Timeless Flooring Trends To Use In Your Home
Ready to replace some flooring? You know exactly why the flooring you have has got to go, but settling on what to replace it with is another story. If you’re working in a kitchen or bathroom your options run from naturals like hardwood and tile, to composites like vinyl and laminate. On the other hand, if you’re working in a bedroom, living room, or hallway, softer options like carpet come into play. Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure; you don’t want to choose something you (or future buyers) will wind up hating later. There are plenty of fashion forward choices out there, but it’s vitally important to choose a floor that’s not only trendy, but timeless as well. You want something that feels fresh and new, but not something that will be a passing fad. To help you find the perfect flooring solution for your home improvement project, here are a few timeless trends to consider.
You may have noticed zig-zag patterned wood floors popping up on Pinterest and various design blogs recently, but this is nothing new. The herringbone and chevron floor patterns, also known as parquet, have been a traditional floor pattern in Europe for centuries. The difference between the two is very subtle: herringbone uses rectangular planks set perpendicularly to create a broken zigzag, while chevron planks are cut at a 45 degree angle and laid to create a continuous zigzag. Either can be installed with or without a border. However, installing hardwood planks or tiles in this pattern is no easy task, even for a professional, so it’s best to get help from someone who’s done it at least once before.
Tile sizes traditionally focused on 12 x 12”. But consumers love options, and thus, along came 18×18” tile sizes which were very practical and fit most room dimensions. Eventually 20×20”, 24×24”, and even 36×36” tiles became available as well. The benefit of using large tiles, particularly in a small room, is that they visually expand the space. There are fewer grout lines to cut up the floor and distract the eye.
This has become a very popular trend in kitchens, bathrooms, and foyers, but it’s important to be aware of the design limitations. If the space is fairly small, choosing the largest tile available will likely overpower the room. So, consider these criteria: When laying it out on paper, if you discover that you’ll need to make several awkward cuts, it might be best to scale down your tile size. When using large tiles to visually expand a room, refrain from choosing tiles with busy patterns. And lastly, choose a grout color that matches the tile. A contrasting grout color will result in a checkerboard effect and defeat the goal of visual expansion.
You can also use long rectangluar tiles instead of wood planks to create the classic herringbone pattern listed above
As more and more homeowners and interior designers are seeking out green materials, flooring manufacturers have stepped up and offered many beautiful options to pick from.
Bamboo: While bamboo isn’t necessarily new, we are currently seeing an explosion of colors and styles. It shares many of the characteristics of hardwood, but it’s made of grass, and it’s gaining in popularity. Bamboo is durable, and easy to install and maintain. What makes it so sustainable is the fact that it’s derived from vegetation that naturally replenishes much faster than trees. Bamboo can grow to maturity in three to five years, versus the tree’s twenty years. Naturally it’s very light, but bamboo flooring materials are available in many colors and varied grains that will work in any setting or decor.
Cork: Cork is more commonly found in your favorite bottle of wine, but it also happens to make a great material for floors. Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, which are native to the Mediterranean. Because the trees aren’t cut down, they will regrow their bark every three years, making this a quickly renewable resource. Like hardwoods, cork can also be finished in a variety of paints and stains to suit any design style. Add to that cork’s anti-microbial (anti-allergen) properties, fire and insect resistance, durability, and low maintenance, and you’ve got a smart flooring choice for any homeowner.
PET Berber Carpet: Polyester (P.E.T) Berber is a sustainable carpet option to consider. It’s made of recycled plastic bottles– for every plastic bottle used to create this carpet there is one less sitting in our landfills. PET carpet is durable, stain resistant, and comes in a variety of stylish colors and patterns. The recycled material can be a little rough under bare feet, but overall this carpet is a very economical flooring material and deserves a serious look.
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