9
Jan

2017 Flooring Trends

2017 Flooring Trends

2017 Flooring Trends


If you think of any room in the house, what do you consider to be the largest decorative statement? Maybe your wall color or a light fixture comes to mind. But, your flooring can impact your room more than you may realize.

With new décor trends in 2017 pointing to natural and sustainable materials, now might be the right time for you to upgrade any outdated flooring. Durability and longevity is a common theme among any type of trendy flooring. If you’re upgrading your floors this year, consider these trendy flooring ideas for 2017.

Are you ready to install new floors this year? Contact a flooring pro today for up to four quotes from local contractors in your area for free.

Kitchen Flooring Trends

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home and it receives many visitors. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel or ready to update an old kitchen floor, you’ll want to choose a replacement that’s sure to last. Here are a few trendy kitchen floor ideas for 2017:

Luxury Vinyl

Gone are the days of tacky looking vinyl flooring. For your kitchen, you need something stylish and durable. Luxury vinyl is a hot trend for 2017, giving the look of hardwood and tile without the price tag. This material is easy to clean and comes in a wide variety to match your style. The average cost to install vinyl flooring is $2,355, but this price can vary depending on the materials you choose and if you’ll be hiring a pro to help.

Kitchen Tile

Tile is an obvious choice for your kitchen as it is durable and easy to clean. When it comes to material, ceramic tile flooring is a great choice. The average cost to install ceramic tile floor is between $425 and $1,200 per 500 square feet. When it comes to ceramic tile style, a trendy choice that’s here to stay is gray tile. An emerging trend is wood-look ceramic tile that mimics wood, which means you can get the look of hardwood flooring without risking the damage.

Bathroom Flooring Trends

Bathroom Flooring Trends

Because the bathroom is a high-moisture and high-traffic area, finding the right flooring is crucial to the condition of the room. One of the best options for bathroom flooring is tile. This can withstand foot traffic and hold up well against water and moisture. Bathroom tile trends this year include geometric shapes, like octagons and rectangles. Look for colors in white, gray and black to mix and match or create a continuous look.

Tile, that doesn’t actually look like tile, is also making its way into the bathroom. Cement and marble look-alike tile provide the look without all the upkeep.

Hardwood Flooring Trends

Hardwood Flooring Trends

If you’re looking for a flooring type that will never go out of style, hardwood is the answer. However, the type of wood and finish helps determine the popular choices of the year. This year, we’re seeing wide plank wood floors add to rustic décor as well as reclaimed wood floors. Bamboo hardwood floors are popular as they add to the effort of creating a green and sustainable home.

When it comes to wood type and stain, this year’s trends couldn’t be more different. Homeowners are either choosing an ultra-light blonde or dark hardwoods. This all depends on the style of room you have. Lighter woods work great in a contemporary room, while dark wood creates the warmth needed in a rustic room. If you’re considering a hardwood floor installation, the wood you choose will factor into your total cost. The average cost to install hardwood floors is $4,013.

Carpet Trends

Carpet Trends

For a room that needs a little extra warmth, carpet is the answer. If your bedroom or living room could use a little something to make it more cozy, consider a carpet installation this year. As sustainability is a hot trend for 2017, recycled carpets are in. By using materials such as plastics or old carpeting, it’s made into new, fresh carpeting for the home. The Carpet America Recovery Effort estimates 3.6 Billion pounds of carpet have been recycled since 2002. If you’re replacing carpet, you can be a part of these recycling efforts by locating the nearest carpet reclamation center to dispose of your carpet.

When it comes to carpet color, bold is in! Let your carpet make a statement in your room. If you’re not ready to change your carpeting to a bright and bold color, consider an area rug. This helps to get the look without a permanent addition.

Look Alike Tile

Conclusion

The flooring in your home is one of the largest decorative pieces you have. If you’re due for an upgrade, consider one of these flooring trends to add to your home in 2017.

9
Jan

2017 Basement Remodeling Trends

2017 Basement Remodeling Trends

2017 Basement Remodeling Trends


If you have a basement, you likely love your extra space or don’t know what to do with it. It’s a large area that tends to be out of sight most of the time. However, this space is a great opportunity for any homeowner to create a space that’s unique and useable. It all starts with a basement remodel.

While basement remodeling is an investment, it can give you a space you and your family can enjoy for years to come. From home theaters to play rooms, the options are endless. Here are a few trendy ideas to create your dream basement in 2017.

Are you planning a basement remodel? Contact a basement remodeling pro today for up to four quotes from contractors in your area for free.

Basement Costs

Basement Remodeling Costs

When starting any remodeling plans, you should be aware of the costs associated with the project. Depending on the condition of your basement currently, it may require less work, which could change the costs in the end. The average cost to remodel a basement is $16,733. These costs also vary on the style of room you are creating. A children’s play area may need less work while a home theater requires more wiring and technology to be installed.

Basement Bar Ideas

Basement Bar Ideas

Whether you’re creating the perfect man cave or want to be the best host on the block, you can’t go wrong with a basement bar. You can create a bar to your liking and stock with your favorites. You can create a classy, timeless look with a marble countertop and beautiful bar stools. Or, surround with your favorite sports pennants and celebrate the big games this year. Whatever you choose, you certainly won’t regret your basement bar!

Basement Apartment Ideas

Basement Apartment

With new ways to travel and the rise of the sharing community in the last few years, basement apartments are becoming more popular. Remodel your basement into the ultimate guest house on your lowest floor or create a space for a permanent renter. Depending on the style of apartment you’d like to create, this can include a small kitchen and a bathroom, which you’ll also have to factor into your remodeling budget. You’ll start gaining back the money you spent to create the perfect basement apartment in no time at all.

Basement Guest Bedroom Ideas

If you’re not ready to create an apartment, a guest room is another way to utilize your basement for visitors. A guest bedroom should be a home away from home for visitors. Choose relaxing paint colors and soft flooring to make them feel cozy. If your basement does not have that many windows to provide natural light, you’ll need to find light fixtures that illuminate but still add to the relaxing environment. Table lamps or floor lamps are a good choice to light up the room without being harsh. For more tips on creating a bedroom all will love, read How To Create A Welcoming Guest Room.

Basement Bathroom Ideas

Basement Bathroom Ideas

A basement remodel isn’t complete without a bathroom. Another bathroom in the home is a great addition and essential for an area where guests will be present. In 2017, hot bathroom trends include utilizing non-traditional items throughout and using look-alike tile floors. As far as basement bathroom décor, bold and bright are the color trends of the year. This will help add light to your bathroom, as often, they have small windows, if any.

Basement Home Theater

Basement Home Theater

One of this year’s top remodeling projects is installing home theater. Since basements are typically dark and quiet, this makes it the ideal place. Depending on what amenities you’ll be adding to your home theater, the average cost to install a home theater can vary. Plan to include a sound system, wiring and of course, comfortable chairs to relax and watch your favorite film.

Basement Playroom

Basement Play Room

Your basement presents a blank canvas you have plenty of freedom. If you’re children need a safe space to play, a basement play room can be the answer. Popular trends in play rooms this year include bright and colorful wallpaper as well as soft, sustainable flooring. Chalkboard paint is another hot idea to dress up the room while allowing children to express their creativity. Paint any surface with this paint to turn it into an instant chalkboard.

Basement Floor Ideas

Flooring For The Basement

One of the largest concerns with any basement is dampness and moisture. This can ruin flooring very quickly. With flooring trends of 2017 pointing to luxury vinyl and sustainable carpeting, you’ll want to include these in your basement remodel without risking damage. If you’re looking for a simple upgrade, painting your basement floor is a great way to style your space for this year’s trends without breaking the bank.

Conclusion

The basement provides a great opportunity for you to expand your livable space without an addition. If there’s a dream room you’ve had in mind, 2017 is the year to create it with the help of a basement remodel.

9
Jan

How To Paint Stairs

How To Paint Stairs

How To Paint Stairs


Your stairwell presents a great decorating opportunity in the home. Whether stationed in an open hallway or located in a room, stairs that are old and worn down can make the room look the same. Thankfully, for those with wood stairs, it’s easy to freshen them up with a coat of paint.

This is an easy DIY project almost anyone with a few extra hours on a weekend could do. Gather your painting supplies and get ready to change your look by painting your stairs.

Painting stairs can be a big job if you have a large staircase. If you’d rather leave the painting to the pros, contact a painting contractor today for up to four quotes from pros in your area for free.

Costs Of Painting

Painting Costs

When it comes to painting your stairs, you should budget before you begin. If you’ll be painting your stairwell walls, that will also factor in to your total cost. Because staircases vary in size and shape, it’s hard to determine an exact number. The average cost for a small paint project, such as painting your stairs is $583, with most homeowners spending between $408 and $641.

Paint Samples

Stair & Stairwell Colors

As mentioned, your stairwell can either be a decorative element or an eyesore. Changing the color of the stairs and stairwell can really change your attitude toward the area. A cheerful and warm color can truly welcome you into the space. If the stairwell is In a room, try to choose colors that already match the décor. If you’re looking for the stairwell to make a statement, try choosing colors that will pop. Because there are so many elements here such as risers, treads, walls and even railings if you choose, you can mix and match colors where you see appropriate.

One of my favorite stairwell color combinations is black and white. This is a truly timeless combination that is extremely versatile. You can paint and choose to decorate your stairwell with wall art, a gallery walls or even stencils. The options are endless.

Materials Needed

Materials Needed

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Quality Paintbrush
  • Paint Roller
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint
  • Cleaning Supplies

Choose Your Color

Step 1: Clean The Stairs

As excited as you may be for your stair transformation, you need to examine your stairs. Check to see if they are loose or cracked, as now is the time to have them repaired. The average coast to repair stairs or railings is $586 depending on the damage. Most homeowners spend between $357 and $669. Be sure the wood is smooth and sand areas if needed, before you begin.

Once your stairs are in great shape, thoroughly clean them with hot water and soap. This is best done with a cloth, as you need to get all the dust out of little corners and cracks. Let the stairs dry before continuing.

Step 2: Tape Edges

Unless you’re comfortable enough with your painting, taping the areas where you don’t want paint is critical. As much as you love the color you chose, it’s probably best left where you intended it. Tape all areas that meet with the floor or wall, and under them if you intend to paint the stairwell wall.

Paint Your Stairs

Step 3: Paint The Stairs

It’s time to paint. If you’re painting both the stairwell wall and the steps, I suggest painting the wall first and letting that dry completely before painting your steps. Something you may want to remember is that these stairs will not be useable once you put paint on them, so paint in the direction where you decide to stay. If you’re painting steps to a basement, it’s best to work your way up, while stairs leading to a second floor should be painted the opposite direction.

Start with the risers. Paint each one carefully, as the corners and under the tread can be tricky areas to get. Next, carefully paint the treads. The stairs will likely need two coats of paint.

Let Your Stairs Dry

Step 4: Dry Completely

Once you’ve finished your last coat of paint, step back to double check that all areas are covered. Depending on the lighting in your stairwell, this can be difficult to see. Add an extra lamp or flashlight to examine the final coat. The paint will take 24 to 48 hours to try, at least. Try not to use the stairs as much as possible during this time. This is difficult if the stairs are in a high traffic area. Block of the areas from any animals or children who may accidentally try to use them.

While the paint is still wet, remove the painters tape by slowly pulling it away. Keep a damp cloth on hand to wipe away any drips that may occur.

Finally, enjoy your new and colorful stairs! Add a stair runner or railing décor to really allow them to pop.

Conclusion

Painting your stairs is an easy DIY project that doesn’t take a long time to complete. It can change the look of your stairwell or room in no time at all.