Trends for 2017

Large Format Tile

Tile in larger formats, ranging from 16 x 16 to 36 x 24, will be increasingly popular in 2017. This format will be found in all rooms of the home, and commercial sites, on the floor as well as on the wall.

Emser: Crystal

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Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl flooring has developed into an optimal choice for flooring with its incredible ability to mimic wood, stone, and tile. It can be used in just about any application, even in the bathroom or kitchen, due to the waterproof nature of the material.


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Multi-tonal Carpet

Carpet with a heathered look is a smooth way to incorporate colors into the room without being too bold. This is great for those who want to add dimension and texture while remaining timeless.

Stanton: Abbey Hill Antique

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Bold Patterns

For those who are living on the edge, bold patterns are always a great option. Patterned carpet will be found in many homes this year, with bold tile patterns taking the lead.

Stanton: Alpha Dusk
Cementine Tile

Contrasting Cabinets

Why use a single color on your cabinets when you can utilize two? Two-toned cabinets have popped up, using one color for the bottom cabinets and a different one up top, or using one for the cabinets and another for the island. This look is a great way to incorporate both of the colors you cannot choose from.

Wellborn Cabinets

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Smart, Organized Cabinets

Thanks to our cabinet line, Wellborn Cabinets, there are SO many ways you can customize your cabinets to meet your needs. Anything from corner drawers, pull outs, hidden cutting boards, the possibilities are endless.

Wellborn Cabinets: Drawer with Hidden Cutting Board
Wellborn Cabinets: Corner Drawers
Wellborn Cabinets: Baking Sheet Storage
Wellborn Cabinets: Pot and Lid Organizer


Wellborn Cabinets: Cooking Utensil Organizer



Bare Feet Wanted

Featured Product: Schluter DITRA-HEAT

ditra-heat-1Now that it’s getting cold, wouldn’t it be soo nice to wake up, go to the bathroom, and have warm floors touching your bare feet? At Dalton Carpet One, we have installers who specialize in warming up your tile. There’s even a thermostat to adjust the temperature to your liking. Add a touch of luxury and comfort to your home with Schluter Systems DITRA-HEAT.

“Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT incorporates customizable electric floor warming with the functions associated with DITRA: uncoupling, waterproofing, vapor management, and support to ensure a long lasting installation.

  • The stud structure of DITRA-HEAT is specifically designed to allow for the easy installation of DITRA-HEAT-E-HK heating cables
  • Nominal 1/4″ (5.5 mm) thickness minimizes tile assembly thickness and reduces transitions to lower surface coverings
  • Self-leveling compounds are not required to encapsulate the cables into the membrane
  • Available by the roll or by the sheet to accommodate various room sizes
  • Quick and easy to install and few tools are required
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,950,141, and U.S. DES. PAT. No. D706459 / Canada Ⓓ Schluter Systems L.P. and other patents pending

Floor Warming

DITRA-HEAT combines the flexibility of loose heating cables with the ease of installation of mat systems. Cables can be placed wherever heat is desired, without creating height differences in the floor. Self-leveling compounds are not required to encapsulate the cables, significantly reducing installation time and effort.


Tile has been successfully installed for thousands of years by incorporating an uncoupling layer, or forgiving shear interface, within the tile assembly. DITRA-HEAT provides uncoupling through its geometric configuration, which allows for in-plane movement that effectively neutralizes the differential movement stresses between the substrate and the tile, thus eliminating the major cause of cracking and delaminating of the tiled surface.


DITRA-HEAT provides reliable waterproofing. Its polypropylene composition protects the substrate from moisture penetration, which is particularly important in today’s building environment where most substrates are moisture-sensitive.

Vapor Management

The free space on the underside of DITRA-HEAT provides a route for excess moisture and vapor to escape from the substrate that could otherwise cause damage to the tile covering above. Thus, DITRA-HEAT effectively manages moisture beneath the tile covering.

Support/load distribution

When placed on a solid foundation, columns or pillars can support tremendous loads. The same physical principle applies to DITRA-HEAT installations. Column-like mortar structures are formed in and between the studs on the surface of the matting. Loads are transferred from the tile covering through these column-like mortar structures to the substrate. Since DITRA-HEAT is virtually incompressible within the tile assembly, the advantages of uncoupling are achieved without sacrificing point load distribution capabilities.”
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DCO Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here!

Which of course now means you are graced with the joys gift-giving. This can be stressful, so we at Dalton Carpet One have made it easy for you this season. As always, we got you covered.

New Hardware for your Cabinets $

20161130_155459Hardware can change the look of your entire space. These small details aren’t something that many think they would notice, but once the project is complete, you have a refreshed look that won’t break the bank.

Dalton Carpet-7913Stair Runner $$


The entrance to your home is the first impression. Make a significant impact with your foyer’s appearance, as well as with your spouse, with little effort.

Area Rug $$

20161130_1543521Add some coziness to your living space, bedroom, or even dining area. The warmth of a new area rug can make a dramatic difference. The fact that you can change them out with the seasons is also a plus.


Carpet for your bedrooms $$

20161130_155847The carpet in your bedroom hasn’t been changed in years. It’s worn, starting to peel up, and wasn’t any good from the start. Upgrade to incredibly soft, incredibly durable carpet. BONUS: use one of our super cushioned carpet padding for a luxurious feel beneath your feet. You’ll never wear shoes in your room again.

room_41312Hardwood for your living room $$$


Give the gift that is classic, timeless, and rich. Hardwood has been the choice for living spaces for as long as floors have been around.

Tile for your kitchen and bathrooms $$$

20161130_155746Impress your spouse with removing that hideous pink tile that still covers the walls of your shower-tub and replace it with one of our many options. While you’re at it, replace the floors with a superb slip-resistant tile that will make the neighbors jealous. Oh, don’t forget about the backsplash in the kitchen! This is another great way to make a huge impact without redoing the entire space. BONUS: add a heating unit for your floors. We have Schluter DITRA-HEAT you can try for yourself in store.

dp_bruce-rosenblum-transitional-round-bathroom_s4x3-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-616-462Window treatments $$$

20161130_160048Still stuck with those cheap plastic blinds that your cat has clawed through? Time for an upgrade! We have beautiful shades and blinds that are remote-controlled. Yes, it’s true. Lazy or luxury? I’ll let you be the judge. Test them out in store today!

skandia-110Countertops $$$$


Granite, quartz, or whatever you think is necessary, any of your choices are sure to please your partner. Especially if you’re still working with Formica.

traditional-kitchen-countertopCabinets $$$$$


Get ready for the gift of the century! Yea jewelry can be nice, but new cabinets for her kitchen will stun and amaze. Cooking and entertaining will be changed forever.

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Fall for Your Home Again

How to incorporate your favorite fall decor into your home.

Ah, Autumn! Pumpkin spice, foliage, sweaters, and football. Warm colors of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns surround us in nature. Athens is particularly pretty in this crisp season. Tailgating is one of a kind in our special town! When I think of Fall, I think back to my childhood where we would jump in the leaves, sing Five Little Pumpkins (which was apparently adapted into a book in 1998), make hot apple cider, pick our favorite pumpkin with my many cousins at the pumpkin patch, and wore patterned turtle neck sweaters my mom insisted were “in.” With so much love Fall receives, we want to show you how you can bring this sensational season – from colors to textures and scents – to your home.


The best way to bring Autumn to your home is to bring the outdoors in! Be creative! Popcorn kernels, apples, corn on the cob, sticks, leaves, and even nuts all add touches of nature, which is a beautiful decor concept. A couple of my favorites and more popular options are pumpkins/gourds and foliage.



Well, these are just my favorite so I’ll get started with these. The perfect way to add a punch of autumn to your porch or parlor is to add a precious pumpkin or plenty of ’em. Pumpkins now come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and trends. Some of the ones I like to decorate with most are the velvet, sweater, burlap, and the tee-tiny ones you can find at your local grocer. These textures are great because it brings out elements of Fall that are seen in other decor. Natural gourds that come in odd shapes (super tall with a hooked neck or short and squat), colors (orange, white, dark green, and even striped), and textures (smooth all around and lumpy) tickle me especially. Put them in a table scape, in your entryway, on the mantle, in a wreath, or on a side table. Adding a few pumpkins to your home immediately makes it feel like Fall.

Fall Foliage

It’s called “Fall” for a reason! Leaves fall from the trees and rain down in a colorful shower, ready to be raked up, thrown about, and jumped in. Draping a leaf garland over your mantle, banister, or door frame brings the crisp colors of Autumn into your home. Leaves can be used in decoupage, laying flat on a table, and even seen in patterned decor.

Autumn Color Palette

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Photo by @ellaferguson, a member of the @my_athens team. UGA Campus

What does outside look like during this time of year? Orange, yellow, brown, red- the colors of leaves falling from their trees to be replaced by fresh green ones in a few months, then repeat the cycle all over again.Fiery red maple makes a beautiful focal point when countered with the feathery foliage of dawn redwood laden with warm browns and soft yellows. Keeping these colors in your decor is a sure way to make the space exude Fall.


Throw Blankets

JUST LOOK AT THIS BLANKET! I want to throw it over my head because it reminds me of the big pile of leaves my dad would rake for us to jump in and throw around when I was younger! Who wouldn’t want a pile of gorgeous leaves in your living room, without the mess?!

Throw Pillows

Such an easy way to include the season into your decor! They can be changed out every few weeks to keep the space interesting and timely. Pops of orange, patterns to mimic the season, or textures to create an artistic touch can all be used. I love the tassel fringe used on this one. Be creative!

Let it Glow

The soft yellow glow of candles creates a warm and magical atmosphere for your home. One of my favorites, because of the bonus scent, is 3-wick candle in Autumn (rightfully named) by Bath and Body Works. Smells of bright red Gala apple, juicy fig, eucalyptus leaf, and fir balsam make up this incredible artwork of a scent. No wonder it’s a top seller.

Best Flooring For Your Kitchen

Hardwood, Rubber, Tile, LVT, or Laminate?
Kitchen options to fit all needs.

Floors take a beating, even in fine environments, but nowhere more so than in the kitchen. Command central for preparing dinner, math homework, family gatherings, and more, it’s important to find a kitchen floor that can endure continuous traffic and make the style statement you want.

In your search for kitchen floors, durability, affordability, maintenance, and softness should be considered. Because of the possibility of water, spills, and messes, water-resistance and friction should also be taken into consideration. You wouldn’t want to slip in a puddle of water while holding the main entrée!

Just about any interior design style can be complemented with tile or wood. Because of their versatility, durability, color and texture variation, and timeless beauty, they make up 72% of kitchen installations (Builder Practices Survey).



Tile makes up about 41% of kitchen installations. In the event that a tile does crack or chip, it can easily be popped out and replaced. Tile can cost anywhere from 99 cents to $30 per square foot, depending on the quality of the tile. The great thing is that tile has a wide variety of colors, styles, shapes, sizes, and textures. Even cheaper tile can be glazed to mimic certain looks, like marble or wood planks. Tile does just fine when it gets wet, so cleaning it is a breeze.

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Making up about 31% of kitchen installations, hardwood flooring comes up second on kitchen flooring. Unfortunately, hardwood is not quite as durable as tile, as it can scratch and dent. Another downside is that it doesn’t do well when it gets wet. In the event a child adds dish soap to the dishwasher by mistake (guilty!) you would have to completely replace your floors. Hardwood has such a naturally gorgeous appearance, it can be hard to pass up!

Other 28%:



A more expensive option, but only because it is very durable. Stone (quartz, slate, granite) does not absorb very much water and is also very easy to clean. A great option for a luxurious kitchen.

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As with most things, laminate made with higher quality materials will be more durable. The better-made it is, the more expensive it will be. Most options are fairly cheap, though. Laminate typically comes in a pattern that mimics the appearance of wood. It is fairly easy to clean, just use a damp mop.
Contrary to popular belief, laminate is not waterproof! If there is a leak from a burst pipe, you will most likely have to replace your floors. Fortunately, it can be so cheap this may not that big of a deal. It was time to replace that pattern anyway!


LVT/Sheet Vinyl

Luxury vinyl tiles or sheets are a very versatile option, as it comes in a wide selection of colors, patterns, and sizes. Like laminate, vinyl is more durable as the quality goes up. Vinyl tiles or sheets are a very cheap option for flooring, especially for how durable and versatile it can be. It is very easy to clean and is more water-resistant that laminate.



Used mostly in commercial space, rubber is making appearances in residential homes. Rubber flooring can be expensive but is so durable it is worth it. It is resistant to water and slips, making it a great option for your kitchen. Rubber floors come in a wide assortment of colors, textures, and can be cut into pretty much any shape you may desire. Even that fleur-de-lis I am so fond of! One of the few downfalls is that it stains easily with oils, but it is easy to clean otherwise.

Semi-Custom vs. Custom Cabinets

Dalton Carpet-7912Dalton Carpet One is proud to be a dealer of the semi-custom cabinet line, Wellborn. We’re often asked what differentiates our cabinets from custom cabinets. The answer is: not much at all!

Wellborn offers more than 50 door styles, 6 wood species, and more than 60 finishes. This includes a vast assortment of stains, paints, glazes, and finishing techniques that range over a variety of design styles. We also offer a multitude of construction options and copious storage solutions.

Wellborn is family owned and operated in Ashland, Alabama. Once your order is placed, dedicated workers in these facilities carefully craft the cabinets, resulting in durability and great craftsmanship. Essentially, the same process as if you were working with a custom cabinet shop. They are all built, sanded, and finished by hand with high standards and a quality control department that ensures these standards are met.

Another great benefit of our semi-custom cabinet line is the guaranteed turnaround time. Wellborn keeps a very strict schedule on production and operate within a 3-4 week timeframe. This gives us control over the scheduling of your project and is, in general, a shorter time frame than you would experience with a custom shop.

There are some misconceptions that these cabinets, sometimes referred to as “pre-fab” or “manufactured,” are considered cheap, or of low quality. We do indeed have an economical entry-level line through Wellborn that would meet the needs of those with a smaller budget, but not all of our cabinets would fit in that category. Also keep in mind that not all custom cabinets are created equal. There are a lot of very skilled carpenters that create beautiful custom cabinets with amazing craftsmanship, but there are also “custom cabinet” guys that use subpar materials & machinery that don’t always create quality cabinets. As you can see, there are many blurred lines between the different types of cabinets available to you.

Essentially, there are very few things that can’t be achieved by working with our semi-custom cabinet line. A visit to our showroom will give you a glimpse in what can be created for your home and will get your creativity flowing. Our designers are able to tailor to your tastes and desires to create the kitchen and bath of your dreams!

For more information on the products shown here or any other flooring or cabinet products available at Dalton Carpet One, visit our showroom on Atlanta Highway in Athens, call 706.353.0547, or visit our website at

–Written by Lauren Harrell, Kitchen & Bath Designer at Dalton Carpet One Floor & Home