Your floor is often the foundation of your home’s interior design. It’s responsible for the first impression guests have from the moment they step through the front door. Think of your floor as a canvas, open to interpretation and ready to receive the brush strokes that will complement the rest of each rooms’ decor.
Five Trending Concepts in Interior Design
1. Ceramic Wood
Do you have an affinity for wood floors yet fear the upkeep required to keep them looking new? This concern is compounded when you have children in the home, with hard-cornered items being dropped on the ground around the clock. Thankfully, there is a new trend in flooring that will give your home the wood-floored look without the high-maintenance. Earlier in the year Interior Design magazine announced that ceramic-tiling technology has made ceramic faux-wood indistinguishable from the real thing. “Soft and warm to the touch, these new sophisticated fakes are also more durable and easier to maintain than wood – they can even be used to tile wet rooms and shower cubicles.” (Interior Design®)Styles thato mimic the appearance of popular wood grains have been made accessible and in the months since ceramic wood has been adopted by interior designers and floor finishing companies alike. You are now afforded the look and feel of a beautiful hardwood floor without having to cover it all up with protective rugs.
2. Renewable Bamboo
Being eco-friendly is not a trend, but a lifestyle that has been adopted by developers, architects, interior designers, and homeowners alike. That being said, the support for the use of renewable resources in home design is bigger than ever before and when it comes to floors, bamboo is fast becoming the go-to material. While bamboo has been used in contemporary floor finishing for quite some time, advances in engineered bamboo have allowed further manipulation of width and overall design. Bamboo flooring can left to its natural color or be stained a darker tone to match your preferred look. If bamboo isn’t your thing but it is important to you to use a renewable resource then you can also consider reclaimed wood.
3. Three Shades of Grey (on the Hardwood)
When you think of hardwood floors your mind tends to conjure a palette of natural and rich wooden tones. However, when it comes to hardwood flooring, going grey is a surprisingly vibrant option and one that is taking the floor finishing world by storm. Consider grey hardwood floors by tone. A medium tone is the “safest” of the three. Dark grey on the other hand, is the biggest trend in grey floors at the moment, creating a strong contrasting effect against the walls of your home. Light grey, nearly white-washed, is also very popular on the other endside of the spectrum and is appropriate if you’re looking for a “cottage” feel for your home.
4. Go Big
Another emerging trend in flooring is size – the larger the tile size the more contemporary the look. Hardwood planks are getting wider and wider, easily surpassing the 5-inch mark in width. Tiles are also expanding in square footage. It is not uncommon to see 12” x 12” being traded up to 36” x 36”. Wide wood planks and wider tiles create a look that opens up your room and feels less cluttered when decorating the space with rugs, furnishings, and decorative pieces.
5. Luxury Vinyl
The words “luxury vinyl” have been floating around this year more than any other in the world of floor finishing and covering. Technological advances in vinyl, combined with the functional and aesthetic requirements of leading interior designers of today, have delivered a new vinyl that has transcended expectations. It is topping fresh picks in flooring lists this summer and the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has noted “One of the fastest-growing segments in the flooring market right now, luxury vinyl tile (also referred to as luxury vinyl planks, or LVT for short) is increasingly gaining in popularity with homeowners”. Luxury vinyl is cost effective, relatively easy to install, durable, easy to maintain, and can mimic the look and feel of wood and ceramic tile.