How To Select a Hardwood Floor

Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 11.03.25 AM

1. Color. What shade do you want? Hardwood floors can be red-brown, mustard, cherry, chocolate, even white-purple. What goes best with your de)cor? If you have a dark home, consider lightening it up with some white oak or yellow pine. If you want to create a vintage look, consider darker hues. Try to match the floors to your furniture and walls.

2. Hardness. If you have a household with children who love to play indoors, soft pine isn’t the ideal choice for your living room. Certain woods dent more than others. The distressed look is desirable for some people, but for others, it’s not practical. Ask about the hardness of the wood before making a decision. 1. Color. What shade do you want? Hardwood floors can be red-brown, mustard, cherry, chocolate, even white-purple. What goes best with your de)cor? If you have a dark home, consider lightening it up with some white oak or yellow pine. If you want to create a vintage look, consider darker hues. Try to match the floors to your furniture and walls.

Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 11.06.13 AM

3. Finish. There are prefinished and unfinished hardwood floors. Go to a warehouse or showroom and see what option suits you and your home. If you decide on unfinished flooring, you’ll need to apply a sealant and stain. The most popular options are a satin stain and a polyurethane oil stain. The first is a darker yet understated look, while the polyurethane gives the floors a “pop” or shine.

Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 11.09.24 AM

4. Budget. Now that you’ve done some window shopping and comparisons, consider the price tag on some of these floors. If you can’t afford installing 3,000 square feet of Brazilian cherry wood, ask a professional what type of wood most closely mimics it. There are always affordable options. Hardwood flooring is priced per square foot and square foot installed, so make sure to get an exact quote from your supplier or flooring store before you commit.

For more information about the hardwood floor at our showroom, contact a representative at Dover Rug & Home.

Rugs outside? Yes, it’s summer!

Rugs don’t have to be confined within four walls. Indeed, practical yet stylish rugs are a great way to liven up any outdoor living space. Summer months are made for entertaining guests outdoors or just sitting and relaxing with a cold drink. So why not be as comfortable as possible? Rugs are excellent additions to a deck, patio, porch, or gazebo.

Of course, there are many different options to consider when choosing a rug for your outdoor space. Selecting the proper material is crucial. Since the rug is going to be outside braving the elements, pick a fiber that will hold up against sun exposure, resist mold and mildew, and be durable enough to tough it out in the great outdoors.

Next, it’s important to determine correct placement and size of your outdoor rug. If you have any outdoor architecture, such as a fireplace, make sure there are no safety or structural issues with your rug placement. If the rug is for a patio or a gazebo, a helpful tip is to cut the rug three inches smaller in each direction than the floor space. This will make the area easier to clean around and under the rug as well as create a nice border effect.

Lastly, since it is an outdoor rug, have fun with the design! Play around with different styles until you find one that best suits your outdoor space. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bolder color choices or unique patterns.  Since the rug is going outside, you don’t have to worry about coordinating the design with your home’s interior decor.

Interesting patterns create an inviting, bright environment. Just be sure that the fiber in your outdoor rug is of the highest UV resistance value to withstand the sun’s rays. Solution-dyed yarns are a great option for providing long-lasting, vibrant colors.

Outdoor rugs also come in a variety of different shapes, so don’t just go for the standard rectangle! Try a circular or octagonal shaped rug to add a little style to your space.

Whichever type of outdoor rug you choose, make sure to enjoy it! Curl up on the rug and read a book in the summer breeze, watch the sunset on your porch in bare feet, host a BBQ with friends and family on the deck. A rug will only enhance your summer experience!

Please visit us online at www.doverrug.com or at our showrooms in Natick, Burlington, and Boston.