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Wrapping Up Style Watch 2022

Dec 05, 2022

As the year comes to a close, it’s safe to say that it was one filled with unexpected surprises and ever-changing design trends. From the organic materials and white-washed white oak flooring to pops of blues and new ways to work from home, lifestyle trends like biophilia and art deco seemed to dominate the interior design world. Here, we’ve pulled together a list of the top ten trends, so take a deeper look into the trending styles from 2022.

Lighter and Brighter

We kicked off the year with the lighter and brighter trend, which brought forth a flurry of light floors and open spaces from white-washed luxury vinyl to plush white carpet. Lighter flooring added an airy, open vibe to home design and gave homeowners the illusion of space in smaller places like apartments and condos. 

Hints of Blue

In February, we moved on to timeless blues with a mood board inspired by nautical colorways in stunning blue tiles, blue patterned carpets and area rugs. This trend was perfect for those looking to add a splash of color to their home but unsure about where to start, as blue is a classic color that provides the perfect accent in home design. 

Organically Natural

March focused on a trend that has taken the spotlight all year long: Organically Natural. This style trend is all about taking your love for the outdoors, indoors. By incorporating natural finish hardwood, simple stone tile, or calming carpet, you can showcase everything the natural world has to offer through your flooring choices.

Unlimited Variation

In April, we gave our attention to the perfect way to showcase your personal style: Unlimited Variation. With varying colors, textures, and styles featured in your flooring, wallpaper and decor, you can add a pop of personality into any room in your home. 

Waterproof Flooring

May brought an emphasis on waterproof flooring, which is the perfect solution for active households with kids and pets that experience messes on the daily. Fortunately, our options for water-resistant flooring have expanded far beyond traditional flooring types and into other kinds that you wouldn’t have seen before, like hardwood and carpet. This was one of 2022’s hottest trends, and for good reason, as this is a guaranteed way to keep your home looking its best for years to come.

Multipurpose Work Spaces

Now more than ever, a lot of us are working from home, whether it’s partially or full-time, creating a need for multipurpose workspaces. 2022 emphasized unique solutions for work-from-home spaces included waterproof carpets built to handle the occasional early morning coffee spill and easy-to-please luxury vinyl, which elevated the gym-turned-into-home-office with its wood-look all while protecting you from the rolling desk chair.

Distressed Vintage

This past summer, we focused on all things vintage from distressed oak hardwood to antique barn-look luxury vinyl. The focus of this trend was all about investing in quality and creating a lived-in look to help make any space feel like home.

Patterns on Patterns

Inspired by the maximalist trend, patterns on patterns introduced a beautiful array of textures, colors and designs to the interior design world through floral wallpapers, striped upholstery and sculpted carpet. The goal of this trend was to add dimension and create a distinct warmth through fun textures that are visually appealing.

Luxurious Comfort

As we approached fall, many of us were craving the luxurious comfort of wool carpet, plaid throws and sheepskin rugs. This trend emphasized layers through various textures and materials. Flooring trends picked up in cozy carpets, rich-hued hardwoods and rustic wood-look flooring.

Charismatic Personality

To top the year off, trends turned to character and personality with objects that inspired color, warmth, and joy being infused into home design styles like Art Deco and Rustic Cabincore. In a post-pandemic world, it turns out the charisma of warm and natural flooring like traditional hardwood and shaker-style tile has found permanent roots in interior design.


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Inspired by: Free Spirit

Nov 28, 2022

Approaching life with a free-spirited attitude helps you channel your most authentic, truest self. In design, this means incorporating everything that speaks to your aesthetic, from unique art pieces to pops of your favorite colors.

Channel your inner free spirit to bring individuality to any space in your home with ease. Featuring earthy tones and neutral hues, the free spirit color palette creates the perfect foundation to let your creative juices flow.

Our Top Fall and Winter Flooring Favorites

 

Hearth & Home Circle Drive Plus in Sprout by Flooring America/Flooring Canada

When it comes to style and performance, Circle Drive Plus by Hearth & Home is hard to beat. This carpet is made to resists stains, soil, and wear for years to come, and it does so in stylish fashion at an affordable price. Featured in the shade Sprout, this carpet is sure to freshen up any space and add a touch of earthiness to your design scheme. Or, choose from 36 stunning hues to get the perfect look for your unique aesthetic.

Bleached Wood-Look Luxury Vinyl by Flooring America/Flooring Canada

If you have kids and pets, you’d know that hardwood often can’t hold up the wear and tear that comes with them. Luckily, flooring like our bleached wood-look luxury vinyl offers the authentic look of natural wood in a waterproof, kid proof, and pet proof design. Add a touch of warmth to your space with the shade Sierra, or choose from 7 other versatile wood-tone hues to elevate your home with ease.

Floorcraft Revo Tile in Carrara White Matte by Flooring America/Flooring Canada

Searching for the perfect floor to add an element of elegance to your home? Look no further than Floorcraft’s Revo Tile to do just that. This stone-look porcelain tile is made to enhance any aesthetic while resisting water, stains, dents, and scratches at the same time. Instantly brighten up your space with the shade Carrara, or choose from 11 other hues to complement your design scheme.

Black Wire-Brushed White Oak Hardwood by Flooring America/Flooring Canada

With Floorcraft’s Wire-Brushed White Oak Hardwood, you can add a bold sense of character and style to any room in your home, from the living room to the kitchen to even your bathrooms. Whether your aesthetic is rustic or contemporary, this flooring is sure to complement your look with ease. Add drama and depth to your space with the gray hue or choose from 2 other colors to custom fit your decor, whether it’s rustic or contemporary.  

Winter Design Inspiration

This winter, bring a sense of free-spiritedness into your home by incorporating neutral flooring that will fit any design aesthetic and decor pieces that showcase your individuality. Including earthy tones and neutral hues in your design scheme works to build the perfect canvas for your unique style.

Looking for more design inspiration? Check out our fall/winter issue of Design at Home and don’t forget to keep up to date on all the latest flooring trends with our blog.

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Styles We Love: Biophilic Design

Nov 16, 2022

While biophilia might sound like a strange, futuristic design trend, in reality, it's the perfect blend of nature and inner well-being. Biophilic design has been on the rise these last few years and has only grown more popular during the pandemic as many were forced to stay indoors and quality time spent outside became a scarcity. 

Now, even with the world opening up, people are looking towards their homes as spaces to marry indoor and outdoor elements to create an environment that’s infused with natural and personal touches. With the winter winds fast approaching and daylight dwindling, bringing the natural world inside is more important than ever. Luckily, we’ve outlined a few ways that you can easily bring biophilic design into your home below.

Convivial Arched Hanging Plants No. 1; Pottery Barn Dolores Cane Platform Bed in Natural; Anthropologie Sage Table Lamp; West Elm Theo 19” 1-Drawer Nightstand in Natural; Gray Washed Luxury Vinyl by Flooring America; MADE Liana Rattan Wardrobe; Crate & Barrel Tepi Moss Throw Blanket; Tigressa Sampriti II Premiere Solid in Apple Mint by Flooring America

What is Biophilic Design?

First off, what is biophilic design? Biophilic design is all about bringing your love for the outdoors indoors. This concept was coined by the design industry to express connectivity to the natural world through the direct use of nature in the design space. By illuminating your space with natural light and integrating natural elements throughout your home, biophilia harnesses our innate love of nature. Sit back, relax, and take in everything nature has to offer with a Zen, biophilic aesthetic.

How to Create a Biophilic Home

You’ll be pleased to know that designing a biophilic home doesn’t require a complete overall or home renovation. Instead, you can pick and choose the elements of biophilic design that best complement your decor and home design scheme to create a space that’s unique to you. 

1. Use a natural color palette

Start by creating a base with natural earth tones. Gather inspiration from natural color palettes like the forest, sea, and mountains to set a down-to-earth mood. Think sandy beiges, chocolate browns, sage greens, and ocean blues. Infuse these colors through your walls, flooring, countertops, and cabinets.

2. Accessorize with natural materials

Saddle Brook by Daltile

Using organic elements like wood and stone, you can set a Zen mood. This can be through natural wood accents, organic leather furniture, or greenery. Maybe you opt for wood-look tiling in the bedroom and white oak wide planks in the living room or a natural slate in the foyer. Whatever your taste, source your decor from organic elements and materials.

3. Decorate with plants

Plants are perhaps the easiest way to incorporate biophilia into your home. Naturally infuse the outdoors throughout your space with fresh bouquets, house plants, and dried arrangements.

4. Utilize natural light and fresh air

A key element of biophilic design is blending indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly. The best way to do this is by maximizing daylight with big windows, open-concept spaces, and sliding doors that easily lead to outdoor areas like your back deck or a private balcony.

5. Incorporate water

Last but not least, incorporate water into your design. This doesn’t mean you need to build some crazy waterfall feature in the entryway, but instead draw inspiration from the element of water itself. Maybe for you, this does look like adding an indoor fountain feature or maybe this means bringing in the blues of the ocean through curtains and area rugs or finding a textured print that reminds you of flowing water.

Looking for more design inspiration or curious about the upcoming 2023 design trends? Check out our latest issue of Design at Home to gather fresh ideas for your space this season!

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Style Watch: Charismatic Personality

Oct 14, 2022

When we think of upcoming trends and styles, our minds often wander to modern escapes and glass designs, so it might be a shock to discover that character and personality are making their way into interior design trends. Our post-pandemic world offers a glimpse into ways to infuse color, warmth and joy into our home. So while trendy fads may include modern finishes, the charisma of warm and natural flooring has a habit of finding its way back into homes year after year. 

Here are four recommended flooring products to get you started on infusing your home with charismatic personality:

Enchanting Hardwood

Floorcraft East Bluff in Wynford

Experience the rich character and stylish charm of Floorcraft's East Bluff engineered hardwood and bring personality to any room of your home with aesthetics that thrill both traditional and blended design types like modern farmhouse and shabby chic. 

Not only is this flooring attractive, but it’s also extremely functional as it features a tough-as-nails aluminum oxide coating that resists scratches with ease. As a result, you get a flooring that’s not only eye-catching and charming, but one that will last for years to come, too. 

Charming Luxury Vinyl

Sidekick in Russet by Downs H20

If you’re looking to add personality to your home in a subtle yet effective way, look no further than Downs H20’s Sidekick flooring that features an an ultra-realistic wood look. With its rich character and natural, weathered look, this flooring is sure to add a splash of charisma to any space in your home and will withstand even the most active households in the process. Whether you have rambunctious kids or rowdy pets, this flooring can handle it all due to its waterproof, scratch-resistant, and scuff-resistant nature. 

Captivating Carpet

Passage to Ballie in Frost by Passages by Tigressa 

Carpet always brings forth a sense of nostalgia and with Passage to Ballie, you get the traditional motif of a classic carpet mixed with the performance-enhanced fibers of modern carpet technology. Combining the elegant beauty of a patterned carpet with the softest nylon fibers, this carpet adds texture and personality to any room of your home.. 

Throwback Tile

Cuadro™ Glazed Porcelain Mosaic Tile

With Cuadro Glazed Porcelain Mosaic tile, you get a decorative wall tile that’s reminiscent of a classic Shaker door style. Featuring a gorgeous blue hue, you can infuse modern color into your home through a transitional aesthetic that works to blend contemporary and traditional styles.

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Upcoming: The Fall/Winter Issue of Design at Home

Oct 04, 2022

Although it’s always sad to say goodbye to the bright days of summer, fall brings with it a crisp, clear air that paves the way for new beginnings. And what better time to refresh your home than during this cooler season, forgoing the rainy days and summer heat! 

With the boom in the housing market, the question is always to buy, to sell or to stay? Either way, you want to feel comfortable in your home and what better time than now to dive into our home improvement projects? Starting with this issue of Design at Home, we’ll provide you with plenty of insight into the top tips and design advice for completing a successful home renovation. 

5 Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Beginning with our article on the top renovation mistakes to avoid will significantly decrease the number of bumps along the way of your home remodel. There is no denying that remodeling your house may be fun. However, there are numerous ways that things can go wrong, especially with a huge project. We help you navigate the home remodel of your dreams without any unpleasant surprises by providing a list of renovation blunders to avoid. 

A Bar for Every Mood: Finding the Right Personalized Bar for You

An at-home bar allows you to entertain in the convenience of your own home, whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just hanging out with friends. There are countless options to design your home bar for wine drinkers, coffee connoisseurs, and tea enthusiasts alike. Learn how to construct the ideal happy hour spot in your comfortable home by customizing your wet bar. Plus, find floors to match with our “Get the Look” product recommendations!

Q&A with Lisa Kooistra on Remodeling a Contemporary Bungalow

Design by LISA KOOISTRA  Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI

Learn how Lisa Kooistra took an old, outdated cottage and turned it into a brand-new contemporary space in this exclusive interview. Lisa divulges her secrets on how to upgrade the cozy design of your place with warm textures and neutral color schemes in this sneak peak into her design process behind an unconventional home renovation.

Style Spotlight: 3 Moods to Cozy Up With 

Three current interior design trends that are likely to stand out in your home this season are featured in this issue's styles we love section. Biophilic design incorporates elements from nature that let you interact with the outdoors without ever leaving your house. Neoclassical components that evoke the look of the French Mediterranean are added to the affluent style of the French Riviera architecture. Then there is Art Deco, which is ideal for those who wish to stand out with vibrant colors and eye-catching artwork in their home.

Pet-Proof Design Ideas

Our pets oftentimes make the best playmates. But while you might be constantly cooing over your puppy's tiny paws, what do you do when those same paws are dragging muck across the living room carpet?  Despite how cute our furry buddies may be, the harsh truth is that they have a tendency to chew, claw, and shed everywhere. Fortunately, it's possible to pet-proof your house without sacrificing design. This exclusive article from the most recent edition of Design at Home explains how.

What’s Trending in Interior Design? 

It's no secret that trends change quickly across the globe. Fortunately, we have the latest scoop on what’s trending to stay ahead of the 2023 styles! Check out what six professional designers have to say about what’s trending this year in this exclusive article on the world of interior design.

Transitioning Flooring in Your Home

Your flooring needs will vary room to room, depending on the intended use. While your bedrooms and living room might benefit from having a nice, warm surface underfoot, your bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms might need a durable, waterproof option. Consider how you can create a smooth floor transition with this article on selecting the best flooring for your room transitions.

Kitchen Reno Survival Guide

Written by Patti Wilson

There's a reason we don't often renovate our kitchens: it's a big project to undertake. It seems, during the process, you must learn to live without a kitchen. You'll eventually have a beautifully functional kitchen, but how do you get through the reconstruction phase without living in complete chaos? Patti Wilson, an expert designer with many kitchen renos under her belt, writes a detailed survival guide on navigating a kitchen remodel so you can swiftly create the kitchen of your dreams.

A Downtown Loft for Everyday Living

Written by Kate O’Hara

Design by MARTHA O'HARA INTERIORS  Photography by SPACECRAFTING PHOTOGRAPY

Lastly, Kate O’Hara gives us a behind the scenes look at a downtown loft remodel fit for everyday living. Designed for a family of four that had recently relocated to the city, Kate talks about how she remodeled a lofted condo fit for entertaining a city-dwelling family.  She gives us a before and after explanation, detailing how she transformed the outdated condo into one that worked for the entire family’s needs and could grow with them.


Read the full versions of these articles when the Fall/Winter magazine goes live here.

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Five Reasons to Refresh Your Home

Sep 29, 2022

Your forever home doesn’t need to look the same forever. Here are five signs that it’s time to renovate your home. 

1. It is showing significant signs of wear and tear

No matter how recently your house was built –or not so recently –you may have picked up on a few pain points throughout the years. Whether you’ve noticed the crown molding detaching, tiles coming loose, the paint fading, or any kind of water damage, these are all hints to begin the repair and renovation process. And remember, don’t put off your renovations. Not only can severe wear and tear pose a threat to the integrity of your home, but delaying the process will only make the timeline longer and may cause the price of renovations to jump.

signs of wear & tear

2. Because you feel like it

Hey, there is nothing wrong with needing a little shake-up in your life! As you evolve, so will your taste, so it is only natural that your preferences for your home’s aesthetic would as well. Not only can your own taste change, but the prevailing style trends nowadays may also differ vastly from what was trending when you first remodeled your home. That being said, renovating your home is not something you do just on a whim. Make sure to plan it thoroughly to ensure that this renovation is truly what you want and is cost-efficient. If you are unsure where to start looking for inspiration for your future home, we have a section on our blog dedicated to the latest design trends and inspiration.

3. You have the budget and time to do so

We won’t sit here and try to act like a renovation is not a big undertaking because it most certainly is. But it is a worthwhile investment, both financially and emotionally. Before the renovations officially kick off, make sure you have a clear-cut timeline, a defined budget, and, if needed, a place to stay if your home is uninhabitable during the renovations. Of course, things are bound to happen, and even the best-laid plans may go awry, but as long as you stay on target, your hard work will pay off, and you’ll end up with a home you love and one that reflects you.

budget & time for home renovation

4. The way you use the space has changed

Over the years you spend in your home, a lot can change. For example, you may be interested in converting your spare room to a playroom for your new little ones, or maybe you’re eyeing the attic for an office space so you can work remotely. Renovating can be a game changer in making sure your home can evolve with your needs.

use of space changes

5. To keep or increase the value

You value your home, so make sure it is valued by everyone else. Keeping your home up to date is key to maintaining or increasing your home’s value. For example, having durable floors can make a dramatic difference. Hardwood is a great flooring option for this very reason, as it is seen as long-lasting, versatile, and easy to clean, but that is not to say there aren’t other excellent flooring options available. Installing brand new carpet or luxury vinyl can also dramatically increase your home value.

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Find your local Flooring America to get connected with a qualified expert for more information about your next home remodeling project and to discuss increasing your home’s value with quality floors.

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