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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12:00am
(StatePoint) Is updating your flooring on your home improvement to-do list this season? From color to style to performance, there’s a lot to consider. Learn how to find flooring that fits your lifestyle and reflects your family’s personality.
“Before getting started, you should ask yourself four important questions about each room you’re remodeling,” says Keesha Hargis, Director of Home Trends at Flooring America, a national flooring retail cooperative, comprised of 500 independently owned retailers.
•Who uses the room? Is it for the entire family? Is it for guests? Is it a secluded oasis? Will pets be allowed in this room?
• How is the room used? Will the room be used for active living and entertaining or tranquility and solace?
• What’s the feel you want? Are you aiming for lively, calming, formal or fun?
• Will your floor be the art or a backdrop? A neutral carpet or floor makes a great canvas for bold furnishings and accessories. But a bright color or boldly-patterned area rug or carpet, combined with simple furniture can transform a floor into the star of a room. When possible, start with a rug and decorate around it.
If your family is busy and active, you may be concerned that your choice in carpet is limited by durability needs. However if you’re do your research, you will realize that you don’t have to give up, function or comfort.
“Any room can be stylish, trendy and functional with today’s carpet options,” says Hargis.
No one wants new carpeting that quickly shows matting, crushing and wear, so when reviewing options, look for dense fibers resilient to every day abuse. But don’t sacrifice soft surface flooring for durability. “Soft” and “strong” are no longer competing priorities, thanks to manufacturing innovations.
For example, a new, eco-friendly, family-friendly carpet, the Tigressá Cherish carpet, is seventy-five percent finer than current soft carpet standards and has more fibers per square inch than other carpets, allowing for daily wear to be spread more evenly. Its color enhancement system protects each fiber, allowing for deeper color and textures.
Flooring choices today are wide-ranging, so check with a trusted local independent flooring retailer who can offer design and performance recommendations based on your priorities. To find a retailer near you, visit www.FlooringAmerica.com.
By identifying your style and priorities, you can find the perfect flooring for every room in your house.