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.


Annette Callari | floortalk.wfca.orgI have had the privilege of writing for the World Floor Covering Association for many years now (and hopefully for many more.) What an incredible organization. They are all about education—for floor covering specialists, for their skilled installers, and especially for YOU, the professional designer and the public. I am aware that professionals from a cross-section of specialties read Designer’s Corner and FloorTalk. With that in mind, my goal is to present relevant, timely topics in the months to come to help you make important flooring choices in sync with current design trends.

Some of the readers’ comments have fueled my excitement for doing what I do, and I wanted to share that. A recent column featuring important “must-haves” for aging in place elicited quite a few comments. One reader commented that they are downsizing to a new home for retirement, and this article opened their eyes as to exactly what they should be looking for, especially in flooring.

Floor covering is a big investment, and my features on porcelain, luxury vinyl planks, hardwood choices and carpet seem to earn numerous comments. That tells me that this information is helpful in guiding readers through the selection process. It’s the first step in leading you to the right choices for your home.

The fact that through this website you can find quality WFCA members—professional retailers who you can trust to continue the learning curve and help you find the right floor coverings, is invaluable. Be assured these retailers are among the best in the nation.

So to that purpose, I want to extend a sincere “Thank You” to the first-name readers who leave their comments for me. It is more than gratifying to know you are out there—and looking for more solid information to come your way in the future.

Best to all of you,