How To Select a Hardwood Floor

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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.

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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.

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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.

Buying New Carpeting: A How To Guide

Carpeting can make a room feel warmer, plusher and more expansive — and with the huge array of colors, textures, patterns and materials available, there’s sure to be something perfect for your space. 1

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First Things to Consider

Let your inspiration determine your next steps. Ask yourself:
  • Are you starting from scratch, or are you hoping to marry a carpet selection with existing upholstery and color?
  • Are you choosing carpet for a high- or low-traffic area?
  • What’s your budget?

Purchase the best carpeting you can afford. Cutting corners will lead to replacing it before you expected.

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Where to Use Carpeting

Color, texture and pattern can add a layer of warmth, drama and personality to a space. Carpeting also provides a sound barrier, minimizing echo and household noise. Entryways and other areas of the home that see very heavy traffic aren’t the best place for carpeting. There, hardwood floors are a beautiful choice, and when paired with a complementary area rug, they offer the best of both worlds.

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What to Look for in a Professional Installer

A professional carpet installer will be able to handle imperfect floors, uneven surfaces and complex patterns. When starting your search for an installer, be sure to check references and ask friends for personal recommendations. If a company has their own installers, that means they will be accountable for the quality of the work.4

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How to Prep Your Space

An ideal situation is an empty room. That, however, is not always possible. Professional installers will move whatever furniture is necessary, but it’s essential to remove all of your all personal belongings in advance, such as pictures, clothes, bed linens, and decorative accessories. In short, anything you would be upset is accidentally damaged!

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