News Anderson Floors News and Press Releases Keep mistakes to a minimum when taking on home design projects <p><img src="" alt="Hardwood Flooring" style="float: right; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />The old expression, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing," must have first been said when a new&nbsp;homeowner made an attempt at remodeling. Having a dream home design in mind is one thing, but acting on it can be costly without the right materials, budget and know-how. For instance, using high-quality products like the wood floors in Anderson's Lincoln Plank collection is one of the steps that experts recommend whenever the renovation bug bites.</p> <p>According to HowStuffWorks, homeowners who are embarking on a remodeling project should be careful not to make mistakes that have been the downfall of many well-intentioned efforts. <a target="_blank" href="">Avoiding mistakes from the outset</a> will save time, money and sweat equity, not to mention eliminating the need to undo bad decisions and start over.</p> <p>Trying to do too much is often a weakness of those intent on creating the ideal room design, whether it's a home library with floor to ceiling shelves or a back porch being turned into an all-season sunroom. Whittling the project down to steps and doing only one thing through to completion will prevent novice remodelers from becoming overwhelmed. Once they succeed at one aspect of the project, they'll be in a positive frame of mind as they go forward.</p> <p><strong>Stick with classics</strong><br /> Although budget may be the defining issue for many homeowners, HGTV advised them <a target="_blank" href="">not to purchase cheaper materials</a> that won't last for more than a few years.&nbsp;By having to replace them sooner rather than later, the project will end up costing more in the long run.</p> <p>It doesn't pay to invest in a huge collection of tools that may be needed for a particular task, either. There are plenty of outlets that rent tools for specific jobs, like tile cutting, and that will trim the cost of the job.</p> <p>The design channel also warned against choosing trendy styles that will look dated in a few years. Stick with classic design, finishes and neutral colors for major elements of a job. You can always fill in the space later with trendier, less expensive furnishings as accent pieces&nbsp;that you can&nbsp;remove when they begin to look out of style.</p> <p>There's a reason why workmen say, "Measure twice, cut once."&nbsp; Precise measurements are the heart of any remodeling job because it will only lead to waste and cost overruns if materials have to be thrown away and replaced.&nbsp;Keep the scale of projects in mind as well or you'll end up with room features that are out of sync with the rest of your home style.</p> (Unknown) f59fd8c3-32ec-4661-80d1-d985f5592845 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:14:00 GMT Metallic accessories reflect yellow's versatility in room design <p><img src="" alt="Hardwood Flooring" style="float: right; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Yellow can be soft or bright, but however it's used, it's one of the most versatile hues that homeowners can introduce into their home design. Virtually any color goes well with yellow, and&nbsp;the&nbsp;brown tones in hardwood floors are no exception. The walnut flooring in <a href="" title="Handcrafted Hardwood Floors">Anderson's Vintage 5-inch floor collection</a> is a good example of natural wood complementing the various shades of yellow.</p> <p>A classic combination that stems from the Provence region of France is yellow and blue, which is most frequently used in country decorating. But there's a new twist on this color duo in a <a target="_blank" href="">recent trend that mixes shades of blue with warm metals like gold</a> and burnished brass. According to Houzz, navy and other deep blues really bring out the luster of brass and gold hardware on furnishings.</p> <p>The website featured this combo in a variety of room designs. Most often, a dark blue living room sofa was paired with sconces, lamp bases and other metallic accessories. With this colorscape, creamy yellow is a great neutral color to use on walls and ceilings. In kitchens, cabinetry that's painted dark blue with brass or gold drawer and door pulls is also a popular new style.</p> <p>For something more casual and better suited to a den or family room, painting the back wall of white bookcases in dark blue allows the books and decorative accessories to pop against the bold background. A series of brass library lights attached to the wall above the shelving finished the project featured on Houzz.</p> <p><strong>Gold is the new yellow</strong><br /> If gold is a favorite shade of homeowners, they can <a target="_blank" href="">try a gold shade of yellow</a> as a main color in their homes. The look varies from a sophisticated mustard yellow that lends drama in a dining room to a sunnier yellow that's at home in kitchens or bathroom, according to Real Simple magazine. If there's an alcove or dark corner that needs brightening, yellow can save it from the color doldrums. For contrast, medium gray or deep charcoal offer an alternative to shades of brown.</p> <p>Picture frames around mirrors and lighting fixtures, including chandeliers, are among the home accessories that can introduce gold into a design scheme. If home decorators have accessories in a different metallic shade that's looking dated, they can give them a new look with spray paint. But beware of the shiny varieties - softer, burnished metallics have a classier look.</p> (Unknown) abbb09b4-1e94-4717-bc53-311afa6114d6 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:00:00 GMT Warm wood floors give a great first impression in a home's foyer <p><img style="float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px;" alt="Hand Scraped Hardwood Flooring" src="" />For many homeowners, the foyer may be the smallest space in their house, but its impact shouldn't be overlooked. It provides visitors with their first impression of the home and should be treated with as much attention as the rest of the dwelling. Adding hardwood floors like <a title="Hardwood Floors" href="">Anderson's Dellamano Hickory collection</a> gives a foyer the classic decor it deserves.</p> <p>Depending on how much space is available, the entryway may include furnishings that are both functional and stylish&nbsp;as well as accessories that <a href="" target="_blank">give the space a finished look</a>, according to House Beautiful magazine. The wall and ceiling colors should reflect adjacent areas of the house so there's some continuity in the home design.</p> <p>Accent colors don't have to precisely match those used elsewhere, but one accent shade taken from the nearest room would provide a unifying thread between the two spaces.</p> <p>Whether it's large or small, a foyer should have a warm, cozy atmosphere. In a typical split-level home, for instance, there may be a small amount of floor space in the entry, but the ceiling is at its highest point above the steps leading up to the main floor.&nbsp;To compensate for that expanse, homeowners can outfit the tallest wall with a large mirror, one striking piece of art or a series of smaller, framed works that share the same theme.</p> <p><strong>Add welcoming touches</strong><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Every entryway should have a landing place</a> where homeowners can set down the mail, house keys and packages before making their way into the house. A small bookcase or narrow side table fits this need and won't take up much floor space if it's placed against a wall. Also,&nbsp;a shoe tray is a useful item to place boots, umbrellas or wet shoes so they don't track mud or water into the home.</p> <p>If there's room, Real Simple magazine recommended placing some seating where friends can sit down while taking off their boots and outerwear, which will likely be hung in a nearby closet. A small bench or two upholstered chairs are good choices because they'll&nbsp;fit a variety of decorating styles. A decorative throw or a pillow on the seat softens the look and adds a welcoming touch.</p> <p>Since wood floors in an entry area will be exposed to wear and tear, a runner or small rug near the door will catch debris brought in from outside. By using a rug that takes up only a little space, the warmth of the hardwood will still be&nbsp;visible.</p> (Unknown) 2e348dc6-da96-4713-92c1-d9894ddc78b1 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT Design options broaden with painted hardwood floors <p><img src="" alt="Hardwood Flooring" style="float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />Hardwood floors are a perennial favorite among home decorators and are&nbsp;sought after by prospective homeowners when they're making the rounds of open houses. In addition to the rich tones in different woods, one of the trends in recent years has been painted wood floors like <a href="" title="Hardwood Floors">Anderson's Vintage Coastal Art collection</a>.</p> <p>Like hardwoods with natural finishes, the planks used are often painted, sanded and sometimes distressed to recreate the look of flooring from previous eras. The Coastal Art red oak floors in a sand dollar finish complement contemporary room design as well as traditional decor, while the dappled look of the pickle barrel finish evokes country and cottage styles.</p> <p>The unique look of painted floors open up a new realm of decorating ideas, and the floors don't have to be restricted in terms of where they're used in a home. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, tough floor <a target="_blank" href="">finishes on wood stand up to heavy traffic</a> in rooms like kitchens and have been developed to resist wear and stains without the need for buffing and waxing.</p> <p>When NWFA did a nationwide survey of real estate agents, the association found that homes with wood floors sold faster at higher prices than comparable residences with non-wood flooring. Hardwood are also easy to maintain with either a soft-bristle broom or attachment on a vacuum cleaner.</p> <p><strong>New colors with painted floors</strong><br /> Painted floors with subdued tones are a <a target="_blank" href="">great complement to neutral wall colors</a> that have become prominent in recent years. Various derivatives of gray and taupe in both light and deeper shades have replaced off-white as the base colors in many home designs.</p> <p>Interior designers also add these colors to soften brighter hues. In this way, homeowners can have a neutral for walls that will have an underlying touch of color.&nbsp;Design writer Cindy Bergersen describes the process as "browning" or "graying" a hue that may be a homeowner's favorite. The lightened version of the color then becomes a neutral shade for walls, ceilings or architectural trim.</p> <p>Using this method, home decorators can have their favorite colors into their home decor without feeling overpowered by them. The new hues give a room more depth in the color scheme and allow homeowners to create combinations with brighter accents and finishes.</p> <p>By adding painted floors to the mix, homeowners may experiment with color ideas for their homes that they may never have considered with natural wood tones.</p> (Unknown) 5b4cc1ce-29fe-4e60-ae77-8ced65c8b5ed Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Break away from traditional style in dining room design <p><img src="" alt="Hickory Hardwood Flooring" style="float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />In a busy household, there's hardly a space that isn't used full-time for one activity or another. If homeowners have a dining room that's stacked with papers on the unused table and clutter scattered around the room, there's a better way to make use of their dining area. They can decorate the space to put it on par with the rest of the house, starting with beautiful wood floors like those in <a href="" title="Hardwood Flooring">Anderson's Lone Star Hardwood collection</a>.</p> <p>According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, the <a target="_blank" href="">arrangement of seating</a> can make a big difference in how efficiently the space in a dining area is put to use. Several room layouts featured in the magazine focused on banquette-style seating and built-in benches up against the wall or tucked into a corner, with chairs placed across from the benches.</p> <p>Another way to make better use of space is to use a round table that fits better into a corner and can accommodate more chairs surrounding it.</p> <p>Homeowners also don't have to give up comfort when they try a different arrangement from the traditional dining room setting. Benches, banquettes and individual chairs can all be made more comfortable with cushions, some of the them tacked on as permanent upholstery to the seating. This also makes the room more versatile because it can be dressed up or dressed down depending on whether company is coming for dinner or the family is having a casual meal.</p> <p><strong>Diversify the dining room look</strong><br /> There's often need for more storage in a home, and the dining area is no exception. Traditionally, dining rooms had a large hutch with a bureau on the bottom for linens and dishes and shelving on top where china was decoratively displayed. In a more compact room, that storage can come in the form of built-in drawers or bins under a bench and&nbsp;banquette seats.</p> <p>Lighting is important to create the right ambience for a dining area, but task lighting should also be available if the table is used for activities when meals aren't taking place. Attractive overhead fixtures can be tied into lights and lamps displayed in adjacent areas to unify the home design with similar materials and colors for lampshades.</p> <p>Real Simple magazine&nbsp;advised home decorators <a target="_blank" href="">not to be bound by traditional concepts of a dining room</a> when coming up with a room design. Painting chairs or other furniture pieces in bright colors, for instance, provides a strong contrast to hardwood floors and wood table tops by introducing color and diversified style into a dining space.</p> (Unknown) 595fa6f2-8802-46d3-b7f7-4545f46689f8 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Boost your dwelling's value by updating the home design <p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" alt="Hardwood Floors" src="" />When you're contemplating a move to a new home, the last thing you probably want to do is sink a great deal of money into the house you're leaving behind. But whatever improvements you make should be what prospective home buyers want in their future homes. According to Zillow, that includes classic hardwood floors like <a href="">Anderson's Vintage Bastille collection of hickory flooring</a>.</p> <p>Assuming major systems like plumbing and electrical systems are in good shape, you may consider some suggestions that won't break the bank but will make a great impression on home buyers who come up your walkway.</p> <p><strong>Curb appeal</strong><br /> Before they even get to the front door, your home's potential next owners will see the state of your lawn and landscaping, railings and stairways and how well you've kept up the <a href="" target="_blank">exterior of the house</a> itself. If you don't want to resurface or repaint the exterior of your dwelling, at least do a power wash and some patching so it looks like it's in good repair.</p> <p>The grass and hedges should be neat and trimmed, and adding some flower beds or planters will bring some color to the greenery, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Home Guides. You might also consider a new door if the one you've had all these years is significantly outdated - and outshone by newer styles&nbsp;on&nbsp;other houses on the block.</p> <p><strong>New paint</strong><br /> Repainting the interior of your home isn't nearly as expensive as an outside paint job. HGTV recommended that you <a href="" target="_blank">choose a subtle neutral color</a> to allow prospective buyers to imagine their own furnishings and home design style with these spanking clean walls. Newly painted rooms add value and appeal that will brighten your home and your sales prospects.</p> <p><strong>Bathrooms and kitchens</strong><br /> There are plenty of small differences you can make in these key areas that are simple and inexpensive. Without pulling out sinks, commodes and tubs that are in good repair, you can give them a new look with the latest styles in metal fixtures. If the vanity has seen better days, repaint it and add new hardware. Replace outdated lighting with simple and sophisticated new styles.</p> <p>In the kitchen, similar upgrades to cabinet hardware, overhead lights and plumbing fixtures won't set you back much, but can have a good return on these relatively small improvements. However, if any of your appliances are not in good shape, spend the money to replace them because to ignore these shortcomings will be immediately obvious to any potential home buyer.</p> dpearson c53fca52-2cbb-454e-ae43-6426adfb6d4b Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:26:00 GMT Keep color choices in tune with your wood floors and classic design <p><img src="" alt="Hardwood Flooring" style="float: right; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" />Painting a room may be second nature to some homeowners, but choosing new colors can be one of the hardest parts of a room design makeover. Some home decorators stick with tried-and-true color combinations and others decide to go in an entirely new direction. Whatever the final outcome, the hues should be in tune with the room's wood floors, whether they're&nbsp;traditional and homey or contemporary and sophisticated like those in <a href="" title="Hardwood Floors">Anderson's Brevard collection</a>.</p> <p>This Old House magazine recommended choosing colors according to the <a target="_blank" href=",,20386447_20787386,00.html">atmosphere they create in a room</a>. Cool colors like blue and gray evoke a serene and comfortable mood, while warm citrus colors set a cozy, welcoming tone. Considering the activities that take place in a room that's about to be repainted may be the best guide. Active spaces like family rooms are attuned to bolder shades, but home offices where concentration is needed or bedrooms where you rest should be painted in a more subdued color scheme.</p> <p><strong>A classic look</strong><br /> One of the simplest ways to decide on a color scheme is to rely on combinations of hues that have become classics for a reason. These are colors that end themselves to a variety of decorating trends, they provide a great backdrop for myriad accent shades or they're&nbsp;simply perennial favorites that never get old.</p> <p>Of all the <a target="_blank" href="">classic combinations</a>, black and white comes to mind for its versatility when it comes to matching bold colors for accessorizing. Even by itself, this combo can look elegant or crisply casual depending on the style of furnishings around it.</p> <p>HGTV showed in one of its home design features that a black and white color scheme works as well in outdoor spaces as it does inside a house. On the front porch of a colonial home, the design channel showed how black shutters and period-style wrought iron lanterns for lighting could create a memorable impression for a white painted home. The white porch railings were offset by black rocking chairs and a white porch swing with black and white decorative pillows.</p> <p><strong>Contrast plays a role</strong><br /> The HGTV example pinpointed how neutral colors may lay the groundwork for a color scheme, by strong contrast also plays an important role. Whether through accessories, fabrics or window treatments, such pieces are the perfect way to add some texture or contrast with the low-key shades used for walls, ceilings and room trim. They're&nbsp;also easy enough to change periodically to keep a room from becoming stale or outdated.</p> dpearson b9719deb-4d6d-40b1-b1c0-e9c5f52d49f5 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Unify rooms with hardwood floors and complementary colors in open design <p><img src="" alt="hardwood flooring" style="float: left; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" />Open concept home design, which began with kitchens and spread to dining and other living spaces, is one of the decorating trends that's headed for classic status. For more than two decades, the popularity of open layouts,&nbsp;where&nbsp;there's an easy flow from room to room with only half walls and other dividers between them, has only grown. One of the unifying factors is floors like the hickory hardwood flooring in <a href="" title="Hardwood flooring">Anderson's Vintage solid woods </a>collection.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="">elements of open design</a>, a style that&nbsp;has also become popular in corporate office decor, include high ceilings, large windows that draw in lots of natural light and multi-functional use of the space. Open concept kitchens began by drawing together the cooking areas with dining rooms or an adjacent seating area that was part eat-in kitchen and part family den. It sprung from the desires of many homeowners to have guests socialize with them while they prepared a meal, bringing the party to the kitchen instead of having visitors wait to be called from the living room.</p> <p>"Lately we've seen a focus on entertaining from our clients," Jase Frederick, director of communications for the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, told CBS Money Watch. "They're looking for spaces that maximize their ability to gather and relax with friends and family."</p> <p><strong>Connecting the rooms</strong><br /> The trick in dealing with large rooms is how to keep them warm and inviting without cramping the open feel of the room design. One way to do that in an open-concept kitchen is to have appliances that blend into the cabinetry with panels that mimic wood or painted surfaces.</p> <p>Designers and homeowners have also embraced the idea of hiding appliances through devices like microwave drawers. The same idea applies to family rooms and bedrooms, where TVs and entertainment centers are often ensconced in armoires or an alcove that can be shut when the electronics aren't in use.</p> <p>Continuing wood floors and <a target="_blank" href="">colors from room to room</a> is another way to enhance the connection between adjacent areas. Painting rooms in a unifying color ties together adjacent areas, even if different shades of the same hue are used, according to Hamptons magazine. For instance, a wall color in one room can be the ceiling color elsewhere in the house.</p> <p>Using the same color on trim, molding and hallways continues a unified look throughout a residence. Neutral, light tones are best for brightening kitchens and dining and living areas.</p> (Unknown) 943a1464-8a56-4630-a25e-9f4cb9071de4 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Hardwood floors and new finishes add to kitchen decor <img src="" alt="Hardwood Flooring" style="float: right; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 15px;" /><a href="" target="_blank">One of the latest trends in kitchen decor is glamour</a> - jewel-tone colors for cabinets, lots of metallic hardware and new composite surfaces that replicate agate and other precious stones. But with all the bling, nothing looks better in a kitchen than the warmth of a hardwood floor like those in<a href=""> Anderson's Southern Vista Hardwood collection</a>. The two together - wood floors and rich finishes - are a winning combination. <br /> <p>In one kitchen featured by Elle Decor magazine, interior designer Kelly Wearstler outfitted cabinets in a gemstone green trimmed in brass-colored architectural details. The cabinets were adjacent to a backsplash, counters and sink hardware all done in brass. An overhead light fixture was a contemporary jumble of brass-outlined glass cylinders that allowed a full view of the bulbs.</p> <p>With backsplashes and countertops capturing the look of malachite and other exotic finishes in composite materials, today's homeowners have room design choices for their kitchens that are both luxurious and functional.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">For those who prefer a more traditional look</a>, Details magazine reported that tiles continue to be popular for backsplashes as well as stone, glass and stainless steel sheeting. In countertops, quartz is gaining momentum because it has the same look of granite, but is more practical for everyday use. Because of its durability, quartz isn't as likely to chip or crack and its non-porous surface resists stains.</p> <p><strong>Take stock of kitchen needs</strong><br /> Whether they want a homey atmosphere or the new glamour look in their kitchens, homeowners should first look at what they have to work with before embarking on a decorating project. They don't even have to spend a lot of money or effort to give their existing kitchen decor a new lease on life.</p> <p>Considering how much time is spent in the kitchen, the floors have to be able to withstand lots of foot traffic and the possibility of stains from spills and cooking mishaps. The durability of hardwood flooring is matched only by the versatility of wood tones, textures and surface finishes that are available in both solid and engineered woods.</p> <p>Anyone who's followed the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui knows that getting rid of anything that isn't useful or productive is a major precept of this home design tradition. Before you do any makeover, clear away the old to make way for the new, from worn-out countertop appliances to chipped coffee mugs. Clear out the pantry of expired staples, recover shelving with fresh contact paper and install energy-saving light bulbs with longer life and lower wattage.</p> (Unknown) 2f2f5516-0150-4453-8ca6-3ee50ad4763b Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Even first apartments deserve a classy home design <p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" alt="Hardwood Flooring" src="" />Today's young single dwellers are hardly the bachelors or bachelorettes from earlier generations. They often have as much interest in creating a <a href="" target="_blank">home design for their apartments or condos</a> as suburbanites who are outfitting a single-family house, according to HGTV. By selecting&nbsp;high-quality products like Anderson's <a href="">Vintage Copper Creek hardwood floor collection</a>, they can make a decorating statement that turns their digs into stand-out residences.</p> <p>Even for those who cook very little, the kitchen probably still remains the heart of the home for many people who rent apartments or are just starting out in their own condominiums. A galley kitchen with a couple of bar stools drawn up to the divider may be all you need to entertain a couple of friends over for a night of entertainment. Having a well-equipped kitchen, however small, may be the impetus you need to buy some cookbooks and learn some culinary techniques.</p> <p>For your own enjoyment and the comfort of visitors, having plenty of food and drink on hand will allow you to be the perfect host. If there's room for a small eating area, consider a bistro table and chairs because they take up very little space and provide a comfortable perch even if you're eating alone.</p> <p>Color schemes for kitchens vary considerably whether you have stainless steel or enamel appliances, or painted or natural wood cabinets that match your hardwood floors. A light and airy approach with a neutral wall hue can make a small kitchen look larger, while a darker color like hunter green gives the kitchen a more sophisticated vibe.</p> <p><strong>Make the most of space</strong><br /> If you're an urban dweller, you're probably space-challenged. Trying to fit all the functions of modern life into a tiny apartment takes imagination and good organization skills. Chances are your living room is also your home office, entertainment center and visitors' central. But don't fall into the trap of making a large-screen TV the elephant in the room.</p> <p>Enclose your TV and other entertainment equipment in an armoire that coordinates well with your sofa and furnishings and provides extra storage. If it's attached to the wall, install a bamboo shade or other cover hung from the ceiling for times when you don't want the TV to be the focal point of the room.</p> <p>College Express reported that you <a href="" target="_blank">don't have to be an art connoisseur</a> to come up with a wall gallery of artwork, photographs or mementos that will give your living room the crowning touch that makes it a room you look forward to come home to.</p> (Unknown) 47b689ff-6741-4e99-ab25-8704edcb5ae8 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:00:00 GMT Create a home office in a dual-purpose room design <p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" alt="Oak Hardwood Flooring" src="" />Some homeowners just need a desk where they can plop down their laptop and get their bills paid. But many people telecommute or are self-employed, and they may require a full-fledged office where they can meet with clients. Having a place with every electronic convenience, ergonomically correct seating and attractive decor that includes the classy look of <a href="">Anderson's Eagle Lodge hickory hardwood flooring</a> is a plus for any home office.</p> <p>One problem that many homeowners run into is the amount of space they can dedicate to a work space, and where to locate it. Trying to find a place in their home design may be limited by the overriding needs of a growing family or due to the limited confines of a small apartment or condominium.</p> <p>One of the most astute ways to secure enough space for a home office is to create a dual-purpose room that may be an office during work hours and a family den, guest room or other living space the rest of the time. For tax purposes, Turbo Tax warned home workers to deduct only for the <a href="" target="_blank">portion of a room that's used for professional use</a>.</p> <p>Apartment dwellers may be able to create a versatile room design that allows furniture to be shifted for other home needs when their office isn't in use.</p> <p><strong>Look above or below</strong><br /> One of the advantages of locating a home office in a basement or attic is the sheer space that usually is available in those areas. As long as attic storage, a basement workshop and other home uses are fully separate from the office, there should still be plenty of space where a home worker can have everything they need in one spot.</p> <p>According to Fox Business News, homeowners should <a href="" target="_blank">determine if utilities and wireless service are fully accessed</a> in these home outposts, or&nbsp;if cable connections can be made on those levels.</p> <p>Another concern is how comfortable the home office can be made. Having a work space that's too hot or cold isn't&nbsp;conducive to getting work done, so the proper insulation and heating and cooling systems need to be in place or easily extended into a new area to make it a viable office.</p> <p>If client space is needed, one advantage to a basement office is that it can be located near the entry leading into a lower level. However, the main disadvantage to an attic office is that it's not accessible unless you go through the house.</p> (Unknown) a65ac1b8-f134-4d5f-b252-f5d38ae48731 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Wood furnishings and floors complement new neutral shades beautifully <p><a href="" target="_blank">A host of new neutrals</a> are allowing homeowners to create color combinations with brighter accent hues and unique finishes. Taupe, oyster and gray have emerged as the reigning favorites because of their versatility and ability to mix beautifully with wood tones like those found in <a href="">Anderson's Urban Pioneer collection of hickory hardwood flooring</a>.</p> <p>Gray has become popular in recent years as a main color for both home exteriors and interiors. In addition, many softer hues have a touch of color added to a gray base, from silvery sage to delicate lilac. They can be warm or cool depending on the particular shade chosen for a room design. And they have taken home decorators beyond bland beige and flat gray to give wall colors more depth than their simpler neutral relatives ever did.</p> <p><strong>Adding unique finishes</strong><br /> Whether you're choosing a vibrant warm color or a cool one that evokes peace and relaxation, the finish on the color can influence the personality of the final product on walls, ceilings and trims. Just as interior designers have stepped up their use of oyster and taupe hues in the brown family and variations of gray with color tints, <a href="" target="_blank">a new range of finishes</a> have been developed to give surfaces a unique sheen.</p> <p>Most people know about the basic levels of gloss - non-shiny flat, eggshell and glossy paints – but they should also ask the experts at their local paint shop about those that fall between. These include a matte finish that's midway between flat and eggshell and contains porcelain dust for easier cleaning. Likewise, pearly finishes fall between eggshell and semi-gloss, and stand up well in kitchens and other areas that retain moisture.</p> <p><strong>More versatile shades</strong><br /> Instead of choosing primary colors for their children's rooms, many homeowners are now looking at toned-down versions of these hues. They offer more variety in accents and won't need changing as frequently as the child outgrows the decorating scheme. Some examples that are particularly versatile include navy, cranberry and deep green.</p> <p>Blues and greens have held the top spot as consumers' favorites in recent years, and they've traditionally been perennial hues in boys' rooms. But the hue that was selected as the&nbsp;Pantone Color Institute's 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is a vibrant purple shade that will likely find its way into many young girls' bedrooms. It's a multi-faceted color that will work well paired with red, lavender and pink.</p> (Unknown) 693b784d-92e7-4018-93d5-b11c34d3441d Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT From wood floors to vintage accessories, shabby chic has a cozy, cottage look <p><img src="" alt="Oak Hardwood Flooring" style="float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px;" />You may think the term shabby chic is a contradiction in terms, but this decorating style pulls together a lived-in look with a chic combination of colors and textures. Anderson's Vintage <a href="">Coastal Art hardwood floors collection</a> with a pickle barrel finish is an ideal complement to this unique home design tradition.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="">Shabby chic furnishings are often used in cottage and country-style decorating</a>, and painted furniture is part of all those styles, according to HGTV. Old wooden furniture painted white, with corners and edges sanded to give an aged appearance, is one example.&nbsp;Or, add&nbsp;wood floors&nbsp;to&nbsp;a deeply cushioned, fabric-covered chair and an antique lamp, you'd have a shabby chic reading nook.</p> <p>The best colors for a shabby chic room design are soft hues that include creamy white, muted gray, dusty peach and light green. Use them in your selection of throw rugs, sheer curtains and vintage accessories - from woven baskets to silver photo frames - that have&nbsp;a botanical or seaside theme.</p> <p><strong>A vintage look</strong><br /> Slip-covered sofas and wicker side chairs with large cushion seats fit this type of home design beautifully. Rather than bright florals, a faded look prevails in subdued prints and stripes. Curtains can be lacy or simple sheers, both reminiscent of an earlier era.</p> <p>For window treatments, consider valances in wood or upholstered in fabric that you can be paired with shutters painted white, off-white, or left natural in a light pine or maple wood to match flooring.&nbsp;</p> <p>Shutters that cover only the bottom half of the window can be closed to limit bright sunlight coming into the room without shutting it out altogether. They also provide some privacy at street level, while retaining a view at the tree line.</p> <p><strong>Versatile seating</strong><br /> According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, <a target="_blank" href="">window seats and bench seating</a> are strongly associated with country or cottage decorating and, by association, with shabby chic. While a window seat may not always be possible architecturally, a bench often provides a similar look up against a wall with a window or tucked into the corner of a room for a reading area.</p> <p>It's also a versatile piece to use in a breakfast nook or in combination with chairs in a dining room. A rustic farm table with painted chairs on one side and bench seating on the other can be tied together by paint colors or fabrics used for seat cushions.</p> <p>Stacks of books, old photographs and a collection of bone china tea cups and saucers are some items that enhance the old world charm of a shabby chic room.</p> dpearson 6ac6d6f3-08f4-4496-8b88-529705dd39c8 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:00:00 GMT Finish and tone matter as much with color as with wood floors <p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" alt="Lincoln Plank Hardwood Flooring" src="" />Whether you're choosing a vibrant warm color or a cool one that evokes peace and relaxation, its finish can influence the personality of the final product on your&nbsp;walls, ceilings and trim. That's also the case with the <a href="">oak floors in Anderson's Lincoln Plank collection</a>, which have an easy-care satin gloss over a variety of wood tones.</p> <p>Along with new trends in colors, <a href="" target="_blank">a range of finishes</a> have been developed by paint manufacturers in recent years. Most people know about the basic levels of gloss - non-shiny flat, eggshell and glossy paints - but they should also ask the experts at their local paint shop about other paint types.</p> <p>These include a matte finish that's midway between flat and eggshell and contains porcelain dust for easier cleaning. Likewise, pearly finishes fall between eggshell and semi-gloss, and stand up well in kitchens and other areas that retain moisture.</p> <p><strong>Broader selection of neutrals</strong><br /> Another trend is the introduction of neutral colors that go beyond basic beige. Oyster and taupe hues in the brown family and variations of gray with color tints are leading choices because of their versatility and ability to mix well with different wood tones.</p> <p>Gray is now popular as a home design color for both exteriors and interiors. In addition, many softer hues have a touch of color added to a gray base, from silvery sage to delicate lilac. They can be warm or cool depending on the particular shade chosen, and give wall colors more depth than their simpler neutral relatives ever did.</p> <p>"Walls that are painted gray are <a href="" target="_blank">great backdrops for almost any style of decor</a>, and gray is such a dignified color that it can elevate the appearance of even the most modest furnishings, " said Debbie Zimmer, the Paint Quality Institute's paint and color expert.</p> <p><strong>Toned-down accent shades</strong><br /> For a casual look in family or children's rooms, pure primary colors are being toned down in favor of hues that can go with a greater variety of accent shades and won't need to be changed as often as the child gets older, according to Zimmer. Deep navy, cranberry, maroon and hunter green are some examples.</p> <p>Although green and blue remain perennial favorites, the color selected as <a href=";ca=10" target="_blank">Pantone Color Institute's 2014 hue of the year</a>, Radiant Orchid, is a vibrant purple shade that will likely find many uses in room designs. This multi-faceted purple works well with red, lavender and pink.</p> (Unknown) b9eabcd4-f31f-4a63-a68c-9000239e2576 Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:00:00 GMT Tailor your in house theater to your familys home design needs <p><img style="float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px;" alt="Hand Scraped Hardwood Flooring Hickory" src="" />Putting together a home theater takes more than selecting surround speakers and a large-screen TV. To give your viewing space a great cinema experience, choose comfortable seating, movie posters as artwork and the classic look of wood floors like those in <a href="">Anderson's Vintage Legacy Floor collection</a>.</p> <p>According to Home Theater, many homeowners locate their entertainment centers in a multi-purpose space that includes both screenings and a gaming area for the kids. Or, the room may serve entirely different functions - a home office by day and a viewing area at night - so consider the needs of both when decorating.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Light for ambience</strong><br /> Window treatments that block light are another factor in outfitting a home theater so that natural light doesn't interfere with viewing. Many styles of window coverings, including pleated or roman shades, are available with blackout fabrics. Custom drapery also provides a wide selection of fabrics that can eliminate light from entering a home theater,&nbsp;and can be drawn back to allow natural light&nbsp; when the room is being used for other purposes.</p> <p>Choose a variety of lighting to suit the best viewing in your in-house theater. Task lighting for a desk and computer area may be appropriate to a home office, but sconces, floor lamps and recessed lighting are better choices for watching movies and other entertainment. They help to <a href="" target="_blank">create the right ambience</a> without casting a glare on the screen, according to DIY Home Theater Design.</p> <p><strong>Sound choices</strong><br /> The room design and furnishings chosen for a home theater can affect the acoustics, a major consideration for a viewing area.&nbsp;The shape of the room influences how well the sound travels no matter how expensive the audio gear may be. Consider what steps you need to take to minimize sound reflection off the walls and floor. For instance, you can use an area rug to cover the flooring in a portion of the room used as a viewing space, but leave the rest of a hardwood floor unadorned elsewhere in the room.</p> <p>Insulated, fabric-covered acoustic wall treatments will fix acoustic problems when you situate them in places where sound is most likely to reflect from the speakers onto walls.</p> <p>Home Theater also cautioned homeowners not to locate glass tables or cabinets in a viewing area because the surface reflections will likely affect picture quality. Care should also be taken not to place the video display too high because it may create a sight line that's uncomfortable for some viewers.</p> (Unknown) 1e2e7e8e-9949-4447-9b2d-2b67677d1911 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:38:00 GMT