Your bathroom… It is a busy space. Sometimes it is a chaotic space, so it needs to stand up to the challenge. While you need something durable, waterproof, and probably stain-resistant, too, you also want something beautiful. On its best day, your bathroom should feel more like a spa. Depending on your style preferences, you can get a floor that brings it all together.
If you prefer a wood-look to keep the flooring in your house consistent, there are a few options that’ll do the trick. There’s luxury vinyl that can give you that look at a lower price. It is beautiful, durable, and waterproof, making it a perfect choice for the bathroom. But, if you would rather stick to the ultimate classic, tile now comes in a variety of sizes and styles and can even mimic hardwood. It will give you the same great style, with all the benefits of tile.
For classic tile, consider porcelain or ceramic tile. Both come in outstanding designs and colors. Painted tiles are a top trend in bathroom designs that provide an exciting visual interest.
As an alternative, you can get the look of tile—with luxury vinyl tile. It is durable, waterproof, and scratch-resistant, and comes in a variety of styles to match your preferences. Also, a great alternative, laminate flooring has evolved into a versatile floor for any room in the house. It is cost-effective and durable, plus, it comes in a variety of water-resistant options for the bathroom.
And once you decide which floor is right for you, there are a few style (or lifestyle) elements that also come into play.
If you do go with tile, try to mix and match sizes. It adds visual interest with staggering patterns across the floor. Or, go with a non-traditional tile shape. Hexagons and octagons are proven to be extremely popular in bathrooms. And when choosing a tile size, keep in mind that larger tiles always make the room feel larger.
There are lots to consider when you are looking for the right bathroom floor. Whether it is about functionality, style, or beyond, the space you create must fit your (and your family’s) needs. Start with the look you prefer, and work from there.
Once you are ready, give us a call. We’ll talk you through our bathroom flooring options, whether it’s hardwood, luxury vinyl, tile, or laminate, we’re here to help.
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*Excerpts referenced from Flooring America
Keeping Your Carpets, Rugs, and Hard Flooring Surfaces Safe From COVID-19
Right now, many of us are cooped up at home and while the situation is far from ideal, it can be a great time to get some cleaning done. It’s not only important to keep a clean home to lower the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and other germs, but getting a head start on spring cleaning can help you feel productive and make your home a more pleasant place to be. If someone in your home is sick, it is important to not just clean, but to disinfect surfaces and your floors are no exception. While you might not consider the floor a frequent touch point, it is important to keep these high traffic areas as clean as possible, especially if someone has walked through your home with shoes or if you have pets who might be carrying in dirt, germs, and bacteria from outside. From cleaning to disinfecting, we are here to share some tips to help you keep your floors clean and safe.
Should I Clean or Disinfect My Floors?
One of the first things to note is there is a big difference between simply cleaning and disinfecting your home. Cleaning helps to remove germs but does not kill them, though this does lower the risk of spreading infection as it reduces the number of germs. Disinfecting uses chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This does not necessarily clean dirt or remove these germs, so it is always best to clean first and then disinfect to lower the risk of spread. However, disinfecting requires specific products to complete effectively and these supplies might be hard to come by if you do not already have them on hand. The good news is, if no one in your home is sick it is only necessary to clean (without disinfecting) to reduce the spread and keep everyone safe and healthy. Keep up with a daily cleaning schedule and follow the CDC’s best practices like frequent and thorough hand washing to maintain a healthy household.
Fortunately, when it comes to flooring, fully disinfecting is rarely necessary in any case. CDC studies have shown that disinfecting floors has minimal impact beyond regular cleaning. We have included some disinfecting tips below anyway, but for the most part you do not have to change your cleaning methods, though you may want to clean a little more frequently than usual.
Cleaning Tips for Hard Flooring– Hardwood, Laminate & Vinyl Flooring
Just like any other time, daily use of a microfiber mop or Swiffer is a great way to keep your hard surface floors clean. You can vacuum with a soft-bristled floor brush attachment to clean up even more dirt, dust, and debris. Depending on the type of flooring in your home, you will want to be careful with any kind of mopping- hardwood and laminate floors can be damaged by moisture so opt for damp mopping with those instead. If you have vinyl flooring, you can mop with either a store-bought cleaner or a solution of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Routine cleaning here will help to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses
Disinfecting Hard Flooring– Hardwood, Laminate & Vinyl Flooring
Again, it’s important to clean hard surfaces prior to disinfecting, and if you’re using a disinfecting product be sure to carefully review the manufacturer’s instructions prior to use to know how long your disinfectant needs to be in contact with the surface to kill germs. It is also good to know the difference between cleaners that kill bacteria and ones that kill viruses and look for the latter. Many anti-bacterial cleaning agents are also disinfectants that will kill viruses but double check the label.
Whenever you’re disinfecting, make sure to wear disposable gloves if you have them handy to protect your skin from the chemicals. If you only have reusable gloves, be sure to dedicate these gloves specifically for cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19. Wash and clean your hands thoroughly as soon as you remove these gloves. Most hard surfaces recommend a bleach solution for disinfecting, but often you will want to keep bleach and other harsh chemicals away from your flooring. Instead, you can disinfect vinyl and laminate flooring by mopping with a mix of one gallon of warm water and one cup of white vinegar.
Disinfecting hardwood floors is a little trickier—remember that keeping water and moisture away is key to ensure your floors last so you do not want to use the vinegar solution here. The best option is to use a damp mop with a cleaner made specifically to disinfect hardwood floors. After damp mopping, dry the surface with a clean, soft, dry towel to remove any lingering moisture.
Cleaning Tips for Soft Flooring– Carpets & Area Rugs
Depending on the amount of traffic, daily or weekly vacuuming is recommended. Go slowly while vacuuming to make sure you are thoroughly picking up all the dust and debris—slow passes with your vacuum can pick up more ground-in dirt than fast passes. A lot of dust and debris tend to hide underneath or behind furniture, so if you can, move or lift your furniture to vacuum more thoroughly. If you’re cleaning the entire room, it’s smart to vacuum both before and after dusting- once before to pick up existing dust and once again after to pick up any that has made its way to the carpet after your other cleaning efforts.
Disinfecting Soft Flooring– Carpets & Area Rugs
Routine cleaning should be enough to reduce the spread of germs in your home so unless someone is sick, you rarely need to disinfect. If it has come to disinfecting, soft surfaces like your carpets and area rugs might be a little more challenging than the hard surfaces. The CDC recommends cleaning these surfaces either with soap and water or with cleaners made specifically for these surfaces. Again, you will want to pay attention to those cleaners and look for the ones that are specifically made with disinfecting properties. If you have got a home carpet steam cleaner handy- you can use this for a more thorough cleaning. You can use that mixture of white vinegar with hot water in your steamer but change the ratio to equal parts of each this time.
Keeping Your Floors Clean to Keep Your Home Healthy
Frequent and thorough cleaning is important right now to keep your home safe and healthy from the spread of the Coronavirus and other sicknesses. The good news is that your usual routine floor cleaning, no matter your flooring surface typically will suffice in lowering the spread of germs. Working out a daily schedule can help keep your home happy and healthy.
Marble, one of the most popular choices for countertops, is now being incorporated in other aspects of the home from décor to flooring. Highly realistic marble visual floors are now available in vinyl plank and vinyl sheet formats which require little maintenance while still delivering luxury and elegance. Keep reading to learn more about the marble visuals we offer and see how some of our customers styled their homes with them.
Offered in both an 18” x 18” and 12” x 24” vinyl plank tile formats, Baltic Stone’s dark dramatic color and contrasting soft white veining is a unique combination that captures the look of Nordic Styling and provides a bold impact when paired against today’s trendy raw, natural wood accents.
Miramar, a luxury vinyl sheet pattern, features a distinctive diamond shape geometric design with subtle veining and soft color variation. This one-of-a-kind visual is available in three colors and features a 36” x 48” repeat guaranteed to bring variety, elegance and pattern to any interior space.
Legacy is a vinyl plank marble look with dramatic blue-grey veining that captures the timeless beauty of Tuscan Carrara marble in a modern way because it’s offered in 12″ x 24″ rectangle tiles.
Legacy is the perfect addition to this rustic, yet modern, master bath. It complements the brick tiling of the tub while creating a nice contrast to the wood vanity and mirrors.
This clean and light bathroom is brightened up even more with our Legacy flooring.
The multiple textures and patterns found in this bathroom, including our Legacy flooring, add interest and contrast while remaining timeless and classic.
Carrara, a vinyl sheet pattern available in two colors, features a 12” marble hexagon that gains interest through its dramatic contrast of colorful veining and subtle shading and moves away from the traditional square tile format.
Ashley Elaine performed a total transformation in her kitchen thanks to our Carrara flooring in Pearl. She says, “I wanted something modern, elegant, inexpensive, and unique! This [floor] hit all the marks! It seriously looks like tile, and the quality is absolutely AMAZING. I’m just obsessed with the marble, honeycomb pattern!”
Our Carraraluxury vinyl sheet flooring is not only the perfect style complement for Caitlin’s gorgeous mudroom, but offers the needed performance as well since it’s waterproof, easy to clean and kid and pet friendly.
Oceana is a geometric mosaic that resembles the highest quality, polished white Cararra marble. This ornate vinyl sheet pattern is available in three colors and combines trendy shapes with thin, irregular grout lines, creating a dynamic, dimensional pattern.
Lindsay had this to say about her choice of Oceana floors in Sand Dollar: “I chose [it] for the bathroom because I loved so many of the options they had. When I picked out the flooring for the kitchen, I saw this and knew it would be perfect for the bathroom.”
When we spoke to Coua of Cozy Family Home, she chose a vinyl sheet pattern for her laundry and powder rooms because “Smaller rooms and printed flooring are the perfect match”. We agree!
Since Oceana is offered in light and neutral tones, it provides the perfect backdrop for a fun colored rug like the one pictured here.
A throwback from the 1920’s, Penny Lane is a classic, small-scale hexagon pattern that combines soft-honed marble with colorful insets and is available in two colors.
Our new ADURA®APEX patterns, Legacy Hexagon and Baltic Hexagon, won the Surfaces 2020 Best of Style & Design award and will be available in Summer 2020! With our cutting edge technology and requiring no spacers, these stunning marble visuals made right here in the USA will elevate the vinyl plank category.
Between the spills, splashes, and constant foot traffic, kitchens need floors that are strong enough to endure it all. That’s why you should install vinyl plank. There are several benefits to vinyl plank: waterproof, scratch-resistant and easy to clean are just a few. Not only that, but it comes in a variety of styles, colors, and formats, making it easy for homeowners to incorporate it into their home seamlessly. Read on to see how 10 Mannington customers incorporated our vinyl plank into their kitchens.
Sarah installed ADURA®Max vinyl plank in her kitchen and not only did it complement her décor but her lifestyle as well. She says: “If you have kids, dogs, live in the country, and are all around just tough on floors then yes I would absolutely recommend it. This specific color also hides dirt and all the stuff if you are against sweeping on the daily like me!”
When we spoke with Jennifer Toth, she had this to say about her vinyl plank flooring choice: “We chose this flooring primarily due to having two 100lb Chocolate Labradoodles! When we researched the different products that we could use for flooring, we found that this Mannington product stood up better than any other on the market. Not only for the high traffic but also spills, etc. It is so easy to maintain and looks beautiful in every room of our home.”
When we spoke to Cameron, he let us know his flooring choice requirements: “It had to be durable enough to stand up to ski boots and our two dogs and impervious to melting snow and general messes.” Months later, and after a lot of heavy foot traffic, Cameron says his Mannington floors are holding up beautifully. “We’re happy with our choice. Ease of installation, durability, general look, and feel – these floors are fabulous, and we get compliments on them regularly.”
Can you believe that this is an Airstream? Our ADURA®Rigid vinyl plank flooring in Heritage was not only the best choice for this airstream because it’s stable in wide temperature changes, but it was also the perfect complement for this bohemian styled space. The length of the planks also helps the small space appear longer.
For this farmhouse kitchen, you can’t go wrong with ADURA®Max vinyl plank in Aspen. This European oak plank has exceptional color and detail and highlights natural cracks, unique knots and fine graining found in real wood – making it the perfect fit for this style.
Say hello to our latest addition to the Latitude Collection, Park City. Featuring six light, airy, and sophisticated colors, this stunning hardwood features a premium sliced face white oak and comes in 7 1/2″ wide planks with extra-long lengths up to 7 feet. Read on to learn more about Park City and its inspiration.
Close your eyes and imagine a beautiful, snowy mountainscape. That’s what we were envisioning when designing this crisp floor. We were inspired by seasonal getaways to the mountains in Utah known for wintertime sports like skiing and snowboarding. Park City floors embrace the beauty of nature with the perfect amount of natural graining and knots.
Homes styled in Bohemian and Nordic/Scandinavian styles were made for Park City. Bohemian-styled homes are a great match for Park City as the floors will nicely complement the rest of the house’s worldly décor. Watch the video below to see how well Park City pairs with these home interior styles.
Color Palette Recommendations
With six flooring color options to choose from, each one pairs well with other neutrals and warm tones like camel and dusty rose and cool tones like navy blue and green. This color palette is simple and clean, while still allowing you to add in pops of color.
When styling a Bohemian home, use décor that is rich in color, texture, patterns and different shapes, all will bring out the natural beauty of the floor. Try pops of neutrals, camel, green and dusty rose as your color palette and use greenery and flowers throughout the space to embrace the flooring’s natural elements. For texture in furniture and décor, think rattan, wood and macramé. To incorporate patterns, which is a must in a Bohemian styled home, use Persian, Turkish or geometric rugs and throws. Remember, a Bohemian home embraces travel and global adventure so your pieces should be colorful, exciting and interesting. Check out our trend board below for inspiration!
If you’ve been living in your home for a while, it’s probably time for a renovation. According to Kowalske Kitchen & Bath, outdated décor and a lack of storage are two of the most common reasons why homeowners decide to renovate. They would know! Kowalske Kitchen & Bath has been in the design and construction business for more than three decades and are known for their stunning home transformations.
We talked to Christina Kolb, a designer at Kowalske, to get expert tips on how to start a home remodeling project. From hiring the right people to honing in on your vision, you’ll learn what it takes to ensure you are creating the home of your dreams with these six steps:
1. Create an Inspiration Board
You can’t start any project without a little inspiration. There are plenty of places to look for ideas—magazines, Houzz, Pinterest, your travels, and even your neighbor’s house. Save pictures of everything you like, from layouts to cabinetry, counters, lighting, and colors. The more information and ideas you have saved, the easier it is to communicate your style and likes to your designer.
2. Make a List of Your Needs
Think about the main reason you are deciding to renovate your home. Is it because your kitchen was designed in the 70s and needs a makeover? Or maybe the layout no longer works with your growing family. Make a list of what you want the renovation to include. This means everything from storage to counter space, functionality, flow, style, and how you use the area.
3. Determine a Realistic Budget
Before beginning your project, you need to determine a realistic budget. Don’t forget to include costs for design fees, materials (drywall, insulation, cabinets, counters, flooring, backsplash, fixtures, paint, trim, etc.), labor (electrician, plumber, HVAC, etc.), and other costs like permits, dumpsters, and contingencies, etc. If you don’t go into the project with an attainable price range, things can quickly escalate and put you in a rough position down the line.
To see what the average cost for common remodels are based on where you live, check out the 2020 Cost Versus Value Report. It can help you decide how much to invest in your project.
4. Research Remodeling Companies
You research what you want your house to look like, but more importantly, you should research remodeling companies. If not, you could end up unsatisfied with the project. Ask friends for referrals, check Houzz, read Google reviews, look at your local NARI directory, and look at websites of local companies and view before/after photos of their work. Before hiring anyone, make sure you get a few different estimates. It’s essential to shop around and pick someone that you trust.
5. Hire a Qualified Company
Don’t base your decision on what company to hire on price alone. You should also consider the quality of work, how many employees they have to do the job, reviews, the timeline for work completed, communication plan, whether the contractor provides a detailed calendar, etc. Hiring a reputable design-build company for the project is one way to make sure everyone is on the same page from start to finish.
6. Plan for Construction
Make a plan for when the house is under construction. Pack up the room being remodeled and any adjacent rooms that might get dusty. You also need to determine what you’ll do with the loss of that room. For example, if you’re remodeling your kitchen, set up a temporary kitchen. Depending on how big the project is, you may want to move out if possible. And, you should always keep your pets and kids safe and out of the way.
Remodeling your home is not something you want to tackle on your own, so choosing the right partner is critical. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to making your new home vision become a reality!
About Kowalske Kitchen & Bath Kowalske Kitchen & Bath is a family-owned and operated design-build remodeling company with a showroom in Delafield, Wisconsin. The company started in the 1980s as a carpet and tile business in Milwaukee. Over the years, the business evolved and expanded into remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and whole houses. Today, Kowalske is a full-service, award-winning Design-Build-Remodel company that maintains a tradition of superior service, excellent value, and meticulous workmanship.
If you are looking to redesign your home and appreciate the simple things in life, Scandinavian/Nordic design is perfect for you. Its focus is on minimalism and comfort and while it invites natural light and modern elements, there is no room for clutter. Learn more about what Scandinavian/Nordic design is and how you can accomplish this style in your home.
What is Scandinavian/Nordic Design?
Scandinavian/Nordic design derives from the Nordic countries – Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. It became popular in the 1950s when Europe and America were experiencing a modernist movement, and functionalism was at the forefront of Scandinavian/Nordic interior design. Clean lines, light color palettes, and practical furniture embody the style.
What Colors to Use in Scandinavian/Nordic Design
Neutrals and light colors are the main focus of Scandinavian/Nordic design. Whites, grays, browns, and blacks set the tone since cleanliness and simplicity are two of the key features of this style. Brown tones can be incorporated through wood visuals like accessories, shelving, furniture and flooring.
Types of Flooring in Scandinavian/Nordic Design
There is not a fully-carpeted room in sight when it comes to Scandinavian/Nordic design. Bare, wood floors in light colors are the way to go. If you want to soften the space, layer a couple of area rugs.
Mannington’s ADURA® Parisian Oak vinyl plank floors make the perfect statement in Scandinavian/Nordic styled homes. This white oak visual places emphasis on clean lines and simplicity while capturing the essence and unmatched beauty found in nature.
If you want to incorporate dark tones, consider Baltic Stone, an ADURA® vinyl plank soapstone visual with contrasting soft white veining which provides a bold impact when paired against wood accents and a neutral color pallete.
Hand-crafted hardwood is another flooring option prevalent in Nordic designs. Mannington’s Park City and Normandy Oak hardwood flooring options are great choices because of their natural and airy appearance.
For those who prefer laminate flooring with an authentic wood appearance, check out our Restoration Collection® Anthology. These floors create a warm, eclectic feel and work in a variety of rooms.
How to Accessorize Scandinavian/Nordic Design
Warm, cozy accessories are the epitome of Scandinavian/Nordic design. With many people wanting to embrace the Hygge lifestyle, fur, wool, and sheepskin throw blankets and area rugs are a must-have.
Other elements of décor should remain simple with clean lines. Think geometric patterns on throw pillows or in artwork, metallic finishes on hardware, and modern light fixtures.
To allow natural light to shine through, consider sheer window treatments or none at all. Also, include elements of nature throughout the space, whether that be a vase of fresh flowers or an oversized plant.
Don’t overdo it on decorations and accessories. Clutter-free spaces and bare walls are also staples in Scandinavian/Nordic design.
Style of Furniture in Scandinavian/Nordic Design
When you think of Scandinavian/Nordic design, furniture is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Nordic designers favor simple, sturdy silhouettes and clean lines. The goal is for furniture to be functional, beautiful, and made from natural materials like wood; this includes everything from the couches to the tables and shelving units. Smooth, rounded edges are another feature of Nordic furniture.
When designing a Scandinavian/Nordic home, remember to keep it simple. Find flooring that fits within the style by visiting a local Mannington retailer today.
Your friends and family will be green with envy when you incorporate Lush, our 2020 color of the year into your home. Inspired by fashion and current home trends, Lush fits into the sage color family. It has a crisp, clean feel, yet it can be used as a warm neutral when combined with light colors like off-white and beige. Get design tips, inspiration and discover how you can use Mannington’s color of the year below.
Home Décor Styles
Lush will work with a variety of home décor styles but we think Contemporary, Modern and Coastal are best suited for this green-gray hue.
If you’re looking for new flooring, Mannington has a floor for every trend, color and style. With an adaptable color like Lush, the possibilities are endless. Flooring in nearly any shade, like grey, taupe or brown and style, like tile, hardwood or shiplap, would complement Lush perfectly. We selected our favorite floors below that are perfect matches for Lush.
When paired with neutrals, like off-white and taupe, Lush really pops—especially in a Coastal style home as seen in our trend board below. If you’re looking to add a sense of drama to a room, try a monochromatic color scheme with various shades of green or pair Lush with black tones. If you prefer a wider color palette range, you can add muted blues and salmons to rooms that feature Lush. These colors play off each other without being loud or distracting.
Since Lush already has a natural look and feel, use natural elements when designing and decorating your home. Wood finishes will work everywhere from the floors to your end tables. Additionally, suede, velvet, leather and wool are other fabrics that add texture to your room and complement the masculine color.
When it comes to where, you can use Lush in many places like on your walls, furniture, art, pillows, curtains, plants and more. How much of Lush you want to feature is up to you! You can incorporate a monochromatic color scheme or use it as pops of color. Either way, Lush is sure to bring style and life to your home.
Are you looking to incorporate the color of the year into your home? Visit a local Mannington retailer to browse our flooring selection and find a style that both makes a statement and complements Lush.
With the start of every new year comes the goals and aspirations we have set for the months to come. In the spirit of change and transformation, we’re looking at some of our favorite home makeovers. There’s nothing like a good before and after that’ll inspire you to begin your own home renovation, no matter how big or small. See how Mannington floors were incorporated into these amazing makeovers!
Entering a new decade must’ve encouraged this family to say goodbye to their 1950s styled bathroom. Bright white subway tiles and our warm ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa vinyl plank floors replaced the pink tiles covering this bathroom from floor to (almost) ceiling resulting in a stunning update.
This homeowner wanted something modern, elegant, inexpensive, and unique to update her space. That’s why she chose our REVIVE® Carrara luxury vinyl sheet flooring! Its marble pattern gives a classic, luxurious and bright feel to the kitchen.
White cabinetry and our Provence hardwood flooring helped brighten up this dark and outdated kitchen. To make the space even more modern, this homeowner chose black fixtures and appliances.
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