Design Trends and Inspiration
Fall into autumn with a samba sandstone color palette of inspired designs from bronze light fixtures built to brighten the dark of the year soft velvet couches and chairs in warm cinnamon tones that are perfect for curling up with a mug of hot apple cider. When you think fall, you might think of pumpkin-spiced lattes, warm fireplace mantels, changing leaves, and sweet apple pie —but what is one thing that all of these have in common? Their muted orange to soft beige-brown hues.
Cotton Viscose Camel Curtain Panel by CB2; Couture Rug PR130 Beige by Nourison; Vishnu Stripe Pillows Set of 2 by Scout & Nimble; Camel 2165-10 by Benjamin Moore; Tartufo Coco Shell Chandelier by Currey & Company; 52044 Current Wallpaper by JF Fabrics; Etta Chair in Winchester Beige by Scout & Nimble; Newberry Glazed Porcelain Tile by Emser Tile
As we approach the winter season and the days get shorter, we lose a lot of natural light which can often make us feel a little stir crazy. One way to maximize your productivity and boost your mood is by bringing natural color palettes indoors. Thanks to our latest issue of the Design at Home magazine, we aim to do just that with this season’s coveted color: samba sandstone.
Incorporate Beige-Toned Tile Designs
Newberry Cotto Glazed Porcelain by Emser Tile
Install beige-toned tiles as backsplashes, accent walls, and flooring throughout your home. Updating bathroom and kitchen sink backsplashes with earth-toned ceramic or glazed porcelain tiles are a beautiful way to spruce up your home design. Plus, these warm brown-hues pair well with kitchen and bathroom hardware in bronze, gold, and copper finishes. This glazed porcelain tile by Emser blends contemporary design with old-world charm with its brick-fired appearance. Although the tile is available in multiple shapes and sizes, for a fun modern design, opt for the 10” by 11” hexagon in Newberry Cotto.
Use Soft Beige-Brown Fabrics
Roller shades by Graber
Select drapery, accent pillows, throws, rugs, and furniture in soft sandy brown colors to create warmth this season. Whether you choose a new set of brown velvet pillows for the living room or a soft camel-colored leather chair for the bedroom reading nook, these samba shades are sure to warm up your room. Window treatments are always a great place to start when it comes to updating your home for the winter —swap out light drapes for heavier curtains and roller shades to keep your home insulated during the cold months.
Install Samba Colored Floors
Dumont White Oak Natural by Mullican
Maybe you’re hoping to update the carpet in your bedroom or want to install a new hardwood floor throughout the whole first level —regardless of the flooring, a samba sandstone color palette is the perfect place to draw inspiration from. Because it pulls from neutral shades of brown and beige, these floors will be easy to match with any decor theme or design style you choose. Instantly elevate your home design with beautiful new white oak floors in a sandy-blonde finish.
If you’re not ready for a complete floor renovation, just update your area rugs and throw rugs. These are easy to swap out with the changing season and this adorable beige couture rug by Nourison is the perfect way to tie in warm Scandinavian design elements.
As always, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect shade of floors for your home or want more design advice, consult the experts at your local Flooring America. Looking for more interior design and seasonal inspiration? Check out the fall issue of our Design at Home Magazine.
A beautiful architectural staple of the holiday season, fireplace mantels have a multitude of uses. Not only are they great for gathering around the fire when the weather is cold, but they also make for stunning decor focal points!
Sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book is a favorite chilly weather pastime for many. Most people assume that to relax and unwind, you need a large fireplace or a wood-burning stove to congregate around, but modern-day mantelpieces make this unnecessary. With the right tools, you can easily recreate this traditional holiday scene with a simple mantel.
One of the best parts of incorporating a mantelpiece into your home design is that you can restyle it based on the season. Trade winter wreaths and candles for fresh flowers and books in the summer, or place a gourd alongside some dried pampas grass in the fall. Styling your mantel is easier than you think, especially once you’ve figured out how to balance your larger pieces with natural elements to create a blend of visual interest. Follow these seven simple steps, and before you know it, you’ll have the coveted mantel of your dreams.
1. Find an Anchor Piece
Valley Drive Plus by Hearth & Home in Wood Ash
Showcase a large figurine, wreath, or mirror as a focal point to draw eyes toward your mantel. Finding an anchor piece isn’t always a simple task because this sets the tone for the rest of your mantelpiece. For instance, if you choose a simple blue vase as your focal point, you’re setting the tone for a minimal and elevated style, whereas if you choose a large garland, you’re creating a more traditional holiday-themed mantel. Whichever style you end up choosing, make sure that the other decor items match the focal point in color, texture, or shape.
When looking for an anchor, keep in mind the size of your mantel. You don’t want to overwhelm the space with only one item. It is better to err on the side of caution and keep things simple by sticking to the rule of two-thirds: your main piece shouldn’t take up more than two-thirds of the mantel, so that you have a visually balanced mantel scene.
2. Add Height
L’Amour White Cut Polished Tile by Emser
Use taller items, like a gold pedestal stand or candlesticks, to add height and give your mantel visual interest. These design details add exciting shapes and textures with their varying levels to create a space that has depth and fluid movement.
Start with width and play with height based on your ceilings. If you have taller ceilings, opt for taller figurines, candles, and statement pieces, but be sure to balance these objects out with wider pieces. With lower ceilings, keep decor items long and horizontal.
Elevate smaller decor items by placing them on top of a stack of books or a box so that the small object layers nicely in front of the larger statement pieces like mirrors, paintings, and art.
3. Use Natural Materials
Add a living element to your space. This could be pinecones, dried flowers, tree branches, or whatever you might find outside your door that you admire. Adding living elements reduces the risk of your mantel feeling too static or stiff. These items also break up the structure of the solid pieces on your fireplace by making it look more personal and breathable. With just a touch of greenery or a dried floral arrangement, your mantel can come to life.
Take the natural details one step further and install a hardwood floor or a stone tile inlay near your mantel. The natural warmth of hardwood exudes coziness with its timeless style and will lend a bit of tradition to your mantel. If you’re looking to personalize the area around your fireplace, wood inlays and mosaic tiles are a great way to do this. Who doesn’t love a unique tile mosaic? And with parquet flooring on the rise, now’s a great time to install hardwood floors with a border of stack bonds or herringbone patterns in your living space. From basket weave to Chantilly, there are endless options to get creative with your wood inlay.
4. Layer in Warm Textures
Nourison Essentials Navy Blue Area Rug
Give your space more dimension by clustering objects together to create a layered effect. There are several easy ways to do this: greenery, staggered figurines, and varying height levels of items. Place your most significant piece as the background portrait for your mantel, and let smaller items shine at the forefront. Don’t forget to use the base of the fireplace by adding in items like a basket of pillows or a box of stacked wood.
Place an area rug in front of the mantel to give the room a snug feel. Many older wood-burning fireplaces have granite or brick hearths extending in front of the stove; however, most modern fireplaces do not. This is where a simple area rug can substitute as a decor (and safety) element. Wool area rugs are perfect when it comes to durability and style because these can protect your hardwood floors and carpeted areas from scratches and debris, as well as dust in the case of a functioning wood stove. Dress up your mantel with a beautiful area rug in a pattern and pile height that suits your design needs.
5. Don’t Overcrowd the Space
Design by MICHELLE BERWICK Photography by LARRY ARNAL
Keep it simple. Depending on the size of your mantel, you typically only need three to five items to rest directly on the mantel. One of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their mantel is overcrowding. Sometimes, it’s hard to pare down your most treasured seasonal items, but this is necessary to create a beautiful display. A good rule of thumb is to place large decorative pieces toward the middle of the mantel with smaller items flanking them on either side.
6. Find Balanced Asymmetry
Design by LOUIS DUNCAN-HE DESIGNS
You don’t need everything to be “just so”—in this instance, perfection isn’t always better! Unmatching your mantel is key to creating a dynamic focal point that adds to the texture and style of the overall room.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t position objects on either side of your mantelpiece. In fact, we encourage you to utilize the space by flanking either side of the mantel with a lantern or a small basket for blankets or kindling. Asymmetry provides a sense of comfort and gives your home a lived-in feel.
Consider balanced visual weight because you don’t want one side of the mantel to appear heavier than the other. Do this by grouping objects in odd numbers with smaller items on one side and a few larger pieces on the other.
7. Top it Off with a Personal Touch
Throw in a statement piece that means something to you. Displaying sentimental pieces adds warmth to your space. Your mantel doesn’t just have to be the traditional garland, stocking, and twinkle lights you find in the holiday season.
Take time to consider which objects are most meaningful to you—perhaps you have an old piece of art you bought while traveling or an heirloom ceramic vase from your grandmother that you’ve never found a proper place to display. Use this space as a tribute to the items that bring you joy and comfort. You’d be surprised at how well things can come together with the right arrangement and some added greenery.
The look of white oak exudes class, sophistication, and simplistic charm that fits nearly every type of interior design style. As one of the most popular flooring looks this year, it has certainly earned its right to be featured in a number of stunning homes. Rightly so, as it’s one of the elements that has, in fact, helped to make these homes so beautiful.
Molina Sliced White Oak hardwood by Floorcraft Heritage
Whether showcased in a large, rustic great room surrounded by tall ceilings or a craftsman home full of old-school charm, there’s no end to the undoubtedly amazing beauty of wood and wood look flooring, especially when it’s the white oak look. So what makes white oak the top trending look, why is it so popular, and how can you get the look in your home?
To get a better understanding of the white oak look and why it’s become a top contender in today’s trending flooring, it’s crucial to learn about white oak products, their versatility, organic appearance, and many stains and finishes, as well as the enduring features of flooring that feature the white oak look.
WHITE OAK – HARDWOOD OR LUXURY VINYL?
Mount Vista Callatin luxury vinyl by Downs H2O
One unique aspect of the white oak hardwood look is that it is multifaceted and can be found in both genuine hardwood products and luxury vinyl wood look flooring products. Determining what is the best for your home will greatly depend on your lifestyle, your desired maintenance regimen, the color you want, and your budget. While genuine hardwood has many advantages, wood look luxury vinyl also offers unique features and an appearance that is nearly identical to genuine wood flooring.
Coventry Oak in Crewel hardwood by Floorcraft
No matter your specific lifestyle factors, both solid white oak flooring and wood look vinyl are excellent choices for creating a timeless, beautiful style in your home that is not only adaptable, but also long-lasting, unique, and trendy.
ADAPTABILITY AND VERSATILITY IN DESIGN
When looking at white oak flooring in any home, there’s no doubt that it has a great mix of old-world visuals and modern touches that allow it to steal the spotlight. Its ability to take center stage as the focal point without being too loud, no matter the interior design style—makes it an incredibly adaptable and versatile flooring option. Whether you are working toward an antique farmhouse look, a warm industrial-chic look, or making a home feel sleek and composed with simple elements, the white oak flooring look fits basically any mold.
Amur Oak in Amalfi by Downs hardwood
When it comes to adaptability and versatility, both genuine white oak flooring and wood look flooring are not just ideal for today’s current trending looks, they’re equally important in a flooring investment because they stand the test of time in both style and durability. And the white oak look has proven time and time again that its natural visuals are here to stay. While trending décor and furniture can always be changed, flooring is one thing that’s a lot more permanent. That’s why white oak floors are an excellent choice—they offer a canvas that’s perfect for creating a custom interior design that speaks to your personality throughout the evolving trends.
While each style and species of hardwood has its own unique character, including specific graining, tones, and hardness levels, one thing that makes white oak special is its raw wood appearance and straight graining. Classically chic and elegant, hardwood has always been a great flooring option for adding raw warmth to any space. And because white oak is a natural wood material, there’s no denying that white oak hardwood will be able to provide that warmth. Let’s dive deeper into its graining and natural characteristics.
Mount Vista Inspire in Bay luxury vinyl by Downs H2O
White oak hardwood has a smooth, coarse grain, meaning that it has a less dramatic appearance when compared to other hardwood options. These grains run in a vertical direction and draw the eye across planks and, in some cases, even make rooms look and feel larger. This is one of the many reasons white oak’s popularity has risen so quickly—the smooth graining makes white oak floors look modern and polished while still offering the perfect amount of natural material and character to any space.
When it comes to tone and color, white oak naturally has a golden-yellow tone, rather than a brown hue. Its honey-amber color is incredible on its own, and when paired with a light sheen, it stands alone beautifully. However, there is also a variety of attractive stain and finish options available that are equally as impressive to the eye. If your design style skews more upscale or you simply enjoy a high-gloss hardwood finish, these options may be for you.
WHITE OAK STAINS AND FINISHES
Along with the refined beauty that white oak brings in its natural state, there are many finishes that make it available in even more colors, tones, and styles. Because white oak is a wood that offers a naturally smooth, modern look, it can be manipulated with stain to take on almost any color available.
From rich, dark brown shades of stain that will enhance its straight graining and mineral streaks to a light-toned, weathered stain that brings out the pure beauty of the wood, white oak flooring does a great job of showcasing stain colors.
Amur Oak in Verona by Downs hardwood
Not only does white oak take on any color stain and look great in any stain, it is also available in several finish sheens as well. Today, a matte finish on white oak floors gives a casual, modern appearance, which is perfect for creating a simple look for any family home. Glossier wood finishes can also be found and offer a more traditional or high-end look that’s perfect for traditionally styled living rooms adorned with vintage antiques and custom fireplaces. No matter the stain or the finish, there’s bound to be a white oak style that suits your home’s looks and needs.
Not only does the white oak look dazzle with its high-quality and timeless appearance, it also impresses with its many appreciated features that satisfy a variety of home needs. Whether you opt for wood look luxury vinyl or genuine white oak hardwood flooring, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your flooring offers easy cleanup for dirt and debris. Families with children and busy lifestyles will appreciate the ease of maintenance and ability to handle all kinds of lifestyle situations that come with hard surface flooring.
Amur Oak in Genoa by Downs hardwood
But the features don’t stop there. Waterproof floors have changed the world of flooring. This, in turn, has caused a significant rise in flooring that looks like wood but also offers water-resistance and incredible durability. For example, some styles of wood look luxury vinyl are waterproof or water resistant, and because these products offer water resistance, you won’t have to worry about messes from the inside or the exterior elements. Plus, you’ll be able to choose a uniform flooring throughout to unite the interior design of your home in your entryway, kitchen, bedroom, laundry room, and other spaces.
If you instead decide to opt for genuine white oak hardwood floors, you may not get water resistance, but you’ll get the benefit of their long-lasting nature. Once installed, these floors are sure to last when taken care of properly. In some cases, after many years of use they can even be sanded and stained to bring them back to life depending on the age and hardwood product.
WHITE OAK HARDWOOD IN YOUR HOME
To get the white oak look in your home, opt for either solid or engineered hardwood flooring in the white oak species, or choose to go with a white oak wood look vinyl. It’s easy to identify the wood look, but what may not be as simple is choosing from the many stains and finishes available! Gray, hints of red, deep browns, and natural finishes offer a variety of unique tones, and determining what’s best for your space can be one of the toughest choices you have to make.
Mount Vista Premiere in Cache luxury vinyl by Downs H2O
Will you opt for a character-filled genuine hardwood look with knots and a natural-looking finish, or instead go for a clean, modern vibe that offers you the chance to choose décor and linens that complement it flawlessly? No matter what you decide in the end, the white oak flooring look is sure to be a hit not only in its appearance, but also in its longevity!
When planning your spa-inspired bathroom, it helps to start from the ground up. The material, texture, and design of your floor can set the tone for the rest of your spa décor. We’ll look at the best flooring materials, designs, and some additional considerations for your spa bathroom ideas.
Worry-Free Ceramic Tile
Sparkle Linear White Ceramic by Emser Tile
Quite possibly, the most common spa flooring material is ceramic tile. Even in ancient Rome, they had rich stone tiles lining their baths. All types of tile are incredibly durable and built to take rough wear for years, but ceramic tile is the best choice for bathrooms because it is more moisture-resistant than other types of tile. No matter how serene your bathroom is, your floor will still need to stand up to high humidity and constant water splashes. Ceramic tile’s toughness also makes it easy to clean. Since it’s stain-resistant, you can scrub it all you want, and the dirt and grime will disappear, but the tile will stay strong.
Warm Wood Floors
Castillian English White Oak by Mullican Hardwood
Another traditional option for a spa-like atmosphere is hardwood flooring. There are obvious pros and cons that come to mind, but hardwood floors are a classic for a reason. Wood floors are a traditionally natural material, which helps put people at ease, making them the perfect floor for a calming spa environment. Plus, they are warmer and more comforting than almost any other bathroom flooring option. But with all the benefits of hardwood floors, you’re going to need a sealer that is up to the task. Your home spa will expose wood floors to all kinds of spills, splashes, moisture, and humidity, which, if unattended to, will cause warping and cracking and greatly diminish the life of your floors.
If you’re hesitant to go with ceramic tile or hardwood for your spa, consider other ways to work natural materials into your space. Not only will natural materials add warmth, but they also dampen sound, helping you get as relaxed as possible in your own home. Check out floor mats, vanities, shelves, and cabinets as other ways to include these materials.
Alternative Spa Materials
When it comes to spa flooring materials, there are still more options outside of natural ones. Cement is a popular choice due to its durability, stripped-down aesthetic, and low cost. The simplicity of a cement floor can be felt all through your spa experience. The biggest drawback to cement is that it is unforgiving. Drop anything delicate, and it’s likely to break. Plus, your joints will take more of a beating if you’re walking on it constantly.
Coretec luxury vinyl
Vinyl flooring has become a very popular choice for bathrooms because it can dampen sound, it’s inexpensive, and maintenance is incredibly easy since it’s waterproof. Plus, vinyl flooring comes in all different patterns and designs to bring some intrigue into your spa. Geometric patterns on your floors will illicit sophistication without looking too flashy, making it the perfect place to relax.
When choosing your flooring material, you should also consider the part that color will play in making your shower room serene. Typically, spas are meant to feel immaculate and bright, so often, they are white or off-white. But don’t be afraid of a little more color. There are plenty of soft, muted colors that can still fit the tranquil environment you’re going for. Stay away from colors and pairings that might be bold and energizing. Instead, opt for warm neutrals like creams, grays, and beiges, paired with colors found in nature like soft blues and green accents to add some visual appeal.
Marble Attache Calacatta Hex Mosaic by Daltile
If all else fails and your space is still feeling too bare, try adding a rug. Not only will it help keep your bare feet off a cold floor in the morning, but it will also add a pop of color and coziness. Make sure that it’s stain-resistant, water-repellent, and machine washable to avoid mold and bacteria growth. And don’t just stop at rugs—you can add all kinds of different materials through décor using marble, wood, wool, and metal, to create a sense of Zen.
If you have any questions about choosing new floors for your spa safe haven, as always you can count on your local Flooring America experts to provide knowledgeable advice for all your flooring projects.
When it comes to all the flooring options out there, some people think carpet is an outdated option, previously used to cover up old floors and lacking the style and features of other flooring materials. But that could not be further from the truth. Modern carpet has come a long way, and here are the latest carpet trends in 2021.
Don’t Call It a Comeback
Checkered patterns on carpets have been here for years. With people taking more bold swings in design these days, textured and patterned carpets are having another moment. Chiefly among them are checkered patterns. Flannels aren’t just for fall anymore. Depending on the width and length of the horizontal and vertical lines, checkered patterns can range from plaids to gingham to houndstooth, and when paired with unconventional carpet colors, they can offer a variety of style options that are anything but traditional. Plus, they’re easy to pair with other design elements around your space like tablecloths, furniture, sheets, blankets, pillows, and artwork. Since most checkered patterns include more than one carpet color, they allow more flexibility when incorporating additional design elements into your space.
Checkered patterns date back to ancient Egypt but today are mostly thought of as a working-class material. Available in many different carpet colors and hues, checkered patterns bring with them a cozy warmth in a standout pattern, even outside of clothing. Checkered patterns are being pushed to either end of the design spectrum, featuring asymmetrical abstract patterns that look like works of art on your floors and grid patterns with such tight-knit squares; they appear to make one single design.
Waterproof Carpets Are on the Rise
When most people think carpets, they think “hard-to-clean surface.” But, thanks to some technological advances in carpeting materials, waterproof carpets have been on the rise. Made with water-repellent fabrics and featuring a tighter weave, waterproof carpets are the perfect balance of comfy and easy-to-clean.
Carpets Getting Back to Nature
A growing trend in 2021 has been carpets made from natural fibers. If you seek the style of hardwood but crave the comfort of carpet, consider natural fiber carpets. Not only are they more eco-friendly, but they help create a more welcoming space. Carpets made from organic wool, sisal, jute, and seagrass are both beautiful and textural, adding more dimension to your space. The neutral earth tones balance well with other design elements as you work toward an aesthetically pleasing sanctuary of your own design.
Carpet doesn’t have to be bland or just blend in. Try some styles that can elevate your whole room. Make a small room seem bigger with stripes or pair animal prints with minimal designs. Vintage statement carpets are the latest trends for stairs. Mix and match your fabrics from floors to walls to furniture and really explore the maximalist style to create a space that is on-trend and uniquely you.
Carpet for Your Whole Clan
Looking for more function over form? Head down to your local Flooring America and talk to an expert about living room carpet ideas and the perfect bedroom carpet colors. They have tons of great options, including Hearth&Home, Rival by Resista, and Innovia. All designed to keep up with your family for a long time and look great while doing it.
Is there anything as lovely as a crisp autumn evening under a bright full moon? After days of scorching summer heat, the fall breeze is a welcome break offering up fun seasonal activities like apple picking, carving pumpkins, and solving corn mazes. So, pull out a warm shawl and a velvet-brim hat, grab your favorite walking companion and maybe a pumpkin spice latte, and take a stroll through the beautiful colors.
Wrap yourself up in fun fall palettes by installing brand new floors this season. We’ve curated a collection of flooring and design inspiration based on the harvest moon. From the pale gray moon to the warm purple hues of twilight, we’ve got a few fall favorites headed your way.
Autumn Color Palettes
Paint by Benjamin Moore
Fall is well-known for its colors as the once-green leaves burst into vibrant hues of purple, red, yellow, and orange before cascading into piles of rich brown. Bring a bit of that lovely fall color inside with linens, pillows, décor, and maybe even a fresh coat of paint. Sprucing up your home now is just good prep so that you’re ready when the family arrives on the holidays.
Down to Earth Tile
Erosion Rock Porcelain by Emser Tile
This beautiful glazed porcelain tile designed by Emser has a gray, earthy hue that pulls out both cool and warm undertones that will brilliantly match your interiors. Alongside its aesthetic appeal, this concrete-look tile has incredible durability, so it can withstand high traffic and even makes an excellent exterior floor. Elevate your outdoor patio this season with outdoor heaters and the warmth of this Erosion tile to make the most of those crisp fall evenings under a brilliant harvest moon.
Vintage Aged Hardwood
Enjoy the rich look of hickory floorboards with our hardwood pick this fall. Amur Hickory by Downs is the perfect flooring companion for your home. Its unique sense of history and character combines the contemporary look of wide-planks with a slightly distressed surface to date it. This classic hardwood has the appearance of a vintage, oil-rubbed hickory floor, but thanks to its modern technology, you can install it anywhere, including kitchens and bathrooms.
Carpet for Cozying Up
Celebrate the season in style by sinking your feet into Hearth & Home’s Circle Drive Plus in New Grape. This strikingly moody purple hue adds a layer of coziness that allows you to indulge in creative flair. A textured Saxony carpet is perfect for the bedroom and living room alike, with its plush deep pile warming up your home during the darkest months of the year.
Waterproof Luxury Vinyl
Pull cool gray tones together with rich brown hues this fall when you invest in Crimson Shore luxury vinyl by Downs Life H2O. This waterproof flooring combines a rustic textured graining with a contemporary smooth finish to produce an unmatched wood look that’s sure to stand out in any interior design. Plus, these floors add insulation to your home to keep out those brisk autumn winds.
More Flooring Inspiration & Tips
Find more fall interior design trends and inspiration when you read our latest issue of Design At Home by Flooring America.