Northern Colorado Home and Garden Show
Start your remodeling project with trendy flooring underfoot

Start your remodeling project with trendy flooring underfoot

When looking at all of the flooring choices, LVT luxury vinyl tile jumps to the top as today’s preferred flooring choice not only because of how well it replicates hard-surface flooring materials, such as stone or wood, but because it holds up well to everyday family life.

By Luanne Kadlub

Sometimes the best way to start anew is from the ground up, or in the case of a remodeling project, from the floor up.

And until the world becomes a safer place in which to travel, many homeowners are now using their vacation funds for home remodeling projects that had once been left on the back burner until who knows when.

Those projects – be they a whole-home redo, turning a bedroom into a home office (or yoga studio) or reimagining that ho-hum master bath into a luxurious spa – all need the perfect flooring.

So to help make sense of flooring trends for 2021, we checked in with one local expert.

Kelley McDonald of McDonald Carpet One in Boulder said, “We always tell people to have fun with their projects, to think out of the box and to open their vision to try and do different things.”

For instance, she suggested, “Try a bold, vibrant color or install the hardwood on diagonal, put vinyl plank on a wall as a backboard for a bed. The possibilities are endless with today’s advancements in technology.”

Her best advice? “Don’t be afraid to jump in.”

When looking at all of the flooring choices, LVT – luxury vinyl tile – jumps to the top as today’s preferred flooring choice not only because of how well it replicates hard-surface flooring materials, such as stone or wood, but because it holds up well to everyday family life.

LVT has a solid rigid core, which is how it differs from regular vinyl flooring.

“Luxury vinyl is one of the most well-known pet-friendly floors,” said McDonald. “It comes in waterproof, stain-resistant and scuff-proof styles, so there is no need to worry about a dog getting stuck in the seams or cat scratches on the boards.”

Other 2021 flooring trends

Wide planks

The wider you go, the fewer the seams in your floor. Five inches is considered the standard “wide” plank, but other options range from 3 inches to 20 inches in a variety of species, with some floors mixing different widths for an even more upscale look. Want more drama? Longer boards 7- to 11-foot in length will get you there.

Hardwoods

If you want a hardwood floor that’s on trend, you’ll want to look at hardwoods in lighter colors, such as white oak with a natural finish. If you prefer darker wood, gray/brown planks will be more to your liking.

Tile

Tile remains a top choice for water-prone areas such as kitchens, mudrooms and bathrooms, and now includes tile that resembles hardwood, marble, stone, terrazzo and concrete along with decorative and encaustic styles. The latter are ceramic or concrete tiles in which the pattern or figure on the surface is a product of different colors of clay.

Carpet

Say bye-bye to beige and boring. Instead, look for natural and eco-focused carpets, bright colors and jewel tones, and lots and lots of patterns, from geomatics to stripes.


> McDonald Carpet One, 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 720.432.2916, mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com

Just My Style: Mixes, Gifts and Decor

Just My Style: Mixes, Gifts and Decor

These Northern Colorado shops have your style & tastes covered

1. VINTAGE TIMEPIECES
Time always flies when you’re having fun. Choose from an ever-changing selection of vintage and modern clocks and timepieces. Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market, 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605, frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com.

2. BROWN BOX MIXES
Generational family recipes are mixed by hand at Warm Hugs (Downtown) for the full-flavored, made-from-scratch taste! Celebrating 27 years of mixing up delicious soups, breads and desserts! Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts, 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com.

3. BBQ RUBS
Add some flavor to your backyard barbecues this summer with Jim’s Blend rubs. Choose from Colorado BBQ, Magic Moment BBQ or Hubba Hubba BBQ flavors. Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts, 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com.

4. SASSAFRAS INTERCHANGEABLE WELCOME MATS
Warms Hugs offers a variety of seasonal, pet and trendy welcome mats. You’re sure to find the perfect message to welcome guests to your home. Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts, 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com.

5. SPRING DECOR VASES & ART ROCKS
Welcome spring with the variety of decor items at Front Range Mercantile. Choose from vases, wood signs and popular art rocks. Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market, 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605, frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com.

6. KITCHEN DECOR BOWLS & UTENSILS
Achieve the perfect Farmhouse look with Kitchen decor, utensils, bowls, coasters and more. Selection changes frequently. Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market, 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605, frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com.

7. GARDEN DECOR AND WIND SPINNERS
Come see the HUGE variety of Garden Decor at Warm Hugs Mixes & Gifts…Spinners up to 80” tall!…Solar/Misting/Colorful…Insect Habitats, Decor and SO much more! Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts, 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com.

8. HOME DECOR SIGNS & PLAQUES
Express your style with home decor signs perfect for any theme or room. A large variety to choose from with ever changing selection. Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market, 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605, frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com.

Customized Solutions for your Furnishing Needs

Customized Solutions for your Furnishing Needs

By Adam Goldstein. Photos courtesy of Unfinished Furniture Colorado.

Unfinished Furniture Colorado offers customers some of the most carefully designed and painstakingly crafted furniture available in the state.

But as Owner Richard Lambert notes, the store’s most specialized pieces are only a starting point for someone looking to make a living space feel truly unique and personalized. According to Lambert, some of the store’s most popular items are remarkably versatile, even though they have been carefully designed and assembled.

“We have manufacturers, builders and craftsmen that do customization of furniture,” Lambert said, adding that the store features artisanal furniture from local builders, Amish manufacturers and others. “When you’re talking about bookcases, entertainment centers, writing desks – these can be fit to your needs and your space.”

Specifically, a bookshelf can morph to fit the demands of a specific study. This doesn’t mean chopping up an existing piece of furniture, or going with the old college-dorm model of wooden planks and bricks.

“One of the nice things that’s easy to do is to flush cut the crown molding so that you can put two bookcases together – they look like they were built together. That’s one of the ways that they can be customized,” Lambert said. “And by adding pieces, taking a couple of bookcases, putting a TV console in the middle, you can create your own, personalized entertainment center.”

Physical dimensions and arrangement are only one part of making a set of furniture unique. As the name indicates, Unfinished Furniture Colorado offers pieces that have yet to be set with a specific color. This allows the buyer the freedom to match the aesthetic of a finely crafted piece to their own living space. In other words, adding a new color and finish can make that perfect chair, bookcase or desk fit even more perfectly.

“Color is one of the things that’s the most unique ways of changing up furniture – the stains and the paints, two tones or three tones,” he said. “That, in and of itself, is a really good way of customizing it. Especially solid wood furniture, it’s easy to paint or stain.”


> Unfinished Furniture Colorado, 5095 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, 303.529.4155, unfinishedfurniture.com.