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Marsala: Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

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

Marsala

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

Laminate Floor Cleaner

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 ►

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

Gray Washed Laminate Flooring

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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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 ►

NEW Laminate Floors Feature Reclaimed Wood Looks

May 31, 2013 4:01 pm    Posted by Marcia Fortley    Comments (4)

We’ve just launched the new Architectural Remnants laminate collection – a striking, harmonious mix of vintage and rustic reclaimed wood looks that set a new standard for fine and fashionable living.

I spoke to Sara M. Babinski, Principal Designer for laminate flooring, about this new collection.

Q: What was your inspiration for this collection?Architectural Remnants
A: Armstrong creates laminate floors that aspire to look like high end hardwoods. It was important to capture the right color, texture, and species for the floor to look harmonious and create the look and feel of a vintage floor that stepped right out of the past.

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SURFACES: A Recap of the Largest Flooring Trade Show in the U.S.

March 8, 2013 3:57 pm    Posted by Heather Antolik    off

In a recent interview, I talked with Mara Villanueva-Heras, V.P. of Marketing for Armstrong Residential Flooring, about SURFACES – the biggest trade show for the flooring industry in the U.S. – and the home décor trends that are getting her excited this year. Here’s what she had to say:

HA:  Let’s start by describing what SURFACES is.

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MVH:  SURFACES serves as the industry’s meeting place to unveil new floor covering products, tools, and technologies. The show was a tremendous success for us this year. Our focus was to launch new products and highlight some unique merchandising and marketing concepts.

HA:  What trends did you see at the show this year?

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A Day in the Life of a Flooring Designer

June 22, 2012 2:00 pm    Posted by sara    off
With this blog post, we’re introducing a new occasional series of posts that describe “a day in the life” of an Armstrong employee who has an impact on the type of floors and related products we offer you. Our first post was created by Sara Babinski, Principal Designer for Armstrong.

Show Day in the Life of an Armstrong Flooring Designer
5:00 a.m. Rise and shine. Check email, shower, and grab a cereal bar, blueberry pomegranate juice and fruit for breakfast.

6:45 Hop in the car. Stop for the daily iced coffee.

7:00 Work begins. Scan emails for importance and dive into my Google Alerts for: color trends, interior design trends and news on the world of hardwood. Review daily email from StyleSight, study more trends.

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A Great Flooring Choice for a Beach House? Laminate!

June 8, 2012 3:37 pm    Posted by gina    off

Armstrong Laminate Flooring

At a family birthday party last weekend, my Aunt Cindy, who owns a beach house in Ocean City, New Jersey, was discussing her latest misfortune – the first level of her beach house had been flooded out. She told us that she wanted to get her home up and running quickly, so she and her two young daughters could enjoy the summer months at the shore. One of her remodeling decisions involved choosing a kitchen floor.

She posed the question at the dinner table of what everyone thought about a laminate floor for the kitchen. Turns out, not many of my relatives knew exactly what laminate flooring was. Some reacted with a less-than-positive response, calling laminate “cheap” and “artificial-looking”. After the dust settled, as usual, everyone turned to me for “expert” flooring advice.

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