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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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The Leftovers: Four Ways to Create Art Out of Extra Flooring

July 31, 2014 12:02 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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Typically, you’re advised to have some percentage of “waste” flooring when you do a project. Sometimes, people end up with some extra flooring at the end of a project, which in turn ends up occupying some serious storage space in basements and closets everywhere.

What to do with those extra pieces? It’s time to get creative with your leftovers! We’ll show you four innovative ways others have used their extra flooring.

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Before #ThrowbackThursday: The Story of Hazel Dell Brown

June 10, 2014 9:58 am    Posted by NECarl    off

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You’ve probably seen our Facebook posts for Throwback Thursday. And while we often poke a little fun at the colorful, busy designs depicted in those vintage ads, we have a lot of respect for the designer responsible for those creations. Hazel Dell Brown, the chief interior designer for Armstrong for 36 years between 1921 and 1956, holds a place in our company’s history, and in our hearts.

 

Hazel Dell Brown was a powerful woman for the times. Like many of her generation, Mrs. Brown’s story is a testament to determination. She grew up terribly poor, but was raised by industrious and inventive parents who fostered her love of art. A scholarship enabled her to study at the Pratt Institute in New York.

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Our Own Mara Villanueva-Heras on “American Dream Builders”

May 22, 2014 2:09 pm    Posted by NECarl    off

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If you missed NBC’s “American Dream Builders” on April 27, you missed a special appearance by Mara Villanueva-Heras, VP, Residential Marketing – Armstrong Floor Products.

 

The design competition show aired weekly on NBC on Sundays. In each episode, a team of designers competed in a variety of home renovation scenarios and one of the designers was eliminated at the end of each show.

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How to Use the Pantone 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

April 16, 2014 10:16 am    Posted by NECarl    off

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid – a vibrant color that is suddenly everywhere – is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates joy, love, and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm,” says Pantone Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman. Pantone’s announcement of the Color of the Year is always exciting for those in the fashion, beauty, and home interiors industries – and for homeowners everywhere.

 
Not quite pink and not quite purple, the enigmatic Radiant Orchid is just the thing if you’re looking to enliven a space with a pop of color. We’ve put together a collection of rooms that use Radiant Orchid to bring out the lively, natural beauty of a few of our most popular floors.   more ►