Summer 2016 Sizzling Trends

As the summer rolls on most of us will be outdoors soaking up the sun while we can. Even with less time being spent indoors it’s important to keep the interior of your home fresh and fun and we have some great pointers on how you can do just that.

Bringing the Outdoors In

One of the biggest trends for the summer of 2016 is to take cues from the natural landscape surrounding your home and to incorporate it into your decorating. Integrating natural elements such as live plants and colorful flowers are great ways to provide a relaxed and tranquil feel to your household. Additionally, using natural flooring options such as wood, bamboo, and cork will provide a warmer more organic feel to you home as opposed to the harsher man-made options.

Go Bold

The summer is all about bold and eccentric trends in fashion and it applies to your interior designing as well. Bright colors are one of the keys to this summer and we suggest using some of this year’s most popular ones such as cobalt blue, candy apple red, and lime green to spice up your living space. Another tip is to incorporate audacious patterns throughout your home and don’t be afraid to mix and match as it will add depth and texture to your accommodations.

Nautical and Coastal themes

The first thing that almost everyone associates with summer is the beach and the ocean. Over the years coastal themes during the summer have been immensely popular and this year is no different. Using soft shades of blue, white, and, tan, and contrasting them with sharp navy blue or gold will provide a stunning nautical theme to your house that’s sure to impress your guests. Furthermore, adding fun little fringe pieces from the actual ocean such as sea glass, shells, or sand dollars can really tie the whole look together.

Keep enjoying all those long sunny days and don’t forget to stop by Alford’s Floors & Interiors for any of your flooring needs.

2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

Summer is in full heat now and there’s still so much left to look forward to. One of the most exciting upcoming events to take place within the next month is the 2016 Summer Olympics transpiring in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The best athletes from all over the world come to represent their countries and compete in the biggest collaborative competition ever created. However this tournament isn’t just about competition, it has an overlying message of peace and collaboration amongst all of the world’s countries and it is a beautiful celebration of the human spirit.

Brazilian Inspired Décor

There’s no denying that the Olympics influence a wide variety of things across the globe when they are in session. One major cultural aspect being affected by the Olympics is design trends for the summer of 2016. This summer is the summer of Brazil and all the bright and audacious colors that come with the rich heritage of the country. Designers are taking hints from Brazilian culture and incorporating them into their designs and we suggest you do the same. Implementing bold patterns, mixed themes, and exotic bright colors are great ways to get into the spirit and spice up your living area.

Hosting Olympic Gatherings

Synonymous with big sporting events are the gatherings and parties that arise dedicated to watching them, and if the idea of hosting such an event appeals to you then we have a few tips to help you along the way. Dive into the culture and prepare Brazilian inspired dishes such as pastels, acai smoothies, or Pão de queijo. It’s also a good idea to have some alternative activities available for those that aren’t interested in watching the events. Keep the atmosphere as relaxed as possible and enjoy the company of those around you.

The Olympics and Cooperatives

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part”-Olympic Creed. Not only is participation the most important thing in the Olympics but the same goes for our business. Alford’s Floors & Interiors is a locally owned business which is part of a larger cooperative that relies on all the support and participation of its members. We work together to offer competitive prices to our customers while maintaining our local identity and participating in our respective communities.

We hope that you and your family enjoy the rest of summer and watching the Olympic Games just as much as we do!

Our Top Tips For Maintaining A Clean & Organized Home This Summer

Summer weather is upon us, and with that brings grass-stained clothing, children covered in dirt, and lots of sweat and germs that are bound to contaminate your home. In order to keep the mess of summer outside and the summer joys inside your home, we’ve compiled several of our top tips for maintaining a clean and organized home this sunny season. Read on!

Floors

First and foremost is the importance of your floors. We all know the value of beautiful and quality floors, so keeping those floors clean and free of damage is extremely important for both your wallet, the value of your home, and for the safety of your friends and family.

If your kids play summer sports or attend camp, chances are there is sand in their shoes, clothing, or hair, so make sure to keep a doormat at your entrances to limit the amount of dirt that comes indoors. Along with that, make sure to vacuum your floors weekly in order to rid your floors of dust and allergens.

Floors can ripple, discolor, and crack from the amount of sunlight and humidity that they encounter, so be proactive and keep your blinds and curtains closed.

Bathroom

The bathroom will be a room that will see plenty of activity this summer season thanks to sporting games and outdoor play, so make sure that counters, toilets, showers and doorknobs are regularly cleaned. If your home is prone to humidity, make it a point to keep shower curtains and windows open, and fans on, as this will aid in the prevention of mold, mildew, and moisture build-up.

Laundry Room

If summer is the season of active children, that means that your laundry room will be the room where they will unload their sweaty shirts, grass-stained shorts, and dirty socks. Keep multiple hampers for active wear and casual clothing, and make it a habit to clean the floors, hampers, and surfaces with disinfectants on the regular.

If you have additional tips for keeping your home clean and healthy this summer, share them in the comment section below!

Our Top 3 Favorite Interior Design Trends of 2016

With 2016 upon us, home renovations will begin to populate your winter to-do list, as the hottest trends of the year take full force. While endless articles populate the web with various décor trends, we took it upon ourselves to share our top 3, favorite interior design trends of 2016.

The Kitchen Is On Fire

The kitchen is a hot place to be this year, and with more trends in the kitchen than any other room, your options are endless for bringing a fresh look to your space. Continuing to be popular is the open floor plan, making your kitchen island the strong focal point of the room. Edgy, muted colors will be fresh on the scene, taking over as the hottest cabinet colors for the year, such as burnt orange, Robin’s egg blue, and mustard yellow.

Be One with Nature

There is nothing more beautiful than a design that is natural and looks effortless. We believe in the idea that less is more, making one of our favorite trends for the year the use of natural materials. Better yet, this spans the use of materials such as marble, granite, concrete and wood, to bringing nature inside through the use of plants or accent pieces that have been inspired by nature. If your goal is to bring a relaxing and Zen-like vibe to your space, this is the trend for you!

Pick Your Color

In 2016, the wheel was spun on the color palette, with the needle landing on shades of pink, red, and peach. Not only pretty, but these colors have a versatility to them that allows them to be incorporated into almost any room that you fancy, giving you the ability to run wild with your design. Along with pinks, reds and peach, emerald green, navy and midnight blue are also hot colors of the year, and will heavily be seen on furniture and in accent pieces.

What interior design trends are you in love with for 2016?

Top 4 Benefits for Laminate Flooring

When it comes to choosing flooring for your new home or a remodel, the task can be extremely tiring, confusing, and overwhelming. If you’re in the market for a floor that is beautiful, durable and affordable, laminate just might be your best option, and we are here to share with you the top 4 benefits of laminate floors!

1. Low Price

Simply put, laminate is affordable. If you’re on a budget but are in love with the look of hardwood, laminate is going to be the best option for your situation. With costs up to 50% less than hardwood, you can get the look and feel of hardwood without the additional expenses.

Lesser Tree from the Floorcraft Collection

2. Looks Like Hardwood

Thanks to the ever-evolving printing capabilities of today, laminate is created with exact realism to replicate hardwood, giving you a similar look that can fool most house guests.

Marmoset Murdock from the Floorcraft Collection

3. Easy to Clean

Unlike hardwood, laminate flooring is resistant to stains, making it extremely easy to maintain and clean. Laminate is not waterproof, so be sure to clean up spills rather quickly to avoid lasting damage!

San Clemente Standard from the Floorcraft Collection

4. Extremely Durable

This type of flooring is one of the most durable options, as it is resistant to both fading from sunlight and scratches from daily use. It works great in any room, especially those that are high traffic with both kids and animals running around!

Grevy Peasant from the Floorcraft Collection

What room in your home would you use laminate in?