Jen Bertrand’s Top 4 Trends for Spring

Spring will be here before we know it, and to stay ahead of the design game, we’ve spent the last several weeks pouring over all of the upcoming design trends that will be warming up. We asked HGTV personality and our very own Spokesperson Jen Bertrand, what her favorite 4 design trends will be for this spring. Jen, take it away!

Outdoor Living

Outdoor living is making a huge break into trends. Whether it’s a fire pit, a kitchen, or hammock, families will focus on their love of being outside together.

Greenery

You are also seeing the color green being very much on trend this year. However, if you don’t like the color green, remember, it is like having a plant in your room, so do just that. Add plants that you can keep alive in your home, real or fake, and you’ll be amazed at what a difference plants make!

See It Now Rug & Rio Grande Hardwood

Patterned Tiles

We are seeing more and more patterned tiles making their way into our homes, both on the floors and on the walls. In regards to the types of patterns being used in tiles, classic patterns that are inspired by Italian, tribal, and southwestern designs are predominantly being used.

Floorcraft Decorative Accents in Mega Cat

Wood & Laminate

Wood, wood, and more wood is still hot in home décor due to the texture and character that it adds to a space. Don’t just look at your floors when it comes to adding wood. You have empty ceilings that could use some wood flooring on them, or clad a wall in distressed wood to create a truly amazing ambiance in your home. And better yet, since laminate is an increasingly popular alternative to wood, you can even bring laminate to your floors and walls. Nothing beats having options!

On the wall: Architectural Seaside Pine Dockside

On the floor: Architectural Seaside Structure Black Paint

What are your favorite spring trends that Jen Bertrand didn’t mention?

How To Add Elements Of Nature Into Your Decor

Winter can be dull, cold, and lacking color, but bringing touches of nature into our homes that are upbeat and bright, can be one way to beat the winter blues. We love to feel welcome, peaceful, and cozy in our home, and bringing in elements of nature can do just that!

Try starting with color. Pantone’s Color of the Year “Greenery,” is one color that can brighten any dreary winter mood. Shades of green in your home can range from olive to emerald to bright green, so your options are limitless and sure to fit your taste. Adding green to your room is a simple and easy way to bring nature into your space; all while creating a space that is buzzing with energy.

We love updating accent pieces in the home when seasons change, as it allows your space to change with the seasons and trends. Replace those orange and purple couch pillows of fall with pillows that have a touch of green in them. Small accent pieces are a safe way to add a color to your room without overwhelming your space.

Did you know that white walls can make your home feel more in-tuned with nature? You are giving your room a blank canvas for design, and not only that, white is bright, energetic, and fresh, which is how we personally want to feel during the winter! For a splash of color, include a potted plant on your dining room table or side tables for actual greenery.

And lastly, one of our favorite, but most extensive ways to bring nature into your home, is with the design elements of brick, stone, and/or wood. Brick and wood panel walls add a raw, rustic feel to your space, while wooden beams truly make you feel as if the outdoors is inside your home.

What additional ways do you enjoy bringing nature into your home décor?

How To Decorate Your Home With Red & Pink

Red and pink are the colors of Valentine’s Day, and while we incorporate these colors into themed home parties, these colors are actually great to use year-round in your décor! We believe that no color should be limited to a holiday, so with that, we share with you our favorite ways to add red and pink in your home.

Red is a color that is often found in interior design, however, you must be mindful of how much or how little you use, as too much red could be overwhelming, or too little of it could simply not be enough for a proper impact.

If you use red as an accent color, it will draw your attention to other furnishings in your home. In this instance, and in the room below, red has the power to enable you to see design and detail outside of the color, such as the details of the below fireplace.

With pink, this color can look awesome and grown-up if and only if the correct shade is used. For a fresh and bright feel to your furniture, use pink accent pillows; this will go a long way in your living room. Pink flowers are simple, low-key, and ideal for giving a neutral room a jolt of energy, while pink artwork can do wonders for a room as the focal point.

When it comes to the shade of pink, a soft, light shade is best to create a calming environment, while a darker pink on your walls or flooring will surely make a statement in a big room, such as your living room or bedroom.

What are your favorite ways to add pink and red to your home interiors?

How To Decorate Your Home With Red & Pink

Red and pink are the colors of Valentine’s Day, and while we incorporate these colors into themed home parties, these colors are actually great to use year-round in your décor! We believe that no color should be limited to a holiday, so with that, we share with you our favorite ways to add red and pink in your home.

Red is a color that is often found in interior design, however, you must be mindful of how much or how little you use, as too much red could be overwhelming, or too little of it could simply not be enough for a proper impact.

If you use red as an accent color, it will draw your attention to other furnishings in your home. In this instance, and in the room below, red has the power to enable you to see design and detail outside of the color, such as the details of the below fireplace.

With pink, this color can look awesome and grown-up if and only if the correct shade is used. For a fresh and bright feel to your furniture, use pink accent pillows; this will go a long way in your living room. Pink flowers are simple, low-key, and ideal for giving a neutral room a jolt of energy, while pink artwork can do wonders for a room as the focal point.

When it comes to the shade of pink, a soft, light shade is best to create a calming environment, while a darker pink on your walls or flooring will surely make a statement in a big room, such as your living room or bedroom.

What are your favorite ways to add pink and red to your home interiors?

Taking Care Of Your Floors During The Winter

From the décor and furniture, to the appliances and flooring, it’s important to have a home that is well-maintained. With winter upon us, our homes, especially our floors, are prone to be damaged from winter debris. To learn how you can protect your floors, read our top floor care tips for the cold!

Door Mats Will Be Your Best Friend

Use door mats both inside and outside each entryway, as they will be the first stop in keeping the winter elements outside. Door mats are also great at keeping moisture at bay, so don’t overlook the power that mats can have in your home this winter!

Vacuum Often

Salt can scratch hardwood and easily get lost in your carpet, so staying up to date with your vacuuming will prevent hidden damage to your floors. We recommend vacuuming daily for maximum preservation in high traffic areas.

Have Cleaning Supplies on Hand

It’s important that you have cleaning products in your closet or in a cabinet. Brooms, mops, an iRobot, and our Resista cleaning products are all great options that you can use when it comes time to clean your floors this winter.

Invest In Rugs

Rugs in your entryway and hallways are not only perfect for adding character to your floors, but they also prevent excess dirt and water from damaging your floors. While the rugs will hold onto dirt and water, you can easily clean your area rugs with your vacuum or use one of our cleaning products to pick up the residue.

What is your #1 tip for maintaining your floors during the winter?

2017 Trends That We Are Excited For

A new year means new beginnings, and we couldn’t be more excited, because that also means that there will be new trends that we can incorporate in home design! We’ve done our research and read article after article on what trends we can expect to be hot in 2017, and we’re here to share with you several of the trends that we are most excited about!

Gem Tones

There is just something so pretty about gemstone colors, and this coming year you’ll see these colors in more natural and bold tones. They will be bold and vibrant in depth, with mossy green, magenta, and turquoise stealing the show.

Navy & Cobalt Blue

Never out of date, blue is a classic color that works in almost any manner imaginable. Navy and cobalt will be the hotter shades of blue this coming year, and can be counted on to bring a feeling of peace and comfort to your home. Use it on your walls, in furniture, in accent pieces, or any which way you please!

Geometric Patterns

We love nothing more than when a pattern mimics the characteristics of its homeowner. The homiest rooms are those that tell a story or that show the personality of the owner, and patterns are an easy way to do just that. Geometric patterns are great for use in flooring, pillows, and curtains, so if any of these are in need of an overhaul in your home, we recommend you consider this fun trend!

Fuzzy Furniture

Life is too short to be serious all the time, and that’s why we’ve saved our favorite trend for last. Fuzzy furniture! Not only do fuzzy pillows and blankets add a carefree and fun touch to your décor, but it is also an easy and quick way to add aesthetics and cozy warmth to your home.

What trends are you excited to see come and go in 2017?

Resista Resists Tough Winter Messes

With the official start of winter right around the corner, ‘tis the season for more stains, spills, and messes! Whether those messes come from dirty boots, indoor play, or the winter elements, our Resista carpet is especially built for those not-so-perfect days and “oops” moments.

Our Resista carpet is ideal for households with active families that are always on the go, but we know that any household would benefit from this flooring choice. Made of advanced fiber technology, this carpeting repels stains, makes clean up a breeze, and has exceptional durability, standing strong against those loveable paws and little feet running across it.

And when the season gets messy and a stain appears on your carpet, we have you covered with easy stain-removal tips!

Mud

It’s no surprise that mud is going to have a heavy presence during the winter, but clean-up is a breeze. Apply white vinegar to a damp towel, blot and don’t rub the stain. Continue these steps, and finish with a wet towel, to seal the deal.

Candle Wax

If you’re like us, you love having a holiday candle burning to make your home feel extra cozy, but when wax accidentally spills on your carpet; simply freeze the wax with ice cubes. Once frozen, break the wax apart, and vacuum the frozen wax chips before they melt.

Ice Cream

Even though winter temperatures might be colder than other seasons, there is never a season where ice cream is not wanted! When you or your little ones spill peppermint ice cream on the floor, simply blot up the spill, and using a damp towel, apply white vinegar and continue to blot the spill until it has been removed.

Play-Doh

When the weather has your family trapped indoors, arts & crafts are a go-to for keeping your little ones entertained. If Play-Doh gets smeared into your carpet, don’t panic! Apply a dry cleaning solvent onto a damp towel, blot, repeat, and finish by applying a watered towel to the mess.

What are your best carpet cleaning tips for the common winter spills?