What is “New Nordic” Interior Design

Scandinavian decor is, without a doubt, one of the top decor styles at the moment. This style originated as a way to make Nordic homes feel bright and clean during dark winter days, but has now gained popularity in regions that see sun all year round. Now, as homeowners and designers begin to shift away from minimalism, a new twist on this design has emerged. Read on to learn how you can incorporate “New Nordic” style in your home.

One element of traditional Scandinavian home decor that is still used frequently in New Nordic design is raw, bleached hardwood or wood-look floors. The effect is bright and clean, and neutral enough for you to experiment with a wide range of colors (and even other decor styles as your preferences evolve).

In an effort to add a more personal touch to their decorating, designers are focused more on decluttering and opening up a space, rather than recreating the typical minimalist look of Scandinavian decor. You can do this in your own home by being selective in the accessories you choose for the room, whether it’s a few thoughtfully placed family heirlooms or trinkets, or a piece of art that you love.

One noticeable difference between “New Nordic” design and traditional Scandinavian design is the frequent use of color. While white is often the dominant color in Scandinavian design – and still heavily featured in this newer twist – bolder hues are also being used to liven up and add personality to a room. Pops of color, like red or blue, add dimension and keep the space from feeling flat.

Bold colors aren’t the only way to add dimension in a New Nordic design. Have fun with your home’s decor by mixing different subtle patterns and textures. Classic hardwood floors alongside more modern materials, like these clear acrylic chairs, gives this kitchen nook a contemporary look and creates the illusion of a more open space.

Comfort is key with New Nordic design. Plush, wall-to-wall carpet is guaranteed to warm up a room where traditional hardwood may have been featured. For extra comfort, consider adding soft textiles, like faux sheepskin or a cozy throw blanket, in unexpected places – like the kitchen or dining room.

Do you prefer New Nordic or Scandinavian design?

How to Decorate with Lighter Floors

Change up your space with a lighter shade of flooring! Whether you’re looking for hardwood, laminate, or LVT, interior designers are predicting a shift towards lighter tones in 2019. These hues are versatile and great for any room, be it the bedroom, home office, or kitchen. Going for a bright, airy look? Pair light floors with neutral or pastel colored walls. If you’re looking to create a more dramatic look, opt for dark, saturated colors for an edgy contrast.

If you’re looking to achieve a tone on tone look, make sure to play with textures in your decor. Light hardwood floors will add a raw element to the room and also keep the space from feeling too monochromatic – and the right accessories will make the room come to life. Try adding a fabric headboard, unique bedding, or a velvet throw blanket to give dimension. All can work together to create a calm, aesthetically pleasing room.

Light, hardwood floors are a great addition to a farmhouse style home – especially in the kitchen. The right stain will add warmth to the space, and pair nicely with white cabinets and rustic accents. Though some may prefer tile floors in the kitchen, wood-look flooring provides a more interesting contrast against tiled backsplashes and granite or marble countertops, and will keep your kitchen from feeling too cold.

When we talk about light hardwood floors, we aren’t just referring to those warm, yellow and honey tones. Another option that’s becoming increasingly popular is grey or ash colored stains. Grey floors create the perfect foundation for vibrant greens, blues, and metallic accents. In this living room, the flooring accentuates both the natural and gilded decor.

Light floors are also a hallmark of the coastal beach house style. This bedroom uses creams, natural finishes (like the rattan headboard), and pastel blue to create a breezy, Oceanside feel. Light flooring helps to create the illusion of sand at your feet. Consider adding a wicker bench or table, or woven baskets to play off the flooring and tie the room together.

Light wood-look floors are also a great option for kids’ rooms! Because light floors tend to be more neutral, they can be paired successfully with bright, primary colors. If you have little ones at home, try hard surface flooring and adding an area rug, rather than wall-to-wall carpet. We have an array of luxury vinyl hard surface flooring that may look like hardwood, but are durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and messes as your children grow up.

What are your thoughts on lighter flooring?

Create a Wow Factor with Statement Ceilings

Underappreciated and often overlooked is the fifth wall, the ceiling. While many people think a statement can only be made on the walls or with furniture, they often forget that the ceiling is an excellent place to make a unique statement.

There are so many ways to create a focal point with your ceiling that whether you’re all in or not feeling incredibly risky, there is a choice that’s just right for you.

For those who are on the fence with this design trend, start by focusing on what you have such as architectural details that your ceiling may have. Polish any wooden beams or paint coffers to make them stand out and pop. Sometimes simply freshening up your ceiling is a subtle touch that can make a big impact.

If you have ceilings that lack architectural detail, consider adding your own, such as shiplap or wooden beams to pull your room together. Using natural products on your ceiling is great in homes that evoke a coastal or farmhouse style

Another great way to create a statement with your ceiling is to paint it a fun color, or if in a kid’s room, a pattern that matches their favorite hobby or sport.

What are your thoughts on statement ceilings?

Maximalism in Home Decor

Minimalism has been hugely popular in the home when it comes to both design and organization. It’s long been touted that “less is more,” but when it comes to your décor, maximalism is giving minimalism a run for its money.

Maximalism focuses on incorporating unique colors, bold patterns, and all kinds of textures to create an over the top look. You might confuse this with eclectic style; however eclectic involves mixing styles, such as traditional, rustic, and modern all in one room.

When it comes to designing, there are no rules. Go ahead and mix any textures with any fabrics and patterns. However, we find that maximalism looks best if there is color coordination with your pieces. It’s important to connect the dots with your design.

Not sure where to start? Don’t be afraid to start small with this trend by adding unique lamps, colorful cushions and pillows, curated décor, and furniture with different textures. In time you can bring more colors and patterns to your walls, floors, and ceilings.

Maximalism is the perfect storyboard to share your life experiences. Are you known for wearing bright pink? Douse your room in the color. Always wearing cheetah print? Choose artifacts, an ottoman, or wallpaper in this print.

It’s important to note that you don’t need to rely on color in order to maximalize your space. If neutral tones are your style, then place the emphasis on mixing design styles of furniture, texture, patterns, and materials. Think wood with metals, contemporary with mid-century modern, velvet with fringe.

Have fun and personalize your space.

Our Top 2019 Bathroom Trends

This year the bathroom is getting a big makeover, as a handful of trends will be taking over this small, yet powerful room in your home. If your bathroom is in need of a refresh, follow along for the trends that we want to see in your bathroom this year!

Drama in a small space is a look that we love, and statement wallpaper in the bathroom will do just that. To make an impact, think bright, saturated colors and bold wallpapers. Have fun in this space; it’ll make it easier to wake up!

White and grey marble or marble-look quartz and porcelain will also be top materials for bathroom surfaces. This will give your bathroom a timeless look that is great for both a traditional or modern space.

You’ll also see an uptick in open-concept designs in the bathroom, allowing more natural light to shine through and more space to move around while you get ready for the day.

Bathrooms with a spa-like look and feel will also be popular this year, as more people want their bathroom to feel like a retreat so that they can relax and unwind from the day.

What trends are you looking forward to incorporating into your bathroom design?

How to Mix Different Woods and Stains

Now more than ever we are seeing rooms designed with different woods and different stains, as most people collect and purchase furniture at various stages of their lives. Having your floors match your furniture can make your space feel stale and flat, so follow along for our best practices for mixing and matching different woods and finishes.

The first rule of thumb is to make sure that the undertones of the wood finishes match. You will either want your wood to be warm or cool, and it’s important that you do not mix the two in a room. A wood can have a neutral undertone, and in this instance you can mix warm or cool with neutral undertones.

If you have wood floors, make sure to place a rug where wood furniture sits, such as the dining room table. By adding a layer in between larger wood pieces, it will help soften the transition between different stains.

Choose a few different wood finishes to mix and match throughout your room. Your space will feel more balanced if you stick to 2 or 3 stains for a put together space with visual interest. For instance, try lighter floors with a darker coffee table, with a patterned rug in between.

And lastly, choose one dominant wood finish for your room. Usually this will be your largest wood piece, such as the floors or a dining room table.

What are your thoughts on mixed wood finishes?

2019 Kitchen Trends to Look For

A new year brings new trends for the home, and a lot can be expected for the kitchen in 2019. We are seeing changes in technology, colors, flooring, and fixtures. When it comes to new trends, nothing is off limits in the kitchen.

Raw Materials

Expect to see stone, wood, shiplap, concrete, and copper heavily used on all kitchen surfaces and fixtures.

Pendant Light Fixtures

These are great in an open floor plan for defining the different areas in the room, such as the prep and dining area. Not only that, but with so many different styles and looks, it’ll be incredibly easy to add a unique look to your kitchen.

Technology

Prepare to see more digital technology incorporated into your appliances, such as touch controls, handless appliances, and sinks with integrated features.

Open Shelving

This look not only opens up your space, but it makes your kitchen feel larger and brighter. Give this look a try and you’ll add warmth, design, and character all at once. Even better, open shelving helps you stay on top of organization and allows you to display your beautiful kitchenware!

Darker Colors

The desire for an all-white kitchen isn’t as in demand as it used to be. Instead, you’ll see a shift to darker colors used in the kitchen, on the walls, cabinetry, and also the floors.

Patterned Floors

Patterns are great for adding visual interest to both your floors and the kitchen in general. These are great especially in a kitchen where the overall cabinetry and wall colors are neutral and simple.

What kitchen trends are you most excited about?

The Importance of Shopping Local

Did you know that we are part of a cooperative of more than 500 independent retailers that work hard to offer you quality flooring at competitive prices, all while ensuring you receive the best customer experience and the care that comes with a locally owned business?

As an independently-owned business, we can fully cater to your needs and work with you to make sure that your needs are being met and not overlooked.

We value our customers and work hard to make sure that our community is well taken care of.

Shopping locally allows you to support your neighbors while simultaneously receiving personal customer service that you won’t receive at the big box stores. From your initial consultation to the installation, we are here to answer any questions, offer our flooring & design advice, and make sure that your home gets the makeover it deserves.

As a small business, one of the most important shopping days is Small Business Saturday, which takes place on November 24th, the Saturday following Thanksgiving. On this day, we celebrate the importance of small businesses by shopping local and putting money back into our community.

From family-run corner stores to food trucks to online boutiques, small businesses are an important part of our lives and our business. When they succeed, we all do. By supporting one another, we are helping our community and economy grow and flourish.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting small businesses on November 24, and that you’ll remember to Shop Small throughout the holiday season and year-round.

The Popularity of Backsplashes in the Kitchen and Bathrooms

With the kitchen being a main focal point in the home, and the bathroom becoming a place to retreat for a relaxing, spa-like getaway, we are seeing people opt for these rooms to boast more personality, thanks in part to patterned backsplashes. Not just popular in the kitchen, we are seeing more backsplashes being incorporated in bathroom design as well, ranging from the sink to the shower.

A backsplash typically covers the area of the wall between the countertops and cabinets, protecting your walls from water damage resulting from accidental splashes. While its main purpose is functionality, more people are now choosing to add a backsplash solely for the design purpose, with its functionality being an added perk.

No matter what your style preference or color palette of your kitchen or bathrooms, there is sure to be a backsplash that will fit perfectly in your rooms overall design. From subway tiles and geometric shapes, to multi-colored tiles and solid colors, your options are endless.

A backsplash truly is the perfect backdrop for adding both color and texture to your space. If you’re looking to make a statement and add instant visual interest, a backsplash could very well be your best route. Not only that, but a backsplash is a great way to express yourself.

How are you decorating with backsplashes?

Crown-Molding and Wainscoting in Your Home

Crown-molding and wainscoting are classic décor staples that never go out of style. These design features can be integrated in almost any home, no matter your style. By bringing visual interest to your walls and ceiling, you can add a rich and elegant statement and really pull your space together.

Crown-molding is commonly used to highlight where your walls meet your ceiling, and draws your eye upward, creating the idea of more space, while also adding texture, character, and style. There are a variety of style options available to you, which means that the crown-molding in a traditional home will most likely be different than what you’ll see in a rustic home.

Wainscoting, on the other hand, is a decorative accent used on the lower portion of your walls. Originally used for additional insulation, it is now used as a means to add visual interest to your walls. Again, depending on your style, wainscoting can be as high as you want it to go. Entryways and staircases benefit greatly, as those spaces can sometimes lack fine detail, but you can really incorporate this into any room.

What’s your stance on crown-molding and wainscoting? Yes or no?