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How to Incorporate Barn Wood Inspired Floors into Your Home

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you’ve probably noticed that barn wood is everywhere. It’s a hot design element that’s especially popular in farmhouse décor. But what is barn wood exactly? Well, it’s just what the name implies—wood salvaged from old barns. This sort of wood is loved for its weathered, aged character and is usually found in shades of grey, though it can also appear in a variety of faded brown hues.

Though the look of barn wood is popular, the real stuff is hard to come by. As its popularity increases it becomes even more difficult to find, and in some cases, can be pricey to obtain from those who have caught on to the trend.

What you will most often find in retail stores is décor, furniture, or flooring that has been designed to look like aged barn wood while not having actually been pulled off the side of a barn somewhere in the countryside. Most barn wood style floors are vinyl.

But barn wood isn’t just limited to farmhouse décor! If you’ve fallen in love with the look of barn wood but your tastes don’t lean towards farmhouse style, you can still incorporate it into your home. Here are five ways you can incorporate barn wood inspired floors into your interior design for an eye-catching effect. 


1. Farmhouse Style

Barn wood is most popular in farmhouse décor. The white shiplap or board and batten walls commonly found in farmhouse décor pair beautifully with barn wood style floors. Any shade of weather-beaten gray or brown will create a warm contrast against white walls and add a touch of rustic charm. Accents like sliding barn doors and antique furniture also help pull this look together.

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Above: Mannington Adura Max Margate Waterfront


2. Industrial Style

A barn wood floor that strays more into tones of worn brown is a great match for an industrial style home. Industrial style incorporates elements like metal accents, natural color tones, and exposed brick walls to create the feel of an urban loft. Reclaimed materials like old crates, spools, or barrels are often used as well. A barn wood floor is a wonderful way to bring rugged character to an industrial space.

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 Above: Shaw Floors Hickory Alamo


3. Scandinavian Style

A barn wood style floor in a shade of gray can also work well with Scandinavian décor. Scandinavian style uses lots of white and gray shades paired with modern furnishings and plush textiles. A rustic gray floor not only fits the color scheme of Scandinavian style but also creates textural interest.

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 Above: Stainmaster Exposed Oak


4. Coastal Style

If your décor style leans more towards coastal, a barn wood floor can finish off your room for a stunning look. Weathered gray floors give the appearance and feel of ocean-tossed driftwood. This blends well with the shades of white and light blue often found in coastal style, as well as décor elements such as seashells, glass, and wicker.

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  Above: Mannington Adura Seaport Sand Piper


5. Modern & Contemporary Styles

You might think that a barn wood floor wouldn’t work in a contemporary or modern home, but that’s not the case! An aged, rugged floor can create an unexpected and visually interesting contrast to a room styled with modern, sleek furnishings. This helps bring a more relaxed, lived-in vibe to the room as well as a layer of texture.

 Above: Mannington Adura Max Aspen Drift


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5 Things to Consider Before Buying New Floors

Replacing your home’s old floors can be a huge undertaking, but it’s also exciting to have the opportunity to choose a fresh look that will transform your space. However, you will need to consider more than just interior design elements when choosing a floor. You will also want to choose a floor that’s practical and fits your lifestyle needs. Here are five factors you’ll want to keep in mind when shopping for your new floor.


1. Use of the Room

A key factor in choosing a floor is how the room will be used. For example, a water-proof vinyl will be best suited to rooms where water damage might be an issue, such as the bathroom, laundry, or kitchen. If you have a high traffic area in your home such as an entry or mud room, you might want a floor that is more durable like laminate or vinyl. Or, you might want to choose a hardwood to give your living area or bedroom a relaxing, natural warmth.


Above: Quickstep Silver Lining Oak

2. Durability

Another factor to consider when choosing a floor is durability. How tough of a floor do you need for your lifestyle? If you have pets, kids, or areas of your home with high traffic, you will likely need a floor with higher durability. Vinyl and laminate are great choices when durability is needed. For hardwood, consider a more resilient species like Hickory or White Oak over softer woods like Walnut or Pine.


Above: Armstrong White Oak Limed Winter Pastel

3. Care & Maintenance

When choosing a floor, you should also think about the long-term care it will require. For example, hardwood requires more maintenance than vinyl or laminate. Because wood expands and contracts when there are seasonal changes in temperature or humidity, you will need to be vigilant about regulating your home’s environment to prevent damage.

If you have pets, you may also want to keep in mind that hardwood is more susceptible to stains, warping, and retaining odors from pet accidents. On the other hand, this isn’t a concern with vinyl or laminate, and clean-up will be far easier.


Above: Shaw Mineral King Bravo

4. Cost

Cost will likely also be a significant deciding factor in your search for a new floor. What is your flooring budget? Vinyl floors will cost you about $3-$5 per square foot, while hardwood averages about $4-$8 per square foot or more. Laminate runs around the same price as vinyl, averaging about $2-$4 per square foot.

Don’t forget to factor other costs into your budget, such as any adhesive or underlayment the floor might require, trims, and the cost of installation. Vinyl floors can offer you additional savings here. Because most vinyl comes with a foam or cork pad already attached, they do not require an underlayment. Most vinyl is also installed as a floating floor, which means you won’t need adhesive either. And, since vinyl floors are very easy to install, you can even do your installation yourself if you’re handy!


Above: Bella Cera Tissino O'Conner

5. Aesthetics

What is the current design style in your home? Unless you plan on redecorating the entire room, you will want to choose a floor that coordinates with your current décor scheme.

Do you want a warm-toned floor to match the yellow hues of your walls and furniture? Or a white-washed floor to create a chic Scandinavian look? Or perhaps a rich brown to warm the cool color palette of your décor? Keep in mind that lighter colors will also make your space appear larger, while darker shades will shrink your space.

Besides color, you will also want to consider texture and style. Do you want a floor that is more modern and trendy, or traditional and timeless? Do you want the weathered, rustic look of aged wood, or something smooth and sleek? These design elements will set the tone for your room, so be sure to choose a floor that suits your personal style and blends with the space it will inhabit.


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Attention Dog Owners: 4 Reasons Why Vinyl Floors Are the Best Choice for Your Home



If you’re in the 44% of American households that owns a dog, you might be looking for a floor than can stand up to your pup. Should you go with the safe bet of a durable laminate, or take a gamble on a beautiful hardwood that’s more vulnerable to stains and scratches?

What if you could have the best of both worlds? With a vinyl floor, you can! Not only does vinyl look and feel more realistic than laminate, but it’s also practical for dog owners. Here’s why vinyl is the best Fido friendly floor for your home.


#1 Accident Resistant

One of the biggest advantages of vinyl floors for dog owners is that they’re waterproof. Luxury vinyl planks are constructed using a waterproof core, which prevents swelling if liquid gets between or underneath the planks. Some brands, like COREtec Plus, even have an attached cork backing that naturally resists mold and mildew. The wear layer of vinyl floors is also specially designed to resist stains.

While hardwood can stain or retain odors from pet vomit or urine if it seeps between the planks, this isn’t a concern with vinyl. There’s also no need to worry about swelling, which is an issue that can occur in laminate floors if an accident isn’t discovered and wiped up right away. The waterproof and stain resistant qualities of vinyl allow for complete peace of mind when it comes to pet accidents, and cleaning up is a breeze!


 #2 Scratch Resistant

In addition to resisting stains and accidents, vinyl floors can also stand up to wear and tear from your dog’s claws. Vinyl is an extremely durable material, so much so that it has become popular for commercial use in high-traffic buildings like restaurants, shops, and offices. Hardwood, on the other hand, is far more prone to scratches. If you have a large dog or a younger dog with lots of energy that likes to romp and run, they can do so to their heart’s content on a vinyl floor without causing damage.


Above: Dixie Home Stainmaster Country Oak with Pet Protect

#3 Quiet

Another great advantage of vinyl floors is that they’re quieter compared to their laminate counterparts. Laminate floors are notorious for their hard, unforgiving wear layers that create an amplified, hollow clicking sound when pets and their people walk across them. On the other hand, the material of vinyl is a little softer, which provides a feel closer to hardwood without compromising on durability. This also greatly reduces the clicking sound of your pets nails when they walk across the floor, creating a quieter and more relaxing environment!


Above: US Floors COREtec Plus Carolina Pine

 #4 Comfortable for Fido

Finally, perhaps one of the best benefits of a vinyl floor is that not only is it a wonderful choice for you in terms of durability and care, but it’s also a wonderful choice for your dog’s comfort. While you might be considering a laminate floor as a comparable flooring option, you should keep in mind that the same wear layer that gives laminate floors their durability also makes them very slick. This offers no traction for your dog’s claws, causing them to slip and slide. In older dogs, especially, this can pose a risk of injury.

The slightly softer material of vinyl, however, allows your dog to gain traction when walking or playing, which creates a safer and more comfortable environment. Some styles of vinyl even have textured surfaces that mimic the distressed or wirebrushed surfaces found in hardwood floors, providing even more traction.



Vinyl Flooring Costs

So how much will a vinyl floor cost you? Vinyl floors are very affordable compared to hardwood, and you can expect to spend around $2-$5 per square foot.

Because they’re designed to be installed directly onto the wood subfloor, you won’t need to purchase an underlayment, and some brands already have a foam or cork backing attached. If you plan on installing vinyl over concrete, however, you will need a moisture barrier.

Additionally, most vinyl floors are designed for click lock or loose lay installation so you likely won’t need to purchase adhesive. Vinyl floors are also very easy to install unlike hardwood, which takes a trained professional, so you might consider installing your floor yourself for more potential savings.

Are you ready to start searching for a dog friendly vinyl floor for your home? Browse these top brands below, or give us a call at 888-633-6506 with any questions!

How to Choose the Right Trims for Your Flooring Project

What is a Transition?

A transition, also referred to as trim or molding, is a finishing piece used to conceal the exposed edges between two different, adjoining floors. This creates a clean, aesthetically pleasing “transition” from one floor to the next, as well as a safe walking path.

When you purchase coordinating transitions with your floor, they are typically made from the same material as the floor you have chosen (hardwood, vinyl, or laminate). They are also made to match the color of the floor.


Which Type of Transition Should You Use?

“Transition” is a broad term; there are many different types of transitions, each designed to perform a specific task. Choosing the right transition depends on what types of surfaces you’re working with and what you need to accomplish.


1. Transitioning Between Two Level, Hard Surfaces

If you are transitioning between two level, hard surfaces such as hardwood, laminate, stone, or tile, you will want to use a t-mold. As the name suggests, this trim is shaped like a T and is inserted into the seam between the two floors.



2. Transitioning Between Two Uneven, Hard Surfaces

To transition between two hard surfaces that are uneven, such as from hardwood to tile, you will need to use a reducer. This trim is shaped with a gentle decline that either overlaps or fits flush with the higher level floor and slopes down to meet the lower level floor, hiding the seam where the two floors meet.

Flush Reducer


3. Transitioning Between a Hard Surface and Carpet

When transitioning between a hard surface and carpet, you will need to use an endcap. Often, you will see an endcap also called a threshold, baby threshold, or square nose. Despite the different names, these trims still perform the same function. The endcap is shaped to overlap the hard surface and fit into the seam between the two floors to butt up against the carpet.

Endcap (Threshold/Square Nose)


4. Transitioning to An Exterior Door

Besides transitioning to carpet, an endcap (or threshold, baby threshold, or square nose) is also used as a transition to an exterior door such as a sliding glass door.


5. Transitioning Around a Fireplace

You do not need to use transitions around a fireplace, but you may choose to do so for aesthetic purposes. The trim most often used to conceal the raw edges around a fireplace is an endcap (also called threshold, baby threshold, or square nose). When used for this purpose, the end of each endcap will be cut at a 45 degree angle so that the pieces meet together cleanly without exposed edges to form a 90 degree angle. This type of cut is also called a miter joint.


6. Transitioning to the Front Edge of a Step

If the floor you are installing meets a landing or step down in your home, you will need to use a stair nose (also called stair nosing or bull nose) to conceal the edge of the top step. If you are continuing the floor down an entire staircase, you will need a stair nose to cover the edge of each step. A stair nose is shaped with a rounded front edge and can either overlap the floor or butt up flush against it.

Flush Stair Nose


7. Multipurpose Transitions

Some flooring manufacturers offer multipurpose transitions with their floors. A multipurpose transition combines several trims into one. Its designed with interchangeable parts that can be added or removed depending on how the transition will be used. Usually, a multipurpose transition can be used as a stair nose, t-mold, reducer, and endcap.


Keep in Mind

Transition moldings are designed to complement a floor, not to match the floor exactly. Before installing the floor, open the box of moldings and several boxes of flooring. Choose a few planks of flooring to match each molding and set them aside together for later use at installation. This will help ensure the best transition blending. This is especially important for floors with high color variance that are particularly popular with current trends.