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4 Floors Perfect for Gray Rooms

living room with grey walls, tan carpeting, and furnitureThey say gray is the new neutral, and it shows; gray rooms are becoming increasingly popular in today’s homes. Once you make your gray paint choice, though, your next design choice becomes obvious: what kind of floor looks best in a gray room?


Wood floors look great in gray rooms, and are available in almost any tone. In light gray rooms, medium and darker-toned wood floors create an interesting contrast. For darker gray paint tones, white-washed or lighter-toned floors can brighten a room. To see floors for your gray room in person, visit your local flooring store to see your options with your paint chip.

dark handscraped wood floorsThere are so many beautiful wood floors for your gray room decor, but there are reasons beyond looks that make wood floors an excellent option for any home. If you have kids and pets, hand-scraped floors can hide the wear and tear that come with an active household, and wood floors are known for their durability. When solid wood floors or engineered hardwood do scratch or fade, they can be refinished and look like new—for a long, long time. Wood floors are easy to clean, so it’s easy to clear the dust out of your home—a clear advantage for those allergic to dust and dust mites. Because of all the advantages listed above, wood floors are highly sought after by buyers and can increase the value of your home.

Laminate & luxury vinyl

DIY laminate floor in grey room with barstoolsLaminate and luxury vinyl floors are perfect for anyone nervous about the investment, and up keep, of wood floors. For dark gray walls, choose a light gray laminate or luxury vinyl floor to lighten up the room. A caramel-toned laminate or luxury vinyl floor also can look great in a gray room. If you decide on a lighter gray, a dark laminate or luxury vinyl can add interest to your room.

So which kind of flooring is right for your home? Laminate and luxury vinyl flooring looks just like wood, is incredibly beautiful, maintenance-free, easy-to-clean, and incredibly durable. Whatever you throw at these floors, they can take: high foot traffic, pets, and kids. Because it’s so tough, both floors can be installed in high traffic rooms such as living rooms, family rooms, kitchens, mud rooms, and foyers. To find out more about these great DIY flooring options, read more about the pros and cons of laminate versus luxury vinyl floors. If you’re serious about installing the floors yourself, visit our Lake Mills store for discounts on a large amount of flooring—and all the information you need for a smooth install and great-looking floor.


bathroom with grey walls and light tilesIn a kitchen or bathroom, tile is the perfect flooring option with gray walls. Today’s tiles even come in styles that closely (very closely!) resemble wood floors. For dark gray walls, choose a lighter tile, or a multi-colored tile pattern that plays off the wall color. If you have light gray walls, you can go with a darker-colored tile to give your room interest.

Tile is durable and can withstand any water puddles. If you don’t want the cold feel under your feet that comes with tile flooring, research whether radiant floor heat is right for your home. Because tile conducts heat, radiant floor heating keeps your feet warm all year-round so you can enjoy the look of your beautiful tile floors and gray walls.


carpet with strong pattern for grey roomIf you prefer a softer floor under your feet, a light or neutral-colored carpet looks great with dark or light gray paint. For more interest in a very neutral gray room, choose a carpet with a pattern. Want another flooring option for your gray room? Ask your local flooring store about getting a custom-made rug for your space. If you need to add interest to your room, choose a rug with a strong pattern or color.

neutral carpet with strong linear pattern for grey roomCarpet is one of the most popular flooring choices today, and it’s easy to see why. Carpet is soft, durable, and affordable. That’s why carpet can be used in any room: bedrooms, living rooms, family rooms, offices and basements. Today’s carpets are built for durability that its predecessors could only imagine. Some carpet products are stain resistant, waterproof, antimicrobial—one carpet even freshens the air!—and all of them come in tones perfect for your gray room.

4 Budget-Friendly Flooring Tips

budget-friendly floors in home with grand piano and furnitureThe reasons for floor replacement are endless: you’re sick of the rips, scratches, and stains; those outdated floors are, well, outdated; you need a better flooring that can take kid, pet, or heavy traffic… Whatever your reason is, or how big your remodeling project is, there are ways you can save money on your new flooring—even if you need

Look at floors that look like wood, but fit your budget.

dark laminate or vinyl flooring that looks like woodIf you love the beauty and durability of wood floors but can’t swing the cost of hardwood floors, consider a product that has the same fantastic look but a lower cost per foot (don’t assume that wood is too expensive though, request a quote to determine the full cost). Luxury vinyl floors, laminate, and even some tile products have the same look of a solid wood floor—and even have some other advantages over wood floors too.

Choose a DIY flooring option.

Labor costs can be the difference between a new on-budget floor and a flooring project that is out of reach. If you need budget-friendly flooring and have some basic DIY skills, pallet sales at our Lake Mills location may be the solution to your problem. Laminate floors, engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl, and tile are all fairly easy to install, and available for a discounted price for large square footage. To find out more, read about your DIY flooring options, contact us, or visit our Lake Mills store to see your options in person.

Consider carpet remnants.

carpet remnantsIf you look at the back room of any Y’s Way Flooring, you’ll find your BUDGET FRIENDLY answer: a remnant. Remnants are the remainder of a roll of carpeting that we can’t use, but you can. The best part about remnants is the low cost. Remnants are ideal for any part of your house that is not huge, but could use a cleaner, new carpet, such as bedrooms, hallways, office, stairways…the possibilities are endless when your budget isn’t.

Watch for specials.

Think ahead. If you know you’re going to need flooring for your space, follow your favorite flooring store’s social media site (like Y’s Way’s Facebook page!), or keep your ears open to find out when they run sales on carpet, tile, or whatever kind of flooring you’re interested in. You, your home, and your budget will be very glad you waited.

6 Reasons to Put Carpet Cleaning at the Top of your Spring Cleaning List

happy woman with outstretched arms standing in spring fieldIt’s spring! SPRING! Time to get outside, enjoy the beautiful weather, and tackle your spring cleaning checklist. While the last reason may not be the most fun, spring is an ideal time to put on your gloves, open the windows, and get all the winter grime out of your house and yard.

What should be at the top of your list? We’d suggest a professional carpet cleaning—and not just because we offer fast, professional carpet cleaning services. Here’s why we would argue that carpet cleaning should be number one on your spring cleaning checklist:

  1. The kids aren’t around all day yet. Spring is an ideal time to move all your furniture out of the room you need carpet cleaned, and move it back in before they have to go to bed.
  2. Get rid of the spring mud. The spring thaw also brings out the spring mud. Carpet cleaning is an ideal way to rid your carpets of the mud and prepare for summer.
  3. You can do fun things this summer without worrying about carpet cleaning.
  4. Warmer temperatures mean you can open the windows.
  5. Say good-bye to pet stains. Did you just get done potty training your puppy? Or just want those pet stains gone? A good spring carpet cleaning rids your home of those winter pet stains—and the odors that come along with them.
  6. Spring carpet cleaning means cleaner air—and less indoor allergy sneezing and wheezing.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

spring cleaning gloves and cleanerOnce you’re done with carpet cleaning, what else should be on your spring cleaning checklist? Here’s a complete spring cleaning checklist to tackle now that spring is here.

  • Call Y’s Way for professional carpet and floor cleaning.
  • Clean the inside and under your appliances.
  • Remove spider webs.
  • Wash window.
  • Dust ceiling fans and wash light fixture coverings.
  • Clean blinds and curtains.
  • Clean the top of cabinets.
  • Clean tile grout in your shower, on your floor or on your countertops.
  • Powerwash the exterior of your house.
  • Clean heating and air conditioning vent cleaning.
  • Wash comforters and quilts.
  • Clean fireplace stone/tile and mantle.
  • Clean sliding door tracks.
  • Scrub down showers.
  • Dust inside of cabinets.