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How to Incorporate Pastels into Your Home Decor

May 06, 2019

Robin’s egg blues. Creamy mint greens. Soothing lavenders. Cute baby pinks. These are the soft, dreamy colors we associate with Easter and springtime — and now that winter is finally ending, it’s time to get inspired! There are dozens of trendy yet affordable ways to incorporate pastel colors into any space, giving your home or apartment that fresh, dewy springtime feel. Keep reading for five simple pastel room decor ideas, and then use our My Design Finder tool to put the finishing touches on your vision.  

How to Incorporate Pastels into Your Home Decor

Idea #1: Use Pastels in Paint or Wallpaper

Painting (or wallpapering) a room is probably the boldest and most noticeable way to use pastels in your home. If you’re still undecided about whether you want to do the entire room in a certain color, you can always start with one accent wall to get a preview of how it feels. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can even try doing stripes or color gradients for a special, custom look.

Pastel blue color incorporated in a living room wall color

Idea #2: Use Pastels in Furniture

If the idea of painting or papering your walls in pastel seems a little excessive, you can try a more subtle approach by selectively using pastel accents instead. For example, you can use pastel furniture items, like end tables, sofas, or bookshelves, to add just the right dash of spring to any room in your home.

On a budget? No problem. Try repainting old furniture items instead of buying them new. Not only is repurposing old furniture good for your wallet — it’s better for the planet, too.

Pastel decorations in foyer

Idea #3: Use Pastels in Decorations

This might be the most versatile tip on our list, thanks to the sheer volume of decorations you can mix and match between. Whether your home decor style is coastal, modern, retro, or rustic, there’s a bottomless well of pastel decor options, from clocks and planters to sculptures and paintings. If you’re too rushed to window-shop, you can find pastel accessories quickly and efficiently by searching online.

Pastel cushions in a living room

Idea #4: Use Pastels in Home Appliances

Who says pastel colors are restricted to the living room or bedroom? From toasters and espresso machines to blenders and even refrigerators, home appliances are a great (and practical) way to bring springtime into your kitchen, too. Fans of the 1950s retro style will especially appreciate these nostalgic, diner-like touches, which were popular during the mid-twentieth century.

Pastel appliance in kitchen

Idea #5: Use Pastels in Chairs and Seating

When you think about it, almost every room in your home or apartment features some sort of seating arrangement. That gives you plenty of opportunities to incorporate pastel into your living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedroom. Barstools, writing chairs, reading chairs, and even wicker patio furniture can be purchased in all types of pastel colors, bringing a soft accent into every corner of your space. Purchase a matching set, or opt for a more eclectic approach by mixing and matching -- creating a truly personalized look.

Pastel accents in a sitting room

Get More Pastel Home Decor Ideas from My Design Finder

Most of us need a little inspiration to get the perfect home decor ideas. That’s why we created My Design Finder. With just a few clicks of your mouse, My Design Finder will show you beautiful home decor ideas, all based on your personal style and design preferences. Whether you’re leaning toward breezy beach house, Americana retro diner, chic contemporary studio, bohemian getaway, or another style, My Design Finder makes it easy to bring your vision to life. It’s your space, your way, on your budget.

Ready to learn more about decorating with pastel colors? Need help tying your floors and other parts of your home together? The home flooring experts at Flooring America are here to point you in the right direction. From tile and stone to wood and carpet, we offer a huge range of affordable, durable, high-quality products to suit any room in your home. We even offer eco-friendly and green products to help support the environment. To get started, call Flooring America at (855) 352-2837, or contact us online today.

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Living room Decorated with lots of different plants

Decorating With Natural Elements & Materials

Apr 15, 2019

From tranquil deserts to snow-capped mountains, leafy jungles to sparkling beaches, nature inspires us all with its beauty. But who ever said that “the great outdoors” has to stay outside? Capture the spark that ignites your passion and bring more joy into your space by drawing on nature’s limitless bounty. By decorating with natural elements, you can give any room in your home an earthy (and eco-friendly) makeover. Not sure where to get started? Don’t worry: we’ve compiled some of our favorite natural interior design ideas to help you get the ball rolling.

How to Decorate Your Home with Natural Elements and Materials

The Modern and Earthy Home Decor Trend

At first glance, there might not seem to be much overlap between “earthy” and “modern” decorating styles — but by blending elements from each, you can achieve a breathtaking new look that beautifully balances the best of both worlds.

Design experts are forecasting that earthy interiors will be one of the hottest home trends in 2019. Just remember: when all is said and done, trends come and go. As long as you follow your gut and chase the feeling that most inspires you, your space is destined for a positive transformation.

How to Decorate Using Natural Elements

Natural decor and earthy interiors go together like peanut butter and jelly. The question is where to begin? Here are three modern earthy home decor ideas that can help you incorporate natural touches into your home:

  • Set up a terrarium (or two). It might sound fancy, but a “terrarium” is simply a see-through container to display small houseplants, like miniature cacti. Terrariums have become trendy over the past few years, and are available in empty or pre-decorated varieties. When hung in strategic locations, terrariums can transform humble houseplants into striking, suspended centerpieces for any room. Plus, they’re fun to assemble with the kids!

Shelf Decorated with a terrarium

  • Swap a few chairs for wicker furniture. Nothing says “carefree summer afternoon” like the lightweight, timeless look of woven wicker chairs and furniture, whether on the patio, the lawn, or indoors.

  • Use materials from the natural world. There are countless design elements that are either inspired by or sourced directly from nature. Some trendy examples include branches, fur (or faux fur), leaves, pine cones, and stone, such as stone flooring or decorative gemstones. For more ideas about types of natural materials you can use, just keep scrolling!

Living room with cactus and southwest decor

Different Types of Natural Materials that Make Great Home Decor

There are tons of affordable, eco-friendly natural materials that bring a stylish, sophisticated look to your home in 2019. Here are three popular examples:

  • Cotton — Bouquets of cotton bring a warm, understated yet elegant accent to your coffee table, shelf space, or blank walls. Consider contrasting a few sprigs of cotton with exposed brick or dark wood to help make the white fluff “pop.”

 

  • Houseplants — Nothing breathes new life into a room like a handful of houseplants. Succulents like aloe are trendy, lightweight, affordable, and low-maintenance, making them a great option for almost any space. Just be careful to avoid plants that could harm your pets or children.

 

  • Seashells — A few strategically-placed seashells instantly bring a nautical, beachy feeling to your space. Plus, they’re available in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, making them easy to pair with any room in your home. We can smell that fresh ocean breeze already!

 Sunroom styled with different plants

Find Green and Eco-Friendly Floors at Flooring America

The natural world is full of beauty — and at Flooring America, we strive to protect and preserve it for generations to come.

At Flooring America, you’ll find natural, eco-conscious, and green flooring products to beautify your home with minimal impact on the environment. We set high standards for our Green Select products, which must be recyclable, contain recycled content, and be made using renewable, natural, or sustainable content.

When you choose Green Select, you can feel confident you’re supporting a healthier planet — and getting a product you’ll love. To find great prices on green flooring near you, contact Flooring America online, or call (855) 352-2837 today.

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Large living room with extra seating

Interior Design Ideas for Large Living Rooms

Apr 08, 2019

It’s a designer’s dream to have a huge space to work with. But for homeowners, vast interior spaces can pose surprising design challenges. Without the right decorative touches, large or high-ceilinged rooms can feel empty and unbalanced. Fortunately, our large room layout ideas make it easier to figure out what to do with empty space in your living room, family room, or other areas of the house. If you’re looking for large living room design ideas, keep reading for five simple tips to help you get started.

Interior Design Ideas for Large Living Rooms

Add More Seating to a Large Living Space

Design experts recommend a few different strategies for making a large space cozier by incorporating more seating. For example, one strategy is to add a few benches around the sides of your coffee table. The versatile benches can serve as seats or tables, while creating more closeness and intimacy in the space.

Another seating strategy is to add a few chairs along blank stretches of wall. This breaks up the visual monotony, gives guests a place to relax, and creates a natural frame for a mirror or piece of art.

Shape Walls Using Color  

Breaking up the walls horizontally with color has two design benefits. First, it makes the room more visually dynamic. Second, it creates the illusion of a lower ceiling. This can be a design life-saver in rooms that feel cavernous or out-of-proportion due to high ceilings. As an added bonus, painting is also much cheaper and less complicated than remodeling your ceilings!

Just be sure to choose colors that pair against each other — and complement the rest of the room. You should also give careful thought to where you place the dividing line, so that it isn’t too high (or too low) to create the desired effect.

Living room with decorative walls

Create “Zones” in a Large Space with Room Dividers

If you’re craving more coziness, but don’t have the time or budget to construct new walls in your home, room dividers can be a quick, attractive, and cost-effective design solution. Depending on your style preferences, there are plenty of different items you can use as room dividers, such as folding screens, sofas, daybeds, tables, and more. The only limit is your imagination.

With the exception of heavy furniture items like sofas, most types of room dividers are lightweight, movable, and affordable. That makes it a breeze to reconfigure the space whenever you’re in the mood for a change (or quickly need to prepare for guests).

Large living room decorated with large artwork

Use Long Stretches of Walls as a Canvas

Vast, blank walls can call attention to the emptiness of a large room, disrupting the balance of the space. Fortunately, it’s easy to combat this effect by making good use of the ample wall space. For example, you can hang a large statement painting to draw the eye, create a focal point, and add a splash of color.

Just try to avoid turning your walls into framed photo galleries — a design trend experts say you should avoid. (To learn more about design trends that are on the way out this year, check out our blog post on home decorating trends to avoid in 2019.)

Large living room divided by a couch

Replace a Traditional Coffee Table

Last but not least on our list of large room design ideas, try swapping out a conventional coffee table for something larger and more inviting, like a cushioned bench or ottoman. Not only can this help to fill more space, but it also gives the room a warmer, more comfortable atmosphere. A rustic wooden table can also look cozy and intimate, especially with the right decor.

Large living space decorated with a cozy ottoman

Get Large Family Room Layout Ideas from My Design Finder

We hope these large living room layout ideas have sparked some creative insights for you. If you’re still feeling stuck and need inspiration, try taking a virtual tour of the possibilities with My Design Finder. Fast, free, and easy-to-use, My Design Finder lets you browse dozens of gorgeous rooms in all types of styles. If you’re looking for how to make a big room feel cozy, My Design Finder will show you a world of interior decorating possibilities.

Whether you’re looking for stone, carpet, tile, vinyl, wood, or other flooring materials, Flooring America has you covered with friendly service nationwide. Contact us online to get started, or call Flooring America today at (866) 512-9107.

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Foyer entryway designed professionally by an interior designer

How to Choose An Interior Design Style

Apr 01, 2019

Choosing a home decorating style can be stressful. There are so many options to sort through, with so many details to think about. To make the process easier, the home decor experts at Flooring America have put together this simple list of some popular home design styles, plus tips on ways to find your personal style. If you’re ready to give your space a new look, ask our experts how we can help. 

How to Choose an Interior Design Style

What Are the Different Types of Home Decorating Styles?

There are almost countless decorating styles to browse through, with plenty of overlap between them. This can get confusing or overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the world of interior design — but don’t worry. The list below will help to give you a starting point on how to choose a design style. Here are just a few of the most popular personal home styles to explore:

  • Art deco
  • Classic and traditional
  • Coastal beach house
  • Eclectic
  • Industrial
  • Minimalist
  • Modern and contemporary
  • Rustic farmhouse
  • Scandinavian design
  • “Shabby chic”
  • Transitional
  • Victorian

Step #1: Save Interior Design Photos and Blogs that Inspire You  

Whether you’re flipping through a retro magazine or browsing the latest posts under your favorite Instagram hashtag, save photos and articles that inspire you. Whether it’s a photo of a gorgeous designer apartment on Pinterest or your favorite picture of your family, keep tabs on images that capture the feeling you want to cultivate in your home.

After a while, you might start to notice patterns that can help you narrow down your design preferences. For example, you might notice the same colors or room layouts reappearing in all of your “favorited” photos. Whether your biggest design inspiration comes from your loved ones, a past chapter of history, or your favorite style blog, knowing what you like (and dislike) is essential. 

Living Room showroom inspired by modern elements

Step #2: Check Out Showrooms and Model Homes for Style Inspiration

Showrooms and open houses are great opportunities to view up-close-and-personal tours of different homes in your area. Even if you aren’t planning on moving, open houses can spark some great design ideas — especially because the rooms on display are usually in immaculate condition.

They can also help you learn what design schemes you don’t like. When you know what to avoid or exclude, it’s easier to narrow down your list of dream “looks.”

 Step#3: Use Our Free Online “My Design Finder” Tool 

In our busy modern world, you don’t always have time to drop everything and plan your weekend around an open house. We get it — which is why we created the “My Design Finder” feature, a free virtual tool to help you identify a home decorating style you love.

Using the My Design Finder feature is easy. Simply follow this link and then click the “Get Started” button. Select your room type and favorite style option to view relevant examples of work we’ve done. Copy a look you love, or mix and match ideas to create your own vision.

Modern living room designed by an interior designer 

Step #4: Be True to Yourself and Your Personal Taste

Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to something as impactful as your environment. Before you burn a hole in your wallet shopping for upgrades and overhauls, take a weekend (or several) to check in with yourself and evaluate exactly what it is you hope to achieve with your home redesign project.

What is it about your current space that needs improving? Is luxury important to you? What about getting the lowest price, or being environmentally conscious? Would you rather take bold design risks with your space, or stick to something traditional? These are the sorts of questions you should ask yourself — and answer honestly — before planning out your next style move. From creating more space in a small apartment, to making a new home more child-friendly, to cultivating a sense of luxury, your priorities will impact your style choices.

¬†Professionally Designed living room 

Step #5: Hire an Interior Design Professional to Help to Decide Your Style

No one can decide what looks great except you — but sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to have a little bit of professional help. That’s where the dedicated flooring experts at Flooring America come in.  We have years of experience helping thousands of customers find great products at great prices, in diverse custom styles to fit any taste.

We offer flooring in all types of colors, patterns, and textures using materials like tile, wood, stone, carpet, vinyl, and more. No matter what look you’re hoping to achieve, we have the products — and the expertise — to guide you.

Let Flooring America Help You Choose a Decorating Style

Home decorating is supposed to be exciting — not stressful. Let our dedicated team members make your project easier by matching you with the perfect products for your entire home flooring needs. Try it out at home first by using our My Design Finder tool. You’re sure to find the right style for you. Contact us online to get started, or call us today at (844) 720-2843.

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Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

Mar 25, 2019

Home decorating poses unique challenges for people who live in small spaces, such as big-city apartments. When square footage is limited, it’s essential to make the most out of every design opportunity — especially if you’re working on a modest budget (or a tight timeline).

Creative Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

Walking the line between “cozy” and “cluttered” isn’t always easy, but don’t worry: with a little bit of creativity, your space will look and feel more like home in no time. It’s all just a matter of knowing where to get started. To help you, the interior flooring and design experts at Flooring America share five of our favorite home decorating ideas for small spaces on a budget.

Avoid (or Limit) Dark Colors in Small Spaces

When it comes to fashion, it’s often said that “black is slimming” (along with other dark colors, like navy or burgundy). The same is true when it comes to interior design. Dark colors tend to constrict and shrink space, while light tones have the opposite effect.

You can take advantage of this to make a small space feel larger and lighter. To create the illusion of a roomier, more airy space, keep the focus on white, cream, or pastel tones. For a dash of color, try using an accent wall or carefully-chosen accent pieces.

Multifunctional living room décor for a small space

Use Mirrors Strategically to Make a Small Room Feel Bigger

Mirrors are a homeowner’s best friend when it comes to instantly creating a sense of space. (If you’ve ever stood in front of an “infinity mirror,” you already know how convincing the illusion can be!) Simply by hanging or propping up a strategically located mirror, you can double the size of any room in seconds.

Not only are mirrors potentially lightweight, portable, and affordable — they’re also easy to clean and maintain once set up in your home or apartment. That makes mirror accents a true win-win for design buffs everywhere. Just be sure to use cleaning products that are specifically designed for glass. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a streaky mess that shatters the illusion of extra space.

Storage space for a Small Bedroom

Make Your Limited Amount of Space Multitask

In a perfect world, you would have enough space to devote every room to a single purpose. In the real world, you often need to make your space work double-duty. For example, a guest bedroom might double as a home office, or if you live in an apartment with an open floor plan, your bedroom and living room spaces might overlap.

The trick is to set up the room in a way that allows you to take maximum advantage of the space, making your rooms multitask. For example, you can fill walls with floating shelf storage, loft a bed for storage under the mattress, or utilize the space under your staircase by adding a bookshelf or display case.

Make the Most of Your Kitchen Storage

The kitchen is the heart of the home. But when you have a small kitchen, it can seem downright impossible to avoid getting cluttered and making a mess — especially since most kitchen items are bulky and heavy, such as microwaves, toaster ovens, blenders, and coffeemakers. That makes having smart kitchen storage an absolute must. Not only does efficient storage make your kitchen look better, but it also gives you a larger and cleaner space for cooking.

For a kitchen storage option that’s both easy-to-use and visually pleasing, try an open storage shelf design. For example, you could line a room divider with shelves, or, if you don’t have one, simply install floating shelves on your kitchen walls. Other trendy yet functional ideas include magnetic knife strips and hanging pot racks. Just be sure to keep your most frequently used items within easy reach!

Small Kitchen with multi-functional storage

Don’t Forget Bathroom Storage

Between moisturizers, makeup, mouthwash, toothbrushes, soap, razors, shaving cream, and dozens of other products, bathrooms can get even more cluttered than kitchens. To make matters worse, they’re usually less than half the size. That means bathroom storage is key to keeping your space looking its best.

Look for narrow shelving that fits into tight spaces — ideally, something that can hold up to steam and moisture. If possible, conceal toiletries behind a mirror or inside a cabinet. This will give you more counter space at the bathroom sink (and instantly make your bathroom look more sophisticated). Keeping towels or other items rolled inside of attractive storage baskets is another easy way to consolidate clutter and get a sleeker look. 

Small bathroom with extra storage space

Get Ideas for Decorating Small Spaces on a Budget with My Design Finder

Redesigning your space is exciting, but with all the options to choose from, it can also be a little overwhelming. If you aren’t sure where to start, My Design Finder can help point you in the right direction. Simply answer a few easy questions about which room you’re working on and what styles you enjoy, and My Design Finder will take care of the rest, introducing you to a world of versatile design ideas for spaces of all sizes.

At Flooring America, we take pride in helping homeowners make their dreams reality. From bamboo and tile to carpet, wood, stone, and beyond, we offer a huge range of flooring options to match any style preference. To learn more about our products and services, contact us online, or call Flooring America at (866) 512-9107 today.

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Bedroom with a living Coral comforter

Using the Pantone Color of the Year in Home Decor

Mar 11, 2019

A new year brings a new you, and an exciting new color trend. Design company Pantone recently announced “Living Coral” as its 2019 Color of the Year, a title the company has given out annually since 2000. According to Pantone’s official website, the vibrant pink hue was chosen for its “engaging nature,” “lively presence,” and ability to “provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

How to Include the Pantone Color of the Year in Your Home Decor 

Balancing energy and excitement with warmth and sophistication, this “energizing,” marine-themed color has us thinking (peachy) pink for 2019. If you’re ready to ring in the New Year with a style overhaul, keep reading for simple tips on incorporating Pantone Living Coral into your home decor.

Use Coral Accents for Dashes of Color

Color giant Pantone is a global tastemaker when it comes to fashion, design, and home decorating. That means the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 influences all sorts of popular consumer brands and products, from fabric and upholstery to footwear and furniture. That makes it easy to incorporate splashes of coral or an orange-toned pink in any room of your home, giving your space color without feeling over-saturated. Simply choose a handful of pink accessories, and space them strategically throughout your home.

Need help thinking of ways to use coral accents? Some suggestions include accent rugs, end tables, decorative vases, paintings, flowers, or pillows. If working with a bathroom, you could experiment with incorporating soaps, hand towels, or shower curtains in this invigorating hue.

 Room with a living coral accent piece

Pair Living Coral with Complementary or Analogous Colors

Every color corresponds with a “complementary,” or opposite, color. For example, if you were to look at a color wheel, you would see that red and green lie opposite each other, making them complementary colors.

If you kept looking at the wheel, you would also notice that red sits between orange and purple, while green sits between yellow and blue. When colors are next to each other on a color wheel, they are called “analogous” colors.

Similar to salmon, Living Coral is a deep pink that blends pastel notes with an electric quality.

To find a design scheme you love, try mixing and matching deep pink paint schemes or accents with complementary colors (like light green) or analogous colors (like magenta).

 Living room with living coral carpet and complimentary colored accents

Keep the Nautical Theme Going Throughout Home Decor

Coral isn’t just a color; it’s a physical object with form, texture, and shape. Keep the marine motif by “branching” out with decorative coral, which lends a whimsical yet sophisticated accent to any countertop, coffee table, or display case. Depending on the item’s size and seller, decorative coral pieces can cost as little as around $20.

If you’d prefer to avoid using real coral, you can make a handcrafted DIY version instead. There are countless online tutorials, which use materials like spray paint and paper maché pulp. (As an added bonus, not only does crafting save you money — it also doubles as a fun, creative way to spend an afternoon with the kids!)

You can also experiment with other beachy touches, such as nautical decor that incorporates shells, anchors, or rope. Our flooring experts can help you create a coastal beach house style to give your entire home that fresh, breezy feel.

Experiment with Color and Lighting

Whoever said that 2019 color trends for your home had to be confined to paint schemes or decorations? Lighting is just as important when it comes to creating an atmosphere.

Keep that in mind when you approach your next home redecorating or remodeling project. For example, soft pink lamp shades can lend a soothing color tone to your bathroom or bedroom, perfect for relaxing and unwinding. Pink lights, such as Christmas lights or porch lights, can look especially elegant when combined with white or gold, ideal for parties and entertaining. (Just be careful to avoid any safety hazards!)

Give New Life to Old Products with a Splash of Living Coral

Pantone’s website referred to the “glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea” that coral creates in our oceans today. Pantone also pointed out that our environment is “continually shifting.”

In an era of increasing environmental awareness, many consumers want to make eco-friendly design choices, but don’t always know where to get started. Repurposing old decorations or pieces of furniture can be a chic and cost-efficient way to spruce up your space with new looks for less. A fresh pink coat of paint could transform that unwanted old chair or dresser into your favorite new centerpiece.

Looking for inspiration? Then check out some of Pantone’s previous Color of the Year winners, which include Ultra Violet (2018), Greenery (2017), Rose Quartz (2016), Serenity (2015), and Marsala (2014).

Let Flooring America Help You Find the Right Style for Your Home

We hope these tips have given you some helpful insights into decorating colors for 2019 and ways to bring them into your space successfully. At Flooring America, our friendly experts go above and beyond to help your family find just the right “look,” whether it’s for your bathroom, your bedroom, your kitchen, or all of the above.

Our online My Design Finder tool makes it fast, free, and easy to browse styles from the comfort of your living room — or, let us help you in person at one of our conveniently located stores. Contact us online, or call Flooring America at (877) 297-8428 to get started today.

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