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Prepare For The Florida Summer By Updating Your Blinds

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Florida residents are all familiar with the joys and struggles of summer. The beaches are bumping, families are celebrating, and the economy is flourishing. But the sweltering heat can really put a damper on your plans and turn the sunniest time of the year into a sweaty, uncomfortable season if you don’t prepare adequately.

It’s important to take steps to make sure your home is prepared for the summer. Make sure that your a/c unit(s) are clean and up to date and that your clean drinking water source is prepared to last through the year. Once you’ve taken care of the basic necessities, it’s time to take a look at some of the less obvious ways you can keep your home cool and running efficiently.

Blinds are important for a number of reasons. They control the amount of natural light that comes into your home, contribute to the overall aesthetic of your decor, and they also play an important role in in your home’s energy efficiency. Choosing the right blinds can be the difference between a sizzling sauna and cool cozy room. They can also help you save money by reducing the energy needed to cool your home.

There are a number of blind options that help keep sunlight and heat out of your home during the summer. Some of the most popular include:

  • Perfect fit blinds
  • Vision blinds
  • Roller blinds
  • Venetian blinds
  • Vertical blinds

Each of these styles has its own distinct style and use in your home. Some work better in certain rooms or spaces than others. They are all effective at keeping out heat, and can be adjusted to suit your individual needs in terms of lighting throughout the day. The style of blind you go with will depend on your house’s style, your own personal preference, the function you need them to serve, and your budget.

If you have any questions about how to prepare your Florida home for summer by updating your blinds, stop into one of Naffco Floors & Interiors 3 locations in the Tampa Bay area, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066, to speak with a friendly associate.

3 Exotic Flooring Types That Are Surprisingly Stylish

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In the modern world of home and interior design, we’re seeing more creative and nontraditional compositions than ever before. Young homeowners are exploring new styles and ideas and aren’t afraid to let their personality and individual experiences take the lead in the design process.

As more and more people are traveling the world, the desire for exotic and unique features is rapidly increasing. Handmade artwork, trinkets, and tools are on display around the house. Foreign instruments and cooking utensils are hung on walls and lining china cabinets. And it doesn’t stop there. More and more people are looking for unique and exotic flooring options to set the foundation for a house full of personality and style. Here are 3 exotic types of flooring that look great in contemporary homes.

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring has become hugely popular in recent years. While bamboo is naturally light in color, it can be carbonized to create a darker shade, making it versatile. Bamboo is also thought to be a more eco-friendly material, since it is fast growing, abundant and takes pressure off of other wood species. Bamboo is typically less expensive than hardwood, and can still be refinished in the future. It is also easy to maintain. The clean, modern look it creates is perfect for people looking for an alternative to classic hardwood options.

Teak

Teak has been used as a building material for centuries. It’s natural hardness and resistance to moisture makes it a natural choice for builders in all industries. Along with its desirable physical qualities, teak’s lovely shades of yellow and beige, streaked with a naturally random texture, have made it a popular option for people looking for a unique and interesting floor in their home.

Mahogany

Mahogany is known for its rich brown and amber tone and striped texture. It is eye-catching and opulent, often used in guitars and yachts as well as floors. Mahogany is very hard and durable and should last your entire lifetime with proper maintenance. If you’re looking for a unique floor that lends itself to a classic and sophisticated look, mahogany could be perfect for you.

If you have any questions about exotic flooring types, visit one of our 3 locations to talk to one of Naffco’s friendly professionals. Or call us at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

3 Things HGTV Won’t Tell You About Home Improvement

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At this point, we’re all familiar with the home improvement and real estate shows that take up the majority of HGTV and other channels’ airtime. They’re filled with happy couples making “tough” decisions and building their dream homes. The appeal of these shows is undeniable. We all long for the joy and satisfaction of creating the perfect abode for ourselves and our family. However, if you’re a homeowner, or in the process of searching for a house, it’s important to remember that reality shows don’t always reflect reality.

While these shows often offer interesting insights and perspectives in regards to the homeowner’s experience, there are certain things you need to keep in mind when it comes to conceiving and establishing your own home. Here are 3 things HGTV won’t tell you about home improvement.

1. Renovations take a lot of research, time, and careful attention

It would be wonderful if we could all have a handsome professional consultant that hired teams, managed, coordinated, and narrated our home renovation process. However, this is never the case in reality. All of the research, consulting, and monitoring must be done yourself. This takes a tremendous amount of time, energy, and attention to detail.

2. You need to budget

This is crucial. Without a realistic budget, it’s possible to get yourself in over your head and wind up in thousands of dollars of debt. Creating a realistic budget, and then sticking to it, will help you prioritize projects and ensure that you wind up living within your means. This is also the only way to increase the value of your house if you intend on selling for profit.

3. Demolition isn’t fun or easy

You can’t just go around taking walls out without consulting an expert. Some structures are load bearing and cannot be touched. You may be surprised to find electrical outlets/wiring, air conditioning ducts, plumbing, or deterioration behind old walls. You may even create a health hazard for yourself if you don’t take the proper precautions.

If you have any questions about home improvement, Naffco Floors & Interiors would be glad to help. Stop into one of our 3 locations in the Tampa Bay area or call us at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

How to Make Black or White Hardwood Flooring Work

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Black and white is making a big splash in the interior design scene these days. This color palette is great for minimalist, modern, and contemporary design. However there are a number of ways to utilize these colors in all types of decor.

One interesting trend that has been popping up lately is black and white hardwood flooring. This bold statement works especially well in small spaces and urban settings, but can be integrated into nearly all types. Here are some ways you can make black or white hardwood flooring work in your home.

Black hardwood flooring

Black hardwood floors creating an elegant and modern aesthetic, especially when contrasted against white walls and furniture. You can also use light accent rugs to add a splash of color. Modern homes that focus on natural lighting and minimalist design look absolutely stunning with dark hardwood floors. However, these floors show scratches, dirt, and dust so they require a large amount of upkeep and maintenance. For families with children or pets this could be a risky choice. Many people choose low traffic areas to install this color.

White hardwood flooring

White washed or bleached wood floors are very popular for coastal, natural, and beach home decor. However, you don’t have to live on the beach to make it work in your house. Any interior space that you’re looking to give a “casual” look to will benefit from the light and airy feel that white wood floors give off. We’ve also seen white hardwood integrated into modern and farmhouse style homes with great success.

One of the benefits of light hardwood floors is that they show wear and tear much less than dark hardwood floors. Many families opt for this kid and pet-friendly choice. However, in areas with heavy natural lighting, they are prone to fading more so than dark hardwood.

If you have any questions about black or white hardwood flooring, feel free to stop in and talk to one of our flooring experts at any of Naffco’s 3 locations in Tampa Bay, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 if you’d like to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

7 Ways To Improve Your New Home

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So you’re finally a homeowner. You’ve closed the deal, packed, moved, unpacked, and settled into your new abode. Now it’s time to turn your house into your home. This process is both fun and stressful, frustrating and gratifying. However, the process of renovating and personalizing your home is one of the most rewarding experiences adults get to enjoy. Of course the amount of home improvement you can invest in depends directly on your budget. Here are 7 ways you can improve your new home according to your amount of expendable income.

Small budget ways to improve your home

Schedule a consultation with a professional

You can often get a cheap or even free consultation with an expert. This is a great way to get a professional outside opinion on ways to improve your home’s aesthetic and increase its value. Naffco Floors & Interiors offers free, no-obligation consultations. If you’re interested contact us here.

A fresh coat of paint

A bit of paint and elbow grease is often the cheapest and quickest way to make a huge aesthetic impact on your home. Walls, cabinets, window and door frames all look so much better with a fresh coat.

Add an area rug

Area rugs can add an extra layer of functionality and aesthetic design without breaking the bank.

Medium budget ways to improve your home

Upgrade your window treatments

Upgrading your window treatments will personalize your home, increase natural lighting, and help your home run more efficiently.

Add cabinetry

Increase your storage space in your kitchen, entrance way, bathroom, bedroom or living room by adding cabinetry. These pieces can be focal points or merely additional places to keep your other items.

Large budget ways to improve your home

Replace or refinish your flooring

Putting in new floors, or refinishing your original hardwood, has the potential to recreate the entire atmosphere of your home. Your floor is the common link between every room in the house, and it sees more wear and tear than any other component. It should get the attention and maintenance it deserves.

Add a patio

What better way to spend the summer than with your family and friends outside, cooking, eating, drinking and laughing in the comfort of your own property?

If you have any questions about how you can use your budget to improve your home, stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations, or call us at (813) 254-4066 to set up a free consultation.

Restoring Old Floors When You Buy A New Home

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Original wood flooring is one of the most sought after features for people in the market for new homes. They are a strikingly beautiful, elegant, and unique feature that add a certain “je ne sais quoi” to a home’s atmosphere. Unfortunately many floors have suffered years of neglect, gone through mistreatments, or been covered by new flooring such as tile, linoleum, or carpet.

Restore or redo?

Deciding whether to restore your old floors or install new ones can be quite difficult. While there are some cases in which restoration is impossible, these are few and far between. Most floors can be restored by replacing floorboards, making repairs, and refinishing them. However, sometimes this can be just as lengthy and costly of a process as tearing up and redoing your floors. It usually comes down to personal preference and your flooring budget. It’s best to discuss your options with a flooring expert by setting up a free consultation.

Restoring old floors

If you choose to restore your old floors, you can either do it yourself or hire a professional. Either way it’s important to do some research in order to set a realistic budget, timeline, and manage your expectations. If you’re planning a modern or contemporary decor style, it may be better to redo your floors and go with a different type of wood or material, as restoring original hardwood will not give you a “brand new floor” look.

When it comes time to actually doing the work, many people think that they are going to save money by doing the work themselves, and while this can be the case, it is a difficult and stressful process that requires specific tools and knowledge. Not to mention, if you make a mistake you could wind up damaging your floors beyond repair, which increases your budget and timeline exponentially. The benefits of hiring a professional include less stress, an expert consultant, and versatility that not all DIYers are able to produce.

If you have any questions about restoring your old wood floors, stop into Naffco and talk with our knowledgeable and friendly staff members at one of our 3 locations, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

Top Bathroom Cabinetry Trends for 2019

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Choosing cabinetry for your bathroom is a tricky process. You want something that is stylish and will match the rest of your home, but is also functional and provides you with the storage space you need. You want something that isn’t a giant pain to install, but also built to last. Luckily the experts at Naffco Floors & Interiors have years of experience helping our customers choose and set up their perfect cabinets. Here we’ve broken down some of the top bathroom cabinetry trends we’re seeing in 2019.

Compact & minimalist storage spaces

In recent years minimalism has gained a lot of momentum as a decor and lifestyle. We’re seeing this trend make its way into every aspect of home design, and bathrooms are no exception. This design element is meant to decrease stress and clutter and increase comfort and organization. Cabinets are getting smaller and sleeker, with methodical compartments for specific items. This is especially common in smaller bathrooms and half baths.

Natural wood cabinets

We’ve also been noticing a trend for homeowners to “return to nature.” Ecodesign is making a huge splash in homes and bathrooms everywhere, especially in rustic and coastal homes. Natural wood cabinets, often made from maple, teak, or hickory provide a chic and organic look for people who love nature.

Dark and bold

For a more modern look, bold and dark cabinets are the way to go. Dark woods such as hickory, birch, and pecan can provide a more natural look, while a painted or metal cabinet can give you a sleek ebony piece that looks clean and crisp.

Mix and match

Many new homeowners working on a budget are updating their homes by thrifting, bargain shopping, and creating an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic decor. Old, bold pieces juxtaposed with modern technology create a comfortable and functional atmosphere. This is a great way to infuse your personality into your bathroom’s decor.

If you have any questions about bathroom cabinetry, come visit one of Naffco’s 3 locations and talk with one of our experts. Or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

3 Ways To Spend Your Tax Return on Home Improvement

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Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh opportunities. Flowers are blooming, people are shaking off the winter blues, and it’s time for spring cleaning. Hopefully it’s also time for a tax refund check from Uncle Sam. While it can be tempting to immediately use this quick cash surplus for some retail therapy, it may be a better investment to put this money into home renovations. Of course, the scale of possible projects will depend on the amount you receive, but here are 3 ways you can invest your tax return on home improvement.

1. Update your flooring

Because of its high cost, lengthy procedure, and the messy process, updating the flooring of a home is one of those projects that is often put off for years. But the end result is nearly always worth the effort. New or refinished floors make your home more comfortable, efficient, and increase its value. If you get a big tax return, treating yourself to the flooring you’ve always wanted is a great investment.

2. Upgrade your countertops

Countertops see more wear and tear than most other places in the home, and they are also a focal point in nearly every kitchen. Old countertops are an eyesore, and can make even a joyful activity, like preparing a meal for your loved ones, feel like a chore. Upgrading your countertops can make your kitchen feel brand new and inspire you to enjoy all the time you spend there. Not to mention the increase in resale and sellability that comes along with the investment.

3. Upgrade your windows

Windows and window treatments serve many functions in every room in your home. They are responsible for the natural lighting, contribute to the aesthetic, and impact the energy efficiency of your household. Upgrading your windows or window treatments provides a fresh new look and can make your house operate more conscientiously.

If you have any questions about any of the projects above, or would like to talk with an expert about home renovation ideas, stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations in Tampa Bay, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free consultation.

Can Updating Your Floors And Countertops Increase Your Home’s Value?

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There’s no way around it, a kitchen renovation is a hefty investment. This room has more appliances, equipment, and requires more item storage than any other room in your home. It also gets a heavy amount of daily use, and needs to be cleaned frequently. For people who are planning to spend the rest of their lives in their homes, the main priority when it comes to designing their kitchen should be how comfortable and happy it makes them feel. However, not everyone is planning on staying in the same house, and those people should keep their home’s value at the forefront of their decision making process.

Most realtors agree that kitchens sell homes. Buyers are drawn to the space and heavily influenced by its current state and potential. Therefore, kitchen renovations are more likely than most other renovations to increase your home’s value and selling potential. However, with such a large investment required, it’s possible that you don’t have the funds to do a proper full kitchen renovation, or that you won’t see a great ROI after such a large expense.

The best way to increase your home’s value and selling potential is to focus on projects that make an immediate impact on your house’s cosmetic appeal.

Floors are one of the most important parts of a home in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. Since your floors see more wear and tear than any other component, it’s easy to forget to keep up on proper maintenance and cleaning. But if you’re looking to resell, your flooring should be a top priority to increase the value of your house. Whether you’re tearing everything up and starting from scratch, or just refinishing, having a brand new floor to show off is one of the best ways to entice your potential buyers.

Countertops are typically one of the main focal points of the kitchen. They receive more daily use and undergo more cleaning than any other area besides the floors. People, especially potential buyers, naturally gravitate to the counters. It’s important that your countertops are high quality and well maintained.

People will be much more likely to buy a home that has already taken care of high cost and high priority projects such as the floors and countertops, but only if they’re done well. If you have any questions about your house’s floors or kitchen, give Naffco a call today at (813) 254-4066.

3 Kitchen Decor Styles And The Best Counters And Floors To Go With Them

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When designing a space that gets as much daily use as your kitchen, it’s important to create an area that is comfortable, functional, and inspiring. There are a number of decor styles to choose from, and you should find one that you’ll be happy in for years to come. A kitchen renovation is a big project, so it’s important to take the time to do thorough research before making such a heavy investment of money and time. Here are 3 of the most popular kitchen decor styles and the best counters and floors that go with them:

Contemporary

Contemporary kitchens are a blend of classic and modern, and are very popular in older homes that have been purchased with the intention of updating them. The look is crafted to be a mix of old and new materials, modern appliances and gadgets juxtaposed with traditional and vintage pieces. They typically involve a large amount of workspace to accommodate multiple people working together.

Contemporary countertops depend mostly on personal preference. The versatility of this decor style means that most any countertop can be accommodated. Quartz is becoming hugely popular due to its diversity and resiliency. Be sure to start with your countertops when designing your kitchen.

Contemporary flooring options are almost always hardwood or tile, as they are durable, easy to clean, and have a variety of colors and shapes to match your countertops and paint.

Coastal

Coastal kitchens are an excellent choice for anyone living in Florida or any other seaside location. They are composed of blue, green, white, and sandy shades and designed to let in as much natural lighting as possible.

Coastal countertops are typically light in color. Granite is one of the most popular choices.

Coastal flooring is nearly always composed of tile, as it is best for wet clothes, reflective to catch the sunlight, and stays cool in sunny weather.

Country Farmhouse

Country farmhouse decor has been rising in popularity in recent years. The kitchens are composed of open and inviting floor plans, and often have red, yellow, cream, or pale yellow in their color palettes. They have a variety of eclectic touches that give you the ability to show off a bit of your personality and create a comfortable, lived-in feel.

Country farmhouse countertops utilize natural textures. You can use traditional stone like marble or granite, or get creative with materials like wood or galvanized steel.

Country farmhouse flooring utilizes hardwood in most cases. The brown and red hues compliment the rest of the decor and add to the timeless feel of the space.

If you have any questions about matching your counters and floors to your kitchen decor, visit one of Naffco Flooring and Interiors 3 locations or call us at (813) 254-4066 to set up a free, no obligation consultation.