Modern Rustic Interior Design

11Modern Rustic is an interior design style that will be very popular this year. The style is so adaptable for many different homes. Modern Rustic blends charming rustic styles with sleek modern designs and functionality. Rustic designs have been popular for many years, and adding modern functionality will make this style stay and evolve for many years to come. The most important part of having a modern rustic space in your home is to have an open floor plan. The open floor plan will allow the rustic flooring and decor to be shown off well with the modern elements in the room.
One of the main components to creating a modern rustic design is to bring the quality of natural materials such as wood and stone inside the home. Wood panels or other natural wall coverings such as stone will create a stunning natural look to the room. If wood panels are too expensive, then there are many realistic-looking wallpapers that have wood or stone patterns.
The most important feature of the room is the flooring. The floor is an essential part of making the design work. For a modern rustic look, you should use flooring that provides a strong, rustic finish that has different weathered visuals. You can use stone patterned flooring or wood patterns that look weathered or aged. Vinyl, luxury vinyl tile, or hardwood will work great for this type of design. Since the flooring and walls will have a rustic theme, the furniture and appliances in the room should have a modern theme. For living rooms, use more sixties and seventies style modern, and with kitchens and dining areas, use ultramodern furniture and appliances.33
For a modern rustic design, you should also make sure that the upholstery and different accent pieces in the room also feature the rustic and modern aspects. The large pieces of furniture should have a neutral tone, and the cushions should be made of natural, non-dyed fabrics. Also, the more natural light the room has, the better the design will work.

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Victorian Living Room Idea

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To create a Victorian living room you first need to pick a great flooring. I would suggest using our copper colored Black Forest solid hand-scarped hardwood flooring. The copper color and subtle hand-scraped details will go well with any other colors and textures used to design the living room. Also, you can match any color or design of area rug with this style of hardwood.

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After you’ve picked out the right flooring and possibly an area rug, then you can have fun picking out the furniture, wall decor, lighting fixtures, and accent pieces. The most important piece of furniture in a Victorian design is a tufted sofa. There are many new and old styled tufted sofas you could use, and the best part is they are now made in so many different colors. You could go for more curved tufted sofas or more boxed ones, but any of these styles of couches will work.
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The next design elements to worry about are the lighting and wall decor. Many Victorian styled rooms feature a chandelier of some sort, whether big or small, but if a chandelier is not your style, then you can go with a creative hanging lighting fixture. They make many unique lighting fixtures, so your design options are limitless. For wall decor, you can do almost anything you want, but you need to have a mirror. The mirror needs to be ornate, either a wood or metal frame, and it should be at least a nice medium size.
vic 3Once you’ve bought all of these design elements, then you can have fun painting the walls, buying accent pieces for the room, and picking the perfect artwork for the walls.
If you have any other Victorian design ideas, then we would love to hear them.

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Armstrong Awarded LEED Platinum Re-certification

Armstrong World Industries recently announced that its corporate headquarters building was awarded the LEED Platinum re-certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (USGBC). The Armstrong facility is the first building in Pennsylvania and among only seventeen buildings globally to receive re-certification at the highest level under USGBC’S LEED-EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance) program. The Armstrong facility is also the first in the country to earn a re-certification credit for its superior acoustic environment.
Armstrong’s corporate headquarters, known as Building 701, adhered to strict standards to attain the Platinum re-certification. The company had to meet the standards in five categories, which are sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. In addition, the company could earn extra points if they met the categories of innovation in operations and regional priority credits. In 2007, Armstrong’s Building 701 originally became LEED Platinum certified, and it became the first commercial building in the country to earn an innovation credit for its acoustic design.
In 2013, Armstrong made improvements on the building to raise the level of acoustic comfort in the open plan areas, and they were able to further reduce noise and improve speed privacy. These actions resulted in a 29% increase in employee satisfaction. Building 701 was the first Platinum re-certified building to achieve an Innovation in Operations Credit for Acoustics.
Here are some of the other environmental initiatives at Building 701 that contributed to its Platinum re-certification:

  • Offsite, renewable wind energy supplies 100% of the building’s electrical power
  • Partner in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership
  • Energy Star certification each year for six consecutive years
  • Reduced energy use at night with daylight housekeeping
  • Reduced lighting energy use to half the nationwide average for comparable office buildings
  • Reduced water usage by 45% with UPC and IPC-compliant plumbing fixtures and fittings
  • Recycles 63% of the building’s waste
  • Cleans with environmentally responsible Green Seal certified cleaning products
  • 50% of the occupants commute to work via alternative transportation, including walking, bicycles, carpools, public transportation, and fuel-efficient or hybrid vehicles

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Armstrong On-shoring Manufacturing of Scraped Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Armstrong World Industries announced that it will be on-shoring the manufacture of its scraped engineered hardwood flooring to the Somerset, Kentucky facility. The company will close down the facility located in Kunshan, China, which is where the products are currently made. Production in Kunshan will stop on September 30, 2014. After the Kunshan facility is closed, it will be put up for sale.
Armstrong Flooring CEO Tom Mangas said that the company is moving the facility to Kentucky because the cost of freight and labor in China is raising. The company said that producing the product in the country where they mainly sell it, will be more cost efficient. By moving the production to Kentucky, the cost inflation of raw materials will be offset, and they company can keep up with design trends and service requirements at a faster rate.
Recently scraped engineered hardwood flooring has grown in demand in the United States over the last few years. The first few lines of the scraped engineered hardwood flooring that will be produced at the new facility are the Frontier Hickory, Century Farm, Rural Living, and Legacy Manor in that order.
Armstrong has added close to twenty jobs to Somerset with the American Scrape production. The change from Kunshan when finished in 2015, will bring almost another 80 jobs to the Somerset, Kentucky facility.

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