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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thinking About A Kitchen Update?

Have you been toying with the idea of revamping your kitchen and think now may be the perfect time to take the plunge? Before you start shopping and getting estimates, it's important to think about what you'll need and how you can improve your kitchen setup, as well as what you want the space to look and feel like. It's also worth reading up on emerging kitchen trends, which may provide a spark of inspiration and, ultimately, influence the design of your new cooking zone.  These are some of the kitchen trends we are seeing:

~~Furniture-style design features. Interior designers predict that furniture-style cabinetry and other features will be one of the top trends in 2015. This approach marks another step in the evolution of the kitchen as the hub of the home and a treasured space the whole family can enjoy, rather than just a functional area that's used for food prep and cooking alone.  The incredible designs available celebrate the different elements of the kitchen as pieces of beautiful furniture, not just workstations, which allows people to bring their own personal, warm, welcoming touch to this space.  How can you incorporate this idea into your own kitchen?  A standout way is through an island.  Raising it on legs or including intricate paneling or a contrasting top and sides are ways of turning this into a piece to be proud of.

~~Airy (and user-friendly) open shelving. There is a rising trend toward using open shelving as a practical solution for the kitchen space, rather than simply for display.  Open shelving personalizes the space, making it feel lived in and warm, while keeping the kitchen functional and easy to use.  Of course, there are always some things that you don't want displayed, and combining open shelf cabinets and cabinets allows you to still hide things if necessary.



~~Wallpaper that wows. Want to add interest and character to your cooking zone? Incorporating wallpaper - which is a major trend everywhere in 2015 - into the design of your kitchen is the perfect solution.  Wallpaper provides an easy way to add visual impact, even in small amounts.  Wallpaper gives you the control of complementing the architectural elements throughout the kitchen or adding a beautiful contrast to an otherwise simple color palette.  And it won't just be used to dress up plain walls, either; we are also seeing wallpaper used in unexpected ways and spaces, such as on ceilings, to create striking features.

~~Modern traditional style. Designs that marry modern and traditional elements will be one of the most influential looks of 2015.   Homeowners are shunning ultra-sleek, contemporary kitchens in favor of spaces that are warm, homey and reflect themselves.
This trend is affecting everything from cabinet design to colors, materials to textures. We are really mixing it up.  Flat-panel cabinet doors are being replaced with classic door profiles, such as Shaker doors, for example. And materials are being mixed, such as stainless steel with wood, and wood with marble.  Modern design elements, like glass backsplashes and chrome handles, are also being replaced with features that exude traditional style and charm, such as tile with black, pewter and brushed-nickel fittings.
  
~~Ceilings that make you look up. For a long time now, we have all forgotten to look up. More emphasis will go into ceiling design, in terms of shape, features etc.  Whether it be through the use of lighting, bulkheads or coffer ceilings, or the addition of classic embellishments, our ceilings will become part of the room's beauty once again.




~~Luxe metallics. While silver, chrome and stainless steel are three metallics commonly used in the kitchen, warmer metals, like gold, copper and bronze, are all having their moment to shine.  Metallics in all their forms were prominent at all the design shows, from copper to bronze to gorgeous gold.  The texture and gleaming finish of metallics provides a stunning accent to most palette choices.  How would you incorporate it into your project? Try adding gold faucets - a little bit of decadence to dress up the everyday.


~~Touch-me textures.  There's a move toward using more textured and tactile materials. Natural marble and granite in honed finishes, as well as engineered stones that replicate raw finishes, are a few materials we'll be seeing a lot of next year.  Wood is always a huge trend, but in 2015 we are seeing more finishes that represent wood in its natural form, rather than high-gloss or smooth finishes.



~~Beautiful black. If you're not too set on a colorful or an all-white kitchen, then look to the other end of the spectrum and consider choosing black as the dominant tone of your culinary zone. Black will be one of the "It" colors in kitchen design in the coming years. Why?  We spend so much time in our kitchens, and we think that more and more people want to make them a really special space. Black makes a strong, sleek statement.  A simple way to introduce this classic, sophisticated color into your design is by opting for black cabinetry or countertops.  You can also add paneling to infuse the space with extra visual interest.

~~Minimal wall cabinets. Want a kitchen that feels open, airy and not too top-heavy? Then we're sure you'll appreciate this look.  Open-plan kitchens are now being designed with fewer wall cabinets, though obviously this depends on the size of the kitchen and storage you want.  While open-plan kitchens have long been a popular choice for homeowners, having minimal wall cabinets will further enhance a room's sense of spaciousness. The airy, bulk-free look also allows other design elements or features to enjoy the attention they deserve, such as windows that frame a picturesque view outdoors or a striking custom-designed range hood.

~~Repetitive patterns. A major trend that is happening is a move away from geometric patterns and toward elegant, repetitive motifs instead, which will take shape in the form of laser-cut plywood or steel panels, wall coverings, door inserts and tiles.  Patterns from bygone eras will be revitalized to create intriguing and calculated designs that appeal to the fashion-savvy.  Kitchen backsplashes are an easy way to incorporate this trend.



~~Tribal-inspired tones. Not a fan of all-white kitchens or monochromatic color schemes? Then you're in luck, because vibrant, attention-grabbing hues are making a comeback in the kitchen.  Color tones will likely shift to echo the diversity of nature, with inspiration drawn from the rich, bold Moroccan and Native American palette.  Vibrant yet dusty shades of mustard yellows, deep scarlet, royal blues and dirty pink hues may be used in place of primary colors. We'll still see a mix of matte and gloss finishes to inject energy in the kitchen hub.  If you're not too keen on investing in colored cabinetry or appliances, consider painting an accent wall, or introducing decorative elements in one of these hues that will be easy to replace once your love affair with the color comes to an end.
  
~~Shaker style. Classic Shaker-inspired kitchens never seem to go out of style, but this simple, timeless look is particularly popular in 2015.  A lot of people like to keep things traditional and appreciate the textural beauty of wood, which is a big factor this year.  Keen to incorporate the trend?  Focus on the paneling of cupboard doors, which can work in a classic or contemporary space.  Such detailing is a key characteristic of Shaker style, which focuses on clean lines, craftsmanship and functionality.




TIP:  If you want  a brand new kitchen to cook in for Thanksgiving, you need to be actively shopping now.  Thanksgiving is only six months away!  Most kitchen remodels take two to three months to complete, start to finish.  Now is the time to be researching and finalizing your dream kitchen design.

Memorial Day
Please take a few minutes this weekend to reflect upon the meaning of Memorial Day a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in our armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
 
Enhance Floors & More will be closed Sunday and Monday, May 24---25, in honor of those who died while serving our wonderful country.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


National Karastan Month
Beautiful new Karastan carpet is certain to upgrade the value of your home.  Who doesn't want new carpet?  And now is the time to buy---great sale prices PLUS rebates from Karastan of up to $1000 PLUS 15 month interest free financing.  Come in today and see the newest Karastan styles, including wools, SmartStrand Forever Clean, and Kashmere nylon.  Choose from textures, patterns, and Berbers; you will easily find the perfect new Karastan carpet for your home!

Five Upgrades That Won't Add Enough Value To Your Home
It is a common myth that all upgrades will add value to your home.  While some upgrades are purely for your own enjoyment, just know that not all are profitable and you could never recoup the cost.  If you're looking to make improvements that will increase your home's value, you should take into consideration that some upgrades that are of value to you might not be so valuable to potential buyers.  Here are five of the most common upgrades that could actually add LESS value to your home.

Highly custom design decisions
Everybody has their own "dream" design in mind for their home.  However, just because that is YOUR dream kitchen, doesn't mean that it's everyone's idea of a functional, appealing kitchen.  Unless you plan on staying in your house for many years, or perhaps for the rest of your life, think twice about getting too personalized with design options.  Let's use a kitchen remodel as an example.  If you install a kitchen backsplash, you might recoup the cost, because "backsplash" and "no backsplash" is a noticeable one.  But the TYPE of tile won't be as important as you think.  Let's say you opt for a gorgeous, 2x8 marble tile instead of the normal ceramic or porcelain choices. While you might think of marble as an
upgrade compared to porcelain or ceramic, it's not likely to raise an eyebrow amongst buyers.  Similarly, choosing a countertop with a beveled edge that is complex and ornate can turn off buyers whose taste isn't as fancy as yours or be simply overlooked by buyers without an eye for detail.  In fact, these custom features could end up costing you as buyers will be thinking about how much they will have to spend to change it to suit them.  If you are planning on renovating your kitchen for the sake of selling, it is best to stick with timeless design trends and neutral tones.

Room conversions
Buyers will be looking for certain staples when touring your home.  Getting rid of these expected spaces, or altering them into something unusual, may harm your resale value.  Every bedroom, for instance, is coveted space that could bump your listing up into the next bracket.  Buyers are looking for a home with three or more bedrooms.  While you may think that you don't "need" that extra bedroom and prefer to knock out a wall and make it into a huge walk in closet, many buyers aren't going to share your interests.  They will prefer to have the extra bedroom for their children or guests.

Incremental square footage gains
Sizeable square footage gains may be a boon in buyers' minds, whereas small changes might not give you a return proportional to their cost.  For instance, building a small sunroom may be a nice touch, but it's not likely to drastically increase your home's value.  A second family room is cute, but if you already have a living room and a family room to begin with, buyers won't be clamoring to pay for the additional family room.  Adding square footage that doesn't flow well with the floor plan can also backfire.  A half bath on the main level may be needed, but if you have to go through the kitchen to get to it, the half bath loses its appeal.

Over-improving
Nobody wants to buy a mega mansion on a block full of simple split levels.  When your home feels overboard for your neighborhood, you'll alienate buyers on two fronts: buyers that are drawn to your neighborhood won't be able to afford your home, and buyers that can afford a house of that caliber will look for a ritzier area.  Keep the base level of your neighborhood in mind.  Tour some open houses in your neighborhood if you can and look at their kitchens before your spend a fortune on marble countertops and high end fixtures.  Being a little nicer than the houses around you can be a selling point, but being vastly more luxurious is not.

Pool
Putting in a pool is often a hit or miss when it comes to value added.  You may see some return on this renovation, but often not enough to pay for the pool itself.  Adding a pool could actually be a major turnoff to buyers.  Buyers with small children may be worried about the safety risks of a pool in the backyard.  People that are looking for a low-maintenance backyard won't be thrilled about the upkeep involved in the pool.  Along those same lines, buyers on a tight budget will not want the added cost of the maintenance of the pool.  If you are in your house for a number of years, the cost of maintenance plus the actual cost of installation will make the likelihood of recouping your money very low.

If you still want to spend the money on these upgrades for your own amusement, by all means, do it.  Just don't trick yourself into believing that you will greatly recoup the cost of the improvement in terms of adding value to your home.

Design Tip
The ambiance of your bathroom is largely dictated by the colors chosen to express the design.  Color in the bathroom can yield a soothing and relaxing spa like atmosphere or a bright and energetic space depending on the combinations you choose.  Using color as a detail to bring a room together isn't just for the main rooms!  Here are a few examples of color combinations in the bathroom to add that final touch on your bathroom remodel. 

Light, bright, and neutral
Everybody loves a bathroom with a lot of natural light.  However, if your home layout does not allow for a bathroom with window access, using light and bright colors are a good way to capitalize on a bathroom without windows.  The key to this is using light creams and off-white colors.  Pair them with a bronze finish for a more rustic, homey look.  If you need a pop of color, try a light blue or subtle green to spice things up.  Remember, the lighting design will be a key point in pulling off this design, so make sure you are countering the lack of natural light with a good lighting plan.



Mixing dark and light colors
An all-white bathroom may be too bright for your taste, but that doesn't mean you want to bathe in a cave either.  Mixing a dark and light color pallet makes for a striking bathroom.  Balance is key to this look.  You don't want so much dark that it is overpowering, and you don't want to wash out the bathroom with too much light.  Try keeping the tile work and flooring on the light side, and pair it with a darker vanity or countertop option.  Matte black finishes work well with this work, or you can go with chrome for a light accent on the dark countertops.

Warm Woods
Warm woods can create a very cozy feel, but wood floors aren't recommended for bathrooms because the moisture content will cause the wood to damage and warp.  Instead use a wood look porcelain or ceramic tile, or a luxury vinyl plank to achieve the wood look without worrying about moisture damage.  A wood tub surround (bead board) and matching cabinets can really bring a nice, cozy look to a bathroom.  Pair with brushed nickel fixtures and a light countertop to complete the look. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Solutions To Your Window Covering Problems

Did You Know
that Enhance Floors & More is a Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Alliance Dealer?  Did you know you could see many different types of window treatments installed in our Design Center?  Did you know that if you have odd shaped windows there are a variety of styles for you to choose from?  Did you know if you have specific problems that you need a window covering solution for that we can help?  Did you know that Enhance Floors & More can install your beautiful new Hunter Douglas products so that you don't have to do it?

If you did not know Enhance Floors & More can assist you with your window treatment needs, please read on.  We have compiled a list of the questions we are asked by our clients about window coverings, and the answers, so now you will know!

What type of window treatments do you sell?
We are an authorized Hunter Douglas dealer.  Our selection of window treatments includes blinds, shutters, many different types of shades, and draperies, available in a wide variety of fabrics and woods.  Hunter Douglas window fashions have a lifetime warranty and are regarded as the highest quality in the industry.

Who measures for my new window treatments?
Our own window treatment professional measures for your new custom-made window treatments.  

Do you install my new window treatments? 
Yes, we have a certified Hunter Douglas window covering professional to measure and install your window shades, blinds, and shutters for proper fit and function.

How much does an average window cost?
Depending on the style of window covering you choose, a standard window 48" x 60" will run from $177 for the least expensive up to $1,131 MSRP.

What are my choices in blinds?
There are two types of blinds, vertical and horizontal.  Vertical blinds are ideal for larger window expanses, such as patio and sliding glass doors.  Choose from an impressive selection of materials, fabrics and colors.  Our wood, alternative wood, and aluminum horizontal blinds beautifully complement the design of any room. Select from a vast selection of colors, paint and stain finishes, slat sizes, and decorative tapes.  You have a completely customizable world of blinds to choose from.
 
What types of shutters do you have?
We carry a line of plantation-style shutters.  Precision-crafted, our shutters lend warmth and classic styling to any room. Enjoy an impressive selection of real hardwood, modern-day hybrid materials and polysatin compound for maximum strength and durability.


I have children and do not want any cords.  Is this possible?
Absolutely.  Child safety is very important, and Hunter Douglas offers a variety of options.  From cordless and motorized operating systems, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls, we offer a wide array of lifting system options for enhanced child and pet safety.

Tell me about the motorization options.
Almost all of our custom window treatments 
are available with a motorized operating system.  Convenience is a key advantage---but it is not the only one. Motorized window coverings offer enhanced child and pet safety. They can be programmed to optimize energy efficiency.  You can easily operate your window coverings from a remote control, a wireless wall switch or from your own Apple mobile device with the Platinum App.  PowerRise allows you to raise/lower your window coverings, PowerGlide allows for easy opening, closing or rotating the vanes of your vertical window coverings, and PowerTilt easily tilts slats.

How many fabric choices do I have?
Hunter Douglas window fashions offer hundreds of different fabrics, patterns and color choices.  There is sure to be a look perfect for your style and décor.

What are Roman Shades?
Roman shades are a type of window covering used to block out the sun. Roman shades are different from standard window shades in that they stack up evenly when being opened, however when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical shades or blinds.  Featuring a sculpted, modern look, our Roman Shades offer distinctively elegant styling. Choose from a range of fold styles, fabrics, colors and textures to meet all your light-filtering and room-darkening needs.

What do you recommend for a sliding glass door?
Vertical blinds are recommended for a sliding glass door.  Since they draw to the side rather than lifting and lowering, they operate better on doors and windows that also slide from side to side.

How long does it take to get my new window treatments?
Depending on the window treatment you choose, 14 - 21 days

My neighbor's house is very close to mine.  I want light to come in but also want my privacy.  What can I do?
You will like the "Top-Down/Bottom-Up" operating system; you can maintain your privacy and still enjoy the natural light.
  


I work at night and need total darkness so that I can sleep during the day. Is this possible?
Hunter Douglas offers a range of options for the right amount of room darkness. While every Hunter Douglas product allows you some measure of light control, some products offer more room-darkening benefits than others. A key consideration is fabric or material type and color. Sheer fabrics typically soften and filter sunlight, while semi-opaque and opaque versions almost completely block sunlight. We say "almost" because these fabrics and materials darken a room but do not entirely eliminate light.  If you want to block out as much natural light as possible, look for fabrics and materials with maximum light-blocking qualities that are uniquely designed to minimize light gaps, seams and rout holes such as the de-Light feature on many of our horizontal blinds.   NOTE:  Window shades and blinds cannot completely eliminate incoming light as there will almost always be slight light gaps.

What is the guarantee on your products?
Hunter Douglas products are designed and custom-assembled in the U.S. with the highest level of quality. But just in case, every window treatment from Hunter Douglas is covered by a lifetime guarantee. 


Some of my rooms get very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. What do you recommend and how much will it help?
Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. Consider Duette Architella honeycomb shades featuring a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design for greatest energy efficiency.  Hunter Douglas products help conserve energy at the window in these three important ways: insulation, solar heat control (allowing the sun into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer), and daylighting (lighting rooms with natural light rather than artificial light.  By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments reduce the need for other types of lighting, thereby reducing your energy use.)

I have arches on the tops of some of my windows.  How can I cover this? Does it always have to stay closed?
Hunter Douglas has many different options to cover your specialty shaped window. Depending on the shape and type of window covering you choose there are some that open and close.



I saw a picture of window treatments that opened from the top. How does this work?
We offer a Top Down/Bottom Up operating system.  Using the LiteRise system itvirtually eliminates cords and allows blinds to raise or lower with the touch of a finger. Many shades can be operated top down, bottom up or in combination.  With this feature, you create the perfect balance of privacy and natural light.

Do you do draperies?
Yes.  The seamless, contoured fabric columns in Luminette Modern Draperies create traditional elegance, available in a full panel of fabric or a dual panel that combines drapery fabric with privacy sheers.

What is a honeycomb shade?
A shade that is not made in a single layer but instead with multiple cells.   Honeycomb (think of the inside of a bee hive!) are available with single, double, and triple honeycombs and are very energy efficient as this unique cellular shade traps air in distinct pockets to help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Architella is our advanced honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction---further increasing your energy-efficiency options.

How do you clean and take care of the window treatment?
Hunter Douglas window treatments are designed to require minimal care and cleaning.  Depending on the product, dusting, vacuuming, and/or blowing with compressed air or a hair dryer is recommended.

Do you offer financing?
Yes we offer interest free financing.

Design Tip
What is popular in window treatments today?  The hottest look currently is shades that are hand-woven from natural reeds, grasses and woods, for example Hunter Douglas Provence Woven Woods.  Greys are the big "in" color, as well as statement colors such as bright reds, blues, etc. Textures, stripes, and geometric patterns are also popular choices.   Layering, pastels, and pretty and romantic fabrics are the coming trends.  Simple, sleek lines, chrome decorative hardware, and clean, modern looks are also on trend.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Don't Be Afraid Of Your Floor


Mohawk Love Your Floor Sale
It is that time of year!  Take advantage of Instant Rebates up to $500 and the lowest prices of the season on Mohawk ColorCenter carpets, hardwoods, tile and laminate floors.  Or you may prefer the long term financing----33 months interest free on installed purchases of Mohawk flooring.  You get to decide!  Come by today and Love Your Floor again!





We Have Never Installed Lumber Liquidators Products
In the wake of the recent "60 Minutes" report alleging that Lumber Liquidators sells laminate flooring with excessive levels of formaldehyde, many of our past and current clients have questions and concerns. Here are some answers to some of the common questions that have materialized since the airing of the "60 Minutes" episode: 

Are other flooring companies involved in this report?
No. The allegations focus solely on laminate flooring products sold by Lumber Liquidators from Chinese suppliers.

Do the allegations in the report pertain to Lumber Liquidators' wood flooring as well as their laminate?  No, the report focused exclusively on the company's laminate flooring, which is not wood flooring. In the report they tested Lumber Liquidators' laminate made in China, which, in 30 of 31 cases, was found to be at unacceptable levels as defined by CARB standards. Lumber Liquidators disputes the methodology used for the testing.
What is CARB?
CARB is the California Air Resources Board, which is a state agency that creates regulations governing everything from car exhaust to emissions from televisions.  Engineered wood flooring and laminate flooring sold in the state of California must be compliant with CARB's Phase 2 requirements, meaning that the cores used to manufacture the products are in compliance with the formaldehyde emissions deemed acceptable by CARB.
 
Do the CARB requirements apply to the rest of the country? 
No, but most manufacturers find it too expensive to produce two different types of product, one to be sold only in California, and another for the rest of the country.   It is also expected that the EPA will enact the regulations nationwide this year.

 
What are the health hazards of formaldehyde?
According to the EPA, formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers. The level of exposure is the issue; formaldehyde is present in many natural materials and foods
 and is produced by the human body.

 
How do I know if my floor is safe?
Again, the episode only investigated Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators. Consumers who are concerned about their flooring may have it tested. The testing starts at around $350 (the National Wood Flooring Association has a list of independent testing labs). For the most common test, the homeowner sends in a sample of the flooring and emissions from the finished sample are measured. Deconstructive testing can also be done, in which the face is taken off the flooring, but that is more expensive and is only done by a few labs in the country.

 
Are there special removal procedures to use when dealing with flooring that may have excessive formaldehyde?
No, it isn't like removing products with mold, lead paint or asbestos.

We understand that many customers are concerned that our laminates are affected.  They are not.  We carry Mohawk, Palmetto Road, HGTV Home by Shaw, Quick Step, and Armstrong; all of which are CARB2 compliant and are completely safe for your family.  Our manufacturers tell us the following:

Quick Step:
"Quick Step flooring is made in the USA and not in China.  Quick Step controls every step of the production process, and Quick Step laminate flooring is CARB2 compliant based on third party approved lab results.  Our floors meet strict formaldehyde emissions standards for healthy indoor air quality."

Mohawk:
"Customer satisfaction and safety are paramount at Mohawk.  We take these obligations seriously and constantly insure we are in full compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as our own internal requirements.  All laminate and engineered wood flooring manufactured and sold by Mohawk Industries has been tested and approved to be compliant."

Shaw:
"Shaw carefully considers the impact of our products throughout their lifecycle on the environment and society.  Our laminate, as well as solid and engineered hardwood products meet or exceed CARB2 requirements."

Armstrong:
"Our product specifications require adherence to all environmental, health and safety requirements, including formaldehyde emissions.  Our suppliers have their products tested at independent certified labs and then provide the test results to us on a regular basis.  As part of our commitment to product quality and safety, we will continue to conduct random annual testing to ensure the compliance of our products.  Based on our testing practices, certification and specification requirements and experience, our products meet or exceed all applicable formaldehyde standards, just as they always have."
Palmetto Road:
"All of the Palmetto Road products that are made in China adhere to strict environmental and safety requirements including formaldehyde emissions and meet CARB2 compliances.  These products have been tested in reputable, certified labs and have passed all emissions testing as required by CARB2."

Design Tip:  Jetted Tubs
In the 1980s, whirlpool bathtubs were a hot commodity. Now, we are noticing that people aren't using them as much as they used to.  Jetted tubs take up a lot of space that can be used in other ways that tend to be more desirable for people today, like bigger showers or his-and-hers vanities.  They can also cost homeowners big bucks when it comes time to pay the water bill. One whirlpool bath can use between 80 and 100 gallons of water.  If you still want the look and feel of a spa-like master bath, a smaller soaking bathtub can create a similarly relaxing environment and save you money in the long run.   A shower with a bench, shelves for bath products and a rainwater showerhead is on today's "must have" list; whirlpool tubs rarely are.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Products Arriving Daily


It's that time of year that new and exciting products are coming in.  Our key vendors are always creating new styles using the most fashion-forward colors in home décor and are constantly researching and developing new and cutting edge technologies for their flooring products.  Let's take a look at what's new at Enhance.

We have a brand new series of HGTV HOME carpets:  10 styles and 40 brand new colors, with a focus on the grey tones that are very popular today.  One of our favorites is Design Expert (what a great name---you will feel like one when you choose this carpet!) This style is available in three different thicknesses with a starting price point of $2.85 per square foot installed* with pad.  




Do you need the toughest, easiest to clean carpet on the planet?  If so, hurry in and see the Mohawk Essentials carpets.  This is a collection of SmartStrand Ultra Forever Clean carpets featuring 4 fashionable "cut and loop" carpets, 4 solid colored plush carpets, and two styles with practical color flecks.  One of these mid-priced styles is sure to be perfect for your active home! 


Norton Oak is a new hardwood floor style, also from the HGTV HOME collection.   It comes in three classic colors, Golden Wheat, Gunstock, and Red Oak Natural, with two different plank widths.  The ScufResist Platinum finish with a lifetime wear warranty makes this a great choice for your home.  This is an engineered wood floor, so you can have this timeless oak look regardless of your subfloor.





Mohawk Flooring has introduced some amazing new colors to their Brindisi Plank hardwood line.  Grey is an ongoing trend, and Brindisi Plank now has some gorgeous grey tones, from very light to darker shades.  One of the few engineered woods that is ½ inch thick, it is also beautifully handscraped; and is available  in maple, oak, birch, hickory, and walnut.



Orchard Walk is a new birch engineered hardwood floor.  Handscraped, wide planks (almost 5 inches) and beautiful colors to choose from, including Peach Brandy, Old Walnut, Apple Bark and Hard Cider.  And did we mention the price?  Only $4.99 per sq. ft. professionally installed*!


In laminates, Mohawk introduces new Rustic Legacy line.  It is the first laminate to have the ArmorMax Finish, which is one of the toughest finishes in the business.  Combined with incredibly realistic oak and chestnut looks, Rustic Legacy is sure to be a top seller.


Wood look tiles are on trend right now, and Interceramic has mastered the look with their new Amazonia porcelain tile.  It is offered in 3 different plank sizes and 4 realistic wood tones.  If you thought you wanted wood floors, but for whatever reason (moisture, intense sunlight, heavy traffic, etc.) you decided it was not a smart choice, this is certainly a product you should consider. 


If you have ever wanted the look of limestone or slate, but without the maintenance and high cost, check out Mohawk's two new tile looks.  The Trovato line features the look of vein-cut limestone in a porcelain with 4 stunning colors and one size, the popular 12" x 24".  The Volturno line is a stunning slate visual.  Also a porcelain, it comes in several different sizes (great for a patterned installation) and four color choices.
  




Karastan Live Beautifully Sale
We can all live beautifully when we select and purchase a beautiful new Karastan carpet this month.  Almost every Karastan style is on sale, with prices as low as $2.99 per sq. ft. installed*!  Hurry in now and select the perfect new carpet for your home.





Calling All Review Writers
Did you know that you can now write reviews on the Better Business Bureau website? Many clients check us out with the BBB before purchasing----please take a few minutes and write a review of your experience with Enhance Floors & More. Thank you in advance.  Here's the link:

Design Tip
Nothing sings "spring" like the color yellow. A large white bowl or tall glass vase of lemons can bring instant and simple style into the kitchen for spring. We love using beautiful objects that have a dual purpose for display and function-lemons are a fresh, inexpensive style accessory that are also readily on hand for cooking!

You can also bring vases of yellow daffodils into your living area to make the space happy.   Forsythia is another beautiful yellow choice to welcome spring (finally!) into your home.