Designing a Room from the Floor Up

If you have wood floors or carpet that you love, you can build a room design from the floor up. Often when designing a room, we begin with an inspiration fabric or accent color. Flooring is typically 30% of a room, so it should be a big factor in the overall design of the space.  Taking flooring into account at the beginning of your design will create a beautiful polished room in the end.


Even if you don’t love your existing flooring, choosing your flooring at the beginning of the design process is a good idea. Think of how you will use the space. Kitchens and bathrooms have different flooring needs than living and bedrooms. Do you have pets? Kids? High foot traffic? All of these should be taken into consideration when choosing flooring types and colors.


Once you have your beautiful floors selected, you can begin building your room.  Get samples of paint, wallpaper, fabric and accent colors to create a unified design.  When selecting colors for the room, take into account the color and tone of your floors.  Dark or light, warm or cool tones in the flooring will make wall and fabric colors look differently.  Keep floor color in mind especially if you have wood furniture on wood floors. A little bit of contrast between the woods will make the furniture stand out more; similar colors will make the two elements blend together.


Remember, if it all seems too overwhelming, involve the help of a flooring professional. They can help you pull everything together.


Mixing Light and Dark Woods

With wood floors being so popular in homes these days there is a new discussion about matching or mixing wood tones between flooring and furniture. Having all the same type of wood furniture in a room is an older way of approaching design. Very formal rooms, such as dining rooms, often had all mahogany or cherry furniture. Today’s design style is more apt to mix one or more woods in a room’s design, including the flooring.


If you have light floors like maple or dark floors like ebony stained hickory, you are not held to only have light or dark furniture to match the floors.  Placing dark wood furniture on light floors and vice versa can make the wood of both pop. Using similar wood, dark on dark or light on light, will cause your furniture to blend in more with the flooring. This can be remedied by using a colorful or patterned area rug to break up the unified wood tones.


The contrast between light and dark has a more modern and contemporary feel than the traditional style of using similar wood tones. Using different wood tones can give your space more visual interest while also creating a more eclectic style that is favored by many designers today.


When mixing woods, pay attention to the undertones of the color just as you would when mixing paint colors or fabric colors.  Cherries and mahoganies have red undertones while maple has a more yellow undertone. These undertones will be more noticeable when you mix your woods.

Beautiful Dark Wood Flooring

When decorating a room from the floor to the ceiling, you have the chance to coordinate all the design elements from scratch. Unless you are doing a home remodel or building a new home, one or more of these design elements will already be in place when you decorate the room.  If you like your flooring, be sure to incorporate it into the new room design rather than ignore it.


If the flooring is ready to be changed for either wear or style, think about putting a darker color on the floor.  Dark stained woods, including ebony stains that read as black, are a very popular choice for wood floors. These dark wood floors can add drama to a space and anchor it.


Darker carpet can achieve the same effect.  Darker carpet will also hide the dirt more but not the lint or pet hair so you might need to vacuum more often if you have pets.  Darker colors like those seen here can act as neutrals in a space as well as greys and browns.


Pair darker floors with lighter walls to balance out the deep color if you want an airy feel to the space. Go with deeper neutrals and colors on the walls if you want the space to feel cozy.  Darker floors that are either wood or carpet can help ground white or light furniture in the space. A dark color area rug can designate a living or dining area in an open floor plan with lighter floors.

Light Colored Floors

A big design trend of the past few years has been deep, dark stained wood floors. Ebony floors can be found in homes that range from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.  On the opposite end of the spectrum from these super dark floors are ultra-light wood floors.  Pale woods like beech and ash as well as floors that have been lime stained or painted white are showing up on blogs and in design magazines.  Lime stained floors have a white, almost light gray look to the wood that recalls Scandinavian style and works well with both traditional and contemporary styles.

These light floors work well with contemporary and modern spaces in homes, apartments and lofts. This living room features very pale wood floors that perfectly suit the all white furniture scheme. The textured area rug helps break up the smooth surface of the floor.  Texture is important in monochrome or neutral spaces that don’t rely on colors for interest.  Sisal or jute would also bring texture to the floor without adding too much pattern or additional color.  Having just a pop of color in a throw on the sofa doesn’t take away from the white floors or furniture.

Lighter floors can be a bonus because they don’t show as much dirt as dark wood floors.  This is good if you have a pet or kids who track in dirt from outside.  With any flooring choice, wall colors and other features in the room should be taken into consideration to make the best choice.

Fabulous Garage Floors

Do you want to transform your garage from drab to fab?  Then you may want to consider investing in garage flooring.  Not only will it beautify your home but add protection to the one floor most neglected in your home…the garage.

A lot of time and money is invested in flooring for our homes protecting them from damage but not much for our garage floors.  Concrete garage floors can’t withstand harsh corrosives of grease, oil, battery acids, and other substances.  Continuous exposure to those materials corrode the garage floor and leave it dirty and stained.

Cleaning concrete floors can also be challenging and time-consuming.  Proper care and maintenance of your garage floor is important for a well-maintained home.

There are several different options for garage flooring.  The common ones are the vinyl or lacquer paints, epoxy, floor tiles or rolled vinyl mats.  Vinyl and lacquer paints will protect your floors but are only a small solution to the problem, will have to be done every so often and the time to paint the garage floor can be tedious.  Using an epoxy would improve the look of your garage and are relatively longer lasting than paints.

For enhancing the look of your garage, floor tiles are a long-lasting and permanent solution to maintaining your garage floors.  Though a bit expensive, the cost and installation of garage tiles or mats considerably reduce the need of frequent repairs to your floor.

Garage floor tiles come in a wide range of colors and patterns that will match your style.  They are highly resistant to corrosive substances and they can be easily cleaned.  They are also durable enough to withstand the weight of heavy vehicles and resistant to cracks and dents.

Deciding between the different types of tiles and mats is going to be your biggest challenge because of their differences.  Rigid Plastic Garage Floor tiles are 100% PVC and are usually about ¼-inch thick and stand up to most chemicals, oils, grease, and other substances found in a garage.

Flexible Garage Floor tiles are much easier to stand and walk on and are easy to clean but aren’t well suited for cars or heavy machinery.

Wood Composite Garage Floors are made for basement subflooring but can also be used for garage flooring.  Wood composite floors have a moister barrier on the bottom that keeps the top dry and can hold up to 4,000lbs per square foot, which makes them great for standard garage purposes.

With all the different styles and colors of garage flooring there should be no reason why your garage shouldn’t look as good as the rest of your home.  The flooring around your home is thought out and planned to match walls and furniture.   So why doesn’t your garage match the rest of your house?  It’s just as much a part of your humble abode as any of your other rooms.

Though some may consider garage flooring a costly option, they are very easy to maintain and are known for endurance.  Durable garage flooring options can improve the quality of your garage and make it an important and charming part of your home.

Leather Flooring Trends

The place of leather in our homes is something that has dated back to the primitive times and now leather has continued to play a major role when it comes to carrying out interior decorations in our homes and offices. The use of leather has extended to the making of clothes but mostly, home decor items like furniture and recently, flooring. Yes, leather flooring is the in thing now and a lot of consumers have welcomed this trend with arms wide open.

The advancement in technology has given rise to affordable leather flooring options in which homeowners across differing economic groups can purchase it and enjoy its luxury. When it comes to the varied flooring options available, leather flooring might just be one of the most exotic and original amongst them.

Leather flooring comes in many different textures and colors and is versatile enough to be used in the living room, study and bedroom.

With the use of the leather flooring, you are sure to save money and time when it comes to the installation. After the installation, you get a type of flooring that is spectacular and gives your home that much needed comfort and quietness. The high rate of response to the leather flooring trends is also influenced by the fact that this type of flooring is environmentally friendly. Some even go the extent of backing up the leather flooring with a layer of cork which eliminates the need for you to install an insulator beneath your flooring.

Kids Floor Mats – How to choose the best Soft Flooring option for your child

New and expectant parents are often faced with the stress of outfitting their homes with items to ensure the safety of their new born baby or toddler.  Some of the most common items purchased or requested are baby safety items such as safety gates, cabinet latches, and outlet covers.  One item that is often overlooked however is portable shock absorbent flooring or kid’s mats.  In this article, the most popular products will be discussed and recommendations will be given to help explain when and where these products could and should be used. Continue reading “Kids Floor Mats – How to choose the best Soft Flooring option for your child” »

Merida Recycled Leather Flooring

Leather flooring tiles–have you seen this new trend? We’ve seen leather rugs, but leather floor tiles? We’re excited about a new flooring material by Merida: recycled leather flooring.  These are leather floor tiles that have the durability of a hard surface combined with the luxury of leather.  Made in Germany from recycled leather, these tiles are a sustainable product.  Recycling the leather keeps it out of landfills, so these are a green product for those who are focused on buying eco-friendly and sustainable products for their homes.

There are four texture patterns in a variety of colors available in the Veledo leather flooring tiles collection: Angus, Buffalo, Croco and Toro.  Angus is a dapple, almost stippled pattern. Buffalo is less patterned, smoother.  Croco replicates the geometric pattern of crocodile. Toro is similar to a cowhide, smooth and available in rich browns.  The range of textures and colors means there are a variety of ways to create a unique and elegant impression.

These earth tone Veledo leather flooring tiles add a warm, natural element to a room. They can be used as area rugs, runners and room size rugs.

According to Merida, the Veledo line of leather flooring tiles can be used in both residential and commercial spaces.   Veledo leather flooring tiles can be found in boutique hotels, offices, restaurants, bars and lounges. Use them in your home to recreate this high end design look.

Leather tiles can be used in the bedroom, living room, dining room, hallway, family room and even the kitchen. Visit the Merida website for all leather flooring options.

Designer Beryn Hammil Shares Fabulous Floor Photos

San Francisco Interior Designer Beryn Hammil was kind enough to share these pictures of floors she saw on her recent adventures. She writes  “Just returned from two trips and saw amazing floors in each.Enjoy!”

Thanks, Beryn for sharing and for thinking to share these images with us!
You can learn more about Beryn and her design by visiting the Beryn Hammil Design Facebook page. You can also connect with her on Twitter @beryn. If you really want to get to know Beryn, you can visit her website or enjoy her fabulous blog!

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