Cork Flooring

By Jill

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2020 3:29 PM


Amorim WISE cork flooring - color Traces Natural
Amorim WISE - Traces Natural

With the world evolving toward a more conscious outlook on living, greener homes are becoming the most relevant and popular trend in 2020. At Barry Carpet, we are passionate about the environment we live in and pride ourselves on the eco-friendly products we carry. Cork flooring, a sustainable option, has recently become much more accessible and stylish, with some incredible features that will genuinely surprise you.

Cork flooring comes from the outer bark of the cork oak tree. Since it can be stripped and removed several times with little harm to the tree, it is a steady source of renewable raw material. Along with being 100% biodegradable, It is also impermeable to moisture and has natural rot-resistant and fire-resistant properties. A harvested cork oak tree helps reduce global warming by absorbing 5 times more CO2 from the atmosphere. We at Barry Carpet value cork as an incredibly natural and safe product!

Elastic, durable, warm and soft underfoot, cork flooring is flexible to a variety of spaces and because of its softer give, its ideal for children, elders, and those susceptible to falling. Compared to engineered wood, walking across cork flooring is a quieter experience. Since cork provides fantastic insulation against sound and vibrations, it can be used beneath floating floor systems as a muffler and to help give floors a more natural sound. It is also a great choice for intensive building projects, such as apartments, where you need to dampen the sound of heavy footsteps from above.

Amorim WISE cork flooring - Contempo Loft
Amorim WISE - Contempo Loft

Our newest cork brand addition at Barry Carpet is Amorim WISE, which is a sustainable, non PVC, floating solution that is 100% WaterProof. Amorim WISE is a climate positive flooring choice that has superior wear resistance suitable for any type of project.

A cork underlayment is included for extra performance, providing optimal temperature underfoot year round, noise reduction and organic comfort. With a cork rigid core for reinforced dimensional stability and superior wear resistance, Amorim WISE is suitable for any residential or commercial project. Amorim WISE makes cork flooring with wood, stone, and cork visuals, If the look of cork is not for you, there are additional, more conventional natural style options that may suit your taste.

Visit our Barry Carpet flooring showroom in West Los Angeles to see a variety of cork and other eco-friendly flooring options. See our “Eco-Friendly Floors” on our website for more info on cork and other sustainable flooring options. Or give us a call to speak with one of our flooring experts to help you find what you are looking for.

We are Barry Carpet. Quality and beauty, always with a smile.

Barry Carpet
11061 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3761

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LVT is Today’s Hottest Flooring Option

By Jill

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:21 PM


COREtec Stone - Arubani
COREtec Stone - Arubani
COREtec Plus Enhanced Herringbone - Antioch Oak
COREtec Plus Enhanced Herringbone - Antioch Oak

In the last few years, vinyl flooring has evolved more than any other type of flooring. Originally used in commercial spaces, vinyl is making its way into more homes now than ever before. The reason why? Consumers are enamored with its sheer beauty, uncanny resemblence to hardwood, ease of installation, and lower price point. So, voila! Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVT Flooring) is now the leading trend in the flooring industry today and in highest demand.

According to Floor Covering Weekly in a 2019 article, "LVT of today is built to endure the rigors of everyday living, guarding against worries such as dents, scratches and water, among others. In addition, these products offer the visual appeal of traditional hardwood or tile but will not fade over time."

Advancing technology has given vinyl manufacturers the ability to develop unbelievably realistic tiles and planks mimicking natural looks, such as wood and stone. These stunning designs rival hardwood and LVT often wins because of its diverse designs and incredible endurance. Certain LVT styles are waterproof, making your flooring choice a smart one. Let’s be honest, hardwood is an expensive investment, not only upfront, but also long-term, as the damage that can be done from leaks, pets, and kiddos is inevitable.

USFloors COREtec Plus HD Sherwood - Rustic Pine
USFloors COREtec Plus HD Sherwood - Rustic Pine

If you have pets and are looking for a new floor, chances are you will want to learn about 100% Waterproof, Pet-proof, COREtec Luxury Vinyl Flooring (also referred to as Coretec LVT Flooring)

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Another option for waterproof LVT is Coretec Pro Flooring from US Floors, which has patented SPC solid rigid core construction for outstanding durability. Coretec Pro Floors are also dent-resistant and pet-proof. Because of this, these LVT floors are ideal for commercial projects where there is heavy foot traffic and where maintenance is a concern.

Since LVT is enduring and easy to clean, it has the most long-lasting floor life. As a result, your LVT flooring will maintain its beauty much longer than traditional hardwood. And surprisingly, LVT comes with a lower price tag!

At our Barry Carpet flooring showroom in West Los Angeles, we have the all the latest fashions of LVT and the flooring expertise to help you with your purchase. We also stand behind every floor we sell and install, so you can rest assured that we have your back. Step into our Los Angeles flooring store and let us help you choose the best LVT flooring for your home or office! We also offer free in-home estimates, free take-home samples, expert installation, and financing is available.

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11061 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3761

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Cozy Up Your Home this New Year: Tips From Our Top Interior Designers

By Jill

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2019 2:36 PM


2019 is here and we at Barry Carpet asked three of our favorite interior designers to share with you their design tips to consider for your home this new year. Read below to meet the designers and hear what they have to say about how to make your living space not only beautiful, but also cozy and charming this season!

Chiavaro Design
Chiavaro Design

Designer Name: Stacy Chiavaro, Chiavaro Design

Georgette Westerman Interiors
Georgette Westerman Interiors

Designer Name: Georgette Westerman, Georgette Westerman Interiors

Blythe Home Interior Design
Blythe Home Interior Design

Designer Name: Stacey Copeland, Blythe Home Interior Design

1. What do you think is the most essential part of a design?

CD: The most essential part of interior design is connecting people with their homes. Building the bridge between house and home requires equal amounts design expertise and ability to create an interior that embodies the homeowner’s personal style.

GWI: The most essential part of design is really understanding who your client is and what it is that is important and special to them. It’s also about building a personal relationship with the client that has long term effects, both emotionally and spiritually.

BHID: The most essential part of design is for the final outcome to express the personality of the client. The challenge is in designing something that feels real and personal for someone you don’t know well. I don’t want my clients to feel like like they are inhabiting a movie set.

2. What inspired you to go into interior design?

CD: Architectural history seminars in college impressed upon me the spirit of built spaces and their ability to change your perspective and mood. Every project is its own study of human nature.

GWI: As a young child, I used to spend hours in front of my dollhouse, not playing with the dolls, but decorating their homes. My mother always knew that I had a knack for design and she is the one who ultimately encouraged me to go to school for interior design and build a career in it.

BHID: It runs in the family—my grandmothers, aunt and mom all have an affinity and love for interior design. Growing up we would rearrange the house for fun a few times a year and spend weekends shopping for antiques and art.

Chiavaro Design

Room scene by Chiavaro Design

3. What is your favorite type of project?

CD: The types of projects I appreciate most are the ones which we establish trust in the early stages of a project and we’re able to let our creativity lead the client to a place they love, but never knew existed.

GWI: My favorite type of project is one where I can really connect with the client. I love the time spent with them, collaborating, scheming, and executing our vision.

BHID: My favorite type of project is one that pushes me out of my personal taste and strays away from the safe choices. I’m working with a client right now who is extremely bold and the result is turning out to be so fun and unlike anything I have done before. We’re doing a mural of gold leaf dripping on one wall in front of a cobalt sofa in the media room and vintage curved French sofa from the 1940’s on an abstract fuschia and lavender silk rug in the library. It’s all full of personality.

4. What are flooring options that offer a cozy feel to a home?

CD: Herringbone wood floors are a classic! They add warmth and charm to both contemporary and traditional interiors.

GWI: I love carpeting the bedrooms. There’s something about carpet underfoot when you get out of bed in the morning or slip into bed at night. It’s a very warm and inviting sensation that’s essential to one’s well being. I also love area rugs because I feel they are essential for grounding and defining a space.

BHID: I am a big fan of wool rugs and broadloom carpet for the cozy feel they bring to a home, especially in a bedroom. I do recognize that there is also a place for synthetic rugs. Recently I have added carpet runners to several stairways, and most of them have been from the Tuftex line. For an older couple, they wanted the added safety the runner provides and another family with lots of pets and teenagers wanted to dampen the sound of everyone going up and down the stairs. Both clients are thrilled with the cozy feeling a carpet stair runner provides.

Georgette Westerman Interiors

Room scene by Georgette Westerman Interiors

5. How do you pick an area rug? Any favorite brands/designers?

CD: I adore a subtle stripe area rug for family rooms, breakfast rooms, and casual rooms that don’t require the opulence of antique rugs. My favorite rugs are made by the brands Radici and Prestige, which I have custom made into area rugs by Barry Carpet.

GWI: Size of an area rug is very important! It’s essential to think about proportion before selecting one. Once the size has been determined, I like to have my rugs custom made with Barry Carpet. This selection process always starts with Marbella at Barry!

BHID: I always pick an area rug that is one or two levels bolder than the rest of the room. There is something about laying a design on the floor that dials down the intensity. I tend to gravitate toward antique rugs in most of my designs, especially the very old and slightly imperfect ones. I just suggested a Missoni area rug in their signature zig-zag weave, bound in bright green for a tween girl’s room—I hope the client signs off on it.

6. What are some design tips to add warmth to the home?

CD: Fresh boxwood or pine wreaths placed throughout the home are my favorite holiday accents. Black taper candles also create warm and cozy spaces. If you haven’t lit black candles in your home, you are missing out!

GWI: The holidays can be wonderful, yet overwhelming at times so it’s important that you surround yourself with colors that make you feel good. I also suggest you change your throw pillows to reflect the season. It’s easy and can be an inexpensive way to dress up a room.

BHID: It’s not a secret tip, but I suggest that you put all your lighting on dimmers and add a lot of candlelight. Not only does candlelight flatter and make everyone feel a notch sexier, but the added benefit is that you don’t notice the spot where my dog scratched the paint off the door or the silver candlestick I didn’t get around to polishing – in other words I feel less anxious about every detail being perfect. Nothing adds warmth like a relaxed and cheerful host or hostess welcoming you into their home.

Blythe Home Interior Design

Room scene by Blythe Home Interior Design

Want to follow these incredible interior designers? See below for their websites and Instagram accounts:

Designer Name: Stacy Chiavaro
Designer Brand: Chiavaro Design
Website: www.chiavarodesign.com
Instagram: @chiavarodesign

Designer Name: Georgette Westerman
Designer Brand: Georgette Westerman Interiors
Website: www.georgettewestermaninteriors.com
Instagram: @georgettewestermaninteriors

Designer Name: Stacey Copeland
Designer Brand: Blythe Home Interior Design
Website: www.blythehome.com
Instagram: @blythe_home

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