Your Red Oak Floors

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Red oak is an attractive flooring option available for your home.  Well known for its durability and longevity, this material takes stain well and has a beautiful open grain which gives it a little more character than other hardwood choices.  It is also widely available in the United States and constantly being replenished, making it a “greener” flooring option.

 

When choosing wall and decor color for a room with red oak hardwood consider its size first.  If you are dealing with a smaller space, warm colors can make it feel more closed in while cooler colors can make it appear larger.  Warmer colors are red, orange and yellow and cooler colors are green, violet and blue.  Warm colors are also best used in rooms where more activity takes place as they are more lively.  Cool colors are calming and tend to work best in bedrooms to promote healthy sleep patterns.

 

Another way to approach your color scheme is through what impression you would like the room to give visitors when they enter.  If you want the colors to pop and make a statement, using complementary colors will accomplish that.  If you want the room’s appearance to be more understated, your best bet is to use an analogous color scheme. 

 

The relationship between colors can be seen using a standard 12-part color wheel.  In what is called Color Theory, three colors that sit right next to one another are analogous, while colors that are opposite one another on the wheel are complementary.  Since analogous colors are more subtle in variation they can easily blend with one another while complementary colors stand out when placed side by side. While red oak can take on a different appearance when stained, we will use its unstained light reddish tone to further explain these color schemes.

 

Using an analogous color scheme which includes the color of your red oak flooring would be to combine that reddish color with orange and gold accents.  This would add instant warmth to the room and give it a traditional look. 

 

A complementary color scheme would make the room look more vibrant and provide visual interest.  With red oak being your base, incorporating greens and blues would strike a great balance between warm and cool colors.  Be sure to use neutrals throughout the space to prevent the energy of the room from becoming too overwhelming.  It is always good to give the eye a place to pause when looking at a more dynamic color scheme. 

How Your Home Can Benefit from Laminate Flooring

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There are a lot of great options out there for home flooring. It can become a bit overwhelming thinking about all the material choices you can comb through in search of the right one for your space. A wonderful idea for your floors is laminate and it shouldn’t be overlooked.  Modern laminate is fresh and stylish.  Here are a few reasons to appreciate this choice in flooring material.

 

Cost-Effective: Laminate is an affordable alternative to natural stone or hardwood floors and you can still get the look you want without the price. Choose any color, grain or pattern you like and you won’t be paying extra for a more exotic selection.  Even if you just want to go with a tile look, you’re covered. 

 

Sustainability: When you choose this flooring, there’s no need to re-seal floors every six months. No waxing or other special cleaners needed either.  A broom or a soft mop with warm water is all that’s required to keep your floors shining and dirt-free.  Laminate’s stain-resistant surface is especially helpful in rooms like the kitchen where frequent spills can happen.

 

Stability: This material is scratch-resistant which is great for high traffic areas. Households with children and pets can feel confident that these floors can stand up to the daily wear and tear of life.  With proper care, you can enjoy them for years to come.

 

Attractive: Using a photograph of the material you are trying to imitate on its top layer is how this flooring performs its magic. With all the available looks out there, you are bound to find a pattern that works for your home.  You can also have peace of mind knowing that laminate does not fade over time through exposed sunlight as other materials do. 

 

So, if you are still searching for a flooring option that can give you a great look for an unbeatable price, look no more. Laminate is the material you need for the price you want. 

Decorating with Mirrors

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When it comes to decorating with mirrors there are never any rules. Yes, mirrors are a great way to quickly add visual interest to your space. Using mirrors as a decorative element has numerous benefits. It can instantly add depth and bring in natural light. In addition, mirrors can create a special effect when they reflect colors and paintings on adjacent walls. Here’s how you use mirrors to add style and increased light to your home.

 

  • Place a floor length mirror between two windows

Implementing a floor length mirror between two windows creates the illusion of a third window. This helps bring in more light to your space. By casually propping a large framed mirror against the wall creates a relaxed feel.

 

  • Use mirrors to enhance the room elements

You can use mirrors as an accent to the focal point in a room. For instance, by hanging a mirror over a fireplace mantel that extends to the ceiling, you can create a dramatic look. This is a great way to create emphasis in a neutral living room.

 

  • Hang mirrors on adjacent walls

Are you ready to make a powerful statement with your home’s decor? Try lining, two large equally sized mirrors on adjacent walls. This enables light to bounce all around the room. This look will especially complement the dining room area because it expands the area and gives the illusion of a bigger crowd around the dining room table.

 

  • Mirrored backsplash

Forget the traditional paneled or tiled backsplash. Update your kitchen by installing a mirrored backsplash around your counter area. A mirrored backsplash will open up a small kitchen and add glitz without being over the top.

 

  • Forget the medicine cabinet

Forgo the traditional medicine cabinet hanging over the bathroom sink. Instead, you can use a mirror of any shape to make a statement. A circularly shaped mirror can break up all the sharp straight lines and adds character.

 

When using mirrors as an accent piece in the home try to select mirrors with interesting shapes and unique frames for further customization!

Five Advantages of Laminate Flooring

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You are finally ready to update the flooring in your home. While new flooring can transform spaces, comparing flooring to determine what is best suited for your home can be overwhelming. If you are interested in flooring that is attractive yet affordable, laminate flooring may be a great option for you. Here are five reasons why: 

 

1. Extremely durable

Perhaps the greatest feature of laminate flooring is its durability. Laminate has a tough exterior with a resin coating, making it resistant to scratches and heavy impact. When compared to vinyl, hardwood, and other types of flooring, laminate can last much longer. The surface makes it ideal for homes that experience a lot of traffic such as households with children and pets.

 

2.  Style and Versatility

Laminate flooring can imitate the look of your favorite types of flooring including hardwood, stone, and a variety of other styles. Laminate tiles are available in many different colors, plank styles, and widths. The variety of hues and patterns allow homeowners to match their room’s style with the flooring

Plus, laminate flooring products are extremely easy to install. They can be installed over pre-existing subfloors as well as uninstalled when it is time for an update. The simple installation process can save both time and money for the customer.

 

3. Affordable Pricing

Laminate flooring products are inexpensive, especially when compared to hardwood or stone flooring products. You can find laminate flooring for almost any budget or price range.  Although laminate can be inexpensive, it does not fall short of quality. When you take into consideration the longevity of laminate floor it can be one of the best economical choices.

 

4.  Easy Maintenance

Laminate floors are easy to maintain. They can be cleaned with a simple cleaning solution or standard cleaning products available on the market today. Make sure that the cleaning products you use meet the manufacturer requirements. 

 

5. Environmentally-friendly

Laminate floors are derived from wood by wood products, which means that it does not use harvested or endangered tree species. Laminate does not trap dust particles and other allergens; therefore, it is a great choice for people with allergies. 

 

If you are considering buying laminate flooring for your home, feel free to visit us and ask any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to helping you choose your new flooring!

Mixing Wood Stains for a Unique Design

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In design, variation is great because the contrast keeps things interesting. Variation can occur in colors, textures, pattern and through the use of different flooring. Most of us don’t purchase decor elements at one time. It takes some time to build your ideal home. What about when it comes to different wood finishes? How can you ensure that they blend seamlessly together?

 

  1. Be mindful of the undertones While it’s not necessarily critical for the wood floors to be identical in your home it should complement one another. Regardless, of the finish determine what the undertones of a grain are. For instance, if both the coffee table and the living room utilize different wood grains if they both have warm undertones than they can complement each other.
  2. Look at the grain If all the different grains have a prominent grain homeowners should always try to keep the pattern the same so as not to alter the mood of the room. Remember that larger grains give off a more casual appearance but smaller one gives off an air of elegance.
  3. Use a buffer. If you have a wooden coffee table that’s drastically different from your living room floors to you need to use a buffer to separate the two designs.  You can use a thick area rug that will create some contrast but also unify the two wood mixes.
  4. Try to limit the number of finishes you are using in one area. Going too wild with the finished can cause the design to look too chaotic.  Instead, repeat the finishes just a couple of times in the room.
  5. Using g white wood sparingly throughout a room that has a couple please of different wood finishes can help break the look and unify it.

 

By applying some of these suggestions to your design scheme you will be able to blend wood finishes easily.

Giving Your Home the Shabby Chic Touch

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Have you ever seen a home decorated in shabby chic style but aren’t quite sure how to pull it off successfully in your own space?  Look no further! We’re going to educate you on what pieces and motifs are considered shabby chic and how to incorporate the style into your home without going overboard.

 

Shabby chic is all about creating a natural, inviting environment with soft, feminine colors and designs. Clean whites and calm pastels are welcome and the “distressed” look is the star of the show. Soft cottons and linens as well as a recurring theme of roses give this style its unique look. Pieces that have seen a little wear and tear over time are prized for their aged look and imperfections. Natural elements and colors as well are all part of the flow this romantic style creates throughout a space.

 

What separates this method of decorating from being classified as simply “vintage” is the fact that not just older items are used but newer pieces can be manipulated to mimic styles from time gone by. Modestly constructed furniture can be transformed through performing painting and sanding methods that resemble an old-fashioned finish without the antique price.  Vintage hardware can be added to complete the look.

 

Crystal chandeliers, touches of lace and vintage mirrors are all great ways to add a shabby chic touch to your home. Touches of ballet pink, baby blue and mint green accents throughout the room add a gentle touch of character. Floral patterns, chenille bedspreads and decorative containers placed throughout will add charm to the space while staying on theme.

 

Vintage clocks, wall sconces and candlesticks can be easily added without great expense. A beautiful embroidered tablecloth with vintage china and linen napkins would be a real showstopper in any dining room if you commit to this decorating style.

 

Whether you want to add little touches here and there or go all out with this theme, do what works for you in the space. You want your home to be beautiful as well as functional, so only incorporate pieces that will still allow you to enjoy your living space without having to worry about disturbing its overall look through everyday use. 

Taking Your Backsplash from Bland to Beautiful

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If your kitchen needs a little boost in the style department, consider updating your backsplash to create a focal point.  Most contemporary kitchens have similar looks that will appeal to a large portion of consumers. While keeping with this pattern is a great method for selling your home in the future, sometimes it can be nice to add a little something different to the room’s color palette.  An easy way to do that without redesigning the entire kitchen is to draw the eye to the backsplash area.  Not only is this an affordable upgrade, it is also a simple fix if your tastes happen to change over time.  This type of update will give you a chance to let your personality shine through and give the space a more custom look.

 

While there are some tried and true classics out there (white subway tile, anyone?), you want to think outside the box to really make the space your own.  Try some fun, geometrically-shaped tiles in bright colors. You will still be able to benefit from the easily maintained look of this material without making the room look too dull.  Even conventionally shaped tiles with a beautiful running pattern would immediately draw attention to the backsplash area.  If the remaining design of the room is predictable in nature, a busy pattern will bring some pizazz to the room. There’s also mini glass tiles in metallic colors which can help bring out the look of stainless steel appliances. Rustic homes can benefit from a brick or stacked stone look. If you do love the subway tile look though, try it in a faux polished wood version.  Presented in this way, it will be sure to turn a few heads.

 

If you don’t know where to start or don’t feel like you aren’t the creative type, come and visit us at our showroom and a professional consultant can get you started with some ideas to jumpstart your planning process. We will work with you to make sure that you are properly matched up with the look and materials that will bring out the best in your kitchen’s style.  Let us help you get started today!

Design Your Guest Bathroom

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There’s nothing that makes a guest feel more welcome than being able to use a stylish and comfortable bathroom. Often, the guest bathroom is neglected and cluttered because isn’t used as frequently as the other restrooms in the house. However, it’s time to take your guest bathroom from drab to fab by implementing crafty design schemes into your bathroom’s decor.

 

How can you make your guest bathroom more appealing to visitors? Below are some tips that are useful for decorating a guest restroom.

–       It’s important to provide enough space for styling tools and toiletries. Yes, expanding counter space just a bit can be help. Be sure to install an outlet near the vanity so that your guests can have the option of utilizing a flat or curling iron.

–       Balanced or equal lighting should be used in the guest bathroom. You can try using scones placed on both sides of the vanity mirror,

–       Make use of shelves and baskets to add extra storage space. Decorative storage accessories can hold hand towels and soaps.

Try Unique Designs

Since your guest bathroom won’t experience a lot of wear and tear because it’s not being used on a consistent basis, you can use materials that might otherwise be a bad idea in such setting. Yes, you can incorporate glass, marble or limestone.

 

When decorating the guest bathroom, you can play with contrasting colors to create a stunning effect. So, if you always wanted a vessel sink or a bold pattern flooring, then now is the time to try it. You can push the limits and try unique decor with the guest bathroom.

When housing overnight guests, you should make sure your guests are comfortable by providing additional towels and toiletries. The bathroom should be functional and complete with storage areas for your guest toiletries.

Design Tools

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While designing the interior of your home can be fun, it’s also an overwhelming project. When it comes to making decisions on what type of cabinetry you should install in your kitchen or whether you should select carpet or hardwood flooring, this can be difficult. With hundreds of different textures and textiles available on the market, selecting flooring, cabinetry, and furniture is no easy task.

 

That’s where we come in. We offer two powerful tools on our website that can make the selection process so much easier. Our website features both a Lifestyle and Style quiz that narrows down flooring choices and much more. Both quizzes are easy to take and can be completed within minutes.

 

The Lifestyle Style quiz starts off by asking you a host of questions regarding the size of your household, your specific preferences as well as some information about your way of life. Based on your responses the tool will generate a list of flooring options that best suited for your home. Also, you’ll receive detailed information on each type of flooring material and maintenance tips.

 

We invite you also to check out our Style Quiz. The Style quiz consists of a series of images all featuring a unique design style. You’ll be prompted to select a design style. Once you click on the pictures, your custom profile will be displayed. The style profile shows your particular style.

 

Taking these two quizzes before you visit our showroom and meet with our consultant can be helpful. Knowing what your personal design style is and what type of flooring is most appropriate in your home gives you a great starting point when you visit us. Such personalized knowledge will enable you to make the best selections.

 

When you visit our website, don’t forget to check out one of our biggest features, the Design Center. The Design lets you virtually design each room in your house. You’ll be able to:

 

-See how each room looks with a different paint color

-Try on different flooring

-Learn more about modern design styles

-View our flooring gallery

 

We want you to make your home as beautiful as possible. That’s why we offer our assistance throughout the entire process. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment with our experienced consultants.

 

Natural Drama of Hickory Floors

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Do you desire a dramatic hardwood floor? If so, hickory may be the selection of your dreams. It is tough and durable. The natural colors range from cream to a dark espresso. This type of wood floor adds natural drama that other hardwoods just can’t offer.

Since there is so much drama in the actual grain itself, we recommend using the wide planks in order to keep the floor from being too busy. The grain itself has a lot of variation in just one plank. Thin planks will create too much movement and look busy.  The wide planks add just the right amount of drama; whilst showing off the beauty of the natural hardwood.

Hickory can be stained many different colors, just like all the other hardwoods. Although we prefer a clear stain that really showcases the natural beauty of the hardwood. Since there are many different variations in color on the wood, many different types of wood species furniture can be paired with this floor selection. The grain variation can be toned down by using a darker stain on the wood. This will limit the amount of variation that can be seen on the grain.

This wood species is perfect for rustic spaces. This unique look will highlight interiors that contain antiques and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. Leather furniture also brings a depth to the entire decor when paired with this particular wood grain.

The hardness of hardwood floors is rated on what is known as the Janka scale. This scale gives each wood species number and as the numbers rise higher, so does the hardness and durability of the wood. Hickory has the highest number on the Janka scale with a rating of 1820! This gives an idea of the durability of this wood, making it an excellent choice for active families with pets.

If you desire a floor with plenty of character, consider hickory. Come into Ambassador Floors today to see how this beautiful wood grain has a unique look compared to the other hardwoods.