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What’s New in Luxury Vinyl: Part II

May 26, 2015 3:23 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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In our last blog post, we talked about a few of the stunning new looks from our new Luxe Plank® Collection with FasTak™ Installation. With beautiful new designs, great performance in high-moisture areas like bathrooms, and simple installation, where can you go wrong? You can’t! And here’s a peek at the rest of the new collection.

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What’s New In Luxury Vinyl: Part 1

April 30, 2015 3:35 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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What inspires you? Is it the texture of 200-year-old barn wood? The swirling grain in a fruitwood bowl? Or the colors in a branch of driftwood? We have some stunning new looks inspired by nature in our Luxe Plank® with FasTak™ Installation collection, and in this post, we’ll introduce you to two different new looks: Exotic hardwood and natural stones.

The Luxe Plank® Collection with FasTak™ Installation

First, let’s review what’s great about Luxe Plank.

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Your Real Laminate Flooring Questions: Answered

April 21, 2015 4:30 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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For several months now, we’ve had a Q&A feature available on our laminate flooring products that allows you to ask about what’s on your mind. We’ve been paying attention to what you’ve been asking, and this post is a collection of most-asked, most-wondered-about laminate questions from real flooring shoppers. Maybe there is something here that can help you with your flooring purchase!

 
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Five Contemporary Design Inspirations

March 31, 2015 4:09 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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Contemporary design…is that like the Jetson’s sweet futuristic pad? Not exactly. Contemporary (as opposed to Modern) design is characterized by a casual, livable style with smooth lines, neutral color palettes, and lots of light, open spaces.

There are few rules in Contemporary design, and most of them are made to be broken. It’s a bit eclectic in that frequently you’ll see industrial objects or materials like concrete and metal paired with more natural elements, like wood or greenery. Let’s take a look at the style of “now” with a five contemporary rooms from our photo archives.

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Marsala: Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

February 24, 2015 4:58 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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If you think of flooring like a decadent, luxurious meal (and who doesn’t?), then you’ll find that pairing your floor with a rich, earthy color like Marsala is very natural. Pantone’s 2015 color of the year has a lot to love about it. Like, it’s named after a fortified wine. Good start!

According to the color gurus at Pantone, Marsala is a very versatile color, “equally appealing to men and women.” They refer to the color as “stirring and flavorful” and “sultry and subtle.” In terms of home décor over fashion, Pantone’s Color Intelligence crew loves Marsala. “Dramatic,” they opine, “and at the same time grounding.”

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How to Clean Up After Your Big Game Party

January 22, 2015 3:16 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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We’ve got a lot of advice for things that could happen during your Big Game party. Spills and tracked-in dirt? Seems legit. Spots caused by food, water, or animals? Could happen. Grease, lipstick, crayon, ink, heel marks? It’s starting to sound like quite a party! Chewing gum or candle wax? Things just started getting real…what kind of party is this again? Deep scratches or gouges? Well, we hope not, but we’ve even got that covered. more ►

Rustic Holidays with Armstrong Flooring

December 23, 2014 11:17 am    Posted by NECarl    off

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Nothing captures the holiday spirit more than spending time with family and creating memories to last a lifetime. Maybe it’s a warm rug in front of a blazing fire. Maybe it’s curling up in front of the tree with all the lights off, just basking in the glow. Or maybe it’s boisterous family meals served up home-style in your Grandma’s dining room. Whatever “it” is for you, we hope you enjoy your holidays as much as we do.

For this post, please enjoy these Rustic Holiday trends(and hey, maybe we’ll throw in some great floors or two for that “New Year, New You” thing you have going).

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Hot New Flooring Trends

November 7, 2014 4:04 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

Global Reclaim LaminateWhat are the hottest new trends in flooring? In this post, we’re going to talk about a few of the latest. The first is mixed species wood looks, laminate floors that mix different species together into attractive and rustic looks. Second is wide plank flooring, a look that can be achieved with laminate, hardwood, and luxury vinyl. And last, there is reclaimed wood – flooring that embodies the look of wood salvaged from abandoned farms and factories.

Let’s take a tour of how to achieve these looks in your home today!

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Easy Fall Decorating

October 19, 2014 2:54 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

tacky_pilgrimWhen I was young, my favorite Aunt used to take seasonal decorating very seriously. She had boxes upon boxes of knick knacks to get out and dust off, which turned every surface into a fabulous (very kitschy) display. In the Fall, she changed the placemats, table runner, and napkins to red, golds, and oranges. She changed out all the hand-towels (pumpkins) and even changed the curtains (fall foliage). It was out of hand, and took her a full weekend to accomplish.

Who has time to decorate like this today! We’re in favor of keeping it simple. The floor you choose is a foundation, a background for your taste, and can help you with keeping your life and your seasonal decorations simple. Check out some of our room scenes below, along with a few decorating pointers.

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What’s New in Laminate: The Laminate Flooring Roundup

September 26, 2014 4:14 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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What’s new in the world of laminate? Color variation, reclaimed wood looks, and subtle textures! These three hot flooring trends drove our latest releases in laminate flooring.

In this post, we’ll show you our three new looks: Global Reclaim laminate flooring, which is part of the Architectural Remnants collection; three new flooring colors in Forestry Mix which is in the Rustics Premium collection; and Millwork Block, which is also in Rustics Premium.

All three brand new products make use of different planks to create a highly varied board look, and have a realistic texture.

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