Design Your Dream Room with Tarkett

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I never shy from a good challenge.  The steps involved in the selection process of core home furnishings can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.  It’s time once again for a Places In The Home show and tell. The time has come for our guest room to make the transition to home office. The repurposed space will be a better fit in the scheme of things.  There’s not much to change in terms of design, but tastes and trends change many a mind. After great debate, I’ve decided the carpet is out and flooring is soon to be in. The issues of comfort, ease of maintenance and quiet factor into the flooring selection, especially in certain spaces of a home.

I have questions about flooring options just like everyone else does. I like to take advantage of pro tips and tools offered by manufactures of all things house that make a home products that assist in the selection process of home furnishings and home decor.  Seeing a product in actual working spaces is a plus in the process.  The Tarkett iSelect system, a design feature which groups Tarkett flooring options into 6 beautiful, easy-to-live-with color families, is an innovative design feature that allows the homeowner to coordinate flooring types, from room-to-room, throughout the entire house.

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iSelect  features Fiber Floor® and Luxury Floors from Tarkett. Fiber Floor® is a unique flooring option that stands up to real-life wear and tear in a warm, comfortable and it-looks-great kind of way. Tarkett Luxury Floors offer the ultimate in style, durability and versatility. Tarkett Luxury Floors are available in tiles with-or-without  grout, planks, adhered floors and floating floors.

Tarkett has organized a selection of FiberFloor products into six easy-to-shop palettes- Hushed Conversations, Fireside Chats, Warm Gatherings, Champagne Celebrations, Evening Reception and Earthy Connections. Each design complements the others within that palette.

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The intriguing interior design feature of iSelect is that no matter which floor you choose, it will complement any other floor in the same palette making it easy to coordinate adjoining rooms. Flow is one of the most important factors to consider, and iSelect will answer those questions for you.

The next tool of use in the flooring selection process is TarkettNA’s online visualizer, RoomVūe. Visualize your room at RoomVue by designing a room using an image from Tarkett’s onsite photo gallery of room design inspiration or upload an image of your own room as I did.  A variety of viewing options puts the design control in your hands. Photos and information gathered can be saved in the “My Projects” tool on TarkettNA’s website, printed, emailed or saved to your computer for future ideabook reference. Tarkett also provides a chat feature where you can chat online with professional Designers regarding questions about room design, flooring options and product details.

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Are you in the decorative contemplation process, looking to update up a room in your home with new flooring in a design palette that suits your style?  Check out iSelect, RoomVūe, and the entire family of Tarkett Flooring. Tarkett Flooring has over 10,000 retailers across the country. Find a retailer close to you with Tarkett’s retail locater http://www.tarkettna.com/locator.  Further the flooring inspiration experience by following Tarkett on Facebook, Tarkett on Pinterest, and Tarkett on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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The Shoes Of The House: Engineered Hardwood And Parquet Flooring

As I perused social media sites this morning,  a blog post link from Rashon Caraway, a.k.a.  Mr. Goodwill Hunting  inspired me.  Inspiration is everywhere, and today it came from Mr. Goodwill Hunting’s words and not from one of his trademark thrift finds or a vintage ensembles.  To quote Rashon, “so always remember ladies and gentleman, it’s not how much something costs, it’s how you wear it.”   Yes it is, and that fact remains the same through both fashion and interiors.

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Flooring is the literal and figurative foundation of a house.  It can easily be considered the shoes of the interior design and decor ensemble.  If you channel your inner Sex and the City recollection, Carrie taught us the shoe is as essential to to the look as the couture or vintage piece of clothing.  In terms of interior design and decorative selections, flooring ties it all together in a stylish, comfortable and functioning package.  As it is with shoes, style comes before comfort.  See what I mean?

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Stylish and comfortable flooring choices exist without the shocking price tag.  Engineered hardwood and parquet flooring are wonderful alternatives to traditional plank hardwood floors.  Parquet flooring is composed of similar or contrasting woods such as oak, walnut and cherry in grades of laminates, veneer  and solids.

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Laminate flooring is the least expensive option.  Laminate is faux-wood pieces married to a base such as particle board and contains no actual wood.  The easiest way to explain laminate floors is in layered terms.

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The top layer consists of clear resin protecting the second layer- a photograph of real wood.  Flooring photoshop, if you will.  How’s that for an explanation?  The next two layers are comprised of wood composites, fiber board and melamine for absorption and stability.  Veneer parquet is solid wood attached to a material such as plywood.  Solid parquet is exactly that, solid wood.  The designs are created by placing the wood(s) in both angular and geometric formations.

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Engineered flooring is produced by adhering three to five  layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood.  Engineered wood flooring is not a laminate. Engineered flooring is both moisture resistant and a green product.

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Flipping, building, and remodeling houses over the years, Dave the Builder has installed and refinished his fair share of solid hardwood floors. We’ve  had solid hardwoods in two of our personal homes, and currently have engineered hardwood floors in our dining room.  Which do I prefer?  Based on price, quality, appearance, and ease of upkeep, I’m going with engineered hardwood floors.

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These cost efficient and sustainable flooring choices come in a wide range of design and finish options, quality grades and price points.  Engineered hardwood and the grade choices of parquet flooring offers consumers excellent options in the flooring selection process.