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Mixed metals make a hit paired with distressed wood floors

If you’re feeling like your summer oasis isn’t as haute as it could be, you might be missing a little bling. Try adding a combination of gold, copper and steel accents with rustic laminate and engineered hardwood floors. The juxtaposition of mixed metals with the matte patina of distressed wood is sheer brilliance.

Whether you choose an engineered hardwood floor or laminate floor, you’ll find that the rustic, distressed look is right on target for most current trends. If you’re interested in testing your metal to see what works with your style, here’s the scoop on a few.

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Have you heard? Brass is back! But it’s not the brassy brass you knew from your childhood. This time it’s remixed with newer finishes to be blackened, bronzed and matte. The new brass look adds elegant style and looks fantastic mixed with the rich browns in the Elevae and Elonge™ collections.

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Gold is always glamorous

Gold lighting fixtures make a hit when paired with distressed floors. | Quick•Step Style

All that glimmers … glimmers still. Gold remains a classic metal in home décor. That’s because gold metals add warmth to any space. Gold for 2016 is burnished to create a darker, richer gold tone. Pair it with other metals for a contemporary metal mix or use it alone as a stunning addition to a tablescape. Fresh new gold looks include lighting, furniture and unique fixtures for both kitchen and bath. Light burnished gold is especially rich when contrasted to darker chocolate tones.

Copper really pops

Remember how popular rose gold was last year? Well interior trends follow fashion trends. Copper is increasing in popularity with multiple uses in both interiors and architecture. | Quick•Step Style

Remember how popular rose gold was last year? Well interior trends follow fashion trends. Copper is increasing in popularity with multiple uses in both interiors and architecture. Copper warms up a room with a light friendly feel. Look for it in fresh new shapes for lighting and fixtures. Warm copper tones pair beautifully with rich tones in Envique™ Maison Oak or Modello Crimson Merbau.

Mixed metals mix it up

. Look for stunning combinations of platinum, gold, copper and steel. You'll find shiny and matte finishes in fresh tones both warm and cool. Layer them into your decor in a variety of ways. | Quick•Step Style

Metal pairings are one of the top trends for 2016 according to House Beautiful. Look for stunning combinations of platinum, gold, copper and steel. You’ll find shiny and matte finishes in fresh tones both warm and cool. Layer them into your decor in a variety of ways. These metals work well with a combination of plank styles, like Elonge™ Tarnished Silver Maple and Original Spiced Ginger Hickory from our Q•Wood Collection.

Rustic and distressed floors

Rustic laminate or engineered hardwood floors and metal make a great team. The defined colors and range of finishes allow for flexibility with a variety of design styles. Lighter and grey tone floors create a casual look when combined with darker metals, while darker floors dress up a room when mixed with burnished gold and brass and matte silver finishes.

Check out all the floors in our Quick•Step laminate and Q•Wood engineered hardwood collections at us.quick-step.com. You’ll find a range of styles perfect for your next project.

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