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Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

A time-honored classic in a range of design environments, the popularity of wood surfaces continues. With the versatility to fit into any decorating scheme, from traditional and rustic to minimal and modern, wood is an ideal choice. But how do you go about mixing different wood elements in your design schemes? Learn more about the design rules for matching wood surfaces and view a few of Arclin TFL’s wood finish options.

Warm Up; Be Cool When Matching Wood Surfaces

Creating a beautiful wood-based design does not require that all wood surfaces match; in fact, the visual interest that comes with mixing different kinds of wood in a space it part of the appeal. However, you can find some guidance by considering each wood’s undertone: is it warm or cool? Warm woods appear red, orange, or yellow (like Arclin’s Alabama Cherry), while cool woods look gray (check out Charles Bridge). Keeping all wood pieces in a space in the same undertone family can create a unified look. If in doubt, you can focus primarily on a beige-toned wood (such as Kinabalu Teak), which has a neutral undertone and will complement either warm or cool counterparts.

Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

“Common” Sense in Matching Wood Surfaces

Ensuring that your wood elements have something in common will also tie your design together. Again: this doesn’t mean everything needs to match – just that the pieces share a theme. For instance, you might focus on wood pieces with strong, clean lines in a modern design scheme; or, you might consider working in pieces with a similar finish (e.g., woodgrain patterns like those in pine and oak). Applying this tactic along with the color considerations noted above will set you up for a space that is visually congruent, without being boring.

Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

In with the New…and the Old

Most spaces evolve over time – particularly in residential settings. This means that pieces are added as needed and materials are not purchased and placed together. This creates a wonderful sense of history, as older pieces are mixed with newer in ways that reflect the occupants’ changing circumstances and tastes. Like The Spruce recommends, so long as you bear in mind tenets of keeping elements complementary, the charm of bringing together pieces from different eras can outweigh the benefits of consistency.

If you’re looking to integrate wood surfaces into your next design project, Arclin TFL is the place to start. Like all of our surfaces, wood-look TFL is durable, high-performing, low maintenance, and an environmentally friendly option. Contact us today to find out more.

There’s Nothing Boring About Neutral

When you think of neutral colors, you might picture bland, unimaginative spaces with little style or character. However, when done right, neutrals offer a range of decorative possibilities. Using a neutral base such as white, off-white, grey, or taupe can connect with your living space, create continuity, and serve as an ideal backdrop for colorful furniture or accent pieces. See which Arclin TFL designs pair excellently with your neutral palette.

Why Neutrals?

Neutral Colors in Interior Design

The beauty of neutrals are in their versatility. First, neutrals themselves have come a long way since the days when beige and cream were the only options. Now, ivory, taupe, grey, and others come in an array of shade and tone options that make them a lovely standalone choice. You might consider layering different versions of the same neutral color to give a room a peaceful, yet pulled-together look. Second, neutrals are perfect for staging other design elements, such as boldly patterned furniture or colorful art.

Neutral Shades and TFL

Neutral colors like sand shoal
Arclin’s large, versatile color collection ensures you’ll find the neutral tone (or tones) perfect for your design project. Classic colors like Antique White and Porcelain are beautiful, soothing base colors for any room and can serve as the primary color schemes in an overall neutral look.

With Arclin design overlays for TFL, you can also step your neutral game up by incorporating eye-catching textures to add visual appeal to your palette. For example, wood grain patterns in neutral colors like Sand Shoal bring an organic, natural feel to your space. Arclin also plays on the popularity of greys in neutral color schemes, with the stone-like look of Skyline Dusk.

And, as always, choosing Arclin design overlays for TFL means high performance at a lower cost than similar products and an environmentally-friendly option that protects natural resources and supports improved indoor air quality.

Pop with TFL

neutral colors in design
As noted above, neutrals can stand alone, or can serve as a great background to add color through accents. While furniture, art, and decorative pieces can fulfill this purpose, keep in mind that TFL is also available in a number of bold colors to bring pizazz to your design schemes. An option like Navajo Red will draw the eye in any setting. You can also browse Arclin’s design collections, to see how TFL can be integrated into projects by visiting arclintfl.com.

No matter how you stage your neutrals, Arclin TFL is a solid choice. Contact us today to learn more.

Staying in the Lines: Design with the Stinsons

Lineal designs encapsulate clean, vertical lines that create a sense of height, regardless of the layout of the spaces in which they are used. Stinsons are a part of The Harvest Collection. They can be incorporated with other colors and patterns in that collection to create harmonious, compelling designs. Read on for more details on the Stinsons, the Harvest Collection, and Arclin’s decorative TFL overlays.

The Harvest Collection: A Bounty of Design Options

Stinson TFL overlay

The Harvest Collection offers a robust suite of TFL decorative overlay options. This harmonious collection covers everything from rich woodgrains to metallic hints to suggestions of stone. They enhance warm, cool, and neutral palettes that are at home in residential, retail, healthcare, and other settings.

Providing beautiful, durable options across surfaces, the collection lends itself particularly well to furniture and built-ins for kitchen, lobby, and offices alike. Select from several options included Arclin’s SurfaceSync TFL Matching Program, which provides information for matching our products with those of suppliers throughout the industry. Teknaform premium edgebanding blends well when designing with the Stinsons.

Design with the Stinsons Lineals

Within the larger Harvest Collection are the Stinson designs. Altogether, they are three lineals that bring the grandeur of tall structures and trees indoors. The Stinsons are available in three colors: Stinson Gray, Stinson Trail, and Stinson Umber. Each is suited to complement a range of larger design schemes. More specifically, the Stinsons blend seamlessly into modern, rustic, or blended spaces. For example, the kitchen design below illustrates how Stinson Umber coordinates with stainless appliances and accessories to create an attractive mix of organic and manufactured materials.

Design with the Stinsons

Pulling together a cohesive finish is quickly accomplished with the Stinson designs. Modern looks and feels might suggest utilizing neutrals found in Stinson Gray.

Stinson: Solid Design Choice

Overall, creating a wood-based environment offers the serenity and comfort of a natural setting. Further, TFL within the Stinson family provides the classic design components that transform any space into an ideal setting. Learn how to optimally select wood surfaces that honor a timeless aesthetic.

The Stinsons, the Harvest Collection, and all Arclin TFL options are high performing, lower-cost choices that offer superior performance in all design environments. Further, TFL is a green alternative to solid woods and is derived from sustainably harvested sources. Contact us today to find out more.

TFL Before and After: Kitchens

TFL in Kitchen Designs

Arclin TFL - Kitchen Before & After, TFL in Kitchen Designs

Kitchens are often described as the hearts of homes. Not only are family meals prepared in these spaces – they often seem to end up as a central gathering place for friends and visitors. Modern kitchens have to support traditional food preparation and storage, but also offer style that accommodates their roles as a hangout. Kitchen design is also a vital component of a home’s resale value, with potential buyers often drawn to these areas before any others. Redesigning or remodeling kitchens for maximum style and substance is a sound investment.

Arclin TFL can be the centerpiece of kitchen design, with its mix of attractive styling and functional attributes. TFL in kitchen designs is beautiful yet practical – a perfect mantra for kitchens themselves.

Beyond Basics

All-white kitchens have enjoyed popularity for several years, but color is making a comeback. In fact, colors that pop are used as the foundation of the room. We’re seeing them in countertops and cabinetry – or as accents, creating eye-catching spaces as notable for their design as for their function. As stainless steel remains the appliance material of choice, homeowners and builders can take liberties with bold color palettes without fear of clashing.

TFL designs are available in an array of colors – whether designers or homeowners are interested in exploring bold reds, sunny yellows, or striking metallics. Designing (or re-designing) a kitchen with TFL allows for colorful expression.

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Kitchen Glamor

Kitchens are traditionally defined (and designed) by their purpose: practical spaces to store and prepare food. But, contemporary kitchens are getting glamorous makeovers, with fixtures and accents that may seem more at home in a living area.

This style also lends itself to a mix of finishes that add visual interest. TFL, with options that include woodgrains, brushed surfaces, and matte looks, is a perfect choice

Unexpected Surfaces

Kitchen materials – especially those used in countertops – are continuing to evolve. As granite’s countertop dominance may be waning, designers and residents are looking for stylish, functional new options. They want a range of decorative choices and the practical qualities necessary for food preparation.

TFL in kitchen designs marry form and function. Its beautiful design is bolstered by its durable, hygienic properties, making it the perfect material for stylish spaces that create and support healthy cooking conditions. TFL in kitchen designs are also a great choice for cabinetry, creating surfaces that are easy to clean and appealing to the eye.

Contact Arclin to see how TFL can best fit into your kitchen design projects.

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Tiny Homes, Big Statements

“Go big or go home” doesn’t necessarily apply these days…even when we’re talking about homes. Tiny houses – and associated environmental, social, and financial lifestyles sometimes called tiny living – are big news. From television series to books and websites, tenets of tiny are everywhere. Whether you are just looking to downsize a bit to save some money or are ready to go truly tiny, Arclin TFL has you covered.

The What and Why of Tiny

For decades, people have measured success by more – more cars, more electronics, and more square footage in their residences. Bigger was seen as better, which had ramifications on people’s finances, their lifestyles, and on the larger environment. The average American home (which measures approximately 2,600 square feet) accounts for around one-third to one-half of the homeowner’s budget, or around 15 years of work, just to pay for their homes. Scaling back on home size allows tiny movement enthusiasts to spend less time concerned about home payments and more time enjoying their homes – or other experiences that less-expensive home ownership affords them.

At the same time, the tiny home trend offers some substantial environmental benefits. Smaller residences require less energy to heat and cool. Homes consisting of 100-400 square feet produce just 2,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually; an average-sized home produces 28,000 pounds. Using environmentally- friendly and/or recycled building materials is also common in tiny home production.

Tiny, Tasteful, Eco-friendly Value

A typical concern of those considering “going tiny” is lack of design or function. When we think of tiny, we may think of austere structures with little utility and less style. That does not have to be the case, however – you can enjoy the personal and environmental benefits of a scaled-down residence without sacrificing your home’s beauty.

Arclin’s residential TFL products offer a variety of finishes, whether you are leaning toward a woodsy, cabin aesthetic or the sleek, modern designs, often favored by urban tiny-dwellers. Arclin TFL designs such as the Global Harvest Collection provides a vast range of options certain to wed tiny and style seamlessly. Plus, Arclin’s TFL is ideal for those considering tiny living to reduce their environmental footprint – the wood-alternative, environmentally-friendly veneers mean you can design with your living space conscientiously (at any size). Visit Arclin’s design page to see more options and begin planning your tiny living adventure.