Cork flooring is also growing in popularity not just because of its good looks but for its many health benefits. It’s environmentally friendly and sustainable. Cork floors are non- toxic, antimicrobial, and naturally resistant to molds and mildew. It is also green and contributes to LEED credits for LEED certified homes. Cork floors are high style and have great sound absorption along with health benefits- no emissions for indoor air quality.
Take a walk on the wild side. From natural hides to faux skins, animal prints are an interior design trend that has staying power. Skins have the allure of the exotic. We are seeing them all over the place. From accent rugs, to pillows to upholstered furniture; animal prints are all the rage. While equally well suited to both modern, rustic and more traditional design aesthetics, there are some rules you must follow when using animal prints in your home décor.
Repeat after me. Never EVER mix your animal prints. Mixing zebra print with cheetah print is a BIG no-no. Do mix your animal prints with other non-animal patterns of coordinating colors. Home interiors that are too matchy-matchy lack interest and sizzle. Take your interior design up a notch by pairing hot animal prints with bold saturated hues like vibrant red, vibrant orange and deep burgundy.
When using natural hides which have an asymetrical shape, layer with a larger area rug. Natural fibers look great with hides as do oriental wool and Persian carpets.
Remember KISS [Keep it subtle. Keep it simple.] You’ve heard the term “less is more”. Animal prints are a bold look even in small doses. Don’t use more than one print item per room. There can be TOO much of a good thing. By limiting your animal prints to one item you showcase that item and make a big statement. Not to mention you won’t have to totally redecorate after the trend has passed.
It’s a jungle out there. Taxidermy chic is another rising trend in home interiors but be careful when following the trends. Avoid the African safari room by mixing pieces of differing styles and periods. Choose one trend to embrace in your space and then use it sparingly. We are wild for animal prints. This trend will be with us for a while. Are you redecorating? Here at Textures we carry many options from natural cow hides to wall to wall animal print carpets. We’d love to take a walk on the wild side with you. Stop by our showroom and browse the MANY options.
What’s new underfoot, Nashville? Custom Area rugs! We are excited about our newest collection of custom area rugs by Barrier Island Rugs. These gorgeous floor coverings are available in both 100% wool and 100% cotton. They can be customized in an endless variety of patterns and colors allowing you to create a one-of-a kind look in your home.
We love the area rug in this coastal home. Appropriately named, “Alys Beach”, the cool khaki stripes perfectly compliment the hardwoods in this light filled space.
Barrier Island rugs are hand loomed in India. The cottons are actually woven 600 miles from the wool. A 9×12 rug is made by four or five weavers on looms just 20″ off the ground. All of the striped rugs are completely reversible due to the double faced weaving technique.
Calling all sports fans. Fully custom means just that. Support your favorite team with an area rug in orange and white stripes or another classic pairing like black & gold 🙂
Our showroom has a full array of rug samples. You can choose any striped pattern and then choose the colors to suit your space. Choosing custom area rugs has never been so simple.
The cotton rag rugs are cottage weaves and are available in standard sizes up to 9’x12′. As there can be dye lot variances, we recommend a special order whenever two or more of the same rugs are desired.
Not sure what size area rug is appropriate for your space? We’re happy to help. Here are some helpful tips to get you started. We have been known to use our handy roll of blue painter’s tape and brown craft paper to tape off a rug template to make sure a rug works in a room.
Our Barrier Island Rugs offer a custom look with great quality at affordable prices. What’s not to love? Stop by our showroom to see samples and design a custom area rug for your home.
Darker wood tones have been the top choice in hardwood flooring for many years. In 2013 the design pendulum has swung the other direction. Lighter wood flooring has been the prevailing trend in Scandinavia and parts of Europe for the past decade. This emerging trend is growing in popularity here in the US. In fact the top hardwood flooring trend we’re seeing is lighter wood with a distressed finish that has been bleached and limed. Bleaching and liming is just one way to get that light rustic look. Paint is yet another.
We love this line by Homerwood. Available in four different finishes, it is hand scraped and distressed. This is a pre-finished engineered hardwood handcrafted by the Amish. Each plank is individually hand scraped for a beautifully distressed finish.
Another line we’re seeing alot of is Cape Ann by Shaw Flooring. This is available in 4″ planks. The light finish is very versatile in interior design and works well in both contemporary and traditional styles.
Lighter flooring finishes allow your color choices to take center stage. This traditional entry shows off hand scraped distressed reclaimed wood floors that have been given a bleached and limed wood finish. The mix of shabby chic style with antiques and rustic textures is both charming and welcoming.
We think this hardwood flooring trend will be with us for quite some time. It is versatile, unique and lends itself to the “lived in”, “acquired over time” design aesthetic that homeowners desire. Bleaching and liming is a multi-step detailed process and is not for the average DIY’er. Be sure to consult with the pros. For more current trends and home interior decor inspiration, follow us on Pinterest. Is this trend for you? Comment and let us know what you think.