit. The kitchen is modern and spacious with open access to a gorgeous outside patio. The design features marble counter tops and includes an updated sink with the faucet also by Brizo.

Designers Spot: Porcelanosa Metallic Tiles

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The shine of metal has always been highly valued for its power of attraction; everything from delicate pieces of jewelry to the most varied decorative elements, have been bathed in the shimmer of its reflections. Continue reading

New Fixtures & Fittings With Dornbracht Line

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Are you taking time this season to spruce up your home? One way to do easily to this is by installing new kitchen fixtures in your home. Plumbtile can help you in your search for the perfect faucet, or fitting you have been searching for. Take a look at these amazing options from Dornbracht fixtures. They will blow you away. Continue reading

Changing up Your Tile Look in the New Year?

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How About Adding Some Sparkle?

Ah, renovation time, is it making you feel stressed? You’ve been out there. It feels like you have seen all your options. You have picked your main color scheme, but it still could use some accents to tie it all together. You like this, love that, and just can’t figure out what it is missing. A certain flare, a style all your own to set your bathroom design apart from all others. You don’t just want your project to look good, you want AMAZING! Plumbtile has your answer: Metal tile art from Saint-Gaudens.

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Should You Use Porcelain or Ceramic Tile?

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One of the first choices you will most likely make when deciding to use tiles, is porcelain vs ceramic? Many people don’t really know the difference between the two. So, what is in ceramic tile? The biggest difference between ceramic and porcelain tile starts with their composition, which not only determines a tile’s color and texture, but its density, durability and uses. Continue reading

Newest Kitchen Trends

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When it comes to the latest trends in kitchen remodeling, consumers find that they have many available choices. Depending on their individual taste and budget the following suggestions are just a few among the 2014 kitchen trends: Continue reading