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Thoughts on Wood Floors and Selling Your House

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You’re ready to sell and move on to bigger and better things in a new home. But, first, you’ve got a lot accomplish in your existing house in order to prepare it to sell. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not the floors need to be replaced or spruced up in order to catch buyers’ attention.

Although it might sound over simplified we can confidently say to you that wood floors are the safest bet. Why? Because the most popular and well loved flooring option has long been and continues to be hard wood. Home buyers not only appreciate it, but they sometimes won’t even tour potential homes if it isn’t present.

It is particularly preferred in common areas like the living room, den, dining room, or library. It’s warm and welcoming and it provides the room with a sense of solidarity and tradition. Before you purchase new wood flooring, though, be sure to pull up the corner of any rooms with carpet and double check to see if wood flooring lies beneath. It wasn’t uncommon during the 70’s and 80’s when carpet and vinyl were all the rage for people to cover up a wonderful wood floor in favor of the trendier options. (Thank goodness green shag has come and gone and isn’t likely to return. Ever!)

If you do find an existing wood floor you’ll have to decide if it’s worth saving or if you want to replace everything entirely. Keep in mind that cost can be affected by the subfloor so make sure you check to see what you have before visiting with a flooring expert. Concrete sub floor is a different consideration from plywood sub floor.

Also be sure to take a close look at the setup of your kitchen if you’re thinking about doing some flooring work in it. As mentioned, wood floors are hugely popular in the kitchen. Keep in mind that a kitchen is an especially important place to include an expert because there are many architectural causes for concern. Everything from cabinetry to appliances has to be properly coordinated when installing or refinishing a wood floor.

Certainly, other flooring options such as carpet, tile, bamboo, and concrete are well received by some buyers. But, if you want the most bang for your buck on the seller’s market, wood floors are the way to go!

Ceramic Tile: Environmentally Friendly

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Green, green, green! Ever since the collective social conscience has begun to fully concur on the importance of environmentally friendly design, the word ‘green’ has been the ultimate buzzword in exterior and interior home design. Builders now show a strong preference for environmentally conscience materials, and tile is no exception. A favorite among these is ceramic tile. Not only does is it aesthetically pleasing, it can absolutely be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom design in a way that also helps ensure that our natural environment will remain beautiful for generations to come.

Ceramic tile boasts the fact that it is an excellent choice because it is ‘green’ from the beginning of its life all the way through completion of an interior design. Meaning, it is environmentally friendly from the mining process through final installation. This is due in part to the fact that the materials used are plentiful, and they are easy to mine and manufacture. In turn, this reduces fuel consumption and ensures that more precious resources aren’t consumed during the manufacturing process. Furthermore, many ceramic tiles feature recycled content which, as they say, ‘pays it forward’ when it comes to environmental impact.

Now, take into consideration that it can be expected to last at least 50 years! You want sustainability? Ceramic tile delivers to an impressive extent because it is a timeless design material that can be installed in arrangement that is classic and won’t ever look out of style. What about cleaning it, you ask? This is accomplished with ease using basic soap water. No need for caustic and toxic chemical cleaners to keep the tiles looking fabulous. 

If you’re initially shopping on your own, it’s easy to find environmentally-friendly ceramic tile because it will have a Green Squared label. Once you’re ready to get down to business, consult one of our experts and we’ll help you turn your vision into a reality!

The Retreat in Your Own Home

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design Tips

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!

What Size Flooring Should I Use in a Small Space?

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No one wants a home or a room that feels small, cramped, or tight on space. So when you have a home with small rooms, you’ll want to do everything in your power to help open them up visually. This includes choosing the right flooring for the space. If you’re looking into tile for a kitchen, bathroom, or foyer and are worrying about what size tile to choose, think big to help make the whole room look bigger, too.

For a long time the rule of thumb was that small rooms needed small floor tiles. This coincided with a time when floor tiles were rarely found above 8- or 9-inches and never above 13-inches. Unfortunately, instead of making the room look bigger, small tiles merely emphasize the size of the floor. This is due to the grout lines; the more grout lines you have, the more obvious the grid effect on the floor. Therefore, the small tiles just make the space look smaller.

If you really want to open up a space visually, consider using the largest tiles you can fit into the room comfortably. Large-format tiles are available in sizes up to 36-inches square with many coming in 16-inches or 18-inches; perfect for small rooms.

Unlike smaller tiles, large tiles need less grout and have fewer grout lines. Not only does this make it easier for you to keep the floor clean, it helps visually enlarge the floor. Without that grid that the small tiles form, your eye gets tricked into thinking that the floor is bigger than it is. This in turn makes the entire room look larger.

The one exception to this rule is mosaic tiles of 1-inch or smaller. When tiles get this small, instead of forming a grid, they form a pattern on the floor. This pattern helps disguise the size of the floor, which has the same effect as larger tiles do; it tricks you into thinking the floor is bigger than it is.

So if you want your room to look larger, think big right from the floor up to achieve your goals.

Creating A Home Sample Kit

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2408982_SAs you decorate or redecorate your home,  take advantage of the opportunity to create a home sample kit. During this time, it’s easy to grab samples of your new surfaces – flooring, tile and paint, if you get them during installation. When you’re grabbing samples, bigger is not always better. You need just enough to give you the color or pattern.

For flooring, look for fragments left as the installers cut carpet, wood and tile to fit your space. If you have tile in your bathroom or kitchen, don’t neglect fragments there. For paint, get a small pack of index cards and paint one in each room’s color or colors, labeling them with the room and name and type of paint on the back. An index card is large enough for a custom paint mixer to recreate your color later if you need it.

Fabric samples are important too. If you’ve ordered drapes or furniture, ask for a few scraps of your fabric to add to your sample collection.

Take a few photos of each room from several angles to complete your sample collection. Some samples live in photo boxes, others in large envelopes. Determine the right containers for you, label each with the room name, and then put the containers away. When it’s time for additional elements for a room, bring your samples with you. Update each as needed, and you will find them useful for years!

The Four Seasons of Decorating: Spring

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Post close springWhich season is your favorite? There’s something to love about every season, and any room in your home can reflect any season. Thinking of a specific season when decorating a space helps you keep everything integrated. Without even trying you will end up with a space that is cohesive and inviting.

We’re going to consider how to reflect each of the four seasons in your home, starting with spring. To begin – what does spring mean to you visually? Most people think of growth, light and freshness. After a long winter, the flowering trees and plants provide a wealth of colors and textures to work with.

Starting with flooring, light bamboo perfectly captures the fresh growth tone of spring. Light wood cabinetry and furniture carries that fresh theme throughout the room. Lots of white provides a critical sense of light – how about crown moldings, wainscoting and baseboards painted a bright glossy white? For window coverings, either white shutters or bright white sheers at the windows match the mood of the season.

Wrap up with an inexpensive accessory option – flowering spring plants in pots. Whether you set them on a windowsill or scatter them throughout the room, fresh plants carry the very spirit of spring into your space.

Think of specializing in spring when you decorate, because when you bring spring into a room, you have it with you no matter what the weather.

Trend Spotting: Fretwork

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14371760_SFretwork is a pattern of interlocking lines that dates back hundreds of years.  Sometimes called lattice pattern, fretwork comes from Chinese metalwork designs.  Thomas Chippendale, known for the Chippendale chair as seen in the image above, first introduced fretwork to western furniture in the 18th century. Since then fretwork has experienced numerous revivals and interpretations.

Fretwork patterns can be extremely elaborate or have simpler geometric patterns.  The common thread between them is the repeating intersections of the lines to create an overall geometric pattern. Sometimes similar to the Greek key pattern, fretwork is beloved by modern and traditional design alike.

The current revival of fretwork in design can be found on traditional furniture pieces as well as contemporary interpretations. Variations of fretwork pattern can be found on textiles such as curtains and bed linens, area rugs, pillows and even upholstery.  Fretwork wallpaper and stencils are used to add design to walls and the interiors of cabinets and bookcases.

The limits to where fretwork can be incorporated into your design are only limited by your imagination. Traditional fretwork patterns in metals, as seen in the Victorian era, can be found on radiator covers as well as exterior stair balustrades. Cabinet doors in wood or metal can be decorated with fretwork patterns.

When using a large fretwork pattern, let this be the dominant pattern in the room. Other patterns can be introduced in smaller scales as to not compete with the complex fretwork design on walls, furniture, floors or curtains.

Do’s and Don’ts of Laminate

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  • Glides or floor protectors on the bottom of your furniture will prevent possible scratching or abrasions.
  • It’s important to lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling them.
  • Use pieces of carpet face down under heavy objects when moving them across your floor.
  • Spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning of your laminate floor can be done using the manufacturer’s recommended products.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.
  • Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop-and-shine” products.
  • Never flood your floor with water or cleaner.
  • Do not wax or polish your laminate floor.
  • Never try to refinish or sand your laminate floor.
  • Durable but not indestructible, your laminate floor can be damaged by stiletto heels.
  • But the good news is that the finish on your laminate floor can help protect the floor from sunlight and the typical fading you find with aging hardwood floors.
  • Keep in mind that if a repair is necessary in the future, the replacement product may be a slightly different dye lot and/or texture than the initial installation.
  • However, with time and usage, the repair will blend in with your original product.
  • For additional care procedures please refer to the manufacturer’s care and maintenance instructions and recommendations.

Coming soon to Illinois!

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We are excited to announce our newest location will be opening Saturday, July 14th!

Come and help us celebrate this wonderful occasion all day, starting at 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Bring your family and enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, face painting, and plenty of balloons.

New Ambassador Illinois Location at:  51 W. US HWY 50, O’FALLON

To visit our website, please click here.

The Endless Possibilities with Tile

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You are a unique individual, one of a kind, with one of a kind tastes. Your floors should reflect you personal style and contribute to the comfort and uniqueness of your home. Don’t think you have to settle for plain squares with no patterns. Tile is available in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Tile flooring is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to update and personalize your living space. The choice of size, shape, and texture of tile is virtually endless. You can choose from vinyl, cork, ceramic, even glass. Be creative, be daring, be bold. The way the tile is laid out can be customized too. Why subscribe to the grid when you can have circles, or a mosaic pattern.

Even if you are a Do-It-Yourself kind of person and you have limited tile flooring experience do not fear. Nowadays exciting patterns, colors and textures even come confined to a square piece for easy installation.

So don’t be shy. Dig in and express you yourself with a new tile floor or even an impressive back splash. Ambassador Floor Company offers the St Louis area flooring that can help make your tile fantasies become reality.

 

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