Taking Advantage of Floor Tile Medallions

At 55 Flooring, we have a wide variety of flooring types that can suit virtually any home improver’s needs.  Between wood, bamboo, tiling, and carpeting, there’s little that we can’t do.  On top of that, we offer our customers the subtle elegance of floor medallions.  Floor medallions, which are essentially intricate works of art nestled right in your flooring, typically in a circular arrangement, can add a charm and beauty to your home that’s hard to achieve.  Below, we’d like to talk about some of the ways in which we feel a floor medallion can impact the look of your home.

Open Space

When you have large open spaces in your home, sometimes it can feel like you need a central element to pull the room together.  Sort of like a center point for the rest of the room to orbit around.  Even more dramatic in a circular room, a floor medallion in the center of a room can make the room feel cozier in a way, and united around a singular subtle point of reference.


Floor medallions are a stunning element to add to any foyer or entrance way.  Having a floor medallion be the first thing that your guests see when they enter your home shows them that you care about the design and feel of your home.  It an automatic, natural, and understated work of art.


People often say that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their bathroom, and having a floor medallion in yours will have guests leaving saying very positive things about both of you.  The tiling commonly found on bathroom floors easily meshes with medallions.  We also love floor medallions for bathrooms because they have the ability to be in so many different colors, and people tend to take more color risks in smaller rooms such as bathrooms or dens.

Floor medallions are seeing a huge resurgence of popularity as their timelessness and originality are rediscovered.  To find the right floor medallion for your home, contact 55 Flooring today.

Wood Flooring, Wood-Grained Tile, and Your Home Renovation

When redoing the floors in your home, it’s unlikely that every flooring material that you use is going to be the same.  While transitioning from carpeting to wood flooring is fairly seamless, it can be more difficult to switch from wood to tiling.  By nature of the fact that they both have a geometric pattern to them, they can clash a bit, and the discontinuation of their patterns can be off-putting.  Wood-grained tile can be a great way to ease that transition, and we’d like to extol some of its virtues below.

Grain Pattern

Finding a wood-grained tile that has a similar grain pattern to your genuine hardwood creates a line pattern that is very pleasing to the eye.  Being able to trace the lines in the grain not only from one side of the room to the other, but throughout the entire floor of your home, creates a sense of cohesion that you don’t often get when switching from plain hardwood to plain tile. 

Similar Look To Wood

You’d be surprised just how similar wood-grain tile can look to true hardwood.  Not only does it not look fake, but you can actually achieve some very interesting synthetic grain patterns that have all of the charm of natural wood, with all of the control of a synthetic material.  Not only is it visually similar to hardwood, but it is texturally similar as well.  This adds to its ability to mimic hardwood.

No Warping

Where as hardwood flooring has the potential to warp over time due to moisture and other natural processes, wood-grain tile does not.  You can clean and care for wood-grain tile in the same way that you’d take care for any tile, without any of the hassle of hardwood.  No worry of warping, and no issue with cleaning.

Wood-grain tile is not only a great addition to homes that have hardwood flooring, but works well all on its own.  Its effortless ability to capture the cozy, simple feel of hardwood without many of the same pitfalls is why its seeing such a surge in popularity.  To see if wood-grain tiling may be right for you, contact 55 Flooring today!

Finding the Right Flooring for Each Room in Your Home

Not every room in your home is going to have the same type of flooring.  Now that may seem obvious to us, but unfortunately, a lot of flooring and carpeting companies don’t seem to understand that.  Deals are offered based on using the same types of flooring in multiple rooms, and though those deals are cost-effective, they reward us for being impractical.  Sure, using the same flooring material for every room in your home would save money and labor, but that simply isn’t how we live.  A carpeted kitchen makes no sense, so why should companies be encouraging us to do that which is not sane?  At 55 Flooring, we want to help you find the flooring that’s right for each room in your home and at a price that will feel like you’ve got wall-to-wall coverage.

Carpeting Cozy Spaces: Bedrooms and Living Areas

For parts of your home that you want to feel, well, like home, carpeting is going to be your best bet.  Regardless of whether we consciously acknowledge this fact or not, being in a carpeted room automatically makes people feel more at ease and more safe, as the room, quite literally, is softer.  A bedroom with glass tiling, though interesting, won’t give the same comfortable and cozy feeling that carpeting will.  By the same token, your living room, a room where people should feel like they can come together and relax, won’t be quite as relaxing with hardwood flooring.  It looks beautiful, and your decision is certainly up to you, but just because you’re dropping the cash on hardwood flooring in the dining room doesn’t mean that you should have to settle for it in the living room as well.

No Muss No Fuss: Hard Flooring For Messy Rooms

This means your kitchen and your bathroom.  Believe it or not, your kitchen is the dirtiest room in your home, and that can be sort of alarming given all of the food prep you do there.  Carpeting can trap dirt and grime that is easily wiped up on tile or hardwood flooring, making it a poor choice for your kitchen.  The same goes for your bathroom where, excuse the toilet talk, we perform some less than cleanly acts.  Just because you’ve decided to carpet certain parts of your home doesn’t mean that the savings are worth compromising the flooring in others.

Don’t settle for one type of flooring to save a quick buck.  Thanks to 55 Flooring’s quality flooring and great prices, you can afford to match a room to the flooring you actually want in it.

Choosing Hardwood Flooring: How to Transition Carpet to Hardwood

hardwood floors

Whether you’re a new homeowner still furnishing your living space or have lived in your home for some time but think it’s time to spice up the place, you may be considering choosing hardwood flooring for your home. Homes with wood floors have many benefits, such as an easy clean-up and a nice finished look. However, the process of redoing the floors can become a long, complex project with roadblocks, especially if you have another material already set on the ground and you must learn how to transition carpet to hardwood.

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Hardwood Floors on a Budget? Yes, It Is Possible!

Is cheap hardwood flooring an oxymoron? Can you get quality, beautiful hardwood floors installed for a low cost? Yes. It is entirely possible to have hardwood floors on a budget.


In fact, we get this question a lot at 55 Flooring. We wanted to offer some practical advice to those looking to install hardwood floors for cheap. First, cheap is relative and depends on a variety of factors. Are you looking to install a hardwood floor in a small area like the den, or are you attempting to redo flooring for your entire home?  When you factor in how large or small an area is, you get a clearer picture of your budget and how it can stretch to accommodate the installation of hardwood floors.

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How to keep your Hardwood Floors Clean

caring for hardwood floors

While we’ve touched on how to clean your hardwood floors in a previous post, there are actually some tricks out there that can help maintain those floors that will make the cleaning even easier. There’s nothing better than walking into your home and admiring your hardwood flooring. It’s elegant, looks nice, it’s easy to repair, and lasts long. However, overtime the kids, pets, and guests will inevitably do some damage to the floors with the foot traffic so, how do you avoid that wear? Continue reading “How to keep your Hardwood Floors Clean” »

How to Properly Care for Bamboo Flooring


When you choose bamboo flooring from 55 Flooring, you’re investing in hardwood flooring that’s treated with the industry’s leading scratch resistant coating. The density and strength of our bamboo flooring finishing surpasses nearly any other hardwood flooring experts in Orange County, California. Now, although our bamboo flooring is tough, it’s capable of picking up scratches and scuffs just like any other type of hardwood which makes prevention a huge factor in preserving your floors. Continue reading “How to Properly Care for Bamboo Flooring” »

Benefits of Hardwood Flooring


Although installing hardwood flooring in your home is more expensive than carpet, it pays off more in the long run. Hardwood floors, while being the oldest type of flooring material, never lose their style because of all the different types of wood available. Many homeowners immediately jump to installing carpet, and although it is the less expensive option, when it becomes too damaged, you have to replace it rather than simply repair it like you can with hardwood. Continue reading “Benefits of Hardwood Flooring” »

Why you should install bamboo flooring


One of the largest benefits of hardwood flooring is that it doesn’t go out of style. Not with all the different types of trees to choose from. When you install wood floors, you’re not only making your life easier, but you’re also installing something that can be repaired rather than replaced. Once you decide that you want to invest in hardwood floors, you want to do your research with finding the right type of wood for your home. Continue reading “Why you should install bamboo flooring” »