Tips On How To Choose A Good Rug For Your Home

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Tips On How To Choose A Good Rug For Your Home


The right area rug will pull your space together and enhance your interior decoration. With the wide range of materials, patterns, colours, and sizes available, finding the ideal rug can be a complicated and intimidating process. Below is a guide to help you find the ideal area rug for any room in your home.

Choose The Right Size

A great rule of thumb when deciding on the size of your area rug is to work with the room’s obstructions. This can include walkways, vents, and where the doors hinge to open and close. Most experts will size the rug to ensure that it reaches underneath all four feet of every furniture piece or if you’re looking for a living room rug, one that runs under the front feet of the sofa.

For smaller spaces that are enclosed with walls and doorways, a single large area rug is ideal. If you’re working with a larger space that has an open floor concept, don’t be afraid to use multiple rugs to define certain areas.

Four essential tips to buy a good rug

Define Your Space With Patterns Or A Plain Design

Deciding between a boldly patterned rug or a classic plain design comes down to how you want your space to look and feel. Consider your overall vision for the interior design of your home and if you want your rug to be the defining feature.

There are endless choices available for area rugs of all kinds of patterns and colours, from simple contemporary designs to bold statement pieces. We recommend visiting your local area rug store where you can see different patterns in person that will allow you to envision the look for your space.

Consider The Right Material For Your Needs

Choosing the right material for your area rug comes down to preference and your budget. While plant-based fibres like cotton and linen are fairly inexpensive, they are easily damaged by wear and spills. On the other hand, materials like allo and wool are stain-resistant and easy to clean.

Area rugs come in a wide selection of other materials like sisal, silk, cowhide, and synthetic fibre to name a few. Although some materials will cost you more, they are durable and designed to last.

The Bottom Line

Area rugs can be quite expensive, so be sure to choose one that you will love seeing every day. It’s best to visit area rug stores, ask design experts, and view different rugs in person.

To choose an item that has such a significant effect on your home takes care and thoughtful consideration. You want a quality rug that won’t break your budget and will last for years to come.

Best type of flooring for the kitchen

What is the best type of flooring for the kitchen?


The kitchen is the hardest-working room in the house, experiencing a high volume of traffic daily. Kitchen flooring needs to be durable enough to handle spills, foot traffic, pets, and withstand wear and tear for years to come.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from and our experts at Riverbend Interiors Floors & Decor are here to guide you. Below are the pros and cons of three of our most recommended flooring for your kitchen to help you make the right choice for your home.

What is the best type of flooring for the kitchen

Hardwood flooring for kitchen

Engineered hardwood is extremely durable and can withstand high amounts of traffic. Easy to maintain, engineered hardwood flooring only requires regular sweeping and mopping to keep these floors in good shape. This type of flooring transitions well to other rooms and is ideal for homes with an open concept floor plan.


  • Can withstand a high amount of traffic
  • Increases your home value
  • Moisture-resistant
  • Comes with many design options


  • Hardwood flooring is the least cost-efficient
  • Difficult to replace a damaged plank

Tile flooring for kitchen

Tile is extremely durable, easy to clean, and one of the most moisture-resistant flooring options. Tile flooring is ideal for kitchens that see a large amount of foot traffic. To get the job done right, we recommend hiring a professional to install tile flooring for your kitchen.


  • Extremely stain resistant and waterproof
  • Very durable
  • Budget-friendly options


  • Can be slippery
  • Typically not a DIY project
  • Can be a challenge to stand on for long periods of time

Laminate flooring for kitchen

Laminate flooring is one of the most versatile flooring options with a diverse range of styles, colours, and patterns to choose from. You can choose a laminate that mimics authentic hardwood, stone, tile, or metal flooring. The laminate gives homeowners an endless selection that can be tailored to match the look of the home.


  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • More affordable than hardwood
  • Durable and easy to maintain


  • Possibility of moisture damage if the liquid is left on the surface for too long
  • Can’t be refinished

In Conclusion

When choosing the right type of flooring for your kitchen, consider the one that best fits your budget and priorities. Is the style the most important factor? Durability? Or affordability?

At Riverbend Interiors Floors & Decor, we work with you to find the right option for you. Get in touch with one of our knowledgeable team members today. We are ready to answer your questions!

Hardwood Flooring

Things to Consider When Choosing the Hardwood Flooring


Hardwood is a beautiful flooring option with a variety of species, colours, widths, and finishes. If you are thinking about hardwood for your home there are a few things to consider to make sure you choose the right type for your family and lifestyle.

1. Solid vs. Engineered

Solid hardwood is just as it sounds, a solid plank of wood through and through. Typically, solid hardwood is ¾” thick and comes in widths up to 5”. In Alberta’s dry climate, when going wider than 3½ inches wide it is advised to go with an engineered product that is more structurally stable. A couple of advantages of solid hardwood include the durability and ability to be refinished multiple times. The main disadvantage of solid hardwood is that it is less dimensionally stable than engineered hardwood and is more susceptible to humidity causing it to expand with high moisture levels and shrink with low levels of humidity. Finally, solid products can only be installed above grade (not in basements), should not be installed in high moisture areas like bathrooms, must be nailed or stapled not floated, and cannot be used in areas with in-floor heat.

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Engineered hardwood has a real hardwood veneer with a cross-layered core of plywood creating a more stable product than solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood is available in different thicknesses up to ¾” and widths ranging from 3” to 9”, however products wider than 6” require a more specialized and costly installation such as glue assist. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood can be installed below grade, over radiant heat (most species), and can be stapled, nailed, glued or floated. Not all engineered hardwoods are manufactured equally and some inexpensive options are more likely to have issues such as delaminating and checking.

2. Humidity and Temperature

Hardwood is susceptible to changes in humidity and temperature in your home causing it to expand and contract. Alberta is very dry and experiences temperatures from -40°C during the winter and +30°C during the summer. Engineered hardwood is designed to mediate the expansion and contraction of the wood when there are fluctuations in humidity and temperature, however, it is still important to maintain a temperature of 18°-24°C and humidity at 35-55% at all times. It is also important to acclimate your hardwood to your home’s environment prior to installation. Excessive heat or dryness can cause boards to gap or split while excessive humidity can cause cupping. Damage resulting from humidity or temperature will not be covered under your hardwood warranty.

3. Sheen and Colour

When selecting hardwood the sheen level is also something to consider. It used to be that hardwood always had a glossy finish, however, new introductions come in semi-gloss, matte, and brushed finishes. Glossy and semi-gloss finishes have the most sheen and reflect the lightest while matte and brushed finishes have little to no sheen and light reflection. Glossy and semi-gloss hardwood tends to show minor scratches and wear more readily while matte and brushed hardwood helps hide the wear and tear of a busy household.

Whether solid or engineered, hardwood is available in a multitude of colours. Dark hardwood can create a cozy ambiance in medium to large areas, however, in smaller spaces it can make a room appear smaller. Dark stains also show foot traffic, scratches and dirt more readily causing many homeowners to opt for a medium, light or natural stain. Medium stains help to bring out the natural grain of the wood while lighter stains can make space appear larger. A natural finished hardwood is just a clear stain and allows the beauty of the wood to really show through.

4. Wood Species

Each species of wood has its own colour tone, grain pattern, hardness, and physical properties. Domestic hardwood such as Red Oak, White Oak, Hickory, and Maple tend to have a lighter colour tone unless stained, while woods like Walnut or Acacia have a naturally darker colour.

Colour variation and grain patterns can be quite strong as with Red Oak, Hickory and Acacia, moderate as with White Oak and Walnut, or very clean as with Maple. Depending on the look you are going for, stronger grains and colour variation tend to be busier especially in narrower boards while cleaner grains and less colour variation are more uniform.

Walnut is a relatively soft hardwood that is less susceptible to changes in humidity but is more likely to dent. Red Oak is the benchmark for hardness and performs very well in Alberta’s dry climate. White Oak is similar to Red Oak but is harder and is also a stable and durable choice. Harder than White Oak, Maple is another durable option that resists scratches and dents but can shrink and expand with changes in humidity. Hickory and Acacia are hardier species and are more sensitive to low levels of humidity which can result in shrinking and even cracking of the boards.


It’s important to know that cost is always a factor and the hardwood flooring industry has had an influx of inexpensive choices. Unfortunately, these less expensive hardwood options have resulted in poor quality and disappointed homeowners. Dealing with a company that is knowledgeable, committed to quality, environmental responsibility, and fair pricing will ensure that your floor not only looks beautiful but performs for years to come.

Blinds for Your Home

4 Main Reasons You Need Blinds for Your Home


Blinds may seem like a simple necessity for your home but they also provide a ton of benefits to you and your family.

1. Privacy

The first, most obvious reason for blinds is privacy. Unless you are part of a nudist colony, you probably don’t want your neighbours peeping in on you or passers-by catching a glimpse of you coming out of the shower. Blinds are great for all areas of your house and help avoid embarrassing scenarios.

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2. Security

Do you want to lessen the risk of being robbed? Blinds help protect your belongings and family from intruders. How? They add a screen over your once bare windows to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home. With this security measure, criminals are more likely to avoid breaking into your home. Keeping your precious treasures away from prying eyes lessons the risk of smash and grab break-ins. With your windows covered, criminals won’t know if anyone is home either so they will likely choose an easier target.

3. Protection from the Sun

Do you worry about your health? The UV rays from the sunshine through the windows in your home affecting your skin. Skin cancer is a common disease and if you lessen exposure to harmful UV rays, you lessen your risk for this problem. Blinds can prevent the sun from attacking your cells. With a simple adjustment on your window treatment, you can block out much of the UV rays on those extra sunny afternoons.

Are you trying to watch television with no luck since the sun is causing a glare on the screen making it hard to view your favourite afternoon talk show? With a simple twist of your blinds, you can prevent light from entering the room. Throwing a little shade on your T.V. prevents you from squinting, allowing you to see Dr. Oz’s newest health tips without your sunglasses on.

Your furniture, paintings, and many other household items get destroyed from constant sunlight. Blinds help protect your belongings from fading, save your hardwood floors from drying out and keep your antiques from ageing further.

4. Aesthetic Appeal

Do you find your house a little drab at the moment? Spice up your décor with a beautiful set of blinds. Window coverings draw your attention to the favourite spots in your home and can distract visitors’ eyes from the dusty ceiling fan. Get creative with blinds. You have so many different choices to pick from. Start testing out your interior design skills with this ultimate household accenting piece.

Are you looking for a particular style or colour of blinds to coordinate with the best features in your home? Riverbend Interiors Floors & Decor can provide you with an array of choices for every room.

Carpet for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Carpet for Your Home


Your flooring says a lot about your home and choosing the right carpet can be tricky. Carpet is still the warmest, quietest and has the most toe appeal in bedrooms and basements and is the safest option for stairs. There are several things to consider when looking at the carpet, such as the type of fibre used to construct, the resistance to stains and soil, and the style and colour of the carpet. Riverbend Interiors Floors & Decor has the knowledge and experience to help you pick out the ideal carpet for your space.

Carpet Fibres

Depending on your lifestyle, if you have pets and/or children, or if you have a lot of foot traffic/visitors in your home, the type of fibre used to manufacture carpet is an important consideration. Always make sure you are comparing apples to apples when looking at the performance and price of any carpet. For example, a high-quality polyester carpet may perform better than low-quality nylon and high-quality nylon may perform better than low-quality wool.


Nylon is one of the longest wearing fibres used to manufacture today’s carpets and is a great option for busy families and homes with pets. The molecular structure of Nylon offers resiliency in high traffic areas that allows the fibres to bounce back and resists compaction or “trafficking” in areas such as hallways and stairs. While not as naturally stain-resistant as a polyester carpet, most carpets on the market today are treated to protect from stains. If you are looking for a carpet to perform well over time, Nylon is the fibre of choice.


Polyester can be a more economical choice if you are working on a tighter budget and works well in homes with less foot traffic. Some polyester carpets are manufactured from recycled plastics such as pop bottles and therefore offer an environmental advantage. Polyester carpet’s greatest attributes are in its softness and stain resistance. Overall, polyester does not tend to perform as well as nylon or wool.


Wool is a natural fibre that is renewable and sustainable and is often chosen as an investment in your home. Its greatest properties are that it is fire retardant, naturally, soil-resistant (microscopic scales of a wool fibre help prevent dirt from getting embedded in the carpet) and is resilient to foot traffic. Wool is also highly absorbent which can make it more prone to staining but can also help control humidity levels within the home. There also wool blends available that offer the benefits of wool with the stain resistance of polyester.

Stain and Soil Resistance

Staining occurs when a spill is absorbed into the fibre where there are voids in the dye of the carpet and causes a discoloration of the carpet. This is most common in carpets that are dyed after production. Solution-dyed carpets that are coloured prior to manufacturing are not as prone to staining as there are no voids in the colour of the fibre. Soiling, on the other hand, results from particles sticking to residues (such as cleaning products, oils or spills) and causing a build-up which makes your carpet look dirty over time.

Polyester is the most stain resistant fibre on the market as it is hydrophobic and does not allow spills to absorb into the fibre. Nylon and wool are more absorbent than polyester which can make them more prone to staining, however, most carpets are treated during manufacturing to protect from stains. Regardless of the type of carpet, it is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance instructions regarding vacuuming, steam cleaning and stain removal.

Carpet Style and Colour

The style of carpet you choose should reflect not just your design tastes but also how you live in your home. The style and colour play a large part in the longevity of your carpet. Make sure you take a few samples home to see how they look in your space.

Loop Pile

Loop pile carpet, often referred to as Berber, is constructed by forming loops with the fibre and securing to the backing of the carpet. Loop pile carpets are a durable option as they are structurally less susceptible to trafficking and allow easier clean up of spills. If vacuum cleaner marks drive you crazy, Berber carpet is your best option. The main concern with loop construction is the possibility of a loop being pulled by dragging furniture or from pets. Berber style carpets are also not as soft underfoot as a cut pile or cut and loop construction.

Cut Pile

Cut pile carpets are constructed as a loop style but the loops are cut off to achieve a different look and feel. Cut pile is softest underfoot and is still the most popular style of carpet. Depending on the length, density, and twist of the fibres a cut pile carpet will generally show foot traffic more readily as the fibres lay down when walked on. A short, dense and tight twist cut pile will wear better than a loose shag style carpet.

Cut and Loop

Cut and loop carpeting is a blend of the two styles and can create beautiful geometric or abstract patterns. This type of carpet provides the durability of a loop and softness of a cut pile while offering a more unique appearance. The greatest drawback of the cut and loop is that the fibres wear differently, and the cut pile can obscure the pattern making it look worn in high traffic areas.


Colour is important in achieving the right look within your home but there are a few things to think about. Your carpet colour should “play nicely” with other elements in the home such as millwork (railings, casings and baseboards) furniture and paint colour. A lighter colour carpet can make a room appear larger but also shows staining and soiling more readily; A dark carpet hides staining but shows lint and dust in between vacuuming. Carpet doesn’t have to be a solid colour either, many new styles are available in a fleck which incorporates two or more colours. Flecks can add visual interest and are good at hiding lint and dust.


Carpet is an element of your home that is not easily changed. The most important point is to make sure the carpet you choose is suitable for your family’s needs and lifestyle. Finally, every carpet comes with a manufacturers warranty and care and maintenance instructions, make sure to review and follow this information to maintain your warranty and enjoy your carpet for years to come.

Help Choosing the Best Countertop for Your Home


Building a new home or renovating an existing one can be exciting and daunting at the same time. There are so many decisions to make and details to consider. Not to mention the unlimited number of options out there. This is especially true when undergoing a kitchen and/or bathroom renovation or facelift. Countertops become a focal point of these spaces and are one of the most used surfaces in your home.

We can help you explore the characteristics of the different materials available. Riverbend will guide you in choosing the right colour, pattern, and finish, as well as ensure you select the right material for your lifestyle.

The three primary materials used for countertops in today’s design world are granite, quartz and laminate. A summary of the characteristics of each option can help get you on the right track so you can make an informed decision with no regrets.

Granite Countertops

The unique colours and patterns of granite can make any home exude luxury. Each slab of granite has its own special details. Created by Mother Nature, granite offers a distinctive aesthetic and can become the masterpiece of your space.

Characteristics of Granite:

  • Natural: Made up of quartz and feldspar, granite is created through slow crystallization of magma below the Earth’s surface. The different minerals present in granite give each slab its colouration and pattern. Granite is mined from quarries all around the world. Granite is durable and hard to scratch. The material is strong enough to bear significant weight and looks beautiful when polished.
  • Maintenance: Granite requires regular maintenance especially where food is present. It must be sealed to resist contamination.
  • Unique: Each slab of granite has a unique range of colour and pattern. You will want to make a visit to the fabricator’s warehouse to select your slab because of the variation from a sample piece to the actual portion you will be using.

There is truly no substitution for the beauty of granite. To ensure granite is the right material for your home, talk to a specialist.

Quartz Counters

Quartz is a very popular alternative to natural stones. Many quartz selections are designed to replicate the look of granite or marble without the maintenance. Quartz allows for control over colour and pattern making the design process a bit easier since what you see is what you get.

Characteristics of Quartz:

  • Variety: From simple and sleek to bold and colourful, Quartz countertops mimic the look and feel of natural stone to compliment any décor. The latest collections of quartz colours offer truly unique designs. Other collections focus on natural elements such as oxidized steel, untreated wood, and raw concrete for that warm and cozy aesthetic. Simpler collections are available to complement the overall design without becoming the focus.
  • Quality: Quartz is a manufactured stone comprised of a high content of ground natural quartz bonded together with high-quality resins, polymers, and pigments. Not all quartz is created equal so make sure you do your research on the composition of the one you are looking at. Good quality quartz contains 90 – 95% quartz and is naturally stain and scratch resistant. Quality quartz is also resistant to heat, cold and common household chemicals. Some lesser quality quartz contains higher levels of resin and polymers with lower levels of actual quartz. Lesser quality options can create a headache down the road as they can be susceptible to yellowing, staining, scratching, and scorching.
  • No Maintenance: Quartz is an impervious material, guaranteed not to stain and does not need sealing. If you like to entertain, you no longer need to worry about food contamination or red wine stains. Quartz is great for families and busy homes so you can enjoy living in your house without worry. Whether installed as kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities or a bench in a custom shower, quartz is designed to last a lifetime.

Quartz has become the leader in countertop material offering the beauty of stone without the maintenance.

Laminate (AKA Arborite)

Laminate countertops have come a long way over the years with patterns reminiscent of natural stone and finishes with a multitude of textures. Laminate is a great way to update your space while keeping your costs down. With a wide selection of patterns and colours, laminate can be used on flat surfaces, vertical surfaces and even has “writable” options similar to a whiteboard concept.

Characteristics of Laminate:

  • Cost: Not all projects are conducive to the costs involved with natural stone or quartz. Laminate is an economical solution that allows you to create the look and feel of stone at half the cost. If you are working with a tight budget or on a project for a rental property, laminate could be just what you are looking for.
  • Patterns and Finishes: Laminate manufacturers use state of the art high-resolution imaging to replicate the look of quartz, stone and wood. With a multitude of surface finishes including, matte, textured and granite finishes, laminate can be used for that high-end look. An array of decorative edge finishes can really trick people into believing it’s the real thing.
  • Caring for laminate countertops is simple with a quick wipe down, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Laminate is not intended for cutting on or placing hot pots or pans on, doing this can scratch and scorch your countertop. Care should also be taken when sliding objects as this can scratch the surface. Be sure to have seams placed away from sources of water, such as sink areas and dishwashers to avoid water damage.

Laminate is the perfect choice to keep your project on budget. It offers beautiful patterns and gives you the look you’ve been dreaming about.

Our team at Riverbend Interiors Floor’s & Decor are here to help your new build or renovation go as smoothly as possible. Stop by our showroom and check out the plethora of choices available for you to see and feel.

5 Reasons to Choose Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring


With so many flooring options and information available, it’s hard to decide what’s right for your space. Whether you’re building a new home, renovating your existing home, or developing commercial space, Riverbend Interiors Floors & Décor has the selection and expertise to help you choose the floor that’s right for you.

One of the greatest innovations in flooring in the last five years is luxury vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl flooring offers the appearance of hardwood or tile without its cost and maintenance. Luxury vinyl is available in a “drop” type product or a “click” option. It will not expand and contract like hardwood and stands up to heavy traffic spaces. Luxury vinyl plank is waterproof, easy to install, durable and repairable. The wide pattern selections allow you to install it almost anywhere.

1. Waterproof

Vinyl plank and tile are manufactured with a vinyl or plastic core, often reinforced with a fibreglass layer for increased stability, and is not susceptible to water. Vinyl flooring can be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms, as well as front and back entryways. You no longer need to worry about water damage from appliances and plumbing fixtures, or wet traffic coming in and out. For busy homes with pets and kids, this is the ideal floor for you.

2. Easy Installation

Whether you choose professional installation or to Do-It-Yourself, vinyl plank and tile are designed to be installed over any flat and dry surface including concrete, tile, linoleum, hardwood or plywood. Installation doesn’t require any fancy tools. With minimal floor preparation, vinyl plank and tile are easy, and less costly, to install yourself. Of course, you can choose to have it installed by our qualified team of professionals. If you install it yourself, our team makes sure you have everything you need to succeed.

3. Durable and Repairable

Featuring poly-urethane UV coated wear layers rated for commercial use, vinyl plank flooring is one of the toughest products on the market. Let’s face it, kids and pets are hard on your home. Dropped toys, birthday parties, spilled juice, excited puppy moments, and heavy traffic all take their toll. Vinyl plank is designed to resist damage and is easy to clean and care for, giving you peace of mind to enjoy your home without worry. One of the best features of this product is that if you do happen to damage a plank, it can be easily removed and replaced with a new plank.

4. Versatile

The stable core construction of vinyl plank flooring will not expand and contract like hardwood or laminate. It is a great choice for your cabin, sunroom, and travel trailer. The superior stability of vinyl plank also eliminates the need for transitions pieces, allowing a seamless passage from room to room. Multiple textures and finishing options make it a good option for stairs and can be customized into stair nosing, for a higher-end look.

5. Selection

This kind of flooring comes in a huge selection of patterns, colours, widths, and textures. This allows you to achieve the optimal design for any space. Digital graphics and embossing technology of vinyl plank add a range of textures designed to replicate the look of real wood or stone. Whether you are after a modern contemporary look, classic traditional, or a rustic, country aesthetic, Riverbend Interiors has the options to make your dream flooring a reality.

Riverbend Interiors Floors & Décor has selection, expertise and professional installers to make your renovation project go smoothly. Make your home the home of your dreams. Go ahead with your Do-It-Yourself projects, or have your flooring professionally installed. Riverbend Interiors provides free detailed estimates and offers a price match guarantee, so you can feel confident you’re getting the best value. With quality flooring options in all price ranges, you can complete your project on time and on budget.

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Our shop local guarantee means we will match any competitor’s price on identical products.  If we don’t have the products you’re looking for we’ll gladly search the market for it.  With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we’ll also be glad to explain how you get what you pay for with quality products and installations.