How To Choose A Laminate Floor
flooring is a "floating" floor - it does not have to be
nailed or glued to the subfloor, and it can be installed over most
existing floors - concrete, ceramic, vinyl, wood and even some indoor/outdoor
carpet. And there is no need to sand, stain or seal as with traditional
wood flooring. Choose from two installation options:
pieces fitted and glued together to form a strong bond throughout
the floor, ensuring a precision fit while allowing for natural
contraction and expansion.
pieces automatically aligned with a uniquely designed mechanical
locking system. This no-glue installation system ensures a long-lasting
precision fit floor that accommodates for natural contraction
floor is your backdrop for living - a blank canvas from which the
personality of your home emerges. Choosing the right floor can be
challenging. Here are some decorative tips:
Harmony With Laminate
are comfortable in nearly every room on the house, but stick
with the style that best reflects the personality of your home,
choosing from a variety of wood looks that range from the classic
to the contemporary: Oak, Cherry, Pine, Bamboo and Applewood.
best to stay with one solid style of wood look, specifically
with rooms that flow together, such as living rooms into dinings
areas. So, consider using the same flooring in adjoining rooms
like powder rooms or hallways to create a spacious living area.
The effect is a more open feel, versus a patchwork quilt of
Or Matching Trim
your existing baseboard and other trims to coordinate with the
room; even better, stick with one color for continuity. There
are also a variety of laminate trims which are great alone or
combined with either painted or stained trims.
you go shopping for your floor, bring swatches of fabric and
paint chips along with you. You'll be surprised at how various
wood tones (some you may not have even considered before!) blend
beautifully with the palete you selected.
Versus Light Floors
rules of thumb when deciding between a dark floor or light floor;
Dark woods radiate great warmth and comfort, a promise of a
cozy, intimate atmosphere enhanced with rich design.
Light woods expand a room, making for a more open, brighter
rooms combine a variety of textures. For instance, strong-grained
woods like oak look great with leathers and linens; lighter
woods like maple and pale cherry can be paired with softer cottons
and sheer fabrics.
Touches Add Excitement
can use laminate flooring to create a more casual look or to
border a space for added drama. Visualize this: a dining room
with a light cherry floor bordered with the darker version as
accent. Or, consider creating contrasting stripes down a long
room or hallway for visual panache. (You also can vary the width
of the stripes.)
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