2017 Flooring Trends: Wood-Look Tile

Here at Floor Coverings International Downers Grove, we are always working to keep up to date with current flooring trends. So what type of flooring are we most excited about for 2017? Wood-look tile! Flooring manufacturers have developed innovative new styles of porcelain tile that mimic the appearance of hardwood planks. In fact, they look so realistic that you…

3 Flooring Ideas with Vintage Charm

Many Downers Grove homeowners love the look of houses with old-fashioned charm. If you already live in an older home with vintage details, you can play up its age and character by installing floors with a similar charm. But even if you live in a new home, you can also add vintage character by choosing…

A Beginner’s Guide to Natural Fiber Carpets

Synthetic fiber carpeting is often popular for its stain-resistance and wide selection. However, natural fiber carpeting has its own advantages – it tends to be eco-friendly and durable, with interesting weaves and textures. Plus, it offers a unique alternative to more typical carpeting styles. If you’re interested in installing a natural fiber carpet in your…

Interview with Interior Designer Anna Kovalchenko

Floor Coverings International Downers Grove is pleased to bring you the latest installment in our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Anna Kovalchenko is the talented interior designer behind L’Essenziale . You can follow Anna on BlogLovin, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. What's one of your favorite design pieces you have in your own home? I am in the process of…

4 Pet-Friendly Flooring Picks

If you have pets at home, you probably know that they can be hard on your floors. Stained carpet and scratched hardwood are a common issue for Downers Grove homeowners with pets, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with damaged flooring. If your floors have seen better days, consider installing pet-friendly flooring from…

What is the Janka Hardness Scale?

Have you heard of the Janka scale? You may know the name if you’ve spent time shopping for hardwood floors. It’s a way of measuring and comparing the relative hardness of different wood species. The Janka scale is used throughout the flooring industry, and it’s particularly useful for comparing the toughness and durability of different…

Hardwood Flooring Trends

When it comes to interior design many Downers Grove homeowners stay away from any flooring that’s deemed trendy for the time being. The term “trend” is often equated with temporality; just because something is in style now doesn’t mean it will be in a few years. Particularly when it comes to expensive elements of a…