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What is Coastal Interior Design Style?

Jul 15, 2019

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing week at the shore — but you don’t have to live on the beach to bring coastal design style into your home. By incorporating coastal elements into your house or apartment, like pastel colors and nautical decor, you can capture that beachy feeling year ‘round (without having to worry about sunburn). Read on to learn about the elements of coastal style, get tips on choosing coastal-inspired furniture, and find out where to get even more interior design ideas.

What is Coastal Interior Design Style?

Elements of Coastal Decorating Style

Like any interior design style, the coastal style is distinguished by a few stand-out elements. But which coastal style are you talking about?

First, there’s the Mediterranean style. Characterized by vivid colors, plenty of terra cotta pottery, and the liberal use of wood accents, this style calls to mind the timeless, sun-drenched beaches of Greece.

Aiming for more of a Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod feel? Try the American coastal style instead. Elements of this style, which is also referred to as “Cottage Coastal,” include nautical decor like seashells and netting, airy materials like wicker and rattan, and soft, pastel hues like sky blue or lilac.

Last but not least, travel to the tropics with Tropical Coastal decor. Common features of this design style include fun, festive patterns, vibrant hues like yellow and lime, and tiki-themed decor.

 Living room with coastal decorations

Other Distinguishing Elements of Coastal Interior Design

Here a few other major elements of beach-inspired interior design to consider incorporating into your home: 

  • Furniture or decorations featuring trellis patterns
  • Ocean-inspired decorations, like coral, driftwood, or sand dollars
  • Translucent, gossamer drapes that let in plenty of air and light
  • Wall art featuring seascapes and ocean views
  • Waterproof flooring that can stand up to moisture, gritty sand, and seawater

 Kitchen with a coastal interior decorating style


What Are the Different Types of Coastal Furniture?

We’ve covered coastal decor and color; but what is coastal furniture? Again, the answer depends on which coastal style — American, Mediterranean, or Tropical — interests you. For example, Adirondack chairs are a classic fixture of the American Coastal style. Normally featured on lawns or porches, Adirondack chairs are perfect for cool summer nights enjoying good company. These chairs look to be made of wood (or a wood-look style of plastic) slats and come in a variety of colors ranging from bright white to soft grey, or more vibrant shades like red or blue.

 Adirondack chair on a coastal decorated porch

Woven wicker or rattan chairs can deliver either a tropical or Mediterranean vibe. Rather, it’s the cushions, throw pillows, and surrounding decor that give them more of a taste of the tropics or the Baltic coast.

Backyard with a coastal decorating style

To give your wicker furniture a more tropical feel, opt for lighter rattan in white or tan. Add vibrant throws and cushions in bright, contrasting hues. Think turquoise and red, parrot green and lemon yellow, coral orange and bright blue. You can keep it tasteful with crisp solids, or go quirky and kitschy with fun tropical prints like hibiscus florals, palm fronds or trees, or pineapples.

That same wicker and rattan furniture can be given a Mediterranean makeover by opting for dark-to-medium brown wicker paired with neutral white or ivory cushions and accent throw pillows in a deep coastal blue or rich bronze that echoes colors you’d see on a Grecian vase. Statement pieces that look like they’ve been picked up from a Santorini street market, but could have just come from an affordable home goods store in your own hometown, can add character and an Old World coastal feel. Look for decorative vases or candle sconces that add to your aesthetic.

Remember, sometimes the best results come from mixing and matching different style elements. Experiment by combining coastal themes with other designs, like industrial or bohemian styles, to find the perfect blend. The style experts at Flooring America can help you customize any space to make your dream beach getaway a reality.

Classic coastal style in a living room

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Longing for sunny, far-off beaches? Let our home decor tips transport you to your personal island paradise. With our My Design Finder tool, it’s fast, free, and easy to find stunning visual examples of beach-inspired flooring and home decor. Whether you’re right on the shore or deep in the heart of the country, we can help transform your space into a cozy coastal getaway.

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Beach House Decor & Interior Design Ideas

Jul 08, 2019

For families all across America, summertime means a trip to the shore for an unforgettable week at the beach. Get the absolute most out of your vacation time by decorating your beach house (or your everyday house) with cozy coastal elements the whole family is sure to love. If it’s time to spruce up your summer getaway, these striking beach house design ideas are sure to inspire you.

Beach House Decor and Interior Design Ideas

Pair Natural and Nautical Decor

Redecorating an entire cottage can be a major task, but if you ever get stuck and aren’t sure where to start, just remember that “nautical” and “natural” always make a perfect pairing. Some popular nautical design elements include anchors, netting, surfboards, buoys, and combinations of white and navy blue. 

Mix and match nautical decorations with natural design touches to complete the effect. Examples of natural, ocean-inspired decor include driftwood, coral, seashells, sand dollars, stone, and beach glass.

Coastal house decorations in a large living room

Incorporate Rustic Wood Floors and Accents

Chrome, copper, and steel look sleek — but they don’t exactly scream “beachy.” Instead of using materials that are associated with modern or industrial styles, try old-fashioned, rustic touches instead to create that lived-in, cozy atmosphere.

Weathered wooden seating or dressers can bring a room together, add a dash of personality, and create space to store items (or display decor). Hardwood flooring is durable, holds up well against moisture, and looks great with any furniture or color palette.

Coastal décor and furniture in a bedroom

Use Bright, Fresh Colors in your Beach House Decor

Deep, dramatic colors like scarlet are right at home in an elegant mansion, but they can feel a bit out of place at the beach. Shouldn’t the same design principles apply to your vacation home? Instead of opting for intense colors, focus on soft and refreshing tones that remind you of the ocean, like sandy beiges, cool blues, and sunny pastel yellows.

Coastal design style in a kitchen 

Feature Palms and Bamboo Plants

Live plants instantly make any space feel brighter, fresher, and more vital. Reminiscent of tropical islands, palm trees and bamboo plants make the perfect accent for any beach home. Plus, both are low-maintenance, which means you don’t need a green thumb to keep them looking great. Other beachy plant ideas include hibiscus flowers, succulents, and of course, beach grass!

Coastal design style in a bedroom

Make Space for a Nook

A sunny, light-filled breakfast nook is a quintessential feature of almost any beach house. Don’t have a nook built in? Make one yourself by arranging the seating and furniture strategically, using an accent rug to bring everything closer together. Make sure to choose the side of the house that gets the best light in the morning.

 Coastal inspired design style in large kitchen

Browse Coastal Style Interiors and Floors with My Design Finder

At Flooring America, we’re dedicated to helping your family make your dream vacation home a reality with our huge selection of indoor, patio, and porch flooring options, including a wide range of waterproof products that are perfect for high-moisture environments.

Want more beach house interior design ideas? Check out My Design Finder to see gorgeous examples of vacation home decor. From luxury vinyl, hardwood, and tile, to stone, bamboo, carpet, and laminate, Flooring America has something for every homeowner (or beachgoer). We’ll even handle the flooring installation process. All you have to do is kick back and enjoy the ocean breeze in style. Contact us online today to learn more about the products we carry, or call Flooring America at (866) 563-5798.

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'70s Inspired Interior Design Ideas & Trends

Jun 28, 2019

When most people think of the ‘70s, they imagine disco balls, bell-bottom jeans, and some seriously unfortunate hairstyles. But while the fashion might have been questionable, the home design trends were some of the 20th century’s best. ‘70s interior style gives us a striking and unique balance between comfort, nature, boho, and glam.

Maybe that’s why today, 1970s interior design style is making a major comeback across America. If your home needs a design makeover, these trendy blasts from the past might inspire you. Keep reading for five ideas on decorating a 1970s house, as well as learning why this decade’s decor is providing style inspiration for 21st-century homeowners.

‘70s Inspired Interior Design Ideas and Trends

1970s Design Movement and Style

The ‘70s have had an enduring influence on interior design that remains strong to this day. In fact, the ‘70s are enjoying one of their most popular comebacks ever, dominating the design scene right now.

There are a few reasons why the ‘70s design movement is having such a “boom” moment. At its heart, 1970s design is all about blending comfortable hippie-inspired boho chic decor, and glamorous bold disco-inspired pieces. And who doesn’t love that combination? Plus, ‘70s design emphasizes the use of neutral colors and natural materials, making a ‘70s-inspired aesthetic easy to incorporate with any space or vision.

Put these factors together, and you’ve got a recipe for timeless style.

‘70s Inspired Interior Design Ideas

Not sure where to start on your ‘70s-inspired home makeover? Here are five ideas to get the ball rolling. From flooring materials to furniture to color palettes, you’re sure to find an idea that fits your style.

Plush Shag Carpeting

Who wouldn’t want to start off their morning by stepping into warm, plush, fluffy shag carpeting? Not only does shag carpet feel great on your feet, it also looks sophisticated and elegant, popping up in design styles from Scandinavian minimalism to mid-century modern. If you want something versatile, comfortable, neutral, and timeless, try a cream-colored shag carpet or accent rug in your bedroom or living room.

70s inspired bedroom room decor

Terrazzo Tile Flooring

You might not know the name “terrazzo,” but you’ve definitely seen it. This unique style of flooring merges multiple elements to create a bold, energetic look, incorporating flecks of glass, marble, quartz, and other materials. Then, the floor is finished off with sealer to give it a sleek, polished look. Terrazzo can be pricey, but with such a distinct appearance, a small amount goes a long way toward changing the entire look and feel of a room.

70s terrazzo inspired flooring

Rattan Statement Pieces

With a light, airy look that evokes breezy front porches and coastal beach houses, rattan is one ‘70s design element that fits into modern homes seamlessly. It’s also lightweight, easy to rearrange, and a snap to keep clean. Plus, it’s also environmentally friendly.

70s rattan inspired room

Boho Chic Decor

You might associate hippie culture with the 1960s, but its iconic influences on art, music, and design have remained popular ever since. During the ‘70s, one way this took form was through plush, cozy, “boho chic” decor, which is making a major comeback today. To get the boho look, trade formal seating for comfy pillows, decorate the walls with plenty of art, and tie it all together with an inviting, luxurious carpet. And don’t forget the rattan!

70s Boho inspired bedroom

Creamy, Neutral Colors

The ‘80s were all about bright neon colors, but the ‘70s took a softer approach. ‘70s style interior design is all about relaxing, neutral hues, like cream, beige, and pastels. Not only are these shades naturally soothing; they’re also easy to mix and match with other design elements in your home. 

70s inspired color palette in a living room

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Want more great ideas for ‘70s interior design trends? Check out Flooring America’s My Design Finder tool. Simply answer a few questions about your style preferences, and get personalized, retro design ideas for any room in your house or apartment.

To learn more about ‘70s style flooring options like terrazzo tile, wood parquet flooring, and shag carpet, contact Flooring America online, or call us today at (866) 563-5798. We can help you find and install the perfect product for your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and more. 

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Modern & Contemporary Interior Styles Explained

Jun 24, 2019

Redecorating your home is supposed to be exciting — not stressful! To keep the process as easy (and fun!) as possible, it helps to go in with a clear sense of style: what you want, what you need, and what you’d rather steer clear of. But with so many style options to choose from, refining your search can feel overwhelming. That’s why our home flooring experts wrote this short guide, where we break down the basics behind five contemporary and modern interior design styles. Read on for a tour through some of the hottest and most popular design trends for 2019.

Modern & Contemporary Interior Design Styles Explained

What Are the Different Types of Modern and Contemporary Design Styles?

What are the different design styles, you wonder? There are dozens (or maybe hundreds) to choose from, depending on how technical you want to get! To keep things simple, we’re focusing on five of the trendiest, including: 

  1. Mid-Century Modern
  2. Industrial
  3. Bohemian
  4. Shabby Chic
  5. Farmhouse

While these are the styles we’ll be looking at today, don’t feel like you have to restrict yourself to only these five groups! When it comes to designing home interiors, the only limit is your creativity. Other design styles you might be interested in exploring include transitional, eclectic, coastal beach house, and classic.

Mid-Century Modern

“Mid-century modern” refers to furniture and decor from around the middle of the twentieth century, which was characterized by organic forms, clean silhouettes, and elegant lines. While this style utilizes all sorts of materials, some especially common examples include aluminum and plywood. One advantage of the mid-century modern style is its flexibility, which allows pieces in this style to accent and complement virtually any room in the home.

Mid-century modern living room


This time we’re going further back in history, past mid-century modern and all the way to the industrial era, where this style draws its inspiration from. Industrial decor — which is enjoying a huge popularity boom in bars, coffee shops, and restaurants all over the country right now — typically features elements like exposed brick, copper pipes, and weathered wood. Since it relies on basic, “bare-bones” design elements, industrial decor can take on a rustic feeling, which makes it a natural style partner for farmhouse decor (which we’ll get to in just a few minutes).

Industrial style kitchen


The dictionary gives synonyms like “offbeat,” “avant garde,” and “free-spirited” for the word “bohemian.” If that sounds like you, shouldn’t you express it in your style, too? Bohemian decor is the perfect channel for everything experimental, from natural textiles and animal hides to decorative tapestries and area rugs.

The key is to create a rich, inviting, yet informal atmosphere that welcomes guests and encourages great conversation. Plush textures, mood lighting, and earthy colors can help you capture the right spirit.

Living room decorated in the modern Bohemian style

Shabby Chic

Think of shabby chic as bohemian’s thrifty, eco-conscious cousin. Shabby chic emphasizes furniture and decor that has a lived-in, aged, antique appearance, like a great vintage find from a thrift shop or flea market. The “chic” part comes in through textiles and colors — usually, but not always, pastels and light hues — which help elevate the pieces and give the room an overall richer feel.

Shabby chic living room


Remember when we said that farmhouse and industrial styles made the perfect pair? That’s because both lean heavily on naturalistic, pared-down design elements like wooden tables and shelving, making them easy to blend and integrate.

If the industrial style seems like it might be a little too “edgy” for the family home, the farmhouse style is a warm alternative. This timeless approach to design is all about bringing the calm and simplicity of nature into the home. Farmhouse style homes are full of floral accents, natural colors and fabrics, and creative arrangements of vases and pottery — just like you’d imagine from a peaceful, idyllic day in the countryside.

Farmhouse styled foyer 

Get Modern Interior Style Ideas from My Design Finder

We hope this article has given you a few ideas to help make your design dreams a reality. For more design inspiration, head over to My Design Finder, which gives you beautiful interior design examples personalized to fit your style preferences. Then, ask the friendly team at Flooring America how we can help you transform your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or any other space in your home.

From stone and bamboo to carpet, vinyl, and beyond, we carry top-of-the-line home flooring products in dozens of colors and patterns to suit any taste. Contact us online to get started, or call Flooring America today at (866) 439-6743.

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How to Choose an Interior Designer

Jun 10, 2019

A little bit of style goes a long way when it comes to appearance and attitude. With experience, talent, and the right set of tools, a good interior designer can transform any space from “Blah” to “Bravo!” The question is what makes an interior designer good? How do you choose the right one? And what sort of information do you need to know beforehand? If you’re thinking about hiring an interior designer, these are the questions you need to ask! Read on to find out the answers.

How to Choose an Interior Designer

Benefits of a Good Interior Designer

Hiring a skilled interior designer can have many benefits — not just for your home’s appearance, but also your wallet (and peace of mind). Let’s take a closer look at three major benefits of hiring an interior designer to help decorate your home or apartment: 

  1. Save money: Especially in older buildings, it’s all too easy to make a mistake that could wind up costing you thousands of dollars. An interior designer can help you avoid hazards, pitfalls, and some downright regrettable design choices.
  2. Get ideas: An interior designer can introduce you to ideas you might never encounter otherwise. Not only that, a good designer can transform your rough, sketchy ideas into a concrete, fully-articulated vision.
  3. Reduce stress: Let’s face it, life isn’t always like HGTV, and finding the time and energy for a home design project can be challenging. Hiring an interior designer lightens the load and takes stress off your shoulders, freeing you up to focus on the things you really care about.

 Interior designer hanging up blueprints

What to Know Before Hiring an Interior Designer

Now that you know the advantages of hiring an interior designer, here are five factors to consider before you start looking for design help: 

  1. Not all designers charge the same: For more information about money and budgeting, scroll down to the section about how much it costs to hire an interior designer.
  2. Model homes are great places to look for designs you love: Model homes, open houses, and showrooms create fantastic opportunities to view different styles and themes in 3-D — and find designers you love in the process.
  3. Professional organizations are another great resource: Finding a competent and experienced designer is essential. That’s why it’s a good idea to check with trusted professional organizations, like the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), for directories or referrals.
  4. Look for designers with the proper certifications: You should strongly consider hiring a designer who has the appropriate formal licensing and certification. While standards vary from state to state, ASID accreditation is a solid starting point.
  5. Choose someone who demonstrates good communication skills: This cannot be emphasized enough. Bringing your dream to life demands collaborative effort, which means you need a designer who can clearly articulate ideas, explain the potential roadblocks ahead, and work with you to achieve safe, budget-conscious, and stylish solutions.

 Interior designer showing blueprints on laptop

Questions to Ask an Interior Designer before Hiring

Below, you’ll find a helpful list of possible questions to ask before hiring an interior designer. 

  • Are you accredited? Do you have any professional licenses and certifications?
  • How many years of experience do you have?
  • What sorts of styles do you have experience with?
  • What do you typically charge for projects like mine?
  • Do you have examples of previous work?
  • Can you provide any testimonials or recommendations of your work?

How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Interior Designer?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is that it simply depends on the service or person you choose. That being said, it’s important to keep in mind that some designers charge on an hourly basis, while others charge a flat fee that covers specific services (which should be determined in advance through a written contract).

When budgeting, try to be realistic about how much time your project will require. Otherwise, you may wind up seriously underestimating the cost of a designer who charges by the hour!

No matter how the designer charges, get information about his or her rates at the outset of the process. That way, you won’t waste valuable time — or run into avoidable price disputes later down the line.

Interior designer showing tile samples 

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Hiring an interior designer is a great step toward making your dream home a reality. But before you do, get inspired by browsing My Design Finder, our free and easy-to-use visual guide to personalized style recommendations. Simply choose a style you like, and let My Design Finder handle the rest!

For more design and flooring inspiration, contact Flooring America online, or call today at (866) 439-6743. We offer hundreds of unique, durable, stylish home flooring products at convenient locations throughout the U.S., including carpet, hardwood, stone, laminate, tile, luxury vinyl, and more.

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Neutral contemporary bench nook with grey carpet

7 Elements of Interior Design

Jun 03, 2019

Seven often seems like a magic number, and there’s no exception when it comes to interior design. If you’ve been stuck in a home decor rut, look to the seven elements and principles of interior design for creative inspiration. You might be surprised at how much you can learn by going back to the basics. Just read on to find out for yourself!

7 Elements of Interior Design

What Are the 7 Basic Elements of Interior Design?

As the old saying goes, “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” The same thing is true for interior design — which is really just an illusion created by balancing different elements effectively.

Think of it like this: learning about the ingredients that go into your favorite recipes will help you master cooking. In the same way, learning about the design elements that go into your favorite styles will help you master decorating.

So what are the seven key elements of interior design? They include: 

  1. Color
  2. Form
  3. Light
  4. Line
  5. Pattern
  6. Texture
  7. Space


Color is more than just an aesthetic choice — it can also influence the entire mood and feeling of a space. For example, most people think of red as a “passionate” or “intense” hue, while blues and greens are usually perceived as “tranquil” or “soothing” and yellow is often associated with words like “happy” and “optimistic.” Think about not only your visual preferences, but also, the sort of energy or attitude you’re trying to cultivate when deciding on a color scheme for your room.

Contemporary modern sitting area with yellow accent chairs and grey carpet  


“Form” is simply another term for “shape,” expressing the contours of any artwork, furniture, or other 3-D object you could imagine. Furniture, sculpture, and even rooms themselves can take on two types of forms: organic forms (which are natural and irregular, with curvy or abstract shapes), and geometric forms (which feature sharp, man-made lines and edges, like squares or triangles).

White chaise lounge chair on beige wood flooring 


Have you ever cringed at a photograph that was taken in bad lighting? Then you already know the power that lighting has to affect our perception!

Quality lighting is integral to any space, whether its sources are natural, man-made, or some combination of both. When choosing lighting for your room, think about factors like the color of the light (cool blue or warm yellow?), the light intensity (bright for cooking, or soft for reading?), and whether the light should be dimmable.

Dark brown hardwood meeting light brown carpet 


Think of line as the perimeter around a form or shape. For example, if you were to draw any object in the room, you would probably start with its outline.

Lines can be “vertical” (up-and-down), “horizontal” (side-to-side), or “dynamic” (lines that express motion, like zig-zags or curlicues). Design experts say that horizontal lines create a feeling of security, while vertical lines are expressive and bold. Dynamic lines, which follow their own set of rules, can add a fun, exciting touch to any space when used strategically.

Luxury grey tile in bathroom with soaking tub 


A pattern is the intentional repetition of forms, lines, or other design elements. Patterns usually pop up on wallpaper or fabrics, but can appear anywhere in the home, even in the use of light or other design elements. While patterns can add life and motion to a space, too many clashing patterns can start to look chaotic, so tread lightly when choosing your favorite prints.

Striped tile pattern in bathroom with bright pink patterned wallpaper   


Not to be confused with pattern, texture is the way an object feels. This can mean the way the object literally feels to the touch, or the sense it gives when simply observing the object. For example, you might say that a surface looks “weathered” or “vintage” without actually touching it, thanks to the creative use of texture.

Careful consideration of texture is especially important in parts of the home that you contact frequently, like your flooring. We can help you find floors with the perfect, comfortable texture to start every day on the right foot.

Beige carpet in white hygge styled living room  


Last but not least, space is at the heart of virtually every design decision. There are two basic types of space to consider: 2-D space (which accounts for the length and width of a room), and 3-D space (which covers height). For example, only 2-D space is important when thinking of carpets or rugs — but you’ll need to think about 3-D space before adding new shelving or furniture. It’s also important to leave enough empty or “negative” space to allow for fluid, easy navigation (and break the room up visually).

Light wood flooring in neutral contemporary sunroom  

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Let color, form, space, texture, pattern, line, and light be your guide through the world of interior design. But if you need a few more pointers, head over to My Design Finder, where you’ll be matched with personalized design ideas. To learn more about how gorgeous custom flooring can express your style — and maybe even help you save money on your energy bill — contact us online, or call Flooring America at (866) 439-6743 today.

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