As we get further into 2017, you may be thinking about giving your flooring a revamp to celebrate the new year. But, if you’re going to go through the hassle of reflooring your home, it’s worth checking out some of the top flooring trends coming our way this new year.
So, what’s soon-to-be-trending?
Gone are the days where people notice new carpets. Instead, folks throughout the Pacific Northwest are turning to vinyl. Vinyl flooring has made some pretty serious advances in the past couple of years or so. It’s is getting more luxurious, more colorful, more resilient.
But it’s not the only flooring option either. If you’re going a different direction with your flooring this year, carpeting needs to be bolder, and ceramic tiles are getting bigger.
Why Choose Luxury Vinyl?
That’s right, “luxury vinyl”. You may be wondering where anyone could find such a thing but, trust us, it exists! Luxury Vinyl is the new and improved, popular product taking over the modern age of flooring. Thanks to technology, the old, tacky vinyl we all know and hate has given way to a clean, beautiful, and even eco-friendly option.
Vinyl flooring is more durable, pet friendly, and child friendly. Also, vinyl is water resistant and extremely easy to clean. Luxury vinyl is suitable for multiple rooms and is DIY-friendly. New vinyl floorings comes with a number of installation methods, saving lots of money in the long run.
Vinyl comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The rapidly approaching new year is earmarked by a decided rise in popularity for vinyl options that imitate other materials. Some of these imitations include tile, stone, or even marble. Wood of every conceivable shade, pattern, and color are available.
Of course, imitation tile is likely met with instant skepticism - but hold it until you see it. These vinyl flooring imitation pieces are extremely realistic and genuinely beautiful options.
Tiles and Stone
Large Format Tiles
Tiles come in all shapes and sizes, but, for 2017 and the following decade, you may want to prepare yourself for a boom in large-format tiles. Gone are the days where tiles of 12”X12” do the trick. We are going for 12”X24” or even 36”X36”. The good news is, less grout means less lines to clean! The predicted most popular colors include:
You may feel like we are trying to take you into a building site, but we’re not! Concrete flooring has become extremely fashionable, thanks to the industrial design movement, and this trend should continue to grow through 2017. Concrete is trendy, sleek, durable, and has jumped from utilitarian to city chic out of nowhere. You can choose the concrete you want according to:
If you’re going concrete, however, you may want to remember a few things. First of all, concrete flooring is, well — hard. For families with small kids that decide to favor the concrete trend, remember to use area rugs to provide soft surfaces, warmth, and some additional style to the area.
Last year, it was all about cool and white tones. Today, everyone is going towards warm and rich materials such as terracotta. In the 80’s terracotta was used as a border tile, today these tiles are naturally matte and are becoming most popular for use in bathrooms and kitchens. Terracotta is a great way to give your home a rustic, cozy feel. Pair it with a few terra cotta planters and some lemon trees, and you’re practically in California.
Carpets will likely never go out of style. Most people would opt for carpet because of the comfort factor, despite the numerous other flooring options.
So, if you’re on the team that favors soft, cozy flooring options, we’ve got tips to the carpet style guide coming our way. A style of carpet that has caught the eye of trend forecasters worldwide is the cut-and-loop carpet. This is carpet that actually has a pattern in the weave, creating geometric shapes, swirls, and other designs throughout the actual carpet. Crazy, right? Instead of shags and friezes, people are opting for these patterned carpets to add some subtle flair and visual interest to homes.
Patterns range from subtle to bold and colors expected to be in style for 2017 include:
Soft and gentle tones
With the rise of the eco-warriors has come some new types of wooden flooring that are growing in popularity. Bamboo has been around for a long time, true, but it is now being reintroduced in a far more broad array of colors. While you might think bamboo is nothing more than a fast growing grass, bamboo is actually classified as a hard wood. These beautiful planks can be narrow or wide, and will add a touch of modern elegance to your digs.
Hipsters, rejoice! Classic looks using new technology are on the rise for 2017. Reclaimed wood from new factory-finished hardwood flooring is all the rage.
Let us say it again — all the rage.
This unique solution offers all the charm of reclaimed timber without the expense of salvaged lumber. And, well, the splinters. A primary benefit of factory-finished reclaimed wood is that, unclaimed it’s authentic counterparts, it is very resistant to moisture fluctuations. This means minimal wrapping and shifting, regardless of humidity levels.
Cork offers a level of comfort that other hardwoods do not. Many people will be opting for cork instead of hardwood because of the amazing acoustic insulation it offers. The biggest factor pushing people towards cork flooring is the fact that it no longer comes in just blonde. Today, you can find cork flooring in an array of palettes thanks to its factory finish. This also allows the flooring to be more durable. It’s worth noting that cork is very prone to moisture damage and fades quickly with light.
Another great option for the eco-warriors among us is American Hardwood. Unlike bamboo and cork, American Hardwood is not imported from the other side of the world. You can find good, old American Hardwood on your doorstep. To top it off, North America is replenishing forests as quickly as we cut them down. Some of the American Hardwoods making a comeback include:
Going green is something everyone is taking more and more seriously in the 21st century. From cutting down on natural resource depletion to a focus on recycling, we are trying just about everything when it comes to being more responsible for our environment! Below are some of the top eco-friendly flooring ideas coming to the surface for 2017.
Many carpets today are piled high with toxic pollutants. Not only is this bad for the environment but it could also be detrimental to your health. Companies today are offering carpets from recycled materials. Carpet is hard to recycle as it made up of so many different types of materials, however, organizations are now offering this product from the get-go.
Other Recycled Products and Materials
Wood and carpet are not the only materials being recycled to make flooring in 2017. Companies across the country are recycling a range of incredible and unusual products to make various types of flooring for both indoor and outdoor use. Some of these include:
Rugs made of old flip flops
Porches made of plastic bottles
Carpets made of recycled clothing
Leather or rubber flooring from shoes
At Carpet To Go keeping up with our customers choices is important to us. We want to help you make the right choice from both an aesthetic and environmental point of view. If you’d like to discuss the various options available to make your home more stylish while reducing your carbon footprint, pick up the phone and call (206) 382-1253. Alternatively, get in touch with our flooring experts for a free consultation here.
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