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Flooring Trends for 2017

Materials

Due to its versatility, durability and endless design options, wood flooring is a product for today and tomorrow. This is why many people are scouring their houses, condos and cottages to see where they can add this timeless flooring option to their homes. For 2017, even exotic wood options of bamboo and cork make the design cut along with refinished and reclaimed offerings.

“Local wood reclamation, whether that wood is being salvaged from old barns or rescued from underneath old and outdated carpeting, is going to be popular across the country,” adds Weinstock.

Thus today’s wood flooring comes in a bevy of distinctive materials. Whether it is a mainstay product such as ¾-inch hardwood or a newly created veneer invention that can be used in virtually every room of the house, including bathrooms, wood flooring is a trend here to stay.

Color

Color makes a splash on the 2017 wood flooring trend list. According to flooring blogger Debbie Gartner, a.k.a. The Flooring Girl, two very extreme options are all the rage today when it comes to wood flooring color, namely dark stained vs. bright blondes. These two extremes offer homeowners numerous flooring color possibilities.

With distinctive names such as “Espresso” and “Almost Black,” dark stained wood flooring, for example, lends dimension to a room – especially when placed against bright white walls, shelving and wainscoting. Dark flooring set against stark white cabinets perfectly illustrates this style point, making a dramatic statement in a room with its contrasting color combination.

In sharp difference, barely-there blondes with names such as “Sandy Maple” and “Wheat,” make rooms look bigger, brighter and more open, helping rooms to exude a feeling of nature within a home. Additionally, lighter colors keep your floors looking clean longer compared to their darker counterparts, comments FlooringInc blogger Ari Ziskin.

Although dark versus light flooring color choices are top picks for 2017, gray is an exception that is still very popular, a perfect blend of light and dark. It seems not only do light and dark wood colors work within a space, so do middle gray tones.

“For 2017, we don’t see any slowdown of the current preferences for wide plank in gray tones with extremely low-sheen finishes,” adds Hardwood Floors magazine editor, Kim Wahlgren.

Texture

In addition to color, texture is also a big player for this year’s style offering. Smooth, dark flooring with very few flaws compared to blonde oak revelations paying homage to every knot and imperfection that real wood has to offer, take style in two very different directions for 2017.

If handcrafted and distressed are your definitions for style, then wood flooring that is “wire-brushed” or “hand-scraped” are what you are looking for as they provide an authentic, aged weathered look. On the other end of the texture spectrum, are flooring options that are smooth and blemish-free. These products, above all else, offer subtle uniformity and a less busy finish. Both work well in the 2017 flooring trend scheme of things.

Pattern

Pattern is also on the trend docket this year. Herringbone, diagonal, wide plank and mixed-width floors take traditional wood flooring into new territory for 2017. Although this wood flooring technique has been around as long as wood flooring has, it is the use of new product, sizes and color that add to the drama of such applications.

For instance, once you find a product you like, try laying it down diagonal to the room it is being featured in for a completely fresh feel. Just changing its installation can equip a room with a new attitude and stylistic advantage.

Finishes

Finishes wrap up the wood flooring style trend list for 2017. Once a homeowner has picked out the perfect material, color and texture of choice, there is still one last selection to make and that is finish style.

Whether satin or matte, this last option adds to the overall character of the flooring covering a particular room. For example, to give a room a rustic look, matte finish would be the way to go.
Low sheen, allows the natural feel of the wood to take center stage with a matte finish.

As for satin finishes, they are a perfect compromise between glossy and matte, says Ziskin, noting satin finishes are typically about 40-percent shiny and offer a great compliment to former, high gloss flooring styles.

“As the trends change and homeowners are beginning to prefer less polished flooring, satin is not such a drastic step. It’s a practical step back and was the most popular flooring finish in 2016,” blogs Ziskin.

As for flexibility, style, color, and texture, wood flooring offers homeowners a range of products to fulfill any style or application. So whether you want to lighten up a room with a blonde, maple hardwood flooring product or make a statement using reclaimed, well-warn barn wood from a farm up north, wood flooring is a trend you can not go wrong with in 2017. ~L&H

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Floors that Rock!

Floors that Rock – The Hottest Looks in Home Flooring
by Alexandra Floersch

From boldly modern to rustic chic, today’s hottest flooring materials are giving homeowners lots of exciting options to consider that will give their living spaces a fresh, contemporary look. While flooring may not be the first aspect of design most homeowners consider, the wide variety of options available mean that choosing flooring is no longer a snore.

Whether you’re looking to install the latest in your new build or are simply ready to update outdated flooring in your home, consider any of these flooring materials:

Concrete
Concrete is no longer just for commercial, industrial or outdoor spaces. The variety of colors, finishes and textures make it the perfect option for modern-style homes. The smooth surface makes floors look sleek, while maintaining the industrial-grade durability. Concrete is not just extremely cost effective, experts say it’s easy to dress it up with rugs to add comfort.

Wood
Today, wood floors are made with a variety of materials and manufacturing methods. While traditional solid wood floors in oak, hickory, maple, pine, cherry, walnut and other timber are available, wood flooring can also be “engineered.” Manufacturers are taking natural products and, by adding a manmade touch, transforming them into more durable, moisture-resistant products that are great for particularly dry or humid climates.

If the rustic, cabin feel is more your style, perhaps reclaimed wood is for you. Made from old beams, salvaged lumber and even reclaimed wine barrels, the hand-hewn look of refurbished timber exudes character in its imperfections—perfect for Midwest homes.

When it comes to size, say goodbye to the two-inch wooden planks you once knew. Widths upwards of five inches add depth to a room, making it feel more spacious. Color-wise, both light, blonde colors as well as deep, rich browns, like ebony and espresso are popular. For reclaimed wood, the rustic, weathered gray hue is all the rage.

Carpeting
Carpet is still king, maintaining its number one seller status in flooring – and there are more choices than ever. While designers are seeing fewer shag and friezes trending, cut-and-loop is the buzz phrase. Cut-and-loop carpeting combines both loops and cut loops to create definite lines, “heathered” textures and other patterns. Call it “carpet with character.”

Also notable is the continued move toward green manufacturing practices. Manufacturers are using eco-friendly or recycled fibers for carpet to reduce environmental impact. Carpet pads are also changing, loose fiber is being replaced by high-quality rubbers that last for years to come.

Bamboo
Bamboo flooring is by no means new, but its unique colors and styles that again have trendsetters talking. The jungle “grass”, once dried, can be as hard, if not harder than traditional hardwoods, like oak and cherry. Technology advances have also made the wide-plank varieties available. However, it’s prone to moisture and not recommended for bathrooms, laundry rooms or other potentially damp spaces.

Laminate
Laminate is often thought of as the “wannabe wood”—constructed of four layers of material fused together to mimic wood. The benefit to laminate is that it’s much more cost effective than the real thing. In fact, even distressed-looking laminate can mimic reclaimed wood, often much less expensively. It is also available in the wide-plank variety and can even be laid in any pattern including herringbone, chevron or subway patterns. The best part? The locking planks are easy for DIYers to install themselves.

Tile
In tile, the motto is the bigger, the better. Trendsetters have done away with the typical four-inch by four-inch stones. In their place, large format tiles are making a breakthrough, ranging in size from 12 by 12-inch up to 36 by 36 inches. But builders caution DIY installation; these tiles are much heavier than their ancestors, often requiring a professional’s expertise.

Just like smaller tile sizes varieties, the assortment of shapes, textures and colors allow homeowners to create unlimited and unique patterns in their home.

Cork
If comfort is the number one priority, cork may be a better option than hardwood floors. Due to its makeup, the fiber is softer and more comfortable to walk on. It also has acoustic properties that make it perfect for homes filled with musicians. Though it’s more durable with quality finishes today, just like a wine cork swells with moisture, cork floors are not immune to moisture or sun damage.

Luxury Vinyl
Today’s luxury vinyl has come along way since the 1920s when it first hit the market. In fact, just like laminate mimics wood, so can vinyl for an even smaller price tag. The material comes in three different options: sheet vinyl (on a roll), vinyl tile and vinyl planks. And it’s appearance isn’t just limited to wood look-alikes. Design-wise, basically anything you can take a photo of, you can turn into vinyl. Marble-esque patterns are trending for bathrooms, while slate and leather looks are also available.

Carpet tiles
When they think of carpet tiles, many people think of the commercial, block pattern carpet at the office. But in 2016, the less expensive, more durable option for businesses is also making a splash in the home. As separate tiles, the carpet is easier to install than the large, broadloom carpet rolls and can be removed and replaced in well-traveled areas like hallways and doorways. They also make great, and interesting, “rugs.”

Like ceramic tile, the squares can be installed to create patterns by shifting a quarter-turn or pairing with various shapes and sizes. Woven, tufted and flatweave varieties also add an element of surprise to floor design. While it doesn’t require a carpet pad like traditional carpet, homeowners must be careful in choosing quality backing so the edges of the tiles don’t curl or catch.

Rubber
With a trend in home gyms comes a trend in gym-quality flooring: rubber. The durability and resilience of rubber has slowly but surely made it more and more appealing to other rooms in the home like bathrooms and laundry rooms—its water-resistant quality is especially attractive for these damp spaces.

Unlike concrete flooring, rubber is easy on the joints and has acoustic-friendly qualities similar to cork. The flooring is available in a variety colors and patterns, including aesthetically pleasing hexagonal shapes for a modern kitchen. While it can be an investment—costing upwards of $20 per foot—high-quality rubber flooring may be mistaken for anything but.

Choosing the perfect flooring to fit your home is no longer a bore. With a variety of materials and textures, colors and patterns, you’re sure to create a perfectly beautiful space. ~L&H

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