November 01, 2021

The 3 Best Natural Textures to Incorporate into Your Home

Incorporating the colors of nature, such as browns, as well as natural materials, like wood, can help us fulfill our biophilia, a growing interior design movement that aims to merge nature with interior design. These designs take a human-centered approach to design, considering our physical, mental and emotional needs as well as our safety, welfare and desire for contemporary style.  With these broader considerations of health and wellbeing in mind, people are beginning to lean into more natural materials, such as rattan, wicker, wool and other coarse grain textiles, to help lessen toxicity in interiors. We want natural looks that bring the benefits of the outside in.1. Brown Interior Designs Mimicking naturally harnessed browns through organic textures and colors can help you achieve a natural feel in your home. Brown tones create the feeling of the forest through dark woods or the design of the desert through the colors of raw clay and rock. Brown tones are alive, reflecting the complexity of the world around us and bringing warmth, comfort and style into our spaces. COREtec’s Blended Umber luxury vinyl planks give you all the look and feel of the wood with the innovation and quality of vinyl. Our patented construction features an innovative extruded core made from recycled wood and bamboo dust, limestone and virgin PVC. It is also 100% waterproof, allowing it to be installed anywhere and can be floated over most existing hard floor surfaces or substrates. Our entire COREtec Plus HD collection is also GREENGUARD GOLD Certified for Indoor Air Quality, letting you breathe easy and feel confident about the health of your home. Photo: Wood interior designs, living room, luxury vinyl plank flooring.2. Wooden Wall Designs Woods used to be limited to just your floors, but COREtec’s innovative technology gives you the possibility of wood in every application of your home. Our waterproof designs allow you to incorporate wood looks into your kitchens, bathrooms and basements without fear of warping or swelling. COREtec’s Pro Plus collection is just one of COREtec’s collections that makes an excellent addition to any wall and to any home wanting to incorporate the look and feel of nature. This collection can give you lots of wood wall ideas and inspiration to bring the outdoors into your space.  The variety of shades of brown in Divergence Oak can bring that rustic feel of wood to your walls while giving you the confidence that vinyl provides. These and other wall paneling ideas can add extra life and style to your space by accenting walls or complimenting existing flooring.   Photo: Wooden wall design, wood wall ideas, wall paneling ideas, luxury vinyl plank flooring.3. Wood Interior Designs With these various uses for wood within the home, you can achieve a trending Nordic look with clean plank lines on your floors and walls. Celebrate exposure with unfinished, natural looks that complement the architecture of your home. Staining wood rather than painting it can allow the wood to speak for itself and heighten its impact in your space.   Incorporating multiple species of wood looks into one space can also create a contrasting design that highlights all the various natural textures. For example, pairing Biscayne Oak with Flagstaff Oak or Hobbs Oak with Galveston Oak in one space could help to bring out the strong qualities in each tone. Bringing the refreshing elements of nature into your home can do so much more than just add style to your home. Whether you prefer wood on your floors or walls, these natural tones and textures can help to merge the great outdoors into your interior design and provide you with mental, emotional and physical health benefits.  

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October 11, 2021

Have You Heard the News? Sound Makes All the Difference in Your Home!

Whether you’re a first time guitar player, a backyard DJ or simply someone who enjoys not hearing every step your kids take around the house, acoustics play a big role in all of our lives. Acoustic flooring can make or break the tranquility of your home. Incorporating sound into your decision-making process when selecting flooring can save not just your eardrums, but your peace of mind, as well.  You’ve considered the role of each sense in crafting your feel-good spaces — plush fabrics for comfort, sleek designs that are easy on the eyes and fragrant candles for a welcoming scent. While these elements can come together to form your perfect space, there’s one element that can’t be forgotten: sound.Sound Affects Our Health According to WHO, more than 1 million healthy life years (DALYs) are lost annually because of environmental noise exposure. Most of these DALYs can be attributed to noise-induced sleep disturbance and annoyance. The impact of sound on your health cannot be overlooked.  Your cat’s middle of the night triathlons around your house, your kid’s midnight milk runs, or even your partner slipping to the bathroom can all disturb your sleep if your floors aren’t properly insulated for sound. With COREtec’s Premium and Grande collections, you can rest easy knowing the thick cork underlayment is protecting your health with its innovative sound insulation. While COREtec can't fully soundproof your floors, our products can aid in dampening sounds and preserving your peace and quiet.   Quality Products Can Improve the Overall Health of Your Home Incorporating high quality products into our homes can help us achieve the look, feel and functionality we need from our spaces. Whether you’re working towards a soundproof office, bedroom, or maybe your entire home, COREtec products can help you on your sound-dampening journey. COREtec uses sustainable and durable materials that satisfy the senses and help your floors work for you.   COREtec’s cork underlayment is soft to the touch, with a non-intrusive, slightly sweet odor and creates effective insulation to dampen sound. This cork also has a natural temperature very close to that of the human body, conveying a feeling of comfort and warmth that is difficult to replicate with any other material. Similar to layers of drywall in your walls, this underlayment helps to stop sounds of foot traffic, paw traffic and other unwanted noises from disturbing your peace.  Photo: Cork underlayment, flooring, luxury vinyl plank. Whether you’re looking for a wood look, like Premium’s Noble Oak, or a stone look, like COREtec Stone’s Lucina in your luxury vinyl, all COREtec products are created to be soft, warm and quiet to make your home as comfortable and functional as possible.   Traditional wood and stone can have your feet freezing with the sound of every step echoing around your house. COREtec’s cork underlayment insulates your floor, preventing cold feet and thundering footsteps   Now with space at a premium in our homes, we need flexibility in our spaces to adapt to all the different activities our homes accommodate. With everyone being home, sound control has become an even more pressing challenge.  Floors that Work for Every Space Our homes have rarely been considered “flex” spaces in the past. Each room served its purpose, and we tended to leave it at that. Now we have full days at home. With working remotely from home and virtual learning becoming more and more prevalent, it may stay like that for a lot of people in the foreseeable future.   What was once just a dining room is now a classroom and a workspace, as well. What was once a backyard for BBQs is now a playground. What was once a living room is now a gym, a movie theater and an office. With our spaces taking on new meanings, how do we juggle all of these flex spaces while managing the senses of sight, touch, smell and sound?  While many companies are beginning to address the issue of sound in their products, COREtec has had sound on our mind since our founding. We have always scrutinized every detail of our products to ensure you’re getting style, strength and simplicity from every COREtec product.   Innovation is a foundational part of COREtec. We’ve been monitoring these elements in all of their products since the very beginning, giving you the upper hand in creating your perfect space. Our patented technology gives you the style you want with the sound absorption that you need to coexist with everyone in your home.   Using COREtec flooring puts you in control of the sound in your home and make a world of difference towards soundproof rooms in your space. With all of us in such close quarters nowadays, we’ll take all the extra quiet we can get!   Sound has a significant impact on our mental and physical health. Utilizing innovative products can help us to protect the sounds we want to hear and soften the sounds we don’t.