Wool Carpet in Albuquerque – Poulin Design Center

When you’re looking for luxury in your new carpeting, it’s essential to consider wool. Carpet is made from a huge variety of materials now—from nylon to polyester and everything in between. There are many options for the Albuquerque homeowner, and yet, wool still seems to steal the show when homeowners want the best. Here are some fast facts on wool carpeting from the Poulin Design Center here in Albuquerque.


Anyone who has wool carpet installed in their home will tell you it is truly warm underfoot.  The natural insulating properties of wool carry over once it is made into a carpet or an area rug.  This makes it a particularly attractive flooring option for bedrooms where you want a warmer flooring material.

Stain and Fire Resistance

An important quality of any new carpet is stain resistance. Try as we might, there will eventually be a stain or two that needs to be dealt with on the new carpeting.  That is where wool can really shine.  The material naturally resists stains and will be easy to keep looking great for years to come. Hopefully there will never be an incident that would require your carpet to be flame resistant, but wool does also provide that feature.

Natural, Sustainable Materials

As more and more homeowners look to go green and find sustainable, natural materials for their homes, more and more people turn to wool. Wool is not a synthetic fiber and many wool carpet manufacturers boast that their product is completely natural and even biodegradable.

Unparalleled Durability

You spend a lot of time walking on the flooring in your home.  It’s important to have a carpet installed that is up to the high foot-traffic challenge.  Here again wool ranks at the top compared to other carpet fiber options.   The pile of the wool will weigh in, but overall, you’re looking at a carpet that could last you many, many years.

Color and Style Options

Oftentimes homeowners will envision wool carpeting as being the same color as the wool you see on a sheep!  While this can be the case, wool is also an excellent candidate for dyes meaning wool carpet is available in many colors, textures and pile heights.

The best way to really understand the difference wool brings is to feel the difference for yourself. Call the experts at the Poulin Design Center.  We will schedule a free design consultation to go over all of the carpeting options available for your Albuquerque home!

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Color Balance in Kitchen Design

Kitchen design options can sometimes feel endless. What cabinet finish would you like? Which flooring sample would be best? Should you choose granite countertops or tile countertops? And what about that backsplash? Here at the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque we can walk you through the decision making process. Read on for some tips to consider when it comes to color in your kitchen design.

Finding Balance

Sometimes a homeowner will be looking to create a kitchen in all one color.  For example, a totally white kitchen is an option that looks incredibly sleek, modern, and clean.  However, more often than not homeowners are looking for some degree of contrast. This means that you may choose bright, white cabinets, but then chose a darker backsplash or flooring option.  This helps to create a balance between light and dark in the kitchen design.

Bright Pops of Color

The kitchen is the perfect place to show some personality with your design.  Painting a wall a bold color like red, yellow, or even green can help to add in a pop of color.  If you have any glass cabinets or open cabinets you can paint the back wall of the cabinet to add in an accent color there as well. Another place to add in color is with the backsplash.  You can add in colorful ceramic tile, natural stone, or even glass.

Decide on a Palette

Figure out which colors are most important to you and build your palette around those colors.  For example, if you wanted light blue wall paint, you might want to also consider adding in greys, whites, and perhaps a darker color as well in the flooring.  This will help your kitchen design come together and be a cohesive design you are proud of.

Ready to get your kitchen redesigned?  Call the experts at the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque for a free design consultation!

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Where to Add Wall-to-wall Carpet – Poulin Design Center

Some homeowners may be thinking that the days of carpet are over and instead it’s time to rely solely on area rugs for our carpet fix. While area rugs are very popular for living room designs, there are still some areas of the home where you can be confident that wall-to-wall carpeting is the best choice for your Albuquerque home. Here are some tips from the experts at the Poulin Design Center on where to add that wall-to-wall carpet.

Upstairs bedrooms

You want your bedroom to be a clean, comfortable refuge. Carpet offers that cozy surface upon which to build the rest of your room design. One of the great things about carpet is it adds sound insolation.  For this reason many bedrooms upstairs often feature wall-to-wall carpeting.


Finishing your basement into extra living space is an excellent way to add value to your home and also give you and your family a bonus room!  The basement is the perfect place to set up a cozy reading nook or an entertainment center for movie watching at home. Often basement flooring is concrete.  Installing carpet with the correct carpet pad is an excellent way to get warm and inviting flooring for your basement.


It’s easy to overlook the flooring on your staircase. However, carpet can be a perfect option for staircases.  You can choose to install the carpet over the entire staircase, or you can install a runner down the staircase.  Carpet will give you added traction and provide a softer surface for potential falls.


When you’ve got little ones running around, you know how important carpet can be.  Carpet adds a safe surface for kids to play, walk, crawl and sometimes fall.  Carpet also comes in a multitude of colors and patterns so don’t be afraid to add in hot pink carpet, bright green, or carpet squares.

Ready to install new carpet in your Albuquerque home?  Call the experts at the Poulin Design Center and schedule a free in-home consultation!

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Patio Flooring Options

Summer is here and now more than ever homeowners in the Albuquerque area are enjoying time at home outdoors! This is the time of year when it’s perfect to have your deck and patio looking great. If you’re considering adding in a patio to your backyard design look no further than the many varieties of natural stone and tile available at the Poulin Design Center here in Albuquerque!


If you like to have options then slate could be perfect for you. Slate is a popular patio flooring option for a reason.  Slate comes in browns, greys and even blues.  You can choose a uniform color and shape for your tiles or you can opt to have various tile sizes installed in a pattern.  If you’re going for a more earthy vibe on your patio you may want to consider natural cut slate instead of choosing slate in square tile form. Slate tile will help you tame your backyard using natural materials to help your patio feel like an intentional extension of your home.


The romantic and classic patios of Europe can be yours in your very own home.  The bright, cheerful color of travertine will help to brighten up your patio and create a beautiful, neutral tone to build the rest of your design.  You may wish to have your patio stone sealed to help provide additional traction and protection for the tiles.

Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

If you think porcelain and ceramic tiles can only be installed in bathrooms, think again!  Porcelain tiles are made to mimic the appearance of other natural stone types and can make an ideal and slightly more affordable patio flooring option. It’s best to see and feel the patio flooring options out there before choosing which type is right for your home.

If you’re ready to make your patio the spot to entertain on summer evenings call the experts at the Poulin Design Center!  We’ll set up a complimentary design consultation so that you can find the perfect patio flooring for your Albuquerque home.

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Living Room

When you first move into a home you put thought into every detail: the wall paint, the flooring, the décor, and colors. But over time, you may find yourself unhappy with the original design choices made. That’s when it’s time to give your living room—a room where you spend a considerable amount of time—a quick refresh. Read on to learn 5 ways to refresh your living room from the Poulin Design Center here in Albuquerque!

Accent Wall

When it comes to wall paint colors, going with classic, white, cream, or even grey is a safe and beautiful option.  However, don’t be shy about adding in an accent wall to give a pop of color.  Consider a subtle blue, a bold orange, or even a bright red.

Area Rug

Maybe you chose an area rug for your living room that has now seen a lot of foot traffic.  It may be time to have the area rug professionally cleaned, or it may be time to go in a new direction.  Perhaps you don’t want an area rug anymore in this room.  Or perhaps you want to pick a totally different style and pattern with a new area rug.  As you make changes to your living room design just be sure to maintain a balance so that your living room is not overwhelmed by too many patterns.

New Furniture Piece

A coffee table can add a lot of charm to your home.  Consider making this the feature piece of furniture in the room.  Or, perhaps a clean, new couch is in order to breathe new life into your living room!  Take a look around your living room and see if any furniture piece looks like it needs to go.

New Details

Sometimes a quick purchase of new throw pillows, new curtains, a new blanket, or even a new piece of artwork can liven up a living room. Don’t be afraid to move in pieces of décor from other rooms and give them a new home in the living room!

New Flooring

Of course every great living room design starts with the right flooring.  Has your laminate seen better days? Is it time to finally get the solid hardwoods you’ve been wanting? Maybe it’s time to tear out the wall-to-wall carpet and give the room and update.  Changing the flooring will change the whole room and make it feel fresh and new.

Ready to make your living room a beautiful oasis in your home?  Call the experts at the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque.  We have a huge selection of flooring options that can help transform your living room! Call us today for a free design consultation.


5 Convincing Hardwood Flooring Alternatives

If you’ve decided you want hardwood flooring in your Albuquerque area home, you might want to consider these alternatives that can look like the real thing. These flooring options provide the hardwood flooring look you desire, but allow you to save on materials!

Vinyl Plank

I know that you’re thinking vinyl sounds like it’s a long way away from hardwood.  However, luxury vinyl plank flooring is now textured and looks pretty close to the real deal.  This option works particularly well in basements, laundry rooms, or even an entryway where moisture can sometimes be a concern.

Wood-Look Tile

You’d be amazed at the tile that is on the market today.  Wood-look tile is typically installed with thin grout lines that are black or dark brown in color.  This allows the tile to mimic the hardwood flooring and not look like tile at all!  The tile will be colder underfoot, but if you have pets and were at all worried about scratching, wood-look tile may be the way to go.


If homeowners were to look at many hardwood flooring alternatives side-by-side, laminate would win as the most convincing of all.  The smooth surface of laminate mimics the smooth finish of a solid hardwood floor perfectly.  Perhaps why this flooring option looks like the real deal is because a very high-resolution photograph of hardwood is used to create this flooring!


Bamboo plants are technically a grass that grows much more quickly than many hardwood trees. This makes it more affordable and also more eco-friendly.  And don’t worry about durability with Bamboo; it is harder than many hardwood flooring species!

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

This is not exactly an alternative to hardwood flooring because engineered hardwood flooring is made from real hardwood!  However, the multi-layered design makes this flooring type more affordable and more adaptable to humidity and moisture.  With engineered hardwood, you’ll be able to sand and refinish your floors 1-3 times.  With a solid hardwood floor, you can refinish up to 10 times!

Ready to get the look of beautiful hardwood flooring in your home?  Call the experts at the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque today for a free design consultation!

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Options For Your Bathroom Remodel

One of the many services Poulin Design Center offers to New Mexico homeowners is bathroom remodeling through Re-Bath. Re-Bath offers the cutting edge in bathroom remodeling, providing you with quick installation of new showers, baths, floors, and countertops in top quality materials that will be both easy to clean and beautiful.

You can get a total bathroom remodel with Re-Bath, or you can choose to upgrade just one component, like your bath or shower. There are a range of options suited to every consumer, so here is an overview of your bath and shower choices.

Your first option is to simply replace your old, outdated bathtub or shower. Your new Re-Bath tub or shower won’t be just a new version of what you have, though. It’s much better than that. All Re-Bath shower bases and bathtubs are made out of SSP, or Solid Surface Polymer, a material far superior to traditional acrylic, fiberglass, pressed steel, and cast iron. Unlike these materials, SSP is easy to clean, warm instead of cold, and will always look shiny and brand new.

You can do more than simply replacing the shower or tub base itself. You can also choose to remodel the walls around your shower or bathtub. Re-Bath offers both SSP or natural stone for wall surrounds, and both are excellent choices for their natural resistance to mold and mildew and both come in a wide variety of colors. Poulin’s Re-Bath is the best place for a natural stone remodel in your bathroom because our natural is both stronger and lighter than the natural stone other companies use. If you’d prefer a tiled look to a smooth one, choose SSP. Even our SSP tiles are grout less, which means they are so much easier to keep clean than what you’re used to.

But Re-Bath at Poulin isn’t all about just getting a more attractive bathroom. Depending on your needs, you might want to change your current bathtub or shower setup, and Poulin can absolutely help you with that. Do you never use your bathtub, or are you worried that stepping into it could lead to a fall? Get a shower instead, with Re-Bath’s tub to shower conversion, which will replace your old bathtub with a beautiful, glass-door shower with a slip-resistant base and option safety bars and seats. Or, maybe you can no longer use a traditional bathtub but would love to be able to take baths again. Re-Bath can make that possible with a walk-in tub, complete with the latest safety features.

Poulin Design Center can help you decide which of these options is best for your home with a free consultation. Your first step toward added convenience and luxury in your bathroom is only a click away.

Kitchen Remodel Trends

Some people could easily describe their dream kitchen in detail. But many of us could probably only say that it would look a lot better than their current kitchen. If you’ve decided on kitchen remodeling for your Sante Fe home and you’re not an interior decorator, you would probably like some help in not only installing your new kitchen but designing it. Luckily, Poulin Design Center can do it all. With this local New Mexico business, you’re not hiring a contractor… you are hiring an entire design team.

Poulin’s 5Day Kitchen provides you with home design experts who work with you to design your perfect kitchen while keeping the plans within your budget, a top quality installation team that will have your kitchen ready in 5-15 days, and a two-year guarantee. The first step, planning your dream kitchen with Poulin’s design experts, while probably not as exciting as seeing your new kitchen for the first time, is a fun experience for Sante Fe homeowners and one that is especially personalized and in-depth at Poulin.

Poulin’s unique Design Center allows you to walk through and experience the wide range of kitchen remodeling materials and products we offer as well as many beautiful showrooms of model kitchens. While browsing through all of these possibilities can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming. To help you begin thinking about what your new Poulin kitchen will look like, here are four trends in kitchen design that can act as a starting place:

A traditional kitchen remodel features dark woods, classic neutral colors, and natural stone countertops. It’s a cozy, welcoming style that could be great for you if you prefer home décor that is based on time-tested classics.

A contemporary kitchen remodel features clean, modern lines, which means room for creativity with metals, bright whites, and pops of color. This style is great if you like to be on the cutting edge of home design and prefer a spacious, minimalistic look for your home.

A rustic kitchen remodel features natural wood and stone surfaces, bolder lines, woodwork, and stonework. These elements are great if you prefer a more handcrafted look, and they can work with a variety of home décor styles, from alpine cabin or country cottage to classic Sante Fe western.

Do none of these styles appeal to you? A transitional kitchen remodel is what you need. Transitional kitchens blend multiple styles for a customized look that is all your own. This is great if you like to mix-and-match design elements, such as if you’d like to try adding some contemporary design features to your kitchen but don’t want to stray too far from the traditional or rustic style you’re used to.

No matter what style you decide on during your FREE interactive design experience at either Poulin’s Sante Fe or Albuquerque locations, we know that you’ll be happy with your new 5Day Kitchen. The kitchen is such an important room in a home, a place that brings your family together around good meals and conversation, and that’s why everyone on the Poulin team works as hard as they do to provide you and your family with the highest quality and most efficient kitchen remodeling experience.

Choosing the Perfect Hardwood Floor – Poulin Design Center

It’s hard not to love the timeless look and feel of hardwood. It’s warmth, durability, and versatility makes it a staple in Albuquerque homes. At the Poulin Design Center, many of our clients approach us with hardwood flooring in mind, but they are unsure of the species, grain, width, or finish that would complement their existing décor. Here are some considerations for choosing the perfect hardwood:

The tree you choose determines your floor’s color, grain, and durability. For light floors, many choose maple which ranges in color from cream to light amber. For darker flooring, try oak or cherry. Mahogany is truly unique hardwood. It is dark brown with red undertones, but its shade greatly changes depending on the viewing angle.

The species of tree plays a large role in a hardwood floor’s durability. Each wood type has a Janka hardness rating, which is determined by measuring the force required to embed a steel ball into the wood. Longleaf pine and maple are soft, with ratings of 870 and 950 respectively. Red oak (1290) and white oak (1360) fall in the mid-range and are highly durable for their price. Exotic hardwoods are generally the toughest, with some, such as ebony, garnering ratings upwards of 3220.


Traditionally, hardwood flooring has been derived from nearby trees. Board width was less important than efficiency, which resulted in random width flooring. During the industrial revolution, hardwood flooring became mass manufactured and standard two and one-quarter or three inch widths became common. These sizes are still very popular today, however, you can increasingly find flooring wider than three inches, up to one foot. This style of hardwood is called plank flooring. Variable hardwood flooring is also making a comeback and can be found in a number of species and finishes.

Learn from the Experts

At the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque, we carry hundreds of hardwood flooring options, from red oak parquet to maple planks. Call today for a free, in-home consultation!

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Questions To Ask Before A Remodel

What is my budget? It seems like it would go without saying to make a detailed budget for your remodel, but it often happens that homeowners will eagerly start a project only to leave it half finished when they haven’t thought through the financial side carefully. Do yourself a favor and put in the time to make sure you are taking on a remodel your budget can handle.

What areas of the home are most important?

Many homeowners opt to complete a remodel in stages.  They may complete the kitchen one year and then do the bathrooms the next.  Whatever the plan, just make sure you prioritize which rooms need attention first.

What’s on your schedule already?

Take into consideration what else is going on in your life.  Is your calendar filled up with entertaining at your home?  Will you be out of town in the near future?  It’s best to see what’s on the agenda ahead of time so that your installation and design team can accommodate any special situations.

Do you have experts on your side?

In this world where it seems all too easy to just to do-it-yourself, it can seem like it’s a great idea to put a little effort into your home and save on labor costs!  This is an excellent idea for many small projects on furniture, upholstery, and even painting.  However, when it comes to your home, the largest investment you’ll likely ever make, it’s essential to have a professional design team on your side.  That’s where the experts at the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque come in!  We can help you from start to finish.  Call us today to get your next project underway!

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