Category Archives: Remodeling and Updates

Room Updates: Moulding

When spring arrives we all get the natural urge to throw open the windows, dust off our rooms and update! Even if your budget doesn’t allow for a full remodel, you can completely change the complexion of any room by adding custom moldings.
What many people think of when they think molding is heavy, decorative crown molding, but there are a huge variety of wooden accents to update, or completely change, the look and feel of any room. Some basics on molding: The main terms you need when considering molding have to do with the profile of the molding. The profile is the side-view at the end. Some of the basic profiles Western WidePlank is offering are Eased Edges, S4S, Craftsman, Halland, 2 Crown Profiles, Quarter Round, Nosings and many more. All of these shapes have to do with how the shadow is thrown on the wall or ceiling from the molding. The Cyma and Ogee are actually combinations of the Cavetto and Ovolo. A much thinner filet molding can be placed above or below a basic molding to create an additional design detail. There are also flat moldings (often referred to in the building industry as just “woodwork”).
If you look up all the specific varieties of molding online it can be mind-boggling. Rather than feel overwhelmed, our advice to you is to simply look at what’s offered compared to your needs, and choose the molding that both attracts your senses and is practical for your intended use. For instance, a large crown molding would be far too big for a chair rail, but would be perfect across a high ceiling to create a more structured, classical look. Depending on your flooring, a baseboard may be a good choice as well, and create a wonderfully finished look regardless if it’s over carpet or hardwood.
Of course, we’re big fans of letting your wood’s natural beauty shine through with a light stain and varnish, but depending on the design, a painted molding can make a previously causal room take on a decidedly formal air.

5 Tips on Desinging/Redesigning Your Home Flooring

Flooring is one of the most important features of your house, and probably the least planned for and longest lasting material to be installed. No one can deny the importance of choosing the right flooring when it comes to designing or revamping your house.
Choosing the right flooring is of crucial importance in completing the theme and ambiance of a room and to help you in that task, here are a couple of tips you can take note of:
Collect several inspirational pegs: You can easily find tons of photos of model rooms all over the Internet, from which you can draw inspiration for what you can do with your own house. These images also cater to helping you come up with the overall theme of each room as well.
Consider your floor plan: Also take note of the setup, size, and overall floor plan.
Order samples and visit our virtual showroom: This is like viewing your inspirational pegs in real life. Check out our images of what a full sized room might look like in your desired flooring.
Choose the material and color: Once you have narrowed down your choices based on the samples you have, it’s now time to finalize your flooring material of choice and the most suitable color. If you want something more elegant, maybe choose a rich Walnut; something more rustic and vintage-inspired, go for a Rustic Hickory. If it’s something low-maintenance, or something more environmentally friendly, Western WidePlank Hardwood Flooring is the right answer.
Find the right installer: Once you’re all set, it’s time to choose the best  installer to do the job… and do it right. It’s about giving you the best price for labor, as well as having the reputation of being reliable and easy to work with.

Choosing Hardwood Flooring To Suit Your Decor

The addition of quality hardwood flooring to your home decor makes a remarkable contribution to the value and enjoyment of your living space. Since installing quality wide plank hardwood flooring is an investment in your home, make sure that you first consider the overall style statement that you want your home to make.
Flooring has the power to dramatically change the appearance of your living space, which makes taking a close look at flooring samples such an important first step. Be sure to choose samples that are large enough to truly gauge their impact on each room.
Wide plank hardwood flooring with a close, smooth grain conveys a more contemporary feel to your rooms. Some hardwoods with smooth graining add a sense of elegance and sophistication to your space. On the other hand, wide plank hardwood flooring that is more loosely or roughly grained conveys a more casual living atmosphere. This effect ranges from casual yet sophisticated to cabin casual.
The color and shading of your hardwood floors also greatly impacts your home’s finished look. A light floor surface reflects more light back into your room, which gives an airier, more open feel to the space. More darkly shaded hardwood floors give your rooms a more substantial impact.
Hardwood flooring is an excellent choice to add to the overall ambiance of your home. However, it is important to consider what your decorating goals are before making a final decision on the wide plank hardwood that you want. Choose a variety of wide plank hardwood samples to judge how different types of hardwood impact your home decor.