Flooring Trends 2016

Grand Living Room with Elegant Flooring, Doug Larson Architect
Grand Living Room with Elegant Flooring, Doug Larson Architect

Flooring trends have been impacted by eco-friendly initiatives that help create healthier homes. A survey conducted by Houzz entitled How Healthy is Your Home concludes that improving our home environment “is the next frontier in home renovation.”

Flooring products that keep both environmental and human safety in mind is becoming a natural consideration in choosing design elements for home renovation projects. Choosing reclaimed lumber for instance, will add character and personality to your flooring while conserving natural resources.

Open Great Room by Victoria Hagan
Open Great Room by Victoria Hagan

Hardwood flooring trends have birthed a variety of offerings that allow for the incorporation of individual style with more finish options than ever before. Wider and longer planks are the preference today. Whereas older homes boasts 2-1/4″ to 3-1/2″ wide planks, 5″-7″ wide planks have been found to visually open up a room while longer planks create a cleaner, smoother finish.

Heart Pine, Latte Finish, Authentic Pine Floors
Heart Pine, Latte Finish, Authentic Pine Floors
Reclaimed Oak, Tin Roof Finish, Authentic Pine Floors
Reclaimed Oak, Tin Roof Finish, Authentic Pine Floors
Heart Pine, Cotton Seed Finish, Authentic Pine Floors
Heart Pine, Cotton Seed Finish, Authentic Pine Floors

 

 

 

 

 

Authentic Pine Floors, based in the southeast, specializes in reclaiming original wood and restoring its beauty to be re-purposed in homes. A wonderful family owned company, their flooring products include reclaimed pine, oak and walnut wood product offerings.

Amazing Kitchen Where Blended Styles Come Alive on Dark Hardwood Floors by J. Randall Powers
Amazing Kitchen~Blended Styles Come Alive on Dark Hardwood Floors by J. Randall Powers

Darker wood finishes, richer tones  more natural looks that showcase textures and grains are popular trends according to the World Flooring Covering Association (WFCA). Gray tones are gaining popularity as the new neutral due to its blending tones to walls, carpeting and tile. Darker tones bring boldness that complements transitional and contemporary design while deep, warm browns such as dark walnuts and mahogany stains enhance traditional and transitional design styles.

Grand Paris Apartment with Dramatic Flooring, 1stDibs
Grand Paris Apartment with Dramatic Flooring, 1stDibs

Finally, once you’ve made your choice of hardwood flooring dressing the floor with a area carpet/designer rug seals the look while expressing your personal style and decor. Eco-friendly conscious consumers are looking to incorporate more natural fibers such as wool or sisal which is made from a durable plant fiber harvested in a way that uses no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. There are also “green” synthetic carpet choices made from recyclable material.

Finish your flooring project well by choosing a eco-friendly carpet pad that is safe for all floors while providing a superior foundation for your rug. Rug Pad, USA offers a non-slip grip and 1/4″ cushioning thickness anti-microbial pad that will never mold, mildew or smell. Made in the USA their commitment behind their product comes with a 20 year warranty.

Dining Room Anchored by Regency Styled Chairs and Dark Stained Flooring by J. Randall Powers
Dining Room Anchored by Regency Styled Chairs and Dark Stained Flooring by J. Randall Powers

Creating beautiful flooring begins with considering trends and options available then once informed applying them to your design style and needs. Hopefully the insights provided here will get your project off to the right start and finish!

Additional Source: Houzz

Photo Credit: Richard Powers

 

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