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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.   

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The How I Live Interview Tool – Find Your Design Style Today!

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Having trouble figuring out what design style is best suited to your home?  Our How I Live Interviewtool is here to help!  Answering targeted questions about family size, pets, special needs and your overall budget will assist us in recommending the appropriate selections in home decor and colors.  Having a precise list of suggestions will better equip you to make the right decision for your design project.

 

Each set of questions will focus on your everyday needs.  If there are small children in the home with a specific play area, the tool will recommend age-appropriate and functional pieces that are safe and make it easy for you to keep the room organized.  Information about your pets can also be useful in providing storage ideas for toys, food and grooming tools.  Hobbies like painting or scrapbooking which may need a designated space in your home are also accounted for when you answer the provided queries. 

 

The more information you provide, the better the results.  Let this tool take the guesswork out of finding function and style in every room of your home.  It may even help you realize that some of your current items are not the best at taking care of your current needs.  If this is the case, there will be recommendations for different pieces that can help you achieve the look you want while still serving their specific purpose.  Learning as much as you can about yourself and your family’s needs will make this service worthwhile. 

 

While information about what you currently need in your home is essential, remember to include information about new ideas that you want to implement so your results can be properly adjusted to accommodate them.  This will prevent you from having to go through the questions again once you are ready to renovate. 

 

Not only does this tool provide suggestions on furniture and complementary color designs, it also includes the recommended cleaning advice for each item in your plan.  Knowing how each product needs to be maintained will help keep them looking fresh and new.  Check out our How I Live Interview tool today and get started making your home beautiful and purposeful! 

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Make Your Home Cozy for Fall

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Fall is the time of year to turn your attention from the outdoors to the indoors. This read will give some ideas about how to increase the cozy level of your interior!

Decide what particular focal points you would like to emphasize. Do this instead of sprinkling fall décor throughout your other décor. Having several different fall focal points throughout the home is certainly fine. We suggest decorating our mantel, dining room table, book cases and entry ways. Choosing focal points to decorate within a room, allows to showcase fall décor and decorations.

When selecting items to decorate with, consider using natural items. Real pumpkins and gourds are a wonderful way to add bright colors from nature. There are many different ways you can treat these items easily, in order to keep them from rotting during the season. We suggest finding a method that is right for you via the internet. Type in a simple search like “preserving pumpkins during the fall season”. Chances are there will be several different options for you, using items that you already have in your pantry!

White candles are one of our favorite ways to warm up a space for fall. Candles also provide a warm accent light to highlight seasonal fall vignettes. Of course you can use whatever kind of candles, but we love white. White candles provide a classic crisp look to any seasonal decorating. Keep white candles on hand year round for all types of seasonal decorating.

Gnarly branches are a neat way to add a natural fall touch to any area. Use these in floral arrangements or incorporate them into table setting décor. If you decide to gather branches, instead of buying them, make sure to spray some cleaner on them. This will kill any insects that may be living on the branches. Do this before bringing branches inside.

We also like adding a little moss to the base of indoor potted plants. This adds a fall whimsy that makes you think of crisp, foggy fall mornings.

Get creative and select items that are warm and brightly colored for your seasonal fall vignette!

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Battle of the Formal Dining Rooms

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Both of these photos are of formal dining rooms. One works better than the other and for several reasons. Find out how to pull off a formal dining room that works by being inviting and timeless.

Image #1 is similar to the look of formal dining rooms over centuries. This look has become a standard in formal and feels can feel rigid. Unfortunately, there is simply too much going on in this space for a modern home.

By having a large table with many seats, the look is made complicated by using ornate dining furniture. The entire space looks and feels busy, which is amplified by the mirrored panels on the wall. Mirrored panels can be a successful tool in a small, tight space, but should not be used in a large, open room. Mirrors make the room feel even larger than it is and amplifies the appearance of the elaborate table settings.

The formal look of image #1 uninviting and overwhelming. The drapery is heavy as well. Simple floor to ceiling panels with a classic pleat at the top would be a much better selection.

Ornate furniture, lighting and millwork are making the room in image #1 look too busy. The space is so large that smaller scaled ornate pieces look out of place. Such a long dining table really needs two chandeliers or two to three pendant lights hanging over it.

Image #2 works as a formal dining room because it feels more balanced. The furniture size fits perfectly in the size of the room. The clean lines of the furniture have a classic look without all of the fuss. The architectural details can be noticed because the space is not busy or over whelming. Balance is the key to this room’s success. Anyone would feel comfortable having dinner at this table; which makes for exceptional dinner parties!

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Tips for Monochromatic Decorating

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Monochromatic decorating has a certain sophistication level that is perceived as elegant and classic. If you are not careful this style can easily become dull and lack luster. Find out how to successfully pull off this look.

The most important factor in this style of decor is to create plenty of contrast. Contrast can be created by using light and dark monochromatic colors. In this photo the contrast is created with the help of the dark trellis pattern on the accent pillows and the dark fabric used on the drapery. Contrast is also being made with the dark tray on the white table. The end table behind the sofa is also making contrast. There is thin dark stripes on the shag area rug. Espresso brown is the color of contrast against all the light colors and white.

Textures and layering are also important when decorating a monochromatic style. The upholstery fabric on the sofa is a nice textured fabric, paired with different fabrics on the accent pillows. Had the fabrics not been mixed the sofa would be washed out and boring. Drapery panels coupled with the sheers creates an in-depth layer of texture and contrast. A shag rug on the floor adds comfort and interest to the space.

The accessories in the room are mostly glass with a little bit if shiny metal. This adds another layer of texture as well as some glitz. Glass items are always helpful when decorating in a monochromatic style.

Make sure to keep some life in the space. In this particular room, the fresh cut flowers add life to space. If no greenery appears in a monochromatic space it may feel cold and dull. In fact all interior spaces benefit from plants, flowers and greenery. It is important to always place plant life within an interior!

Finally, the material of the floor is an important point to factor into the overall decorating scheme.  In the example above, the floor consists of tile, along with an exaggeratedly shaggy rug.  This keeps the contrast running through the remaining space.   

Let us know if you need further advice about your monochrome décor.  If you have an example, post a photo below!

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Bedroom Retreat: Choosing Your Floor

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Our bedrooms are one of the most personal rooms in our home and a place we want to feel comfortable and restful. It’s a place you’ll retreat after a long day of work or play, a place to snuggle with loved ones and lounge away some weekend hours.

The floor you choose to install in the bedroom is important because often, because you’ll want to be comfortable while barefoot as well as fully enjoying the aesthetic of the space.

A few important criteria you will want to consider are:

Your personal design style

Room size and layout

The climate you live in

 

Carpet is the obvious choice if you want softness underfoot at all times in your room. Choose a nice pad and a quality, soft pile, and your feet will thank you. Consider the foot traffic in your room when selecting the carpet to be sure you select the appropriate durability level.

If you’re a hardwood fan, you’ll love it in the bedroom. If you already have hardwood throughout your home, you may want to stay with the same kind for the sake of consistency. Or, to give your room a set apart look, choose an entirely different wood and finish. Maybe have fun with a different layout, like a herringbone pattern, for even more of a defining look. Find an area rug to fit under the bed, to include some softness underfoot. This can add both color and pattern interest to your room, depending on the style of rug you select. If your room layout and budget allows for a large rug to fit under the bed and won’t be a tripping hazard as you move about the room, this is a great choice. If the space is too small for a large rug, you can always opt for a small rug along the side of the bed.

Tile and stone are also beautiful options in warmer climates. They’ll help keep the space cool and they win the durability prize. If using the same floor in the bathroom, you’ll have a nice flow visually between both rooms.

 

At Ambassador Floor, we are happy to help you choose the option that will be best in your bedroom retreat!

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Spruce Up the Patio for Spring

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Springtime is the time to renew your home, inside and out. The goal is to clean it well and add pops of color, perfect for spring! Even if the cold lingers, spring is in the air and around the corner.  Find out how to freshen up your patio space and have your patio ready when the warm weather arrives.

Clean patio furniture thoroughly. There is a chance that mold has grown on patio furniture that has been sitting out in the elements. Use a mild dish soap and warm water with an abrasive sponge to clean off all the buildup. Rinse them clean by spraying them down with the hose. A pressurized nozzle will work best for this.

Add a pop of color by adding brightly colored pots with vibrantly colored flowers. A helpful tip for potted flowers is to add crumple up newspaper to the bottom half of the pot. Next cover the newspaper with potting soil. This will make you planters lighter and easier to move, as well not using up a ton of potting soil.

Also add color by purchasing some new indoor/outdoor accent pillows for the furniture. Accent pillows bring fun and color to the outdoor living space. Lay down an indoor/outdoor rug that has a fun geometric pattern or print. Outdoor rugs transform outdoor spaces into a comfortable place where you want to take your shoes off and relax. The best outdoor rugs are made from natural or synthetic fibers that allow water to drip right through. These rugs do not have a backing on them (as the backing would not permit water to pass through the rug).

Feel free to spray paint old planters for a bright new finish. This will make any old planters look new again. If you are using the typical white, plastic patio furniture, you may want to hit them with the spray paint as well. Make sure to clean them well before. Make sure to lightly sand them with sandpaper before spray painting them.

Buy new cushions for outdoor furniture. Unless you have well-made indoor/outdoor cushions, most likely it is time to upgrade these items. The goal is to renew your patio space. This is achieved by cleaning and adding pops of color throughout!

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Making Decisions in a Myriad of Choices: Our Website Can Help

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When you start replacing flooring in your home, especially if you’re covering multiple rooms and using different types of flooring, making decisions can be the hardest part of the process. Narrowing down types of tile, vinyl, carpet and hardwood, when each category has hundreds of choices, is overwhelming for anyone.

We’d love to help make this easier on you with some helpful features on our website! We have a Lifestyle Quiz and a Style Quiz to help you narrow in on the right flooring choices for you.

In our Lifestyle Quiz you’ll answer specific questions about the size of your family, your lifestyle and preferences and the quiz will generate helpful ideas and things to consider to help you choose the right flooring for your needs.

Also check our Style Quiz. You’ll click on a series of 10 images of homes and décor you like best and receive a style profile at the end. Being confident about your style will help greatly when choosing flooring. 

 

These two surveys are a great place to start before visiting our showroom and talking with a sales consultant. Ultimately, our consultants will help guide you through the flooring world’s myriad of choices, but if you start with these quizzes at our website, you’ll go into your first meeting with a bit more personalized knowledge and the confidence to make great choices.

 

While you’re at it, check out the other features in the Design Center on our website:

  • A workbook to save your design ideas.
  • “Ask Our Expert”: Looking for advice from an expert? Our frequently asked questions section can help you find the right design solution for your flooring project.
  • Design Styles: Learn all about today’s design styles: Italian Impressions, Rustic Reflections, Seaside Simplicity and Urban Chic.
  • Flooring Gallery: Get design inspirations from our gallery of floors.

We look forward to working with you as you make these big decisions and make your home the space you dream about. Contact us anytime with questions and we’ll be happy to assist you.