Hello Homeowners, Let’s talk about flooring! Owning a flooring business for 20 years means there are observations and tips that I have picked up and want to share.
The #1 flooring color is beige. I grew up the oldest of 10 children in a large home in Northeastern PA where we were free to paint or decorate our own rooms = lots of colors. As a teen in the 70’s, I painted my bedroom walls lavender and got pastel colored chalk and drew flowers and loopy leaves along the top of a few walls. Then, I got my own social security number (must have been gearing up for my first job) and drew that in large format behind my door with the chalk. Made me happy.
Fast forward to Crofton, MD in the 1990’s. I wondered why all the customers in our store bought beige carpet. Where are the fun, creative, colorful people? It took a few years for me to form an understanding with beige. The fun, creative and colorful people had homes filled with art and gorgeous wall colors and patterned furniture and to make these treasures stand out – it makes sense to make the floors neutral. Ohhh.
Choosing beige has more to offer a room. It helps your finances! Flooring is usually something that is permanent (like wood or tile) or changeable, but not too often, because it’s a big project (like carpet). It’s much more easy and economical to change the feeling in a room with paint color or new pillows or an area rug than to empty it and start from scratch. I understand. By picking a neutral beige, people are maximizing their options and their dollars.
Now, I spend plenty of time focused on the huge variety of beiges in the store. Warm and cool beiges. Light and dark beiges. Beiges with tints that lend themselves to pairing with other colors. Color selection is a sticky problem for many people. It immobilizes them and takes the joy of home decorating right out of their usually competent selves. Beige is safe. Beige is neutral. Beige is beautiful! More about color, next time.