Creative flooring follows trends; just like fashion, today’s flooring allows you to express your personality while meeting your needs for practicality. According to Frank Chiera, Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Flooring America, these are the hottest flooring trends.
ULTRA SOFT CARPETING Very soft, durable, and easy to maintain, carpet comes in hundreds of colours so it can match any room’s décor. It is great for high traffic rooms such as a family or game room. The variety of colours offered by ultra soft carpeting makes it easy to pair with a combination of other flooring choices.
HAND-SCRAPED HARDWOOD/SAWN FACE HARDWOOD Hand-scraped hardwood has the beauty of wood aged and handled over hundreds of years. Sawn face hardwood looks like it has just been milled. Its loveliness is accentuated with oil rubbed into its surface giving it a deep lustre. These woods offer the beauty of old wood with the strength of new wood. They are an elegant choice for a kitchen or bathroom designed for fashion forward country style. These wood choices are following a trend in furniture toward hand-scraped, traditional, oil rubbed woods.
LUXURY VINYL TILE/LUXURY VINYL PLANK If you want the look of hardwood or tile, without the maintenance, these products are a great alternative. They have “exploded” in popularity in the past few years according to Chiera. They resist the scuffing, damage, and wear and tear that family life brings. And, they are affordable! You can have a high fashion look, without the high cost. Best of all, they are easy-to-clean and water resistant making them a good fit for your bathroom or kitchen. Tiles are a great design choice. They can add just the right touch for a contemporary design or provide a subtle accent for a traditional look.
HARD TILE Hard tile is groutable ceramic and porcelain tile that can be laid in long strips. It gives you the look of hardwood without the work. Its durability makes it a sound choice for hallways, kitchens, and foyers.
As Seen In Canadian Home Trends Magazine, Fall 2014, Text by J. Lynn Fraser