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You’ve installed your beautiful new hardwood floors and you love them. Now, it’s time to ensure your home is doing its part to show off the beauty of the new floors. It can be easy to diminish the beauty of new flooring with a few items around your home. The experts at Floor Coverings International of East Bay have identified three things with the potential to make or break the beauty of your flooring.

Rugs

Area rugs can be a great way to add style to a room and to protect less durable flooring in high traffic areas. That being said, it’s easy to diminish the beauty of your flooring if rugs aren’t used correctly. One easy trick to remember is to leave at least a half-foot of space between the rug and the wall on every side. Don’t be afraid to leave more space than this – but six inches is a good starting point if you’re working with a small space like a hallway. This gives your floors room to shine even if they are largely covered.

Lighting

Harsh lights don’t just have the tendency to make people look tired, they can also be tough on your floors. One easy way to make the most of your floors with lighting is to choose a style of light that corresponds with the floor itself. If you have a cool, gray laminate, then choosing a clean light that’s also on the cooler side will match well with the floors. Alternatively, warm hardwood floors love being paired with warm lamps and soft pendant lights.

Furniture

Your furniture definitely does not need to be the same color as your floors, but it’s a good idea to try for a color palate that complements your floor. One easy way to do this that we like at Floor Coverings International of East Bay is to think about all of the various tones that are within your flooring and choose one to highlight with your furniture. If your hardwood has a red undertone, you can bring that out with a burgundy love seat or red side table.

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