The Pros and Cons of Different Countertop Materials

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When you are remodeling your kitchen or simply making a few changes here and there, you may come up against a common problem many people have. “Which countertop material should you choose?” You are not alone. Many homeowners do get overwhelmed deciding on countertop options among all the other things they have to figure out for their new kitchen. But recently Ambassador Floor Company found a great questionnaire chart on kitchens.com that lists the pros and cons of different countertop materials.

Do you live in the St. Louis area and need help deciding on the right countertop material for your kitchen? If so, stop the Ambassador Floor Company showroom located at 17770 Chesterfield Airport Rd in Chesterfield, MO. We offer exotic marble, recycled glass, granite, quartz and marble. You can also call ahead to speak with one of our experienced Design Consultants at 636-728-1600. We look forward to servicing you!

 

Decorate your Floor with Tile Rugs

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So you have an upcoming tile floor project, but you want to add a little more pizazz. Have you ever considered putting in a tile rug? Well, not exactly a rug, it simply appears as one due to its outside border and inside design. These tile rugs can be customized to fit whatever room you desire and since the rug is installed first, the rest of the floor works around it. What a wonderful way to personalize the floors in your home!

Make a bold statement with a tile rug that has contrasting colors like black and white.

 

Tile rugs can also help to differentiate one part of the room from the next like in this entry area. The diagonal tile rug makes the space more visually appealing and has a special added touch with the center medallion.

 

Why not create a tile runner to define the path through your master bath or hallway?

Need more awesome floor tile ideas? Ambassador Floor Company is here to help! Just give us a call at 636-728-1600.

 

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Change the Look of your Kitchen with Countertops

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The cabinets do play a large role in the kitchen, but right behind them are the kitchen countertops. Many homeowners don’t realize that “the kitchen countertop takes a lead in determining how our kitchen designs will be perceived in terms of color, weight, balance, proportion, scale” – Certified Kitchen Designer Susan Serra 

Your countertops can be the lead in your kitchen design, or it can follow, it simply depends on your preferences. Are you looking to make a bold statement with your countertops? Or are you going for a soft and calming look? You want to make sure you are looking at the kitchen as a whole when you are selecting your countertops.

Remember to visualize the countertops in your kitchen with all the accessories that will be placed on top of them. Are you looking to create a color story with those accessories? Or will they be in contrast to the countertop. For example: a modern, bold, countertop with traditional/eclectic/other accessories. – Serra

But just make sure you do not lose sight of the big picture.

 

 

If you live in the St. Louis area and need professional assistance figuring out what countertop material best fits your home, contact Ambassador Floor Company.

 

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The Comfort and Luxury of Wool Carpeting

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Now that the cool air of fall is sending that slight chill into your home, wool carpeting sounds quite nice right about now. That is because as a carpet fiber, wool is a great option for more than one reason. Wool carpeting will not only hide soil, but it will also respond more favorably to most standard commercial cleaning methods. The true wear life of well-constructed and properly cared for wool carpeting is up to 20 years or more. Wool also has the best affinity for dyes out of any other carpet fiber, allowing for more luxurious, richer and deeper colors.

But one of the most appealing factors of wool carpet is that it is non-flammable and non-allergenic which makes it a very safe choice. The only negative of wool carpeting is that it does come with a heftier price tag, but that is expected of such a luxury product.

Are you looking for the right wool carpeting for your St. Louis area home? If so, contact Ambassador Floor Company in Chesterfield, MO.

 

Photo: coloradocarpet.net

Tips for Fall decorating in the Home

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The summer season is coming to an end and now it is time to get your home interiors ready for the fall season. The autumn season should usher in the feelings of warmth and charm to your home. There is no need for you to do a total remodel of your home interiors; there are simple decorative touches you can make that will make a big difference to the overall feel of the room.

For the living room, go with neutral colors that create a cozy atmosphere and provide a warm glow. You don’t need to decorate with too much decor. That only creates a cluttered look. Simply choose a few key pieces to decorate with that bring in the ambiance of fall. It is a great idea to greet your guests in the foyer with a beautifully decorated accent table that displays the colors of the season. For example, colorful candlesticks, pumpkins, berries and throw cushions can bring style and instant glow to the table.

For those who have bare floors, place an area rug on the floor to add softness. This also adds more warmth to the look of the home.

If you need help redecorating your St. Louis home interiors, contact Ambassador Floor Company. Our wide range of services will have your home covered from home furnishings to flooring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips to keep natural stone clean

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Whether you have a natural stone backsplash or floor, you need to understand how to take care of your natural stone investment so that it can reward you and your home for many years to come. Here are 5 great tips from Ambassador Floor Company on keeping the natural stone in your home clean.

1. Use a clean, non-treated dry dust mop or broom to frequently mop and sweep natural stone floors.

2. For those hard to reach areas, use vacuum cleaner attachment.

3. Be preventative by using walk off mats and area rugs on both sides of exterior entrances to collect the loose dirt before it reaches your stone floor.

4. Make sure that the underside of the mat or rug has a non-slip surface.

5. Never use products that contain lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone or travertine.

Want natural stone floors or a natural stone backsplash for your St. Louis area home? Stop by Ambassador Floor Company in Chesterfield, MO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz up your Kitchen with a Backsplash

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The backsplash in your kitchen does a lot more than simply protecting the walls from grease and cooking splatter. Backsplashes are a wonderful way to jazz up your kitchen with an element of style that reflects your personality. If you are looking for a way to enhance the beauty of your kitchen without a full on kitchen renovation, adding a backsplash is a wonderful option.

There are many materials backsplashes can be made from like tile, granite, solid surface, etc. These are the less exciting options, however, if you are looking to have a backsplash installed that has more of a creative work of art touch, here are a few materials you’ll want to consider:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Ceramic or porcelain tile
  • Mosaic tiles

Interested in a beautiful backsplash for your kitchen? Stop by Ambassador Floor Company in Chesterfield, MO. We would love to show you our gorgeous backsplash options that will make your kitchen come alive with personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips for a Well-Designed Room

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Of course you want your St. Louis home to be beautiful, comfortable and welcoming, but do you know how to achieve those results? For those who do not have a design education it can seem like an overwhelming task to decorate a room, but fortunately there are some great tips that can help you succeed. Take a look at some helpful ideas from House Beautiful to help you design your ideal home.

  • Create a seating area that encourages conversation. There’s nothing more awkward than an oddly-arranged seating area.
  • Include a coffee table that is both fun and functional. The coffee table is a great place to show off some interesting items or books, but remember to leave enough room that you and your guests can actually sit your beverage down!
  • It’s so important to make sure the flooring and wall color work together. A lighter colored tile, natural stone or luxury vinyl floor can work extremely well with a dark wall color, because the floor will reflect the light from above.

If you are ready to enhance your Chesterfield Valley home with beautiful new floors, come visit our showroom! Ambassador Floor Company carries a huge variety of carpet, laminate, luxury vinyl, natural stone, tile, vinyl, and wood, so you’re sure to find the flooring that’s just right for your home.

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Natural Stone Flooring for the Garage?

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If you have not heard by now, upgrading your garage flooring is a hot new trend in the home decorating industry. Many people are already treating their garages as the new entrance to their home. If you are looking to transform your garage into an inviting entry for your family and guests, stone is a wonderful option. You may think that natural stone flooring sounds a bit much for a garage but actually, it is just right.

Natural stone flooring in the garage…

  • Reduces the amount of tracked in dirt
  • Is slip resistant and safe
  • Eliminates standing water and puddles
  • Cleans easily with a mop, broom or vacuum
  • Eliminates oil stains and salt damage
  • Can withstand extreme temperature changes

And the list goes on. Are you interested in turning up the attractiveness of your garage? If you live in the St. Louis area, call Ambassador Floor Company at 636-728-1600.

Photo Credit: www.naturestonefloors.com

Flooring Inspiration from Karastan

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We carry only the best flooring brands here at Ambassador Floor Company, so you can get the look you want in your St. Louis area home, be it wood, carpet, tile, luxury vinyl, stone, or laminate.  If you are looking to add the comfort of carpet to your home, you’ll want to check out our selection of Karastan carpeting. The world-renowned carpet company has some fabulous new products for every home, from traditional to contemporary. Take a look at a few of the great inspirational rooms seen in Karastan’s Room Scene Galleries.

Patterned wall-to-wall carpeting is definitely a hot look right now, and Karastan’s “Comfort Oasis” is the perfect choice for a modern interior.

“Full Spectrum” adds a subtle dose of texture and visual interest to this contemporary living room.

The classically elegant pattern of “Bonair II” would look beautiful in any traditional interior.

“Ribbon Dance” is great for a transitional interior. Transitional design combines traditional and contemporary elements for an elegant, classic and fresh look, so the subtle pattern and neutral tone of this carpet works well.

Are you inspired to transform your home with some beautiful new Karastan carpet? Come visit us at our flooring showroom in Chesterfield, Missouri today!

all images via Karastan Room Scene Galleries