You haven't seen your old college roommate in a while and she just texted that she'd love to visit you next weekend. Of course, you say "That would be so amazing!" Then you realize...that carpet in the guest room? Not amazing. Can you really do anything about it in a week or less? Absolutely!
Our top recommendation for flooring with fast installation is luxury vinyl. Available in tiles or planks, modern luxury vinyl designs so closely mimic hardwood floors and ceramic tile that it can be really hard to tell the difference. However, unlike hardwood floors, most luxury vinyl brands do not need time to acclimate to a room before installing. You can purchase most luxury vinyl and install it right out of the box on the same day. Another great benefit is after your floors are installed, you can immediately move your furniture back into the room without any wait time.
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Fast & Easy Installation
Although we recommend professional installation whenever possible, luxury vinyl is DIY-friendly, especially if it has a good locking system. These type of floors do not require glue or adhesive to install, but rather "float" on top of the subfloor with the planks or tiles locking together. A great example is Metroflor's Engage Genesis® collections which feature a patented Drop & Lock 100 system that makes installation fast and easy over most existing hard surfaces. Engage Genesis has the added benefit of being waterproof so, the same floor you put in the guest room can easy carry over into the guest bathroom.
From rustic wood to sleek marble tile, luxury vinyl planks and tiles are available in a myriad of modern designs. There is practically no end to your options across all brands of luxury vinyl. So, although you are doing a fast room makeover, you can still get the style you want as if you had planned it for months.
Long after your guests have left, your luxury vinyl floors will still be a welcome addition to your room. Luxury vinyl is one of the easiest floors to maintain and offers great durability so they will last for years to come.
Knowing that your floors can be installed in a snap, frees you up to do other fast room updates. Next to new floors, nothing gives a room a fresh look more than new paint. All the big names have released their Colors of the Year for 2019 and there are some gorgeous colors just waiting to be seen on walls. One of our favorites is Benjamin Moore's Color Trends 2019 palette in calming hues of blush pinks, soft whites, blues, and greens.
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Add a new, cozy throw blanket to the bed and fresh flowers on the night stand for small touches that show big hospitality. For a personalized touch, frame a favorite picture of you and your friend to let her know that no matter what the guest room looks like, you are so happy she is there.