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Get ready to reinvigorate your space -- you’ve come to the right place for home decorating ideas and style solutions for every room! We’ve got decor tips and top trends for decorating homes whether your home-sweet-home is a house, condo, or apartment. Looking for an easy home decorating idea to spruce up your space? We post our favorite new finds every day (including plenty of bargain picks!). Or browse our photo galleries -- you’ll find home decoration ideas for every room and every style. Thinking of painting your walls, buying furniture, or even just getting organized? All the info you need is right here. For even more home decorating ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out our Nestie house tours. Peek inside real Nesties’ homes, and see some of our favorite details, from front doors to dining rooms. No matter what kind of home decorating idea you’re searching for, you’re sure to spot something you love. Remember, you don’t have to give your pad a complete makeover to make a change. Why not just try a new window treatment or hang some artwork? Decorating homes is easy with our simple, easy-to-follow tricks. Learn how to add a bold pop of color in your kitchen or on your couch, or how to make the most of a small space with functional furniture that does double duty. And we have tons of home decoration ideas that won’t bust your budget, from ways to decorate for less to home finds for under $100 (or even less than $50!).

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Renovating Q&A: Laminate vs. Real Wood Floors

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We can’t decide between wood laminate and real wood floors. How do you decide?

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Well, your space may help decide for you, says certified kitchen designer Judy Scott, an associate for Home Depot. When it comes to wood floors, you have three options: solid wood planks, engineered wood floors (basically, a plywood material covered with a real wood layer), and wood laminate like Pergo (basically a plastic material created to look like wood). Solid wood, as it adds to the structure of your home, will add value to the house, can also be refinished over and over again and will likely be the most expensive and most involved process. But, says Scott, it can’t be placed below ground level (like in a basement) or in a kitchen or bathroom (potential water damage is too great to take the chance). Engineered wood can be refinished once or twice and is an easier, cheaper alternative, but, says Scott, won’t add value to your house. Wood laminate can be placed on any ground and can take any level of moisture or water, but can never be changed or refinished. And while it also doesn’t add value to your home, you can buy a “floating” version that snaps together instead of one that glues together, and just take it with you when you leave. Or, go supercheap and check out a product called Traffic Master Allure vinyl wood strips that connect with adhesive, and give you the look of real wood in a bathroom. Quick tip: If you have a squeak or groan in your floor before you put down laminate, you’ll have it after; screwing into the floor joists should stop it. Fix it first!  Get more renovation tips from the experts at The Nest.

-- Amy Spencer

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