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Below are my most popular Flooring Blog articles:
- Dark vs Light Hardwood Flooring – Pros and Cons
- How to Refinish Gray Hardwood Floors – The Right Way
- Coretec Plus Review – Looks like hardwood, but it’s waterproof
- Water based vs oil based polyurethane – Which is better for refinishing hardwood floors?
- How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?
- Can you change the color of your hardwood floors?
- What types of hardwood floors are best for dogs?
- Red Oak vs White Oak Flooring – What’s the difference?
- Hardwood flooring stain trends
Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl
Flooring Blog – Recent articles
Where to shop for the best and most affordable area rugs You may have noticed that it's gotten much more challenging to buy area rugs in carpet and flooring stores. That's because most of these stores have discontinued showing these items in their store. It's just...read more
Brands of Polyurethane that I highly recommend When it comes to sanding and refinishing your hardwood floors, there are 2 main components: 1) The quality of the workmanship and 2) the quality of the materials (i.e. the polyurethane). In this article, I'm going to...read more
Why you need an area rug pad and what's the best one if you have hardwood flooring? Many people spend weeks or months trying to find the perfect area rug - the right color, texture, pattern and size, but then the area rug pad becomes just an after thought. Assuming...read more
What are the best cool grays for painting walls? When it comes to painting, gray is by far the most popular paint color - whether it's for walls or cabinets. It adds depth and dimension to room (especially when compared to white). It's stylish, soft and neutral...the...read more
What are the pros and cons with dark hardwood floors vs light hardwood floors? Hold up a white index card over half of this to shift from light to dark hardwood floors. There are several other examples throughout this article. Which do you prefer - dark or light wood?...read more
High durability water-borne polyurethane brands - The top 3 choices Over the years, we have tested MANY brands of polyurethane...on thousands of floors, and I want to share with you the best water based poly that we have found for hardwood flooring. Contrary to what...read more
2019 Decorating trends - 19 stylish and growing trends for interior design Now that 2019 is here, I thought it would be helpful to share home decor trends for the new year. It's interesting because I've read a bunch of trend articles over the last few months,...read more
Chic and soothing bluish gray paint shades for a trendy and relaxing home Blue gray paint colors are very popular, and they are the rise. Blues are calm and relaxing and when you combine them with gray undertones, you have a super stylish mix. Blue grays look more...read more
The top 13 trends for kitchen hardware - cabinet pulls and handles, knobs, faucets and sinks Kitchen hardware is just possibly the most overlooked finish in a kitchen makeover. Yet the choices you make can make a world of difference in the final outcome. But the story...read more
Modern gray, greige and brown-gray stain shades for hardwood flooring Over the last 7 years, gray hardwood has become super stylish and continues to grow faster and faster. We've been getting more and more requests to stain hardwood floors gray. Some prefer lighter,...read more
What are the best warm grays and greiges when it comes to paint colors? Gray is currently the most popular paint color. It's soft, stylish and neutral...the perfect combo. Gray also works so well with dark hardwood floors (the most popular) as well as light hardwood...read more
Best wall colors that will complement your gray flooring - gray hardwood, gray carpet, gray tile or slate, gray laminate or LVP Gray floors have become very popular and super stylish over the years, so naturally, many of my customers ask my recommendations for the...read more
Choosing the best vacuum for your hardwood flooring. And, can you even use a vacuum on wood floors? Please note that this article may include affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure at the bottom of the page. I get this question all the time: "What is the...read more
The RIGHT way to paint kitchen cabinets and how to do it yourself These days many new homeowners are opting to paint their dated kitchen cabinets rather than replace them. It's much less expensive and way faster as you don't need to worry about the cost of new...read more