Monday, September 26, 2016

Updating Your Home? Nine Trends to Look for at Your Flooring Store

If you're planning a home renovation for the next few months, heading to your local flooring store and selecting the right material for your new floors is one of the most exciting parts of the process. Here are some of the latest looks in kitchen flooring to keep an eye out for in the showroom.

1. Bamboo
While ecologically-friendly bamboo flooring has been around for years, it's now available in a new wide-plank style that effortlessly mimics the look of traditional hardwood floors. And with a new engineered product called strand-woven bamboo, it's stronger and available in more colors choices than ever before.

2. Dark Hardwood Floors
Customers love the look of dark hardwoods like ebony, espresso, Jacobean, and dark walnut, so expect to see those options persist as we approach 2017. If you want a striking, dramatic look, you can even opt for woods stained with a dark ebony for a true black effect.

3. Parquet
This term refers to tiles that are arranged in geometric patterns, such as chevron or herringbone. While this is often reserved for a decorative effect, homeowners are increasingly opting for parquet floors as well. If you want to push the envelope, look at your flooring store for puzzle effects and beautifully intricate designs.

4. Longer Planks
While hardwood has been increasing in width for a few years now, expect to see longer length planks as well. Not only is this a more traditional look if that's your aesthetic, it also has an elongating effect on your space. Another new trend? Mixed-width planks, laid randomly to create an eye-pleasing pattern.

5. Modern Techniques for Classic Looks
In many cases, high-tech processing can make it easier than ever to achieve a timeless look that's durable enough to stand up to wear and tear. For example, factory finished hardwood flooring can give you the rustic, warm look you desire without the expense of salvaged wood. You'll also hear the term "luxury vinyl," which describes engineered vinyl finishes that are durable, affordable, and indistinguishable from real wood.

6. Gray Floors
This cool tone is gaining in popularity, particularly with customers in warm climates. In fact, white wood is an even trendier choice that works well if your home has a beachy vibe.

7. Cork Flooring 
For a truly unique look, cork flooring is a newish choice that's both durable and earth-friendly. It's more comfortable for your feet than hardwood or tile, and it's available in a range of color options.

8. Larger Tiles
While the traditional 12" by 12" tiles are an enduring classic, larger options create a cleaner look since there are fewer grout lines (which also makes your floor easier to clean). At a flooring store, you can choose tiles measuring 24" by 24" and even 36" by 36."

9. Satin and Matte Finishes
If you opt for hardwood, chances are you're considering satin instead of the once-popular gloss and semi-gloss finishes. While satin is the most ubiquitous choice in modern homes, matte floors are also gaining traction among finish options.

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