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Flooring Colors and Your Design Scheme

When it's time to select a new floor, it's important to keep several factors in mind during the color selection process.

Certainly, existing furniture, wall-coverings and window treatments, traffic patterns and decorating styles are all deciding factors when choosing the color of your new floor.

But there are also some practical considerations, too.

Lighter colors make a room appear larger, while darker colors make it seem cozier. New stain-and soil-resistant technology makes today's lighter color carpets much easier to clean, providing many more decorating options.

Medium and darker colors, tweeds and textures help disguise soil in the home's high traffic areas.

What distinguishes hard surfaces such as laminates, tile, wood, and vinyl from carpet are their extensive design and color options. And, like carpet, their color will have an effect on the room appearance, only in different ways.

For instance, dark-colored tile and wood show scratches in high traffic areas and at "pivot points," such as in front of the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Larger tiles create a spare look, actually making a small area appear larger.

Ask an experienced retailer for design tips like these.


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