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!

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. 

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!

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.

 

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!

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.

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

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.

Feng Shui – A Quick Look

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Zen inspired interior design can bring peace to your home and help to de-clutter spaces that tend to collect it. Tranquility can sometimes be hard to come by in our busy lives but when you are able to create a space that evokes it with clean lines, minimal mess and natural materials you can create a space that fosters serenity in your life.

 

One way to infuse this type of design into your room is the ancient art of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the Chinese tradition of balancing a room with the different elements and through this, harmonizing those that inhabit the space.

 

One of the elements is earth. Earth is an element that is seen as one that is grounding. To bring the earth element to your room add in earth tones, furniture that is lower to the ground or artwork that shows images of landscapes.

 

Fire on the other hand, is a symbol that represents boldness and strength. Adding this to your design can increase these attributes, but too much can cause an increase in impulsiveness and aggression. A balanced way to add this to your room’s design is to incorporate candles or shades in the red family.

 

Water is something that connects with emotion and spirituality. This taps into your ability to connect with your wisdom and insight. With the right balance of water elements in your room you will be able to enjoy a sense of peace and tranquility. To add water elements to your room be sure to include reflective surfaces such as mirrors or water features such as water fountains.

 

The element of wood is something that represents creativity and growth and can bring a sense of strength to your design. Ways to incorporate this element include fresh flowers or bamboo, natural fabrics and wood furniture.

 

Metal is different in that it can connect with your sense of logic and order. If you want to add this element to your space the best way is to include metal furniture or decorations and countertops that are made out of stone or rocks.

 

When the right balance of the elements is present in a room, it can bring a sense of harmony to your design. Comment below and share with us what you think are great ways to create a room that has incorporated Feng Shui into its design.

What Are the Hottest New Colors in Interior Design?

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Colors are one of the easiest ways to pinpoint a period in interior design history. From the pink and black of a 50s bathroom to the Avocado Green of a 70s kitchen, history is filled with a variety of different color combinations. Things are no different today in terms of trends sweeping through homes around the country. While people were a little afraid of color after the 80s and spent a long time embracing beige instead, hot new color trends are beginning to emerge. One of the biggest differences, though, is that many of these colors are timeless and have ties to other design styles so they may be less likely to date your home down the road.

Natural Colors and Finishes

One new color trend is to leave as many items in their natural finish as possible. So, lots of natural wood and stone colors are popping up everywhere. Of course things have to coordinate with these, so like the Craftsman movement of the last century, we’re seeing a lot of colors found in nature popping up in homes to complete the color palettes.

Warm Tones and Colors

For a long time stainless steel was king and everyone was looking for it or for its cousin satin nickel. This lead to a cold, sterile look in many homes that began to turn people off. Now, the trend is moving toward warming colors and tones, particularly in metal finishes. Polished brass is still not making major inroads, but antique brass is, along with copper, oil rubbed bronze, and natural bronze. Many of these colors are also making their way into paint palettes, as they match natural wood tones and are a more updated version of the beige people have been gravitating toward for years now.

Shades of Blue

The one color bucking the warm and natural trend throughout homes is blue. Country blue kitchens are very hot right now, as are bolder shades of blue such as turquoise getting used in appliances. With so many shades of blue competing for attention just now, it’s unlikely that one will get picked to be considered this decade’s Harvest Gold.