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The Ambassador Experience

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Do a Google search for “home flooring” and store after store will pop up. There’s no shortage of retailers who want to sell you carpet or hardwood or tile…but that’s all they do. They sell you the floor, sometimes – but not always – install it (usually as quickly as possible), and they’re done.

“Sounds good to me,” you may be thinking. “What else do they need to do?”

Oh so much.

Let’s start with choosing a floor. In many stores, you walk in, look around a lot, maybe do some research on Google, and make a decision. You think (hope…OK, actually worry a little, but go with it anyway) that you’ve chosen what’ll work in your home with your family. You’ve gotten little to no help in this search from the flooring company – it’s just not part of what they do. They sell floors. You’re on your own to figure out what floors.

Then let’s talk actual flooring. In the flooring world, you get what you pay for – the cheapest rarely equates to the best. But for big box stores needing to hit certain budgets at certain times, it’s all about moving inventory, and the flooring quality can vary widely. Ambassador Floor only partners with manufacturers offering the highest quality flooring, so no matter what you buy at Ambassador, you know the quality will be there.

That’s important – not only because you obviously don’t want to waste your money on cheap floors – but because flooring is a significant investment in your home. It’s where your toddler takes her first steps. It’s the background for endless hide-and-seek games with your kids on rainy days. It’s where your teen daughter takes her first wobbly steps on high heels for her first dance at school. It’s the palette of the canvas that is your home where you raise your family and make the memories that help define a family.

Ambassador Floor understands that. We respect the investment in your home by adding quality, experience, and expertise to create floors worthy of your home and family. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped individuals and families create a beautiful, lasting foundation for their everyday lives. And that’s what we mean when we say there’s oh so much more to flooring than just floors.

A Neutral Color Palette Bathroom

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Homeowners tend to use neutral-toned rooms because they remain in style and they are easy to decorate. Whether it is your bedroom or bathroom, we understand why homeowners shift their focus towards a neutral color palette. To help you master this look in your bathroom, we have came up with ten neutral color palette ideas for you to use. Let’s take a look! 

 

A Neutral Color Palette Bathroom:

  1. Warm It Up.

A classic neutral toned color palette contains warm colors. From burnt oranges to beiges, your bathroom can become a cozy paradise. These warm hues will help to make your bathroom more comfortable and relaxing. Just add a couple of candles and you will never want to leave this paradise. 

  1. Keep It Classic

A fan favorite has always been the classic black-and-white color scheme. Luckily, these colors will never go out of style; therefore, you are guaranteed to have an in-style bathroom. Plus, these simple colors help to create clean lines and make the room appear well-kept. 

  1. Texturized.

In recent years, homeowners have begun to incorporate texturized backsplashes into their bathrooms. Texturized backsplashes help to add style and uniqueness into a space. This intriguing piece will add personality into any bathroom. 

  1. Wooden Touches

Embrace nature’s favorite neutral: wood. Wood can be the perfect accent piece in any neutral toned bathroom. Be sure to ask our sales associates about our flooring that looks like wood, but works inside of a bathroom! 

  1. Industrial Vibes.  

Trend Alert: White Subway Tiles. Embrace this trend by creating a beautiful and clean white backsplash with subway tiles.

  1. Chic Counters.

The chic looks do not stop there! Spruce up your countertops with a marble-finish. Plus, with budget-friendly options available, you can have the look of marble without paying for marble. 

  1. Play Off Patterns

Using only neutrals does not mean that your bathroom needs to be boring. You can instantly spice things up by using patterned wallpaper. Patterned wallpaper helps to bring life back into the space without taking away from the room’s design. 

  1. Neutralized Color

If you are a fan of color, you can still have the fun of color with a neutralized color. For example, you can use the color blue within your room, but make sure that you tone it down into a neutral-tone of blue. If you need assistance, ask your local paint store representative to help you find neutral-toned colors. 

  1. Metallic Accents.

We love metallic accent pieces and now is the time to embrace this elegant look. Try incorporating metallic pieces into your bathroom’s hardware. You will see that metallic reflects beautifully off of a neutral color palette. 

  1. Chill Out

If your heart is not set on a warm-tone color palette, you could always try a cool-toned palette. Grays and whites will help to make up your cool neutral palette. Just be sure to add pops of muted color like blue (neutralized color) to help tie together the space. 

 

Are you interested in learning more about neutral backsplashes and flooring options for your bathroom? We would love to assist you in the selection process! Contact us today or visit our showroom!

Special Ideas for Small Living Rooms

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Your living room may hold a special place in your heart. From cozy movie nights to spending quality time with your loved ones, your living room has been there for it all. Whether you are downsizing or redecorating your current space, you consider your living room to be on the smaller side. But just because it is small does not mean it cannot have tremendous potential. Let us help you turn your small living room into something as individual as its memories.

Unique Ideas for Small Living Rooms:

Barely There.
Interestingly enough, interior designers recognize the fact that light color furniture can be an excellent choice for smaller rooms. The subdued colors help create the illusion that your space is more substantial than its actual dimensions. They blend well into the room and feel as if they are barely there.

 

Neutral Tones.
Generally, in smaller spaces, neutral color schemes tend to work best. The neutral colors help to make the space flow and leave the room feeling refreshing and open.

 

Play Off of The Vertical Perspective.
In any small room, you want to use the vertical length of the room to your advantage. Play up the length of your walls by accenting them with long curtains or decor pieces.

 

Smaller Pieces.
In a smaller space, it is a good idea to use smaller pieces. Furniture and decor pieces tend to tie in well with the room’s size when they reflect the size of the space and help make it feel more appropriate to the room’s dimension.


Embrace Natural Lighting.
There is nothing quite as beautiful as natural light. Be sure to always open your curtains during the daytime to let the natural light flood the room. Also, you may want to consider buying sheer curtains that allow the light to come through even when the curtains are shut.


A Glimpse of White.
When in doubt, white can be a great color selection for small spaces. White is a tasteful and classic color that will never go out of style. It is perfect for small areas because it reflects light well and does not intrude with other decorative pieces.


The Great Divide.
If you have an open floor plan, you may want to consider dividing the room off with furniture pieces. A simple sofa or table could create a small division that separates the area visually.


Direct Traffic.
An excellent idea for small spaces is to create a clear walking path that directs guests towards the seating. Just consider the layout of the room and how functional it is to newcomers.

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks! Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Tips for Choosing The Perfect Bathroom Mirror

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What does your perfect bathroom look like? Often, when envisioning a chic bathroom we rarely give attention to the mirror. After all, when we look in the mirror we see a reflection of so many things but we rarely pay attention to the mirror itself. Yes, a good mirror is an important component of the overall look of a room especially a bathroom. You can choose from many different styles, shape and colors.

Sizing Matters

When selecting a vanity mirror you should consider its size. You’ll need to consider both function and proportion. To create a proportionate or balanced look you’ll need to select a mirror that is relative to the size of your vanity. Here are some rules  you should consider:

–       A vanity mirror shouldn’t be wider than the vanity itself

–       You can line up the mirror up perfectly with the vanity which is ideal if you are investing a custom-made mirror

–       If you have a store-bought mirror than you’ll want to take the 70 to 80 approach. The mirror should be 70 to 80 percent as wide as the vanity. The mirror will look smaller but not shrunken.

–       A functional mirror needs to only be a foot above your eye line. However, the taller it is the more viewing angles you’ll have.

Multiple vs. Single

If you have a super wide vanity or a double sink vanity than you’ll have to decide whether you should invest in two vanity mirrors or one with double the width. If you use two, skinny, long mirrors you will emphasize the height of the room. Multiple mirrors also work with vanities with a single sink. On the other hand, using a single mirror with increased width will open up the room.

Wall to Wall Mirror

For a dramatic look, you can completely ignore the size of the vanity and opt for a mirror that covers the entire wall above the vanity. A wall to wall mirror can visually double the size of a small bathroom.

Frames

Frame or a frameless mirror will work in this space. However, frameless mirrors are often used in the bathroom because it creates a modern look.

7 Creative & Useful Ways to Use Baskets

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Baskets can be one of the most useful and stylish storage pieces that you can use throughout your home. They are versatile and functional items that can work in practically every room of your home. Whether you prefer baskets or bins, we have seven ideas that can transform the way you currently view storage in your home. 

 

Seven Creative + Useful Ways to Use Baskets

  1. Guest Bedroom Necessities.  

Creating the perfect oasis for your guests begins by establishing a stress-free, relaxing environment for them to enjoy. Let your guest’s minds go to ease in the guest bedroom by having a place for everything. Supply baskets and bins for them to put their belongings and store guest room essentials inside of the baskets. To help their stay feel like a vacation, you can place a soap, razor, towel, lotion, toothbrush, and loofa inside of a basket for them to enjoy. 

  1. Living Room Essentials

Living rooms tend to be an open space where everything is out in the open. To help transform the current organization system in your living room, you can use baskets. Decorative baskets are perfect for storing bulky, unattractive electronics. Plus, they give you easy access whenever you need to pull out something. 

  1. Kitchen Possibilities

Reimagine your kitchen by using baskets and bins to organize your counter space, cabinets, and pantry. Home decor stores sell decorative bins and canisters to hold all of your items in a stylish way. This way you can display your condiments on the counter without worrying about them being an eye-sore. Finish off your pantry with baskets and bins to store and organize all of your food goods. Believe us, searching for an item will never be so easy with this solution! Simply print labels to place on the face of the basket for ease-of-use. 

  1. Child’s Bedroom Maximized

Are you constantly stepping on your children’s toys? Save your feet and time by organizing all of their items inside of playful baskets. Whether your child loves princesses or dinosaurs, there is a themed basket for that! You can instantly make clean-up time fun again with these decorative baskets. 

  1. Manageable Craft Room

Crafting can be a great hobby for homeowners who just need a break from their stressful life. Do not let the busyness of everyday life affect your craft room’s potential. Stash your items in organizational bins and baskets for an organized, functional craft room. 

  1. Laundry Solutions

Laundry can be a bit of a sour subject. No one loves dirty laundry and organizing it does not sound very fun. But with baskets and bins to help you sort, you can rethink the way you currently do laundry. Purchase a basket or bin for each load of wash. Then the next time you go to do laundry, you sort the items in the basket based off of their wash requirements. For example, you can have a basket labeled “Colors” or “Whites.” This will help save you time and minimize on extra loads.

  1. Systemized Mudroom

Keep your mudroom clean this winter with baskets to store shoes, coats, and winter gear. You can either make a basket per item or per family member depending on your preference. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips for staying organized with baskets! The organization does not start there. You can use baskets and bins in nearly every room of your home. Let your creativity take over and create a beautiful organization system to match your home’s decor. 


Tricks to Free Up Counter Space

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Whether or not you live in a small home, you may find yourself struggling for extra counter space in your home. From the kitchen to the bathrooms, counter space is limited and you are running out of ideas. But there is no need to worry because we have four simple tricks to help you free up counter space. 

 

Four Tricks to Free up Counter Space

Trick One: Just Look Up. Counter space tends to be limited, but have you ever thought about using your wall space? Installing a shelving system can be just what you need to maximize your home’s storage. Plus, installing a shelf can work in literally any room of your house. From your kitchen’s spices to your bathroom soaps, shelves have you covered from the ceiling to the floors. 

Trick Two: Double-Duty. Doors hold a lot of storage potential and they can help keep your home looking tidy! Install a door organizer to the back of your door to store all different types of items. Your pantry door can hold extra food, your laundry room door can hold detergent, and your garage door can hold cleaning supplies. All you will need to do is group the items into different categories and place them on the appropriate door organizing system. It is a smart idea to keep chemical cleaners outside of the house and in the garage. 

Trick Three: Stack Em’. If you afraid of losing too much counter space, try storing vertically instead of horizontally. Bins and baskets that stack can save homeowners more room than storing them horizontally on top of their countertops. You will want to try and look for stacking systems that can store your household items without sacrificing counter space. 

Trick Four: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Instead of storing items on top of your valuable counter space, consider stashing them away in hidden places. The area underneath your beds is a great place to start! Depending on what room you are working on, you will be able to find a lot of nooks and crannies to hide your items. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these four quick and easy tricks to free up counter space. When your countertops are open, let us know if they also need to be updated!  We are always happy to help.  Check back each week for more posts, updates, and blogs! 


How To Decorate With Split Complimentary Colors

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Looking for ways to transform a blank canvas? A split complementary color scheme will no doubt add great contrast to a room which instantly brings interest and variety to your space. However, the downside is that you can end up with a design that looks busy or messy. If you’re interested in doing something different with your home’s decor, this article will show you how you can pull this off successfully.

 

What Is A Split Complementary Scheme?

In a split complementary color scheme, you’ll be using three different colors. This decor consists of two complementary colors and then the color that sits opposite from the complementary color on the wheel. For instance, yellow and green are complementary colors. Violet is the split complementary color of yellow. Usually, this palette will consist of two warm colors and a cool tone. However, you can adjust the temperature balance as you see fit. If you want to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere then you should use more of the warmer colors in your decor. Paint your walls and use this color in your furniture upholstery. On the other hand, if you prefer to set a cool mood then you would do the opposite.

 

Clashing of the Colors

Yes, using a split complementary scheme can be challenging especially if you’re not particularly skillful at using colors. To avoid a harsh clashing of colors, which can make for an aesthetically unpleasing look, make sure you don’t overdo the contrast. For a sophisticated look, you can tone down the hues of the opposite color. You can even use more of the two complementary colors and the third color sparingly.

 

Example: Blue, Violet, and Orange

Blue and violet are complementary colors. In a split complementary design scheme, blue and violet are the dominant colors. Orange should be used sparingly as an accent color to make your space come alive. For instance, in a bedroom, you could consider painting the walls a pale violet and covering the arches in blue. Perhaps your bedding would also be violet or blue and you can add orange pillows as an accent.

Tiny Bathroom Organization

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You will have a least one in your life, a tiny bathroom that is. With a small bathroom comes great responsibility. You will have to figure out how to manage the tiny space and organize it as if it were a regular-sized bathroom. This may seem tough, but do not worry because we have you covered. Here is our guide on tiny bathroom organization: 

 

Tip No. One: Have A Set Schedule. 

If you live with big family, it may be a good idea to make a schedule for getting ready in the morning. This will help create more space for the one person using it at that time. Discuss what times work best for each family member then post it outside of the small bathroom. Essential things like using the shower or bathroom should only be scheduled and encourage them to use their bedrooms for other stuff like makeup or getting dressed. 

    • Pro-Tip: Add a clock on the wall of your bathroom to ensure that your family sticks to the set schedule 

Tip No. Two: Have All Areas Covered.

In most tiny bathrooms, you will have to take advantage of any free space available. Here are some simple ideas you may want to try:

    • Hang a door organizer on the back of the door
    • Install a shelving system on the wall
    • Have each of your family members use a shower caddy (Store in hall closet)
    • Place a laundry basket in the bathroom for dirty clothes
    • Use the space above your toilet by installing a cabinet 
    • Buy a mirror that can open up to more storage

Tip No. Three: Get Rid of Bulky Containers. 

Bulky bottles and containers can take up a lot of room in your tiny bathroom. You can switch over to using a wall-mounted shampoo dispenser in your shower. Also, you can store your q-tips, cotton swabs, etc. in mason jars to get rid of their bulky packaging. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for your organizing your tiny bathroom! When you start looking to replace your bathroom flooring, please give us a call. We have a great selection available at a reasonable rate!

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.