There are so many different types of hardwood. Engineered vs Solid, Textured vs Smooth. Then you have the different types of wood, including but not limited to: oak, walnut, hickory, and maple, some of which have more specific subspecies, and all of which have different grains and color variants. With all of these options to choose from, it can be easy to overlook the sheen, the amount of shine or gloss your floor shows.
Here are the different types, and what you can expect from each.
As a general rule of thumb, your hardwood should be cleaned at least once a week in active areas, or monthly in lower traffic areas, depending on the amount of residents, pets, and overall movement in your space. A dust mop should be sufficient for daily living, but alternate methods of cleaning may be necessary for spills or other less common incidents.
As for gloss floors, a typical active family will need to re-coat their floors every 2-5 years, but as soon as you see the gloss starting to dull, you should look into re-coating. You have the option to either coat the entire floor, or just the high traffic areas, just be aware that the overall appearance of the floor will differ if not fully re-coated.
Backsplashes are commonly found behind sinks and counters in kitchens and bathrooms.
We will be focusing on some different design options for backsplashes today, but before that, I wanted to point out that they have practical uses as well:
Now that you know the practical uses for backsplashes, let’s look into some examples of designs ranging from some of the most simple to some truly unique options.
When you think of backsplash you probably think of subway tiles. These tiles are smooth, and mostly square in shape. We’ve all seen them, so I omitted them from this article.
Pictured here we have some rectangular pieces varying from stone or tile to a mixture with glass and metal. Still a very simplistic design, but with more character, definitely a popular choice for many homeowners.
Here is another pretty simple design. Some basic squares with a nice square/rectangle border. More going on with this design, but still simple enough to draw a nice crowd.
Middle Ground Designs:
Now we get into some more interesting designs. This sample is actually my favorite backsplash that we have in our store. I think that the colors in the tile are easy enough on the eyes to not make the flower pattern too extreme, and I think there is a welcome amount of contrast.
The design of this backsplash isn’t too out of the ordinary, but the variance of colors make it stand out much more than solid tiles which is why I included it in this section.
So for this section I wanted to focus on our busiest backsplash design. There's a lot of movement in this design and chances are you’ll never get bored looking at it. If you’re a fan of steampunk, chances are this design was made for you.
Obviously this article only touched on five specific examples of backsplashes, but within each range of complexity there are thousands of designs to choose from, you just have to figure out what you like and what you can see yourself enjoying for a while.
There are two main styles of carpet: cut pile and loop pile. Within these two broad categories are several specific styles that have been created and expanded upon as technology has advanced over the past couple decades.
This carpet is sheared, exposing the ends of the fibers. Cut pile carpet is known for the twist of its fibers, which help resist matting. The tighter the twists, the more durable your carpet will be.
There are four popular styles of cut pile to choose from: cable, frieze, Saxony, and textured plush.
This carpet is not sheared, making the looped fibers visible.
There are three popular styles of loop pile to choose from: all loop, patterned multi-level loop, and cut and loop.
A Third Option
As you can see there are styles for everyone, each with their own set of benefits. There is no wrong answer when it comes to carpet, you just have to find the right answer for you based on your personal style and needs.
Tiles are a popular flooring choice for many people. They can be used anywhere, but are mostly popular in kitchens and bathrooms. With so many colors and styles to choose from, there is the additional choice of tile finish. You may already have an idea of what you like, but what are all the differences between a matte and gloss-finish?
Gloss tiles are finished with a coating of liquid glass, making them shiny and smooth to the touch. Matte tiles do not receive this treatment, so they lack that shine and feel.
Here is a breakdown of some pros and cons for these types of finishes.
Now that you’ve seen some of the differences between the two, maybe your mind has changed or has been made up. Both floors are great for different reasons, but depending on your space or lifestyle, one may be more suitable than the other.
If you still can’t choose, no worries! You could pair a matte floor with a gloss wall, or you could even select a semi-matte finish. This finish gives you a shiny surface, which while not as reflective as pure gloss, is not as slippery.
We have a large collection of carpets with several styles and shades. Mixed in with our more neutral options are some very bright and bold colors. While eye-catching, are these carpets really something that should be used as the main floor in a room?
While I have seen my fair share of dark green living rooms, more often than not, colored carpets are used in children’s rooms. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great for parents to let their kids express themselves in any way they want. I’ve seen rooms painted to show favorite characters and scenes from movies, I love it. When I was a kid my dad let me draw on my wall, and that experience led me to paint a mural in my university’s media center.
Letting your child pick out a carpet or paint for their room is a very exciting experience. They get to feel all grown up as they choose their neon green walls and bright pink carpet. You may question these decisions, but maybe you go for it anyways. All is well and now the room is painted and floors are down. Your child is happier than they’ve ever been, but as the months go by you run into a problem.
What's the Problem?
They’re growing up. It could be months or years, it could even be a few weeks. Your kids are constantly changing, and so are their senses of style and favorite colors. Your child who once loved the neon green, bright pink, and zebra pattern combo is now into deep purples and greys. Your kids are changing, it can’t be helped, and it’s great to see them grow, but what will you do about the current state of their bedroom?
Let me tell you, it’s way easier to paint a room than it is to install a floor. You can easily pick up some paint and cover up that neon green eyesore, but to change that bright pink carpet? That’ll take some time and money.
A good carpet will last you a long time, do you really want to replace your perfectly good pink carpet? Probably not, but your kid is now begging you for a neutral gray floor. What do you do? What could you have done in the past?
Neutral base. Accent colors.
You are likely going to get the most bang for your buck by going neutral for your carpeting and personalizing your space with colored walls and a nice area rug, amongst other decorations.
Say you decided to get a bright pink area rug as opposed to an entire floor, you’ve got more options here. For high traffic areas, we suggest having a shorter, denser carpet, because it won’t show traffic patterns and will look nicer, longer. Now for that beautiful area rug however, you could add a little length and make it softer; sure it will be matted down eventually, but it could last as long as your child’s pink phase, and be easily replaced when the time comes.
Dust, mold and pollen are bad news for allergy and asthma sufferers. So you certainly wouldn’t want to invite those things to stay in your home by settling in your carpet. But that’s exactly what carpet does – traps those pesky, invisible allergens without you knowing. And with every step, they are released into the air for you to inhale.
The good news is allergies don’t have to mean hard surface flooring. There are carpeting options that don’t trap as many allergens. Read on to find out what you should look for when purchasing new carpet for your home.
What to Look For
Carpeting made of synthetic materials is better at repelling pollen, dust and allergens. This is because the fibers are not organic and provide an inhospitable climate for things like mold. In addition, you should ask for carpeting that’s labeled as hypoallergenic. Nylon and olefin carpets resist moisture, dirt and mildew, making them good options. Also ask about polyester, Triexta and Air.o.
Look for carpeting that has short, tightly woven strands – which have less space to trap allergens.
People with sensitivity to chemicals will want to avoid volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are carbon-based chemicals that quickly evaporate at room temperature. They may trigger allergies, respiratory irritations and headaches. Look for Green Label or Green Label Plus products to make sure you’re purchasing the lowest possible VOC-emitting carpet.
Lastly, don’t forget about the carpet padding – make sure it’s also synthetic and free of allergy-triggering vapors and chemicals.
Be Careful During Installation
Especially during the dust particles being stirred up during the removal of your old existing floors.
It would be best to vacate the areas where the air is being polluted with unknown smells and all manner of Air bourn pollutants.
Avoid triggering an allergy flare up while your hypoallergenic carpet is being installed. Take these precautionary measures to cut down on allergens flying through the air:
The very best way to eliminate allergens from your home is to install hardwood, vinyl or laminate flooring. Because there is nowhere for dirt, dust and pollen to hide, these flooring options are great for allergy and asthma sufferers. Allergens “sit” on the surface of hard flooring and are easier to remove with a quick mopping.
If you’re ready to get relief from your allergies or asthma by switching up your flooring, contact one of our sales team members at Floors of Saint Louis. We can walk you through the various options available and help you kick allergens to the curb.
When people come in looking for new hardwood, or vinyl that looks like hardwood (which I highly recommend), there is inevitably a discussion about the color. More often than not it is based around grays versus more classic light browns and reds.
There are several reasons people have these daily conversations with us:
Classic style floors give off a feeling of warmth and make you feel right at home. Nobody will ask why you have a light brown or red floor, they are very common in most homes and even if you installed it, they may think it came with the home. These floors are neutral and can be matched with basically anything. In my current apartment I have a typical light brown floor and I have had no issues putting any of my existing furniture in there.
Gray style floors give a modern appearance to the spaces they’re in. Contrary to classic floors, if you install a gray floor, chances are you put a bit more thought into the furniture that goes in the room with it. Gray floors often make me think that the furniture in the room should be more simple. With those floors I imagine black or white blocky style furniture, although my opinions on that do change depending on the shade of gray.
What do I think?
If you asked me right now if I preferred the gray or classic look of hardwood/vinyl, I would tell you that both are perfect choices depending on how you style your rooms. I would also tell you that if I owned a home at this point in time that I would be all over the light gray flooring. To me, nothing is out of the question. I love whites and grays with pops of color from painted walls or decorations.
On one of my daily walks through the store I couldn’t help but notice this sample on an Anderson Tuftex display. Up until this point I have never given any thought to how rugs are made, much less knew about all the different ways you could do it.
Today a family came in looking to get a rug made. Terry, my new boss, walked them through the process and I tagged along to listen.
After the family left, Terry told me about the process of making rugs and how binding works. Listening to him reminded me of this display and made me interested to learn more and write this piece.
For the sake of the blog I will only be touching on my opinions about the types of edge in the picture above, but there are many more ways to do it, such as the ever-popular fringing method.
An edge’s most basic function is to keep the chosen carpet piece from fraying when it becomes a rug. Chances are when you go to the store to pick up an already made rug, the edge wasn’t something you paid much attention to. When getting your own rug made however, it’s something you have to think about.
Binding is the most basic form of carpet edge. It’s nice and simple; it’s the type of edge that everyone expects on a rug and don’t pay much attention to. This edge is sewn on, and while it doesn’t leave a clear-cut line between itself and the rug, it still looks nice and gets the job done for the best price.
Personally, serging is my favorite style of edge. It’s a step up from binding in regards to price, but it looks far nicer than a binded edge. In my opinion, this type of edge just makes sense, looking at the sample picture, it just looks like it belongs on the rug more than the other edges. They are also sewn on, and loop right into the carpet making for a good flow between the edge and the body of the rug.
The fabric edge makes a statement. It looks formal, but the texture of the fabric makes it a bit more welcoming. These edges are sewn and glued to the carpet, leaving a clean line on the rug. While I would not personally go for this type of style, I certainly don’t blame anyone who does.
The leather edge to me says “business”. It looks far more formal than the other styles and leaves nothing to the imagination. As with fabric, these edges are sewn and glued to the carpet, leaving a clean line on the rug. This is a style that I can really only imagine in businesses, but don’t let that stop you from putting it in your home if you’re drawn to it.
There are countless styles and price points for creating a rug, you just have to find what’s best for your style and budget. If you have more technical questions about the options above feel free to call or send me a message through our contact page.
My father has worked in the flooring business for as long as I can remember. Not once did I think I would ever end up in this business, that is, until this opportunity to work at Flooring Galaxy in St. Louis and on the company’s website and social media came around.
I have always loved writing and sharing my opinions with others, that’s what I went to college to do. In the short time that I have been in the workforce, I have learned a lot about the different types of flooring.
Currently, I am the most knowledgeable and opinionated about patterned carpets, so I will be talking about three different types and what I think about them and their uses.
When I first looked around the store, I was drawn to this carved saxony piece from Hagaman. It was hand carved, making for a unique addition to any space. I like this piece not only for the hard work that was put into making it, but for the texture and color options as well. Being a carved carpet, there is an obvious depth that can be felt in the piece. This design can look as subtle or dramatic as you’d like, with both tan on tan and white on blue options available. Hagaman is known for their different fibers, woods, and polyesters, which gives me an even greater impression of their work. I have simple looking furniture in my living room, so I know that I would personally enjoy having this piece as an area rug as it would add a much needed pop of color and texture.
I am fond of this printed pattern from Milliken because of the simplicity of the marble design. Milliken specializes in both residential and commercial grade flooring, so their designs are bound to look great no matter the size. Printed patterns are unique because the design is printed directly on top of a solid colored carpet, so the design does not travel below the surface. This may sound like a negative point at first, but these carpets from Milliken are stain resistant, have soil protection, resist abrasive wear, and have texture retention, so these carpets were built to last and maintain their appearance. I have always loved the look of marble, so this is a piece that I believe would look great as either a kitchen or bathroom rug when paired with a marble or solid colored countertop.
Possibly my new favorite type of carpet right now is abstract geometric. This style of carpet is known for its irregular patterns. This particular piece is from Stanton, who is known for their custom carpets, rugs, and runners. I love the contrast of colors in this carpet and believe it can add a lot to a room. I would gladly have this as a large rug in my living room or bedroom. It is also my opinion that abstract geometric carpets look amazing as runners on staircases. They add a beautiful sense of movement up the stairs as opposed to a more static look from a plain or regular geometric design, which while still nice, do not leave as lasting an impression as abstract runners.
Every type of carpet is different, from design to uses, and at the end of the day, it is up to you to decide what you like based on your preferences and needs.