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Flooring decisions: A big step for your new home


An advantage of buying a brand-new home is the freedom to personalize the space. And that means floors are fair game. From carpet to tile to hardwood, the possibilities can seem endless. Your new home is a reflection of your unique personality and style, so be sure to select surfaces that you’ll enjoy looking at—and walking on—for many years to come.

So, where do you start your “floor planning?” When you buy a brand-new home with Richmond American, the professional designers at the company’s Home Gallery will help you choose colors, textures, finishes, fixtures and even furniture layouts for your new living space—a complimentary service! Whatever floor you choose, you can count on these seasoned design pros to help ensure it coordinates with your cabinets, countertops and wall color to create a cohesive, inviting look and feel.

Here, our design consultants share a few flooring tips and trends:

Carpet: Soft, lush carpet in a bedroom or study is cozy and inviting, evoking relaxation. If you haven’t shopped for carpet in a while, you’ll marvel at today’s collections. Over the years, the quality of fibers has improved, providing a greater selection of plusher options. At the Home Gallery, take time to explore the countless fiber types and styles, including textured and patterned varieties, and the medley of colors that are bound to catch your eye.

Tile: When only tile will do, such as in a bathroom, rest assured you’ll find an abundant selection of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone varieties—even those that mimic hardwood thanks to more advanced digital printing techniques. If you’re inspired by designs that create a specialized pattern from glass, metal and other materials, many fashion tiles, such as listelles or meshmounts, would suit your style. You can even select your desired size, with bigger tiles now edging out the standard 12″ x 12″ squares, allowing large-format 12″ x 24″ rectangles to gain popularity.

Hardwood: When you’d like to create a timeless look that works well throughout the main living areas of your home, true hardwood flooring is a great choice. Natural hardwood flooring provides warmth and durability that can transform a house into a welcoming home. The Home Gallery offers ample selections of this popular classic as well as a variety of engineered hardwood flooring that works well in basements and areas where moisture resides. Large-plank wood that measures at least 5″ wide is becoming more prevalent and can be found in a wide array of colors, from cooler grays to a darker espresso.

Color is cool: If you’re wondering which colors are most popular today, look no further than the cool part of the color wheel. That’s right. Cooler tones, such as grays, are moving to the top of the home decorating palette, especially when it comes to tile and wood. They’re softer on the eye and represent a sense of calm and tranquility. What could be more appealing in your new home?

Want to know more about personalizing your brand-new Richmond American home? Visit the home design section and check out this video about the Home Gallery design center.