How to Choose Bedroom Flooring

When it comes to your bedroom, the flooring needs to serve two important purposes: enhance your furnishings and “greet” your feet first thing in the morning. Before you had out to the showroom or schedule an in-home consultation, spend time thinking about the best bedroom flooring for you and your lifestyle. Here are the three most popular options:

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Carpet

The most popular choice for bedroom flooring is carpet. It provides a soft, warm surface that’s perfect for bare feet. It also adds insulation, which is welcome in winter and can help drown out noises from outside as well as lower levels of your home. Carpet is one of the most cost-effective floorings, plus it’s easily installed.

A potential drawback to carpet is that it doesn’t last as long as some of the hard surface flooring options. You also have to consider maintenance. Carpet can be stained. You will need to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year. And carpet can attract dust or germs, which can negatively impact those with allergies or asthma.

 

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Hardwood

The second most popular choice of bedroom flooring is hardwood. While it’s not soft, it adds beauty and warmth through its beautiful grain. Available in a wide variety of finishes and plank sizes, it complements any style décor. It can be warmed up with the use of rugs, which not only add texture to the floor; they can add impact and design. And hardwood can last for years and is low maintenance.

The drawbacks to using hardwood in bedrooms include the noise factor. You will likely hear footsteps, especially if your bedroom is on the second floor. Hardwood doesn’t offer insulation against drafts, either, which will make using rugs in winter almost a necessity. Finally, hardwood is among the most expensive flooring option.

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Laminate

Laminate flooring is another choice for the bedroom, giving you the look of hardwood without the price. The underlayment padding softens the surface and insulates it.

Laminate flooring does have drawbacks. It’s not as resilient as hardwood, and it can fade over time. Unlike hardwood, you cannot refinish the surface to restore it.

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How to Care for Your Carpet

Carpet is a great investment in the use and enjoyment of your home. Carpet makes rooms look and feel warmer, and it provides a soft surface underfoot. It’s important to know how to take care of it. Luckily, cleaning your carpet is easier than you think. If you set up a maintenance routine to care for carpet, it will look good for years to come.

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Weekly

Care for carpet by vacuuming it once or twice a week to remove dirt and debris. Pay attention to high traffic areas, such as hallways or around sofas, vacuuming more frequently to prevent stains and wear. Take your time with this step. Three passes with a vacuum will remove light soiling, while up to seven passes may be necessary for areas that have more dirt.

Annually

Have your carpet cleaned by a professional every year to remove dirt. Hot water extraction or steam cleaning can remove dirt, oil or particles that have made their way deep into the pile. Professional carpet cleaners have equipment that is more powerful than the units you can rent, helping carpet dry more quickly.

As Needed

Treat spills and stains right when they happen. Start by removing solid material with a spoon or dull knife. Wet a clean white towel with water, and blot the spot. If the spot requires more work, use a solvent that is approved by the manufacturer of your carpet. Always test the cleaner in a hidden area to make sure it doesn’t damage your carpet or remove its color.

5 Area Rugs That Are Perfect for College

When your alarm goes off for your early morning class, you’ll want your feet to land on a nice warm rug and not a cold floor. While some of the newer dorms are carpeted, many still have tile floors so consider bringing a dorm rug. It will also add pattern and interest to your room. Dorm rugs also do a great job at camouflaging spills and dirt. Here are five rugs that would be great for your dorm room or college apartment.

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Pattern

It’s smart to choose a bright color or fun pattern for your dorm rug, so you don’t have to worry about friends spilling. Patterns help hide stains.

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Plush

The soft feeling of a plush rug can make a cold dorm room feel warm. Choose a dorm rug that’s shag or has high pile.

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Low Maintenance

Consider a polypropylene rug, which is the easiest to clean as well as the most stain resistant.

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Theme

Use a rug to create a theme for your room. It can be modern or traditional, a color palette or design that inspires the rest of your décor. A dorm rug is an opportunity to add a statement to your room.

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Dark Color

A dark color will help hide the fact that you haven’t vacuumed … since last semester. It will also ground your room, and provide a great sense of contrast.

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Choose the Right Flooring for Your Living Room

Nothing in your home gets as much wear and tear as your flooring. You walk on it, stand on it, and sit on it. Your kids and pets might even run across it. And it’s where the dust settles and spills happen. While flooring is the structural foundation for your room, it’s also the foundation for your décor. Choosing the right materials combines personal taste with practicality. Art Van Flooring has several choices of living room flooring. Here are three options that are perfect for a family-friendly space:

Wood Floors

Wood floors are a timeless choice, offering natural beauty as well as versatile style. Durable and easy to maintain, wood floors are also a great long-term investment because they can be sanded and refinished. You’ll have a rainbow of options when it comes to finish; from light oak to deep walnut, the color of your wood will set the tone for the room.

You can also choose the size of the wood. Strip flooring is a narrower cut of woods – about 2 3/4 inches. Or choose plank flooring, which has a more informal look with wider boards up to about 7 inches. Rooms that might be exposed to moisture, such as a basement family room, should avoid wood as it can warp or bubble in humid conditions.

Laminate

Today’s laminate floors offer the look of wood or stone at a fraction of the price, making them a good option for living room flooring. Like wood, laminate flooring is available in planks and strips. Traditionally, it is glued in place over your existing flooring, although manufacturers have recently introduced glueless and pre-glued formats that can be installed in half the time.

Unlike wood, laminate flooring cannot be stripped or refinished. However, it’s more resistant to dents and scratches, and offers a layer of cushioning that can be more comfortable than wood or tile.  Laminate is also a great option for a finished basement as it stands up to moist or humid conditions.

Carpet

Finally, carpet is a popular living room flooring choice because it offers the highest level of comfort. Carpet is also one of the easiest ways to personalize an environment; its color can provide a neutral foundation or a more vibrant shade can become a focal point.

Unlike wood and laminate, carpet provides an added measure of warmth and insulation against extreme heat or cold. It’s available in a wide variety of fibers and textures, giving the room a casual or more formal feeling. Carpet also helps provide safety from slip and fall – an important consideration for families with young children. Many carpets have been treated for stain resistance, but they aren’t stain-proof. Regular maintenance, including vacuuming and professional cleaning will help protect and prolong the life of your investment.

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Bathroom Tile To Enhance Your Décor

Today’s bathrooms are more than just functional spaces; they’re mini spas that allow you to escape from the world and pamper yourself. The bathroom wall tile you choose will set the tone and décor for your entire space. From modern to farmhouse to transitional, here are three perfect bathroom wall tile choices that will make a big statement in your room.

Bathroom wall tile farmhouse style
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Farmhouse

A claw foot tub takes center stage in a farmhouse bathroom, but the supporting actor is definitely subway-style tile. Its simple shape and crisp white color make it a timeless choice for your home. The Frost Bevel Tile also adds texture with curved edges that please the eye. It’s made of porcelain, which is easy to clean and maintain.

Porcelain bathroom wall tile gray modern
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Modern

Create a focal wall in a modern bathroom with the Dove Gray Brick Tile. The glossy ceramic is practical as well as pretty, with a shiny finish that glistens in the light. The soft gray color is on trend, and provides the perfect contrast to dark cabinetry.

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Transitional

Strike a balance between modern and traditional with the transitional feel of the Silva Oak Tile. The blend of gray, beige and cream are a trifecta of neutrals, offering a soft palette that will stand the test of time. This bathroom wall tile is made of frosted recycled glass, so it offers another texture and finish to your space.

Whether it’s used on all of your surfaces or as an accent on a single wall or nook in your shower, bathroom wall tile is a great way to show off your personal style. Which is your favorite?