As with clothing, home decor experiences regular shifts with regard to what is “in fashion”. While some looks are considered “classic” and will be seen as acceptable for many decades to come, other trends quickly ignite and then fizzle out just a few years later. Just think back to the harvest golds and avocado greens of the 1970s, and you’ll see what we mean!
With regard to flooring, we’re definitely seeing some interesting trends right now, and we’re happy to report that most of these should stand the test of time. Still, if you’re considering any of them, do think about whether they will coordinate with changes in decor, how long you expect to own the home, and the long-term cost of maintenance (or replacement).
Hardwood trends. Hardwood is one of those classic looks that never really goes out of style. But of course, trends exist within the world of hardwood, too. For example, we’ve begun seeing more of the following, and expect these options to remain popular in years to come:
- Wider planks
- Cool colors (gray and white, or light finishes without the yellow)
- Dark browns without any trace of red or yellow
- Matte and satin finishes (rather than super-shiny)
- Environmentally friendly materials and finishes
Alternative materials. We’re also seeing a surge in alternative materials, particularly those that resemble hardwood but are actually composed of something else. These materials are preferred by some homeowners because they are waterproof, and appropriate for use in areas like basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. These days we have the technology to create tile and porcelain surfaces that look like hardwood, and engineered vinyl planks are becoming more common.
The return of rugs. With hardwood flooring enjoying a resurgence of popularity, so are area rugs, throw rugs, and runners. Just a few years ago selection was more limited, but nowadays you can find rugs to complement any decorating style, in varying sizes, and in any combination of colors that you can imagine. The great thing about this trend is that it allows you to install a neutral, quality, and long-lasting hardwood (or tile, ceramic, or vinyl) flooring, while allowing for easy customization of decor according to your taste. And of course, your home won’t have the “harvest gold effect” on potential buyers, who can easily make the home their own!
To discuss any of these flooring options, and to receive an estimate on your renovation project, give us a call. We can help you identify all of your options, understand the pros and cons of each, and help guide you toward a flooring choice that you will enjoy for years to come.