Picking Flooring for Your Home: Make the Right Choice Every Time with our Step-by-Step Guide

picking flooring

Flooring is one of the most important design decisions you can make. Image: ADM Flooring Design

There’s no getting around it: Picking flooring for your home is a big decision. Between the cost of the materials, the time spent on installation and a continued need for maintenance, it’s easy to see why many homeowners are desperate to be certain they’re making the right choice before taking the plunge. If you’ve found yourself in a similar conundrum, you’re in the right place. Below is our guide on how to pick the right flooring for any room in your home. Read over your options carefully and use our tips to find the perfect fit.
consider function

Consider the function of the room first to determine the best flooring. Image: Scenario Architecture

Think about function

How — and where — the flooring will be used needs to be your first point of consideration. For example, some
think about maintenance
remember budget
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5 Keys to Pulling Off a Minimalist Look That’s Undeniably Functional

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Minimalist interiors aren’t just for people who are never home. Just about anyone can achieve this look. Image: Walter Barda Design

Shop a similar look: Stools | Pendants | Faucet These days, the minimalist look is increasingly popular. You don’t have to look very deeply into sites like Freshome to find photo after photo of these pristinely laid out interiors. These spaces have a tendency to look so untouched and so well-curated that it’s hard to imagine anyone actually living in them on a regular basis. We’re here to tell you that, if you’ve fallen in love with this aesthetic, minimal interiors can absolutely become a reality in your home. We’ve laid out the five keys you need to knowto make it happen
neutral colors
furniture focal point
vary textures
concealed storage
curated accessories
minimalist look
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Should You Hire An Interior Designer? Ask Yourself These Questions Before Taking the Plunge

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Ask yourself these questions before bringing an interior designer on board. Image: Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design

Shop a similar look: Cork Bowls | Throw Pillows | Sconces One of the questions we get asked all the time is whether it’s worth it to hire an interior designer and — as much as we’d love to help — that’s not really something we can answer for you. Hiring a designer is an incredibly personal experience. Some people wouldn’t dream of starting a project without professional help and others can’t justify the expense. Where you fall in that debate is ultimately up to you. However, we’re not going to leave you hanging. To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself
consider budget
think about services
personal style
making decisions
hire an interior designer
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Here’s How to Put Together the Perfect Nursery Design for Your Bundle of Joy

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Don’t let putting together the perfect nursery design be one of your parenting worries. Image: Marie Flanigan Interiors

Shop a similar look: Crib | Star Decals | Rocker & Ottoman Picking a nursery design is one of the first decisions a soon-to-be parent will make. It’s no surprise that this project can feel simultaneously exciting and overwhelming. It’s something that — understandably — you’ll want to do the right way. We’re here to make sure you knock it out of the park. We’ve outlined our best tips for putting together the perfect nursery design to help welcome home your bundle of joy. Read on to learn how you can prepare for your new baby in four simple steps.

The Definitive Guide to Layering in Interior Design (What It Means and How to Do It Right)

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layering in interior design

Layering gives your interior design that professional look. Image: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design

Shop a similar look: Rug | Side Table | Throw | Floor Lamp Successful interior design is all about getting each of the elements in a room to work well together while still standing out and making an individual impact. This is done through a process called layering. Though it is not an official principle of design, many of the pros consider it the secret ingredient that makes a room stand out. If you’re ready to bring your interiors to the next level, this post will show you how to effectively incorporate layering into your spaces. We’ve outlined what this process is and how to pull it off. Use the tips
layering adds depth
styled surfaces
incorporate texture
use wall coverings
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Defining a Style Series: What Is Transitional Design? (It’s the Perfect Middle Ground)

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Bring comfort into your home with transitional design. Image: Landmark Building Contractors LLC

Shop a similar look: Horse Sculpture | Candlesticks | Coffee Table It’s a common design conundrum: For some of us, ultra-modern looks feel uncomfortable. They’re too stark and sleek to feel homey. Yet, if we focus solely on livability over style, we can end up with a room that feels like it belongs in grandma’s house. It’s easy to find yourself searching for a viable middle ground. If you’re one of those people, we have your answer. It’s transitional design. This style embraces comfort with a modern twist. Below, we’ve outlined why it works and how to pull off the look in your own interiors. With these tips, you should
transitional design
soothing colors
strong furniture
purposeful accessories
transitional design
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Do’s and Don’ts of Finishing a Basement and Creating the Perfect Bonus Space

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Finishing a basement is one of the coolest home improvement projects you can undertake. Image: Hart & Lock Design

Shop a similar look: Table | Throw Pillows | Sofas Finishing a basement feels like the ultimate goal for many homeowners. Not only is it a chance to add some more — probably much needed — living space to your home, but it allows you the rare opportunity to design a room from the ground up. Working with that much flexibility can often feel overwhelming, especially if you’re dealing with it for the first time. If you’re ready to finish your basement, but aren’t quite sure where to start, this post is for you. We’ve outlined all the do’s and don’ts you need to know to
basement utility
basement foundation
basement layout
basement comfort
finishing a basement
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Back to Basics: The Importance of Rhythm in Interior Design (Plus, How to Make It Work for You)

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Rhythm is a fundamental component of interior design. Image: M A D E R A Surfaces

Shop a similar look: Pendants | Coffee Maker | Faucet Odds are, you’re probably used to hearing about rhythm in connection to music. It’s the thread that ties all the stanzas, bridges and choruses in a song together. However, rhythm in interior design works in much the same way. Though you may never have noticed it before, it’s the subtle pattern that takes all of your individual design elements and ties them together. Many people believe that rhythm is secret to a successful design. It’s the thing that gives top-end interiors that extra hint of polish, and if you can’t quite place why your design feels as
rhythm and cohesion
rhythm and repetition
rhythm and unity
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Here’s How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color Every Time

Paint colors

The perfect paint color is fundamental to your interior design. Image: Mary Bona – Design Find

Let’s face it: Picking the right paint color is important. There’s no denying the shade we pick to adorn the walls is a fundamental part of any interior design project. In fact, it’s often the element the rest of our aesthetic choices are based on. That said, choosing the ideal shade is far from easy. There are so many options available and each one just a little different than the last. For many, it’s almost impossible to figure out where to start. We’re ready to put this age-old problem to rest, once and for all. We’ve compiled a list of our best tips on how to pick the perfect paint color for your interiors. Use these suggestions the next time your home needs a fresh coat of paint and we guarantee selecting the shade will be
textile inspiration
paint color transition
paint color lighting
paint finish
paint color
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Use These Mudroom Tips to Craft an Elegant and Organized Entryway

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Every home needs a mudroom. Image: Bob Povall Photography

Shop a similar look: Wall Hooks | Antler Hooks | Baskets With fall on the way, it’s time to get ready for the onset of inclement weather. Soon coats, gloves and muddy boots will become necessities when venturing out. Unfortunately, once it’s time to come back in, these items have a tendency to track remnants of the outdoors into the rest of your home. That is, unless you have a mudroom to help make this transition simpler. If you’re ready to create an organizational area to help your family get in and out the door with ease, read on below. Our mudroom tips will help you improve your home’s organization, no matter how much
Determine function first
Find space
Storage options
aesthetic touches
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Everything You Need to Know About Buying the Perfect Rug for Your Home

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A throw rug can make or break a room’s design. Image: Thomas Towne Reavey Inc.

Shop a similar look: Rug | Throw Pillows | Coffee Table | Throw Blanket The right throw rug can absolutely pull together a room’s design. But limited sizing options and high price tags have a tendency to make homeowners shy away from committing to a purchase. It doesn’t need to be that way. With a little forethought and research, you can pick the perfect rug every time. If you’re in the market for a great area rug, read on. We’ve compiled a list of our best tips and tricks for how to figure out which rug works best for you. Keep this post in your back pocket — you
choose color first
think about function
rug size
furniture placement
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Interior Designers Share Their Favorite Tips For A Successful Kitchen Remodel

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Use remodeling tips from interior designers to transform your kitchen. Image: Pickell Architecture

Shop a similar look: Stools | Pendants | Cake Stand It’s not hard to see why undertaking a kitchen remodel is one of the most discussed topics in interior design. These projects—while worth it in the end—can get to be a little costly and time-consuming. It goes without saying that, if you’re going to do it, you want to do it the right way. With that in mind, we decided to take this topic to the experts. We asked interior designers to share their favorite kitchen remodel tips. Read on to see their no-holds-barred answers. With any luck, their experiences can help you redo your kitchen with ease.

The Importance of Contrast in Interior Design (Plus, How to Make It Work for You)

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Contrast is an essential component of any interior design project. Image: Ann Lowengart Interiors

Interior design buffs know how important a room’s first impression can be. There are some spaces that, upon first glance, make your breath catch because its elements are so visually striking, yet still fit together. Other rooms seem to fall flat, almost like something is missing. Contrast is the secret ingredient that gives those memorable spaces their impact. When used correctly, this foundational design principle can add a huge dose of visual interest to your interiors while simultaneously pulling it together. Many consider it an essential component to any successful interior. However, if you’re new to this idea, don’t worry, this post is for you. Read on to learn more about the importance of contrast,
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Contrast monochromatic colors.
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Defining a Style Series: What is Nordic Design? A Blend of Form and Function

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Embrace Nordic simplicity.

Scandinavian design embraces simplicity at its best. Image: Stefani Stein

We can’t say enough good things about Nordic design. Though this aesthetic has been around since the post-World War II era — and even longer in Northern Europe — it has recently experienced a sharp spike in popularity. Since the look is defined by clean lines, chic minimalism and an overall airy feel, it’s not hard to see why so many are intent on bringing a Scandinavian feel to their interiors. However, it’s not always easy to take design inspiration from a photo and bring it to life. In this case, you might wonder how to keep Scandinavian interiors from feeling too stark or what type of furniture works best with the look.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Don't forget negative space.
Try Nordic style.
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Here Are 5 Essential Design Questions to Ask Yourself Before Tackling Your Next Project

Ask questions before designing.

Ask yourself a few questions before jumping into your design. Image: Katie Leede & Company Studio

As fun as redoing the rooms in your home can be, it’s also a little intimidating. After all, it’s not easy to take an old space and have it come out like something that could be featured on HGTV. There are so many different factors to consider. How do you even know where to begin? In this case, preparation is key. Before you start on the design, you need to have a roadmap in place. By knowing how much you have to spend, what projects you’ll be working on and what the end product should look like, you’ll be able to get rid of all your doubts and guesswork. From there, bringing your vision to life will simply be a matter of checking tasks off your list. If you’re stuck on how to put
Consider function first.
Focus on what you like.
Consider what you don't like.
Pick a style.
Think about budget
Outdoor spaces count, too.
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Creating the Ultimate Guest Room: How to Make Guests Feel Right at Home

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Make your guests feel welcome.

The ultimate guest room helps your guests feel incredibly welcome. Image: LKW Design Associates

Figuring out how to design your own interiors is one thing, but for some reason, when it comes to putting together a guest room, decisions feel extra important. Every host wants their guests to feel comfortable. In addition, there’s a little bit of pride at stake. The ability to offer particularly plush guest quarters is a status symbol. That said, the question becomes: What does it take to create a great guest room? Which features will make your guests feel most at home and leave them talking about how much they’ve enjoyed their stay? We’re here to help figure that out. We’ve put together a guide to creating the ultimate
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Review our tips for a great guest room.
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Rules to Pull Off a Successful Eclectic Design (Without it Feeling Overwhelming)

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Express yourself with eclectic design.

Eclectic design is all about limitless expression. Image: Rikki Snyder

Eclectic design is kind of hard to get a handle on, isn’t it? On the one hand, the amount of freedom in it is so intriguing. In a style that’s defined by mixing and matching, you literally have the ability to create any design you can dream up. The sky’s the limit. On the other hand, the lack of rules also seems a little intimidating. Understandably, it raises some questions. How can you ensure that your design flows together? Will the design elements seem overwhelming rather than intentional? How will you know if a décor item doesn’t fit? We’ve got a handle on the rules you need to know to pull off a successful eclectic design
Create a neutral background.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Eclectic design can tie together.
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Just Moved? Here’s How to Incorporate Existing Furniture Into a New Space

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It's possible to reuse design element.

Reusing your design elements after a move is possible. Image: Godrich Interiors

For many, moving feels like an excuse to go on a serious design binge. After all, new rooms are the perfect place to try out some of the looks and trends you’ve been drooling over for a while. Plus, it’s common knowledge that new spaces need a personal touch to feel homey. Unfortunately, though, it isn’t always possible to plunge into a full redesign. Whether you’re trying to save a little money or you just don’t have the time to commit to another project, sometimes you need to figure out how to incorporate your existing furniture into fresh interiors. If you’re worried about pulling this task off without having your design look
Rethink your layout.
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Use your imagination to rethink design
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Just Moved? Here’s How to Incorporate Existing Furniture Into a New Space

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It's possible to reuse design element.

Reusing your design elements after a move is possible. Image: Godrich Interiors

For many, moving feels like an excuse to go on a serious design binge. After all, new rooms are the perfect place to try out some of the looks and trends you’ve been drooling over for a while. Plus, it’s common knowledge that new spaces need a personal touch to feel homey. Unfortunately, though, it isn’t always possible to plunge into a full redesign. Whether you’re trying to save a little money or you just don’t have the time to commit to another project, sometimes you need to figure out how to incorporate your existing furniture into fresh interiors. If you’re worried about pulling this task off without having your design look
Rethink your layout.
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Give favorites a DIY makeover
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Use your imagination to rethink design
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Navy Is the New Black: How to Incorporate 2017’s Navy Trend Into Your Home

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Use navy as a neutral.

Navy is our new neutral. Image: Diane James Home

Usually, when we talk about neutrals, blacks, whites and grays steal the spotlight — and for good reason! They go with everything, they’ve been around forever, and, frankly, they will always be in style. That said, there’s no need for monochromatic colors to be the only game in town. Thanks to 2017’s design trends, another color is ready to mix up your neutral color palate. Navy is here and there’s no stopping it. As the year progresses, we’re seeing this color get steadily more popular and we predict it won’t be long before you’re seeing it everywhere. For those ready to dive in, we’ll show you how to best incorporate this powerful shade of blue
Add navy to your walls.
Add navy to your walls.
Add navy to your walls.
Add navy to your walls.
Add navy to your walls.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy furniture adds plenty of color.
Navy cabinets are super on trend.
Try navy textiles.
Try navy textiles.
Try navy textiles.
Try navy textiles.
Try navy textiles.
Use navy to create contrast.
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