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!

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!

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.

Thoughts on Lamps

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Lamps are some of the finishing touches you will purchase for your room when decorating. However, do not discount their importance to your rooms design. The right lamp and bring your room together perfectly. There are three main types of lamps to choose from—table lamps, floor lamps, and hanging lamps. Depending on the space you are decorating, the look you are going for, and how much light you will need the lamp to provide, one of these three types of lamps should suit your space.

 

The first thing you will want to do when deciding on what lamp to purchase is the size of the space it will be going. If it is a table lamp, be sure to measure your table so that you don’t get a lamp that overpowers it, or is too small to even be noticed. For hanging lamps and floor lamps the principle is the same thing, you will just be considering a different area.

 

Next you will have to decide what kind of design you want for your lamp. There are so many choices out there and it can seem overwhelming but before you begin browsing sit down in the room and look around you. What is the theme of your design? Do you even have one or is it more eclectic than that?

 

Consider that glass bases will look lighter in your space and can work really well with modern designs. Wooden and metal bases offer a heavier feel to them and work well in more traditionally decorated rooms. The only way you’ll know what style to look for is to decide what will work best in the room.

 

Finally, you will want to figure out what the function of the lamp is. If your lamp is going to be the main source of light in your room, then you will want to go for a lamp that is both brighter and larger. A floor lamp or hanging lamp would work well in this situation. If your lamp’s purpose is more for bedside reading at night you should look for softer lighting like a small bedside table lamp with a low glow. These three steps should help ease your lamp buying process.

Mad for Mod: A How-To Decorate Guide with 1960s Inspiration

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Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that is impressive. It provides an easy way to ensure that the room is ‘pulled together’ by way of a common thread. It also helps with decisions such as color selection, accessorizing, and furnishings. Rather than ponder whether or not to buy that amazing couch you just found, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!

To make it even easier we are offering our guidelines in short and succinct bulleted lists. We’ve found that when working theme it’s more effective to pick and choose possibilities a la carte. Otherwise you risk ‘overdoing it’ with the theme and end up with a room that might look it belongs in a theme park. Less is more. Lastly, when going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!

In this installment of our How-To-Decorate series we are going to dish about the fabulous look of 1960’s inspired mod décor.  If you bold pops of pure color and geometric shapes, this is the theme for you!

  • Color Pallet Options:
    • Warm red
    • Dark yellow
    • Sky blue
    • Kelly or spearmint green
  • Lighting
    • Suspension lighting
    • Glass lamp with a swag chain
    • Pendant lights
  • Furniture
    • Upholstered couches and chairs
    • Skinny wooden legs
    • Bold or pop colors
    • Multi functional, such as an end table designed to also hold magazines
    • Atomic inspired pieces, for example radial sun clock made of metal, boomerang shaped coffee table
  • The walls
    • Built in cabinetry
    • Funky, loud wallpaper
    • Large  mosaic comprised of numerous small hexagonal mirrors
  • The floor
    • Shag rugs
    • Brightly colored, textured rugs
    • Vinyl works well for high traffic areas where luxury options wouldn’t make sense

Something unique – locate a 1960s dressing table with triple tilting mirrors, very functional yet also quite interesting

Revamp Your Bedroom

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As the weather turns colder, most people will find themselves spending more time indoors.  Make sure your bedroom is ready for the cold weather!  Sprucing up your bedroom doesn’t need to mean making major changes. There are several items within a bedroom that can be revitalized to make it feel cozier and ready for the fall and winter.

Reupholster the headboard. This can be done with minimal effort and material. Doing this makes your bed appear to be brand new. Upholstered headboards can be re-covered as many times as you desire, whether you change your style or simply want a fresh look.

Change out the artwork over the bed. You can mix up the artwork around the room and find new homes for the pieces to live. Get a few new pieces to spice up the look of your bedroom. Three dimensional or sculpted art can be hung on the wall to add interest and a pop to your decor. Keep an open mind and eye for sculptural pieces throughout your home – however, make sure the pieces are not too heavy to hang on the wall!

Nothing helps a bedroom like switching out your bedding, especially if it looks dull or tired. The season change is a perfect time for this!  Put an extra blanket at the foot of your bed, change into flannel sheets or replace your summer comforter with a cozy down-filled one.  Your bedroom will look freshly designed!

Revive flooring by adding a new rug. A cushy rug adds warmth and comfort to the bedroom floor and creates a nice layered look. If your floor needs to be replaced, do so now before the cold weather hits!

Paint or wallpaper an accent wall. Doing so will transform the room with minimal effort and material. If you do not want to redo an entire wall, consider adding a wall decal. Decals are very easy to install and do not damage the wall when removed. A decal or a painted accent wall has the ability to set the tone for the whole room.

You can decide to tackle one or all of the ideas in this article. Before doing so, take a long look at your bedroom and decide what areas really need your attention! 

Rustic Romance/Shabby Chic: A How-To Decorate Guide

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Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that is impressive. It provides an easy way to ensure that the room is ‘pulled together’ by way of a common thread. It also helps with decisions such as color selection, accessorizing, and furnishings. Rather than ponder whether or not to buy that amazing couch you just found, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!

To make it even easier we are offering our guidelines in short and succinct bulleted lists. We’ve found that when working theme it’s more effective to pick and choose possibilities a la carte. Otherwise you risk ‘overdoing it’ with the theme and end up with a room that might look it belongs in a theme park. Less is more. Lastly, when going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!

In this installment of our How-To-Decorate series we are going to discuss a rustic romance theme, along the lines of the well known and loved Shabby Chic style. If you love pale hues and a feminine touch, this guide will help your create a dreamy space in your home.

  • Colors:
    • White, distressed white
    • Soft light pink
    • Rose pink
    • Light mint green
    • Lighting
      • Chandeliers
      • Small to mid size table lamps
      • Furniture
        • Highly distressed wood, especially white
        • White rattan
        • Metallic
        • Mirror surface, such as a mirrored end table
        • Accessories
          • Multiple small, short bunches of roses in short vases
          • Antique keys
          • Up-cycled antique window frames, used to frame art from behind the panels
          • Repurposed vintage luggage
          • Quilts
          • The walls
            • Wall paper, micro print roses, white, pink, green
            • Satin sheen, pale hues, silver, pink, white
            • The floor
              • Rustic wood
              • Carpet

9 Ways To Conceal Unsightly Things

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If you’re a perfectionist we’re betting that you are going to LOVE these ideas. It can be such a frustration to create a beautiful, well designed room only to have it interrupted by unsightly features. Some things just can’t be avoided, such as a thermostat or utility meter, but there are creative ways to conceal them. Are you ready to be done with grumbling at the modem every time you walk by it? Read on! 

  1. Utility meter or A/C Unit outside – Cover (and easily uncover) using free standing, accordion shutter doors.
  2. Metal wall vents – Repurpose the side rail from baby crib and mount it in front of the vent. Adorned with ribbons (decorative or prize winning). Air will still flow freely and the ribbons are a pretty way to distract from the metal vent.
  3. Computer printer – Use a dresser or entertainment unit with a drawer deep enough to fit the printer. Detach the front panel and reattach it with hinge so you can open it as needed when using the printer.
  4. Computer modem – Hollow out a hard back book and simply slip the modem inside, display with the book spine facing outward.
  5. Out-of-date ceiling treatments – Cover the entire ceilings by power-nailing wood planks over it. Covering old treatments is typically less work than trying to remove and resurface.
  6. If your TV is mounted on the wall hide the dangling cords by installing a hollow shelf made crown molding.
  7. On a wall that has a thermostat create a collage with various sized frames. The thermostat will blend in rather than being starkly apparent.
  8. Hide a power strip using a photo storage box. Remove the back wall of the box and slide the power strip in.
  9. If you can’t or don’t want to use a bed skirt, simply cover the unsightly box spring using fabric and a staple gun. 

The Retreat in Your Own Home

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Your bedroom is your retreat, one of the most personal rooms in your home and the place that you go to when you want to relax and feel comfortable. Choosing your bedroom flooring is incredibly important because this is the one room where you will most likely be barefoot in your home while at the same time simultaneously needing your floor to work aesthetically in a way that fosters tranquility and happiness.

 

You have several options when choosing the bedroom flooring that is right for you. What is most important is making sure that you make your decision based on several criteria—you will want to factor in your own design aesthetic, the size and layout of your bedroom, and the climate you live in.

 

The most traditional of bedroom flooring choice is hardwood. If you love the look of hardwood but don’t like the feeling of cold feet on hardwood floors, you can still enjoy the elegance of the hardwood in your bedroom.  Simply incorporate an area rug into your bedroom layout or include a small rug next near your bed. Other economic and sustainable options include hardwood floor alternatives such as bamboo.

 

Carpet is also a great option for your bedroom and you can accomplish this look in several different ways. If you have a hardwood floor you could choose a large area rug that centers under your bed and radiates out into the room, adding a splash of color and texture. If you want to fully carpet your room there are many different carpeting choices and which one is right for you will depend on how much foot traffic your bedroom receives while also factoring in what type of design aesthetic you wish to accomplish.

 

There are many different flooring options for your bedroom and it can sometimes feel overwhelming choosing what is best for that special room where you go to rest and recharge. What is important is knowing that you have options and then choosing what type of flooring feels most natural and relaxing to you.  At Ambassador Floor, we are happy to help you choose the option that will be best in your bedroom retreat!

Color Pallet: Shabby Chic Cushion & Bouquet – Aqua, Pink, Purple

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Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of an entire room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. For example, take a look at the photo below. It’s just a bench, table, and bouquet. So, your first inclination might be to mimic it in a breakfast nook and call it a day. Instead, we suggest using it as a reference for color and accessory selection in any room in your house!

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a delicate yet vibrant color scheme. As well as an ultra feminine and floral environment with some spunk! To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision. 

The color pallet: Aqua, Spunky Rose Pink, Grape, Ballet Pink

What themes within the color scheme set the tone?

  • Pink – Love
  • Grape –  Elegance
  • Aqua – Tranquility

What makes it spunky?

  • The fun colored stripes on the seat cushion.

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all soft and equally vibrant
  • Green and red are complementary, and pink and aqua are derivatives of those colors so they are also complementary.
  • The purple also hints at a Triadic color scheme. This is three colors on the color wheel that coordinate nicely because they equally spaced apart on the wheel.

What makes it ultra feminine?

  • A ‘soft focus’ aura, nothing is overly stark.
  • A bouquet of flowers traditionally gifted to ladies on special occasions, which includes a spray a few dainty varieties.
  • Predominantly pink.