Flooring trends -- like all trends -- change every year. And although there will always be classic styles; unique materials, colors, textures and geometric patterns give homeowners and renovators the opportunity to stretch the boundaries of flooring creativity. If you’re looking to update the flooring in your home -- or even in just one room -- you’ll find ample options at The Carpet Store. Discover six of this year’s freshest flooring trends for your consideration.
1. LARGE-FORMAT TILE
In most cases, homeowners will use the standard 12” by 12” format when choosing tile as their flooring option. One current trend is to go big! Tile sizes are growing and decorators are beginning to use these large-format tiles more often. These tiles come in a variety of dimensions from 10” by 16” to 36” by 36”. A few benefits of larger tiles include:
- More surface space, so fewer grout lines
- Your space/room will seem larger
- A sleek, modern look
Luxury vinyl is actually a new category of flooring that combines the high-end look of hardwood with the durability of traditional vinyl. This type of flooring is great for kitchen and bathroom spaces, as it stands up to moisture. Essentially, wood grain, marble, stone or other natural patterns are printed on the vinyl and, when installed, looks exactly like its more expensive counterpart.
3. CUT-AND-LOOP CARPET
According to the DIY Network, “Carpet remains the market-share leader, accounting for more than 60 percent of retail flooring sales.” The cut-and-loop style is a modernized take on the flooring classic. The pile is cut and sculpted into different patterns to create a clean and finished look. This multi-tonal flooring option gives any space a pop of personality.
No matter the style of flooring, gray always looks great. This “progressive neutral” shade complements nearly every secondary color you put up against it. From carpeting to traditional hardwood, gray is a solid choice for any type of flooring. Pair a gray floor with gray cabinets or furniture and create a sleek, modern look that suits any style.
5. NEARLY BLACK
This year’s trends in flooring color have been leaning to the extremes of the spectrum: both with the very dark and very light. It is generally thought that darker flooring can make a space seem smaller; but on the flip side, dark flooring adds a level of luxury and air of sophistication that is not experienced with lighter flooring. Almost black and espresso-type shades are popping up more and more as the year progresses.
Typically with wood flooring, lighter shades are gaining in popularity in 2016. Although darker stains are always a go-to choice for wood flooring, non-traditional wood choices makes lighter shades a very attractive option. Lighter colors open up your space, allow for more light reflection and are less likely to rat you out for not cleaning the floors for a couple weeks.
If you’re looking for a mid-year home renovation, consider these trends when seeking new flooring. No matter what type of flooring you’re looking for, The Carpet Store can help you find it. Contact us today to get started with your free consultation and flooring estimate.