Popular design trends in Residential flooring

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Recently an evolution in floor design trends has taken place which is distinct to a contemporary one. Flooring is an essential part of everyone’s home décor and the industry. This change is no longer consistent but ever-changing. Correspondingly the industry experts have revealed that significant change in color and design has been seen in the market.

Several specialists have opined that people are now opting for lighter colors in comparison to darker shades. For example, some say white is the color of the year which contrasts perfectly with either dark or lightly shaded walls. It also balances the use of bold color schemes in designs. People have shown an inclination towards neutral, light and mid-tone colors. These tones even compliment sophisticated designs such as teal, coral and, turn out into extensive designs.

Colors & Design trends

Another specialist indicated that various shades of blue are also prevalent lately. This style is expected to continue in next year as well. Even metallic shades are catching up in the industry and advent of warmer tones in coming days. Other color tones include beige, browns, and grays. The latter is popular among customary and modern house owners. More and more people are open to provide a fresh look to their living spaces. The use of neutral colors in order to show the strong color via rugs, paints, etc. is one the examples. Several European color trends have entered the U.S. market over the span of time. However, beige color is trending in Europe but gray dominate the U.S markets along with Rustic, as they provide a more sophisticated guise.

Besides the color, customers also like to actually feel the product before incorporating it in their houses. The texture and surface with glossy touch are preferred. The flooring that is hand-scraped or wire brushed is dominant. Sanding is also an alternative texture that provided more of an antiquated and unique look to the product. Some even prefer low glossy finish or matte finish for surfaces. Apart from wooden floorings, tiles have also become popular. They are available in small as well as large sizes according to the requirement. These are available in light and dark shades with wooden appearance. The latest trend includes a collage of mismatched tiles even in 3D structure. Basically, designing is a personal choice and vary from people and cultures.

Perennial wood

Despite the changes in flooring trends, some people still fancy the traditional wood. In U.S. it is still the dominant fashion in commercial and industrial markets. The simplicity along with the craftsmanship involved is highly appreciated among buyers. Somehow the designers have blended the two in a classic manner leaving intact the elementary flooring design produce.

The concept of flooring design has developed manifold and we have come to see some distinct color choice and schemes lately, such as white. And it seems that white will dominate the whole year and the next too. The sizes of tiles have increased and designers have opted for monolithic patterns. Moreover, a wide assortment of textures is available in wood and laminate. Therefore, we can say that a mix and match of lighter shades with bold color furniture’s would continue in coming years.

The Interior Trends Making Headway into 2017

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There are certain things in life which keep changing season over season. The changes these things undergo are more towards improvements. Fashion and Home Interior are two fields that create awe in the minds of people. Predictions based on observations for the next year starts coming out from experts as the previous year ends. We present here some such forecasts about the Home Interior trends that would be loved in the year 2017.


Predictions say that material that creates cool environment will be done off with. Terracotta that creates warmth will replace such material to adorn the walls of bathroom and fireplaces. Terracotta will no more be used just to create borders on walls but will occupy the complete walls providing a matte finish. Matte finish Terracotta will be the most preferred not only for the warmth they provide but also for the fine finish they offer.


Cork, the material which had become an outdated one will make a comeback in 2017. Cork offers textures that decorate walls in a natural manner. Corks also provide warmth while making the environment noiseless by absorbing the noise created in the external environment. A wall made of cork also serves the purpose to be a pin board in typical office environments. Even personal spaces can get adorned with Cork.

Dark shade of Green

Dark shades of Green will be the preferred color for decorating the interiors. Be it the furniture or furnishings, adorning the rooms with ones in Dark shades of Green will add to the depth of environment. Dark green shade will drive away from Blue which was the preferred color in previous years. Dark Green shade will be preferred to adorn pillow covers, cushions, and bed heads in a majestic manner.

High raised Bed heads

The timber bead head styles will get replaced with high raised bed heads. High rise bed heads will be preferred mainly because they will add to the glamor of the bedrooms instantly. High rise bed head which is already a trend in restaurants and other public places will start adorning common public’s bedrooms too in 2017.

Homes with more open spaces

People will start drifting from homes that support all the technical gadgets making them computer pro. They will prefer to have areas that are open to sky or spaces that allow natural light and a breeze to pass through. They will also go in for furniture that offers relaxation when they fall down after a hectic work day.

Metals that will adorn homes

Colors like Blue and Pink that adorn the homes will be pushed out by metals and metallic. Opal, Lucite, and Raw-cut quartz will add to the spice of the interiors. Fabrics that is transparent in nature, sheers and floating silk materials clothing will add to the romanticism that such metals create in the interiors. The optimistic environment that such combinations provide will be preferred over the mechanical ones created by colors and would be considered as outdated.

Changing Home Décor from Summer to Fall is Easy

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Summer is gone but has left fall for us so that we can make a transition to our home décor to match the festive season. The décor should match fall themes even though you can retain some of your summer décors. But then you cannot hold back summertime interior as well exterior decorations for long, hence change over to fall themes to make your home cozier and beautiful.  To change your home décor from summer-themed to fall-themed you need not spend too much time and effort. Just read this blog and you will understand that the changeover is a lot easier than you had ever thought of.

Consider the foliage

Even as summer decoration comprises of fresh or simulated atomizers plus bouquets, autumn motivates seasonally rendered foliage, like birch boughs, pinecones as well as leaves that fall. You can foray your garden to gather reeds resembling wheat for your preferred vase, or you can utilize pinecones, gourds in addition to pumpkins as the ideal tabletop display accessory. But is you do not like to have plants in your homes or look to add something to the exterior décor then you can go in for front door garlands which have flowers sporting fall colors.

Utilize fall hues

Whilst summer normally represents shinier plus lighter shades, fall colors are thicker tones with copious shades, like hunter green, orange, navy blue, mocha and deep wine. Integrating these tinges into your furnishings will provide your home with a seasonal change. These colors can also be incorporated to your exteriors by altering the fabric color of your cushion. They will look great.

Make use of light

With the commencement of cooler climate, having adequate light in your house is particularly significant to keep your home warm and comfortable. A deliberately set floor light won’t just make you feel more conscious since it becomes darker earlier, but as well make the room feel spacious and more invigorated.

Candles are an incredible approach to bring warm light into your home. This is an extraordinary approach to brighten your home without spending additionally on power; in addition, there are a plethora of fall- stimulated scented candles to look over. Along these lines, your home can appear and a fresh fall season smell will prevail.

Fall plants

There is no better approach to help individuals to remember the months of fall than by utilizing fall plants to decorate both your homes’ interiors and exteriors. You will have show much care when you pick your fall plants because different kind of plants will need to be maintained in different ways and you may have limited time to spend. All things considered, since there are such an extensive variety of choices to be made, you will surely discover something suited to your own personal style. Regardless of the possibility that you aren’t one to refurbish regularly, these little accessions can go far in conveying a festive ambiance to your home. So you can now see that it is not very difficult for the summer to fall home décor transition.

Installing your hardwood flooring

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Installing Hardwood flooring is a large investment and with any large investment you want to make sure you do everything just right. The different options are quick to confuse. Solid wood or engineered? Is my subfloor suitable? What tools do I need? Here is a quick guide on how to go about with installing your hardwood flooring.

1.Choosing the wood

Hardwood flooring comes in both, solid and engineered variety. Solid wood gives a classic age-old look and lasts a very long time owing to the fact that it can be refinished and polished over and over. Its downside is that a wooden subfloor is a must and it also has a weak spot for moisture. Engineered wood on the other hand can even be utilised in high moisture areas such as the bathroom and basement and can be glued onto a perfectly flat and clean subfloor. Each of them have their own set of properties and pros and cons and must be chosen with good understanding of your needs and what is best suitable for the environment of your house.

2.Preparing for Installation

The installation techniques vary depending on the type of hardwood flooring that is chosen. Take the time to consider the effects of moisture on your chosen type of wood. It is advisable to let the wood sit in the room that it is going to be installed in for a period of three to five days. This helps the wood get adjusted to the moisture level in the room. All of the large tools that you will need, such as flooring nailers can be rented. Read through our detailed guide Guide to hardwood flooring Part 1 to get an understanding of both, the choices in wood and the installation techniques.

3.Installing the flooring

Here are the steps to be followed while installing the floor boards.

  • It is important that you understand the expansion distance of your chosen variety of wood. This information is usually provided by the manufacturer.
  • Make guide holes using the drill and then start nailing the wood planks down with a nail and hammer. The planks should be nailed 1-3 inches from the ends of the board and every 6 inches all the way down. Where there is enough space, use the floor nailer to nail down the boards.
  • Place each board, meticulously fitting the tongues into the grooves of the neighboring boards. Stagger each board vertically by six inches or so to get a nice interlocking effect on the boards.
  • Towards the edges of the floor, you’ll find yourself with inadequate space to place the boards properly with a mallet. A crowbar could be put to good use to wedge them snuggly into position.

4.Finishing touches

Once the flooring is installed, the baseboards can be added where the floor meets the wall and trims and transitions where it doesn’t. Choose a putty that is roughly the same color as your floorboards and fill in the holes where the nails went in.

Installing your own hardwood flooring can be hard work but at the same time, it can be a most rewarding experience. For professional guidance and assistance call us today on (888)869-0663 or visit http://store.platinumflooringcompany.com.

How long does it take to install hardwood floors?

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Now that you’ve chosen the perfect hardwood floor for your home, you may be wondering what exactly happens next. How much time would it take to get my new hardwood floor installed? A commonly asked question by most of our clients, especially when deadlines are attached to the project.

Hardwood floor installation time frame varies across projects. One important factor to be considered while calculating the duration of your new hardwood floor would be whether you are installing pre-finished hardwood or unfinished hardwood. In a general scenario, a prefinished hardwood floor would take time to be shipped to the job site, but can be installed quickly compared to an unfinished hardwood floor. Whereas an unfinished hardwood floor can be shipped quickly to the job site, but would take longer to install due to the drying period involved in the process.

Time required to install prefinished hardwood floor:

  • A prefinished hardwood catalog product usually takes 2-3 days to arrive at the job site. A custom made product manufactured as per the given specifications may take a bit longer to arrive.
  • Hardwood flooring material needs to acclimate (adjust) to the moisture and temperature conditions of the installation environment for at least three days (72 hours) before it can be installed.

The acclimation period varies across products, ranging from 1 day to 5 days depending on the species of wood and from the place of source.  Improper acclimation can result in the shrinking of individual boards leaving gaps between the boards, or the boards can expand leading to cupping.

  • Prefinished hardwood floor installation will often take 2-4 days depending on the scope of work. In case of installations at challenging art forms like curved walls, stone hearth, decorative border or installations with high detail work to accomplish may take a bit longer than usual.
  • Floor preparation and old floor ripping can add extra installation time. Ripping of carpet floors can be done on the same day, whereas tile rip off can take an entire day.
  • After the completion of hardwood floor installation, there are some trim work involved, which is either adding in shoe molding or base molding or even at time replacing the existing base molding. This process might also require some time, adding into the required installation time for your prefinished hardwood floor.

Therefore the total installation time required for a 1000sf area or less would be typically = 6 – 8 days for the above listed installation process.

Time required to install unfinished hardwood floor:

  • Usually an unfinished catalogue product takes 2-3 days to arrive at the job site. In case of any special orders like extra wide planks, herringbone might take 2-3 days extra to arrive.
  • Hardwood flooring material needs to acclimate (adjust) to the moisture and temperature conditions of the installation environment for at least three days (72 hours) before it can be installed.

The acclimation period varies across products, ranging from 1 day to 5 days depending on the species of wood and from the place of source.  Improper acclimation can result in the shrinking of individual boards leaving gaps between the boards, or the boards can expand leading to cupping.

  • Installation time is similar to that of the prefinished hardwood products as mentioned above.
  • An extra process which gets added to unfinished hardwood floor is sanding & refinishing which can take 3-5 days depending on the scope of work like type of staining color used, number of coats of poly applied (assuming one coat per day) and humidity (humidity level plays and important role in refinishing. If the job site is very humid, it would take significantly longer time for the new finish to dry)
  • It is recommended that you let the stain dry for at least a day before you move the furniture or start with any activity in the room.

Therefore the total installation time required for a 1000sf area or less would be typically = 8 – 10 days for the above listed installation process.

For a free home estimate call Platinum Flooring Company today on (888)869-0663.

The Perfect Floors to Pair with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity

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Most of us aren’t interior designers by line of work and that’s okay. Whether interior design is an enjoyable hobby or a necessary evil to keep your home looking presentable, it could get tough at times to understand the jargons associated with the designing industry.

If you take a look, the underlying principle of interior design points out a synergy and balance within the space, and evoke a certain mood.  However, you would find yourself overwhelmed with possible styling options to successfully achieve the desired mood.  In this post, we’re going to explore styling options by pairing signature colors with different flooring materials. And what better color to choose than The Pantone’s colors of 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity!

The soothing, calming nature of colors is led by Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months. While Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.

Rose Quartz + Gray Washed Hardwood Floor

If contemporary, modish style of home décor is the style you picked for your new home. Try pairing Rose Quartz with dark gray washed hardwood floors like Oak – Oceanside Gray by Armstrong, European Wire Brushed White Oak by D&M Flooring and many more. Dark Gray tone adds a contemporary feel and depth to your room.  Gray toned hardwood in extra-long and extra-wide planks would garner several admirers.

Rose Quartz + Naturally Exposed Hardwoods

If you are looking for a more casual, inviting style to your home décor try the new range of the Natural Exposed Hardwood floors like Garrison Maple – Character Unfinished, Monarch Plank – Maison American Hickory (Unfinished) and many more. Naturally exposed hardwood makes your room look larger and airier, pair it with this soft toned Rose Quartz to transform your space into a charming, inviting, and chic room.

 Serenity + Pale wooden Floor

There is something so relaxing about Serenity Wall paints / furnishing paired with pale hardwood floor like Alston Natural Maple 5″ – Winston Collection, Urban floor Birch Oatmeal and many more for your home, that you want to escape from the world around you.  This particular pair would calm down your space and bring a relaxed feel to it. A perfect combination for your bedrooms and bathrooms.

Serenity + polished dark hardwood floors

Dark wood floors like Armstrong – Oak – Classic Dark, D&M Flooring – Black Tea and many more can be incredibly mod and sophisticated, bringing richness and elegance to your home. If you’ve been wondering what to put with your dark floors to bring out their best features, try  lighter wood furniture, fluffy serenity rugs or crisp serenity walls to provide contrast to the dark wood floors without appearing stark.

However, if you looking for more flooring options to be paired with Pantone Color of 2016, contact us on (888) 869-0663 or visit our showroom and we’ll help you pair that color with beautiful flooring that’s sure to make the perfect statement in your space.


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