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2017 Flooring Trends

Wednesday, January 11 2017 1:53 PM

The new year is finally here and it’s time to look at the latest flooring trends for 2017. Whether you’re looking for new ideas in wood flooring, vinyl or carpet, there are plenty to choose from.

Carpeting

  • Softer Environmentally-Friendly Carpeting – Carpet manufacturers have been improving ways to green carpet tilescreate greener, softer carpets made from recycled materials. Materials like nylon and polyester are used and reused to create a new version of and old favorite – soft luxury carpet.
  • Carpet Tile – As an alternative to broadloom carpet that must be fitted to a room, there is a trend toward using uniform squares of carpet tile that can be installed easier, fit any shape of room and reduces the amount of waste and storage after installation. Carpet tiles are also easily replaceable, so when one tile gets stained or worn, you simply replace one tile instead of the entire room.
  • Cut-and-Loop Carpet – Patterned carpets are now trending over shags and friezes. Cut-and-Loop carpet comes in many varieties depending on how bold you want to be, and is being made with softer fibers and more robust carpet pads options available as well.

Wood Flooring

Finishes

  • Hand-Scraped – The hand scraping into the grain shows off the finish and makes each board look unique. It’s a bit more expensive, but this handcrafted look will last a long time and look great for years to come.
  • Wire Brushed – Wire brushing gives the wood a distressed, aged look – an idea similar to distressed jeans. The boards are intentionally scratched with a wire brush so they will hide dirt and scratches, making them ideal for families with pets.
  • Satin Finished – The satin finish is the midway point between glossy and matte. While many homeowners are trending towards a matte finish, a satin finish is a perfect compromise if you want your floors to still have a bit of shine to them.
  • Matte Finished – While matte floors can be thought of as dull, many people don’t prefer a shine on their floors. Matte wood flooring is preferable in rooms where there is a lot of natural light.

Layouts

  • Diagonal – A modern trend in wood flooring is to position the boards at a diagonal angle with the room instead of straight. This is a rarer design that will cost a bit more on installation, but look unique to any other room you come across.
  • Wide Plank – Manufacturers have been designing wider and wider flooring planks that make smaller rooms look bigger. They also have the added benefit of taking less time to install.
  • Mixed Width – Mixed-width flooring planks add lots of creative detail and surprise to the way your floor looks. You can design a random layout or use a pattern that gives your floor real style.

Vinyl Flooring

  • Luxury Vinyl – Luxury vinyl combines the expensive look of more expensive flooring types with the resilience stone look vinyl flooring tileof vinyl. It has a very realistic look when imitating wood, stone and other flooring and stands up to moisture and stains making it ideal for high-traffic rooms and even commercial properties.
  • Stone-Look Vinyl – The look of natural stone is difficult to duplicate, but stone-look vinyl flooring pulls it off very convincingly. It’s much cheaper than stone and can even mimic other styles like tile, marble, concrete and brick.
  • Metallic-Look Vinyl – Used mainly in bathrooms and showcase rooms, metallic vinyl adds a stand-out look to any design. The look is trending as of now, but might not stand the test of time.
  • Peel & Stick Vinyl – Peel and stick vinyl flooring is essentially large, thick, heavy-duty stickers that are durable enough to go on your floors and are used mainly in rentals and affordable housing as an alternative to more expensive options. This option appeals mainly to younger people on a tight budget.
  • Groutable Vinyl Tiles – As vinyl flooring is in the market of mimicking tile, now the clear vinyl giveaway of not having grout lines is gone too. Groutable vinyl flooring comes complete with grout lines to achieve the classic tile look for a much more affordable price.
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