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Flooring and Lifestyle

This DIY Basic will provide tips on flooring and lifestyle.

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Wood Bench and Rug


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Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

hardwood flooring
area rugs

Consider Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to new flooring, lifestyle and design go hand in hand.

Start with the charm and durability of hardwood. Hardwood ages beautifully and is easy to maintain.

Use different colors and styles to create different looks and moods in a room. For coziness or drama, install dark hardwood. Lighter boards have a more modern, contemporary look. For a mellow, relaxing feel think about a hand-scraped finish.

Match board size to size of room. Wider planks can make larger rooms more intimate; larger boards will also open up a small space.

Consider Adding Carpet

For extra comfort in a bedroom or family room, consider inlaid carpet.

Focus your room design with an area rug laid over hardwood or carpet.