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Four Things You Should Know Before Selecting a Wood Floor

When considering hardwood flooring the options can often be overwhelming. With so many different wood types and stain colors to choose from it can be a difficult decision. We would like to help narrow down the choices for you by helping to define some fundamental differences. Perhaps the most misunderstood wood flooring product is engineered wood. Many people believe this to be an inferior product to solid wood, but is actually preferred by professionals on many projects. So, what’s the difference?

Solid Wood

Solid Wood FlooringThis can be the most expensive of the four types listed here, and is just how it sounds…one solid piece of wood. If you look at the side of the plank you can see the grain of the wood runs all the way through the plank. Because wood reacts to moisture and humidity solid wood can warp and cup after it is installed. Solid wood cannot be installed below grade or on a concrete slab. If you are installing a wood floor in a humid region, solid wood may not be your best option.

Engineered Wood

Engineered WoodContrary to popular belief, engineered wood is 100% real wood. It is made of several layers of real wood veneer or lumber adhered together in alternating layers. This creates a more dimensionally stable wood flooring product that can be installed below grade and on a concrete subfloor. Another benefit is that it can be nailed, glued, or floated. The top layer can be refinished 1-3 times (depending on the thickness of the top layer). If you look at the side of the plank you can see the alternating layers of real wood veneer or lumber.

Laminate

Laminate FlooringThe top two layers of laminate flooring are not real wood. The bottom layer is made of compressed fiberboard. The wood aesthetic that is visible is actually a photograph of wood that is placed just under the top layer which is a clear protective coating that is often embossed with a woodgrain texture. The thickness of this wear layer can vary and should be at least 20 mil for a commercial project. Laminate flooring is increasing in popularity as the aesthetic improves. It can be much lower in cost than engineered or solid wood flooring. There are also underlayments available that can help with the “hollow” sound typically associated with laminate flooring.

LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile)

LVT FlooringAs the name suggests, this is not a wood product at all but can have a wood aesthetic. This flooring material is trending not only on commercial projects but is gaining momentum residentially as well. Many homeowners (especially those with dogs) want the look of wood without the cost or maintenance. LVT can be a fraction of the cost of wood. It is generally very thin, but the thickness can vary.

 

Wood floors can be a beautiful addition to any room and will always be a great way to add value to your home.  We love so many of the styles and colors that are available.  If you would like help selecting the wood floors for your interior, we are here for you.  Can you tell the difference between the four types shown below?

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Five Favorites from Homearama 2016

This was the first time I have attended Homearama in Louisville and I will definitely make this an annual trip. It was chicken soup for the designer’s soul. Much like Lexington’s Grand Tour of Homes, it is a tour of newly constructed homes. Unlike Lexington’s tour every single home is professionally designed and furnished. I am so excited to share five of the trends that caught my attention on the tour.

Trend 1: Black Mullions

Black MullionsMy heart melts every time I see black mullions.  It adds so much character to a space.  In this kitchen there is an interior window separating the kitchen from the butler’s pantry.  It’s not just the black mullions that turn me to mush here; look at the matt black faucet finish and that brass arm light above the open shelves…stunning.

Black MullionsThis was my favorite shower on the tour, it has vintage flair with white subway tile and contrasting grout; the polished chrome shower fixtures with cross handle and of course the gorgeous black mullions. I also can’t resist the wood molding detail on the shower exterior and I’ve had a long crush on any hexagon tile, but this black one really makes me swoon.

Trend 2: Patterned Concrete Tile

Concrete TileIf you are looking for a way to add big personality to your bathroom, look no further. These patterned concrete tiles are loaded with eye-catching, center-of-attention personality. Although I only saw these tiles in the bathroom on the tour I think they would be stunning on a kitchen backsplash too. Can you image a pattern like this from the top of the counter to the ceiling with open shelves in the kitchen? Wow. Don’t get so mesmerized by the tile in this bathroom that you miss that faucet…oh, that faucet! It is absolute perfection. It is Delta Cassidy two handle widespread lavatory faucet with cross handles in Champagne Bronze finish.

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As a bonus trend, brass is everywhere! Here you can see the plumbing fixtures in brass (including the shower curtain rod and rings!). Different manufacturers have different names for it, but it’s almost always a brushed finish as seen here. And doesn’t the metal finish look spectacular with the gold color in the concrete tile!?

Trend 3: Wood Trim Feature Walls

Wood Trim Feature WallsIt was certainly a craftsman that installed this gorgeous trim detail in this stairway.  I love this pattern, look how it adds charm to this stair way.  Also, notice the glass stair rail makes it possible for the wall detail to stand out.  (Glass stair rail and feathers also trending!)

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I would get so much work done in this home office because I would never want to leave! This entire space is absolutely flawless. I love that they painted the feature wall a glossy dark gray; it really makes all the brass accents stand out. What a beautifully styled bookcase, by the way.

Trend 4: Wallcovering

WallcoveringWallcoverings are very popular right now, especially in the powder room. It adds so much drama and is a lovely way to bring in pattern and color. It really can turn an ordinary wall into a piece of art. Also, notice this vanity countertop detail. I need this in my life right away, the detail is exquisite. Hello again, sweet faucet.

WallcoveringThough it is very popular in the powder room, this trend is also gaining traction in other rooms as well. This is a master bedroom and the wallcovering is only on this one wall (this keeps the pattern from overpowering the room). I love anything tufted and this headboard is no exception. The spacing of the buttons is perfection. Shiplap is also very current and I appreciate this ceiling application with the stained wood “X” detail.

Trend 5: Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed WoodReclaimed wood – we are seeing it on doors, ceilings, walls, floors, just about everywhere.  This, however, is the first time I’ve seen it used in this way.  The wood planks are installed on the walls of this powder room, but look closely; there is a pattern printed on top of the wood…spectacular.

Does anything you see here get you excited to renovate? We would be happy to help you with your next project whether it’s residential or commercial.

 

 

 

Four Home Trends from the Grand Tour of Homes 2016

Thinking of building or remodeling? The Grand Tour of Homes is a fun way to see what’s trending in new home construction. We have listed for you four home trends we spotted on the tour this year.

Trend One – Shiplap

We have no doubt this trend comes to us from Waco, Texas’ Joanna Gaines and we love it! This material showed up on walls, ceilings and fireplaces.

Trend: Shiplap on the Ceiling Trend: Shiplap on a Wall

Trend Two – Reclaimed Wood

This trend is still going strong. Reclaimed wood was being used on the floor, as accent walls, fireplace mantels and furniture. Our favorite was the reclaimed horse farm fencing used as flooring.

Trend: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall Trend: Reclaimed Horse Farm Fencing

 Trend Three – Subway Tile

Subway tile is still very popular this year whether it’s a kitchen backsplash, shower walls or fireplace surround and it isn’t just white. We are seeing the grays and blues that have been so popular on the walls make its way to subway tile in beautiful new finishes.

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Trend Four – Oversized Lighting

We absolutely love the large scale light fixtures we are seeing over kitchen islands, in the master bedroom, and even in the powder room! These are some lovely fixtures…

Trend: Oversized Island Lighting Trend: Oversized Dining Lighting

Would you consider implementing any of these trends in your space? We would be happy to help you with your next project whether it’s residential or commercial.

Happy Fourth of July

July 2, 2015

From all of us at Design Link, wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday!

Style Spotting: Fabulous Fairley

May 18, 2015

One of our favorite showrooms at High Point this season was CR Laine. Their color palette was so fresh and inviting, thanks to designer Tobi Fairley! We loved meeting Tobi and talking with her about her new collection, as well as her gorgeous new line of art for Soicher Marin!  Her byline, “Bright, Bold, Tailored,” says it all about her style. Fearlessly colorful and effortlessly chic, she mixes bright colors and bold patterns with ease. That beautiful mint green in the entrance stopped us in our tracks, and every turn around a corner was another “Wow!”

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Style Spotting: The World of Wearstler

May 01, 2015

We are back from High Point Market, excited and inspired! As always, there were so many things to see and do, but one of the highlights for us this year was meeting design and style icon Kelly Wearstler! Kelly is known for her bold patterns, vivid colors, and copious use of natural materials, which were absolutely everywhere at market. Sliced agate, veined marble, raw wood and more– talk about a trendsetter! This “author, blogger, branding virtuoso, decorator and muse” (Architectural Digest) does it all. And from her new line of lighting for Visual Comfort (so dreamy) to the emerald cabinets in Cameron Diaz’s kitchen, we love it all!

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Having a Ball

April 17, 2015

When we think about Farrow and Ball paint, with their signature chalky matt finish and rich depth of color, we can’t help but swoon just a little. Their pallet is so luscious, every time we see their paint in a space, we fall in love all over again! In fact, we love their colors so much that we are using their Slipper Satin in one of our client’s homes (pairing with some fabulous customized de Gournay wallpaper). Whether you are going for a barely-there look with Pale Powder, or introducing one of their fresh 2015 inspirations like Breakfast Room Green, you can’t go wrong with this gorgeous product!

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Breakfast Room Green

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Borrowed Light

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Showcasing Shelves

March 30, 2015

A styled bookcase is a great finishing touch in a space. We are often asked to style bookcase for clients, and it is one of our favorite ways to accessorize!  Here are just a few tips to help you get started. Work from large to small–place your largest items first, and work your way down, using your smallest items as fillers. Group similar items together for a more cohesive look. Embrace your negative space; don’t feel the need to fill in every single inch of the bookcase, and remember to let some items stand on their own. And don’t forget to let your personality shine through! Whether you are keeping it simple with propped-up artwork, or your shelf is all about books, books, books, you can definitely set it up with style. Check out these great photos for inspiration!

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Top of the Season

March 20, 2015

After the long dreary winter, Spring is here at last, and we couldn’t be happier! We have so much to look forward to during the upcoming season. For example: this month’s issue of Tops Magazine, featuring the home of one of our clients! We worked on this project from the ground up; the clients were a joy to work with, and their home turned out beautifully! Check out these photos for a sneak peek, and check out this month’s issue of Tops for the full article! Happy Spring!

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Do It Yourself: Intriguing Ikea

We are crazy about all the Ikea hacks we are seeing nowadays! From Pinterest to the pages of magazines, there are so many great ideas on how to take these pieces of furniture to the next level.  One of our designers even did this in her own home! She took the Malm Dresser,  and by adding overlays and feet and changing the hardware, created a beautiful addition to her nursery. And on an Ikea budget, that is just icing on the cake! But it does not stop there– check out the rest of these photos for inspiration on how to turn a plain dresser or nightstand into a work of art!

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