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Focus on the Floor: Decorative Flooring

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Sometimes our floors get the short end of the stick. We cover up our bruised and battered floors with large area rugs and furniture, thinking that it will solve the problem of the eyesore. It’s time to give our floors a little more love and TLC and they will in return, last longer and do wonders to enhance the aesthetics of the home. If you want to bring more attention to your floors, decorative flooring is a wonderful option.

Shaw Ceramics - "Pantheon" - Noce & Prova

There are decorative floors that are fitting for a traditional and classic home. The right floor design can put the perfect finishing touches on a room and make the overall design come together beautifully.

 

Parchettificio’s Wood Floor Mosaic. Photo via Surface Trends

If you prefer your hardwood floor to look more like a work of art, a gorgeous wood floor mosaic would make a world of difference. Wood floor mosaics look great in large foyers or a room with minimal furniture.

 

Granite Flooring

Natural stone flooring brings both beauty and luxury to your home interiors. Many homeowners love granite in the kitchen because it is easy to clean and very pleasing to look at.

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

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dark Hardwood Flooring

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If you are looking to bring drama into your home, start with the flooring. Dark hardwood floors are perfect for sophisticated homes that have elegant home interiors. It is a good design practice to pair dark floors with light furnishings if you prefer a more modern look also. Dark floors also work well in rooms that have plenty of light colored interiors.

Take a look at a few advantages and disadvantages of dark hardwood flooring.

Advantages

  • Walnut and medium dark woods hide dirt well.
  • Dark stains enhances a wood’s grain.
  • They absorb light and aren’t susceptible to fading.
  • Dark hardwood flooring provides the look of luxury.
Disadvantages
  • Certain dark hardwoods like maple, do not take stains well.
  • Pet hair and dust will be more visible.
  • Scratches will show more on dark hardwood floors

If you are interested in dark hardwood floors for your St. Louis home, stop by Ambassador Floor Company in Chesterfield.

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Pet Friendly Flooring Options

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For the animal lovers of the world, a little extra effort, and maybe even some wear and tear on the house, is a small price to pay for the unconditional love and loyalty pets bring to our lives. With that said, you still want your home to look nice, no matter how much you love Fido.

Dogs and cats can wreak havoc on both hard and soft flooring options, from the dirt and stains they may leave behind on carpet to the almost inevitable scratches their claws leave on wood floors. Fortunately, there are many new options in durable, attractive flooring, so you can get the look you want for your St. Louis home and enjoy the company of furry family members.

Take a look at this list of pet-friendly flooring options from the Do It Yourself website, and contact Ambassador Floor Company to help beautify and pet-proof the floors in your home!

  • Carpet– Choose non-loop polypropylene and polyester fibers. This kind of carpeting is easier to clean, as long as you take care of it promptly. Looped carpet fibers can get caught on a pet’s claws, pulling out the yarn and causing permanent damage.
  • Laminate– This kind of engineered wood flooring is extremely tough and durable if you invest in a high-quality option. However, Scratches cannot be sanded out like regular wood floors, so if the floor is damaged, it will have to be replaced.
  • Hardwood– The upside of this flooring material is that it can be refinished, and you can even have a particular spot done without having the whole house re-finished. If you do opt for hardwood, make sure the floor is finished with 3 coats of oil-based urethane finish in a satin sheen, for maximum protection.
  • Bamboo– A fabulous choice for pet-owners, bamboo is eco-friendly, extremely durable, naturally stain-resistant, and affordable.
  • Luxury vinyl– This type of product is moisture-resistant, making for easy mess cleanup, easy to care for, hard to scratch, and has the added bonus of quieting the click-clack of your pet’s nails.

photo by Colin Davis

various paint chips on a clip board.

Choosing the Right Flooring and Paint Colors

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various paint chips on a clip board.

Compare your paint colors with your flooring options to be sure you're picking the right hues.

Picking the right colors for your space can be a bit challenging. Often times, a color you love in the showroom at Ambassador Floor Company just isn’t the same at home. That’s why testing the lighting on a sample is so important when compared to just buying something blindly. To make sure that you’re getting the right color choices, for you, you’ll need to follow these steps from Stainmaster:

  1. First, take a look at the various finishes in your collection. How do they look together?
  2. Tale it all in. Compare your carpet sample, upholstery fabrics, and paint chips side by side.
  3. Check it in every light. Take the samples above and put them next to the windows on a bright sunny day, and again on a gray, overcast day. Do they still look great together?
  4. Finally, prepare for those sunless moments. Look at the pieces under artificial lighting, both in daylight and during the night.

If you do all of these tests and still love your combination, chances are highly in your favor that you’ll love it in your home.


Selecting Hardwood Flooring

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Like many people, you probably love the look of real hardwood flooring, and why not hardwood flooring has been using in homes for centuries to add warmth and charm. Hardwood floors always seem to be in style and can add real value to your home.

But before you start shopping for hardwood flooring there are several factors you should consider.

Hardness. If you have a busy household avoid soft pine floors that can dent easily. The distressed look is desirable for some people, but for others, it’s not practical. Ask a sales associate about the hardness of the wood before making a decision.

Color: What shade do you want for your floors? What goes best with your décor? When visiting show room, you might want to bring in paint chips or fabric swatches to help you to match the flooring with your homes décor.

Finish. You can purchase prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring. If you select unfinished flooring, you’ll need to apply a sealant and/or stain. The most popular options are a satin stain and a polyurethane oil stain. The first is a darker yet understated look, while the polyurethane gives the floors a nice shine.

At Ambassador Floor we carry 18 different hardwood manufactures, so ask a sales associate for help while shopping for hardwood flooring.

White Wash Walnut Laminate Floor

Armstrong Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring is the prefect alternative to hardwood floors.  Armstrong Laminate Floors look like traditional wood flooring, but are more durable, affordable and easy to install – that’s the real beauty of Armstrong laminate floors.

White Wash Walnut Laminate Floor

Armstrong- White Wash Walnut Laminate

Ambassador Floor is proud to carry Armstrong Flooring products.

Selecting a Bathroom Floor

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What matters most to you when selecting a floor for your bathroom remodel? Is it style, durability, how it will stand up to stains and spills, how it feels under your bare-feet, or how is handles moisture?  Lets count the top floor options for bathrooms and look at the pros and cons of each.

7. Carpeting – While carpets look nice and is soft under bare-feet. Carpet does not hold up to moisture. However, if you still must have carpeting in your bathroom ask a professional installer about to fit the carpet which carpets pads are the  best.

6. Solid Hardwood – A slightly better than carpet, solid hardwood looks great and feels warm under foot. But moisture kills natural solid hardwood.  Installing a solid hardwood floor is difficult because there can be no gaps in the bathroom flooring.

5. Laminate Flooring –  This flooring has the appearance of wood, but it is actually a better choice the solid hardwood floor. Laminate flooring is easy to clean, too. But laminate still has that wood chip base, and should it happen to contact with moisture it will expand and bubble and the only way to fix it is to tear it out.

4.Engineered Wood – Engineered wood is a great alternative, it’s got a plywood base that holds up well against moisture. And it looks terrific because the top layer is real wood. If you want the wood flooring look in a bathroom, engineered wood is the best choice.

3. Stone – Moisture is not a problem with marble, granite, limestone, and the other stone flooring options. Stone flooring is only number three on our list for a couple reasons.  Stone is cold on bare-feet  and it tends to get slippery and dangerous when wet.  Plus stone floor is by far the most expensive flooring option on our list.

2. Vinyl – Vinyl is the most popular choice for bathroom flooring.Sheets or tile vinyl flooring is easy to install yourself.  Vinyl is also very cost efficient. However, vinyl sheets or tile can become unglued easily, you might see the corners of tiles popping up after a while.

1.Ceramic Tile – Ceramic tile, like stone, can achieve a rich, textured, solid feeling. Like vinyl, it’s waterproof and it’s fairly inexpensive. And like wood flooring, it looks pretty good.  Mosaic tiles come in pre-mounted plastic mesh sheets, so you don’t have to individually set each tile. With tinted grout, you can be even more creative. It cleans up well and bravely resists even standing pools of water. However, the only downsides of ceramic tile is that it’s cold (though heat tile is available through some disturbers) . Also, it can be slippery, but texturing solves that problem. Smaller tiles are less slippery, because more grout is used and the grout acts as a non-skid surface.

Photo: Shaw Tile