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Archive for August, 2009

Hand Scraped

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Hand scraped wood and even laminate is a very popular choice right now. Many people are choosing hand scraped ( some people refer to it as distressed) over a smooth piano finish for their floors. one good thing about hand scraped is that it makes your wood or laminate look more natural. Another plus is that if your wood gets dented or scraped it gives your floor more character where as with the smooth floor it would just look like you scratched your floor. Some people with hand scraped floors even take a permanent marker to scratches and you can’t tell that is was ever damaged.

Here is an example of a hand scraped floor. They have a wide range of barely distressed to extremely distressed floors, it all depends on what you prefer.

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Patterns

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Another way to help a room looked balanced is to contrast patterns between walls and floors. For example if you have a wallpaper with a large print or design then it would be good to go with a small design for your floor(ex. small tiles, 3″planks,or carpet with small patterns). The opposite would work if you had a small intricate pattern on your wall.

Lighting

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

It is important that when you see a sample of a product of a color you like that you take it home before choosing it. Different light sources will make your flooring appear different. The direction your windows face, the size of your windows, and whether or not your home has incandescent light will all play a role in how your floor will look. This is why it is important to view your flooring selection in the same lighting that you have in your home.