Trending Flooring Ideas For Homeowners

Only certain things in a home can make such a difference to both form and function as new floors. Flooring reflects not only your style and personality, but also your lifestyle. The right floor can make it much simpler to keep your home cleaner, hide imperfections, and set the mood for a cozy living space.

And although flooring has typically been an”anything goes” environment for a while in home design, there are certain trends that have been a lot more popular than others. Here’s a brief round-up that should make your flooring search a little easier.

Hard Flooring Ideas

Hard flooring is any kind of flooring with a solid, and generally non-porous, surface. It’s a fairly big set of materials, really. Hard flooring offers many benefits. The materials are more resilient to regular use, so wear life is longer.

And cleaning is easier because there’s no fibers to capture things like pet hair, loose skin cells, dirt, and microbes. Some of this year’s most popular hard flooring choices include:

Vinyl Plank. Vinyl plank is designed similar to laminate flooring, with a tongue and groove locking system that creates a watertight seal when properly installed. The main difference between vinyl plank and laminate flooring, however, is that vinyl plank is made from solid vinyl, rather than being several layers of different materials sandwiched together.

It is a great choice for wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms, and for households with pets and kids. As a bonus, vinyl plank is available in a huge range of patterns, from synthetic marble to the super sexy high variation wood-like floor patterns. There’s a vinyl plank product for basically any situation.

Wood-Look Porcelain Tile. If you want something that will last more than vinyl plank, but still look like wood, wood-look porcelain tiles are a great alternative. They look like wood planks, but are made from extremely durable porcelain.

It’s an option that’s very permanent and will last for many, many years to come. They can also be purchased from the high variation wood patterns, though the effect is less obvious than with vinyl plank as there is grout between the tiles.

Terrazzo. This might be the coolest flooring you have never heard of. Although it’s popular, many people don’t understand the term for it. Terrazzo is that tile flooring that’s made from concrete with lots of inclusions like glass, shells, or other interesting bits mixed in. It looks great in mid-century modern homes, or people decorated in the style. And since concrete is extremely durable, it will last and last.

Reclaimed Wood. There are tons of places you can go to buy reclaimed wood, sometimes referred to as”architectural salvage.” When a building is being torn down, firms can sometimes acquire the materials, especially if the building is historic.

You can also talk to individuals you know who are looking to commit crimes like removing all the original hardwoods from a home they’re remodeling, and pick up the flooring for cheap. It can be labor intensive to install reclaimed wood floors, but you will end up getting a totally distinctive appearance and keep building materials out of the landfill, so it is kind of a double triumph.

Now What About Carpet?

Homeowners have run hot and cold about carpet across the generations. Sometimes they’re in, sometimes they’re out, and usually there are some people that are still really into them when their popularity is waning.

Right now the trend in carpets is to go for carpeting in limited spots, like using carpet runners for stairs. Carpet tiles are seeing some popularity, especially since they come in a whole lot of fun colors and tend to have a very low nap, making them easy to keep clean.

If you want to have more carpet, look for large area rugs or maintain your carpet in low-use rooms such as bedrooms. “Maximalism” is making a major comeback, encouraging large patterns and colors with big personalities. Clashing is the new matching, it would seem.

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