What is “New Nordic” Interior Design

Scandinavian decor is, without a doubt, one of the top decor styles at the moment. This style originated as a way to make Nordic homes feel bright and clean during dark winter days, but has now gained popularity in regions that see sun all year round. Now, as homeowners and designers begin to shift away from minimalism, a new twist on this design has emerged. Read on to learn how you can incorporate “New Nordic” style in your home.

One element of traditional Scandinavian home decor that is still used frequently in New Nordic design is raw, bleached hardwood or wood-look floors. The effect is bright and clean, and neutral enough for you to experiment with a wide range of colors (and even other decor styles as your preferences evolve).

In an effort to add a more personal touch to their decorating, designers are focused more on decluttering and opening up a space, rather than recreating the typical minimalist look of Scandinavian decor. You can do this in your own home by being selective in the accessories you choose for the room, whether it’s a few thoughtfully placed family heirlooms or trinkets, or a piece of art that you love.

One noticeable difference between “New Nordic” design and traditional Scandinavian design is the frequent use of color. While white is often the dominant color in Scandinavian design – and still heavily featured in this newer twist – bolder hues are also being used to liven up and add personality to a room. Pops of color, like red or blue, add dimension and keep the space from feeling flat.

Bold colors aren’t the only way to add dimension in a New Nordic design. Have fun with your home’s decor by mixing different subtle patterns and textures. Classic hardwood floors alongside more modern materials, like these clear acrylic chairs, gives this kitchen nook a contemporary look and creates the illusion of a more open space.

Comfort is key with New Nordic design. Plush, wall-to-wall carpet is guaranteed to warm up a room where traditional hardwood may have been featured. For extra comfort, consider adding soft textiles, like faux sheepskin or a cozy throw blanket, in unexpected places – like the kitchen or dining room.

Do you prefer New Nordic or Scandinavian design?

How to Decorate with Lighter Floors

Change up your space with a lighter shade of flooring! Whether you’re looking for hardwood, laminate, or LVT, interior designers are predicting a shift towards lighter tones in 2019. These hues are versatile and great for any room, be it the bedroom, home office, or kitchen. Going for a bright, airy look? Pair light floors with neutral or pastel colored walls. If you’re looking to create a more dramatic look, opt for dark, saturated colors for an edgy contrast.

If you’re looking to achieve a tone on tone look, make sure to play with textures in your decor. Light hardwood floors will add a raw element to the room and also keep the space from feeling too monochromatic – and the right accessories will make the room come to life. Try adding a fabric headboard, unique bedding, or a velvet throw blanket to give dimension. All can work together to create a calm, aesthetically pleasing room.

Light, hardwood floors are a great addition to a farmhouse style home – especially in the kitchen. The right stain will add warmth to the space, and pair nicely with white cabinets and rustic accents. Though some may prefer tile floors in the kitchen, wood-look flooring provides a more interesting contrast against tiled backsplashes and granite or marble countertops, and will keep your kitchen from feeling too cold.

When we talk about light hardwood floors, we aren’t just referring to those warm, yellow and honey tones. Another option that’s becoming increasingly popular is grey or ash colored stains. Grey floors create the perfect foundation for vibrant greens, blues, and metallic accents. In this living room, the flooring accentuates both the natural and gilded decor.

Light floors are also a hallmark of the coastal beach house style. This bedroom uses creams, natural finishes (like the rattan headboard), and pastel blue to create a breezy, Oceanside feel. Light flooring helps to create the illusion of sand at your feet. Consider adding a wicker bench or table, or woven baskets to play off the flooring and tie the room together.

Light wood-look floors are also a great option for kids’ rooms! Because light floors tend to be more neutral, they can be paired successfully with bright, primary colors. If you have little ones at home, try hard surface flooring and adding an area rug, rather than wall-to-wall carpet. We have an array of luxury vinyl hard surface flooring that may look like hardwood, but are durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and messes as your children grow up.

What are your thoughts on lighter flooring?

Create a Wow Factor with Statement Ceilings

Underappreciated and often overlooked is the fifth wall, the ceiling. While many people think a statement can only be made on the walls or with furniture, they often forget that the ceiling is an excellent place to make a unique statement.

There are so many ways to create a focal point with your ceiling that whether you’re all in or not feeling incredibly risky, there is a choice that’s just right for you.

For those who are on the fence with this design trend, start by focusing on what you have such as architectural details that your ceiling may have. Polish any wooden beams or paint coffers to make them stand out and pop. Sometimes simply freshening up your ceiling is a subtle touch that can make a big impact.

If you have ceilings that lack architectural detail, consider adding your own, such as shiplap or wooden beams to pull your room together. Using natural products on your ceiling is great in homes that evoke a coastal or farmhouse style

Another great way to create a statement with your ceiling is to paint it a fun color, or if in a kid’s room, a pattern that matches their favorite hobby or sport.

What are your thoughts on statement ceilings?

How to Mix Different Woods and Stains

Now more than ever we are seeing rooms designed with different woods and different stains, as most people collect and purchase furniture at various stages of their lives. Having your floors match your furniture can make your space feel stale and flat, so follow along for our best practices for mixing and matching different woods and finishes.

The first rule of thumb is to make sure that the undertones of the wood finishes match. You will either want your wood to be warm or cool, and it’s important that you do not mix the two in a room. A wood can have a neutral undertone, and in this instance you can mix warm or cool with neutral undertones.

If you have wood floors, make sure to place a rug where wood furniture sits, such as the dining room table. By adding a layer in between larger wood pieces, it will help soften the transition between different stains.

Choose a few different wood finishes to mix and match throughout your room. Your space will feel more balanced if you stick to 2 or 3 stains for a put together space with visual interest. For instance, try lighter floors with a darker coffee table, with a patterned rug in between.

And lastly, choose one dominant wood finish for your room. Usually this will be your largest wood piece, such as the floors or a dining room table.

What are your thoughts on mixed wood finishes?

2019 Kitchen Trends to Look For

A new year brings new trends for the home, and a lot can be expected for the kitchen in 2019. We are seeing changes in technology, colors, flooring, and fixtures. When it comes to new trends, nothing is off limits in the kitchen.

Raw Materials

Expect to see stone, wood, shiplap, concrete, and copper heavily used on all kitchen surfaces and fixtures.

Pendant Light Fixtures

These are great in an open floor plan for defining the different areas in the room, such as the prep and dining area. Not only that, but with so many different styles and looks, it’ll be incredibly easy to add a unique look to your kitchen.

Technology

Prepare to see more digital technology incorporated into your appliances, such as touch controls, handless appliances, and sinks with integrated features.

Open Shelving

This look not only opens up your space, but it makes your kitchen feel larger and brighter. Give this look a try and you’ll add warmth, design, and character all at once. Even better, open shelving helps you stay on top of organization and allows you to display your beautiful kitchenware!

Darker Colors

The desire for an all-white kitchen isn’t as in demand as it used to be. Instead, you’ll see a shift to darker colors used in the kitchen, on the walls, cabinetry, and also the floors.

Patterned Floors

Patterns are great for adding visual interest to both your floors and the kitchen in general. These are great especially in a kitchen where the overall cabinetry and wall colors are neutral and simple.

What kitchen trends are you most excited about?

The Importance of Shopping Local

Did you know that we are part of a cooperative of more than 500 independent retailers that work hard to offer you quality flooring at competitive prices, all while ensuring you receive the best customer experience and the care that comes with a locally owned business?

As an independently-owned business, we can fully cater to your needs and work with you to make sure that your needs are being met and not overlooked.

We value our customers and work hard to make sure that our community is well taken care of.

Shopping locally allows you to support your neighbors while simultaneously receiving personal customer service that you won’t receive at the big box stores. From your initial consultation to the installation, we are here to answer any questions, offer our flooring & design advice, and make sure that your home gets the makeover it deserves.

As a small business, one of the most important shopping days is Small Business Saturday, which takes place on November 24th, the Saturday following Thanksgiving. On this day, we celebrate the importance of small businesses by shopping local and putting money back into our community.

From family-run corner stores to food trucks to online boutiques, small businesses are an important part of our lives and our business. When they succeed, we all do. By supporting one another, we are helping our community and economy grow and flourish.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting small businesses on November 24, and that you’ll remember to Shop Small throughout the holiday season and year-round.

Incorporating Red Hot Decor in Your Home

A fiery and bold color that will lead us into the upcoming year is red, a color in which a little can go a long way. Red can be used in any room, in small or large amounts, and truly can be used year round. It evokes feelings both of summer and of a cheery holiday season. Follow along for our favorite ways to incorporate this hot color into your home!

The key to not being aggressive with red is to use it as an accent color throughout your room. In your living room, consider a red couch or chair. If that’s a little too much for you, go for red throw pillows or a blanket. It adds just enough red to make an impact without being too overwhelming.

In a dining room, consider artwork that incorporates deep red, dining chairs, or red table linens. Going along the same theme in the kitchen, red can be used on stools, dishware, or storage containers.

Red walls in the bedroom are romantic and powerful, but just make sure to balance the room with neutral colors. If red walls are too bold, but smaller accent pieces aren’t lively enough, add a red accent rug or bedding for the right amount of pizzazz.

How will you add red into your home décor?