As the summer is winding down and kids are going back to school, now is the perfect time to start those home projects. Flooring can take a beating in the summer months. Muddy paws and feet, wet swim suits, sand, dirt, play dates and get togethers are just a few of the contributing factors that can age any floor. Fall is the perfect window to replace your flooring before the holidays. Here are some of the trends we are seeing in today’s industry:
The wider and more distressed the better. Customers are looking for a “worn” look. Colors are leaning towards medium to dark shades and also the grays and taupes. Engineered hardwood is still the most popular due to its structural stability with wider boards. Mixed widths is also an interesting look especially in larger areas. Installing the same flooring throughout the entire main level creates continuity thus making hardwood flooring the perfect option. Its style, beauty, functionality, and warmth make it an ideal choice to update and increase the value of any home.
The bigger the better. Tile sizes have become much larger due to technological advancements. 12” x 24” are still the most popular choice and the sizes go up to 48” x 48”. There are also plank sizes available. 6” – 9” wide by 36” – 48” in length. These are typically patterned similar to wood and travertine looks. These tiles are great selections for bathrooms, kitchens, patios, and entry ways. For bathroom remodels, customers are choosing the same tile for both the shower walls and bathroom floor but add a bit of interest with a stone or glass accent. Popular patterns right now are herringbone, octagonal, arabesque, and round.
The more water proof the better. Today’s vinyl flooring is amazing compared to the vinyl flooring from 30 years ago and even 5 years ago. Technological advancements have allowed manufactures to make a floating waterproof vinyl plank that looks just like actual hardwood. Its texture even resembles that of a hardwood. The benefit of this product is that it be installed in not only the kitchen and family room, but can be extended into the bathrooms, laundry rooms, mud rooms and entry ways. It is very scratch resistant as well. Many vinyls are coated with aluminum oxide for durability. Plus they have a cork or similar type of backing which helps with sound and shock absorption. The waterproof vinyl is a perfect option if you have kids and dogs and like the look of wood but need a more functional floor.
The softer the better. Consumers want their carpet to feel better than ever. Since carpet is now mostly dedicated to bedrooms and closets, softness has become more important. Patterns, textures, and twists are all still very popular in a neutral palette leaning more towards grays and taupes. Manufactures have been able to create a much softer denier without compromising durability. Custom area rugs are also created from these wall to wall carpets. This way the consumer can get a unique size for a large great room or master bathroom that has hard surface underneath. This is a great way to achieve the best of both worlds.