Creating Gorgeous Floor Designs

Whether you are building a new home or renovating your existing home, you’d be surprised how easy it is to create a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind floor design by using simple upgrades such as borders, medallions, hand-distressing and painting, mixed media and exotic wood species.

If you are building a new home, take the time to sit with your designer and builder and have them walk you through each room to discuss not only the best flooring options, but the best design options based on your budget and your home’s interior design. This way your builder can make the necessary modifications to your house plan before construction begins.

For example, borders can be used to create a custom frame effect that contrasts with the look of your room’s main flooring area. Medallions add a unique look to any room and are available either pre-manufactured or custom-made at the job site. Like borders, medallions can incorporate multiple wood species and mixed media, such as stone, metal and leather.

Distressed floors add warmth and character to any room by bringing the beauty of nature indoors. There are many techniques used to distress a wood floor, which greatly affect the cost and quality. Keep in mind, that a little paint can transform an ordinary wood floor into something unique. Look at your floor as a canvas in which to create a work of art that reflects our personal style and taste, such as rustic, formal, contemporary or even whimsical.

Exotic woods can add an entirely new look to any room and are available in a variety of colors and species. If you’re looking for an affordable way to give your wood floors an entirely new look, try custom stains.

This week’s issue of Home Ideas is all about flooring and how to create the perfect outdoor living room. Most of our house plans feature open floor plans and outdoor living spaces, so it is easy to get inspired by the latest flooring and outdoor designs.

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