By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

bridal flooringSo what in the world does wedding season have in common with floor coverings? Nothing. Or maybe “not nothing”. (Double negative means there’s a positive in here somewhere). I went to see a Karndean DesignFlooring installation at Blush Bridal Salon in Santa Ana, CA today, and wanted to share that with you via this blog. Karndean makes only luxury vinyl woods and stones, and the authenticity of the wood used in this installation made a big impression.

I asked the owner why she chose this floor covering. Her answer was honest and to the point. First of all, she wanted an upscale, elegant look. “Bridal” needs to convey romanticism, clean simplicity, understated elegance. Furnishings and backgrounds can add to those qualities, but the flooring made the biggest statement.

She chose Karndean’s Opus line in style “Grano” to accomplish the ambience she sought. The soft gray tones of the wood made the salon look larger than it actually was. She wanted “understated”, and achieved that. The designer bridal gowns were the stars, pristine whites in contrast to the weathered gray wood floor.

bridal flooringHer other criteria included ease of maintenance. She apologized that her cleaning crew hadn’t been in to clean yet this week (it’s Thursday), but I can honestly say, the floors looked immaculate. Sweeping and/or washing the LVT floor with a low pH cleaner is all that is required. It comes from the manufacturer with a low-sheen glow, which is permanent. She had asked her designer to help her find something with a trustworthy warranty. Check! Karndean offered a 15-year commercial warranty on the style she chose. (Take a look for yourself at

Ambiance (along with champagne) is exactly what brides expect in an up-scale bridal salon.
Congratulations to Blush Bridal. The ambience was elegant and welcoming, and even at 11:00am, the champagne was flowing.