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 According to Kowalske Kitchen & Bath, outdated décor and a lack of storage are two of the most common reasons why homeowners decide to renovate.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.
As one of the world’s most fabulous destinations for wine and food, Napa Valley encompasses charm and beauty. For those looking to incorporate these elements from wine country into their home, our Napa ADURA®MaxAPEX vinyl planks are the perfect addition.
Beautifully aged just like a fine wine, Napa is a character oak inspired by the tannin-stained wine barrels of Napa Valley. Like winemakers, we were drawn to oak because of its character. Napa comes in four colors, Barrel, Dry Cork, Tannin and Spirit, which each possess a rich under-glow. The 8″ x 72″ planks combine cerused, wire-brushed graining with a textured surface embellished with deep knots, mineral streaks, and painted edges.
Sophisticated and charming, Napa flooring enhances homes styled in Traditional, Nordic/Scandinavian and Bohemian themes. Bohemian-styled homes are full of worldly décor elements collected along one’s travels. That’s why Napa floors (inspired by one of the most popular travel destinations) are a great addition!
Color Palette Recommendations
The neutral tones of Napa work flawlessly with a charcoal, white, beige, and grey color palette.
Since Napa is such an versatile floor, it’s a great opportunity to blend several décor styles with it. Combine Bohemian patterns, artwork, and woven pieces with the clean lines of Nordic/Scandinavian furniture and a neutral color palette for a cozy yet stylish space.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Especially when it comes to decorating. There is so much holiday décor to take advantage of from garland to wreaths to strings of lights and more. The holidays are a great time to put your seasonal décor on display and give your home a touch of festive cheer – take inspiration from Mannington customers below!
An age-old holiday debate is whether you should put up an artificial Christmas tree or a real one. This homeowner chose a fake tree, and it works in her favor! The faux snowcapped appearance of the Christmas tree keeps up with the brightness of the rest of the room and creates a delicate balance throughout the space. Instead of a traditional tree stand, they’ve used a wicker basket which complements the hardwood floors.
You don’t need to cover your home in red and green to make it feel like the holidays. In this rustic house, the homeowner chose to stick to a neutral color palette. The Restoration Collection® Laminate in Fair Haven floors blend perfectly with the palettes, bench, and accent wall. The holiday décor is kept simple with a vintage mistletoe print and tree draped with lights and holiday printed throw pillows.
Let your accessories do the talking. Here, the homeowner hung up a few stockings that complement the ADURA®Max Dockside flooring as well as the furniture. Smaller Christmas trees are scattered throughout the space. On the floor, a miniature evergreen roped with string lights sits in a metal bucket – this is an excellent option for those who don’t have space for a full Christmas tree but want to incorporate the symbol in some way.
Stray from the traditional red and green this holiday season and incorporate color in a fresh, fun way! Thanks to their Hardwood Pacaya Mesquite floors in Sediment and the gray furniture and fireplace, this homeowner was able to use pinks and blues in their seasonal décor. Our favorite part? The adorable throw pillow that perfectly matches the Christmas tree display along the wall.
A beautifully decorated tree, festive table and mantle decor and decorative pillows and throws brings Christmas spirit and coziness to this living room. Another thing we love? This decor stayed true to the rooms warm color palette and perfectly complements the Restoration Collection® laminate flooring.
Looking to incorporate our flooring into your home design? Find Mannington at a store near you.
In between ski trips, scuba diving, and tattoo collecting, musician-turned-graphic designer Cameron Shepherd decided to add another hobby to his list: interior design.
When he found a ski condo in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., it was a complete time capsule. He immediately knew that he wanted the 1960s condo to go under a total renovation. As a graphic designer, Cameron was constantly mocking up spaces using Photoshop and Illustrator. “I made mood boards for the renovation and maintained the budget through a meticulous Google Doc spreadsheet,” he says.
All of that preparation and a lot of hard work transformed the home from dark and outdated to warm and inviting. As for the style Cameron was aiming for, he says: “I love all things Mid Century, but I don’t want my house to look like a showroom. I want it to feel lived in and approachable.”
For flooring, low maintenance was the name of the game. The flooring needed to look beautiful, go down easily and work throughout the entirety of the home due to its layout. That’s why ADURA®Max vinyl plank in Aspen Lodge was the right choice. “We wanted something that would feel good underfoot but would also work with area rugs. Plus, it had to be durable enough to stand up to ski boots and our two dogs and impervious to melting snow and general messes,” says Cameron.
Cameron mixed new and vintage pieces, furnishing the place from scratch. A lot of matte black metal was used to give the space a modern feel, and leather, wood, and other natural textiles to soften the space.
To warm up the neutral walls in the common spaces, plush area rugs, fur throws and large, eclectic wall art were used. Cameron also made a custom coffee table out of a slice of Jeffrey Pine from a local lumber yard.
With all the 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.”
For others considering a home renovation, Cameron advises just to do it. “Nothing beats experience. That being said, know your limits and when to call in the professionals. Plumbers and electricians are your friends, not foes. Also, get to know local permitting laws before you tear into walls or plan any changes beyond the cosmetic. And when it comes to flooring, aesthetic, function, and installation are key.”
Homeowners are going for the gold – in their kitchens and bathrooms. Forget what you thought about brass hardware. Today’s brass is less in your face and more subdued. There are many different finishes to choose from like blush gold, rose gold, and metallic gold. These tones complement the color palettes usually found in a kitchen or bathroom. Choosing gold facets and hardware for your home adds warmth, sophistication and a touch of luxury. Find trend inspiration featured in various kitchens and bathrooms below!
For those dreaming of a Coastal style kitchen, gold accents are the perfect fit. Here, the drawer handles warm up the cool, earthy color palette which is brought to life through the cabinetry, art and flooring.
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