Hot Trends in Flooring
Flooring – while it is a very important part of our homes, we often take it for granted. If you are thinking about remodeling, you may want to consider updating your flooring.
While decorating is a very individual thing, when replacing flooring it is important to consult with a flooring expert in order to ensure you’re using the best materials for the job. If you are thinking about selling your home anytime soon, you want to make choices that are modern and stylish as well as durable. Below, you will find a few helpful suggestions.
Larger Sized Floor Tiles
In the past there wasn’t much of a choice when it came to the size of floor tiles. If you wanted something larger, you were out of luck because most tile manufacturers were only bringing small sized tiles to the market. Fortunately that has changed, and larger tile sizes that were once only available for commercial areas, are now available for residential use.
Larger sized floor tiles are especially good for open-format designs and larger rooms. They “open up” a room making it appear bigger and creating an illusion of more space. These types of tiles are perfect for living rooms, family rooms and larger dining rooms. An added benefit to larger sized tiles is they are easier to maintain than traditional smaller sized tiles because there are far fewer places where the tiles connect. If you are thinking updating your floors with tile, consider going with the larger sized ones.
Wide Plank Flooring
Many people are replacing carpet with hardwood floors and it is hard to beat the look of wide plank hardwood flooring. If you aren’t familiar with wide plank flooring, it is simply floor boards that are wider than 3 inches. While there are many advantages to this type of flooring, it blends harmoniously in many interior styles and underlines the uniqueness and individuality of the home.
Wide plank flooring will not appeal to everyone and it certainly isn’t right for every redecorating opportunity. But if you are looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous narrow strip flooring, you may want to consider taking a closer look at it, especially if you are looking for that old fashioned rustic look which is very popular today. Wide plank flooring is available in oak, hickory, alder and several other types of woods. This type of flooring is unique because it shows off more of the wood’s grain and adds character to just about any room it is used in.
Darker hardwoods really make a statement and are very elegant. If you want an upscale look that really makes a room stand out, dark hardwoods are the way to go. Another advantage of dark hardwood floors is darker wood absorbs light and thus is not as susceptible to fading as light wooden floors. However, you don’t want to go too dark as the darker the floor the more likely it is to show dirt, scratches, pet hair and other things you may not want your house guests to see.
From a decorating perspective, darker hardwoods can be complemented with a wide array of color and pattern schemes, both on the walls of a room, in the wood trim, and in the furniture and accessories. Bright colors and light colors “pop” when contrasted with a dark floor and usually it looks absolutely fantastic.
White washed flooring
One trend that is making a comeback is white washed floors. It seems like this is one of the most popular new flooring fads, especially if you use the Internet as a gauge. Design sites and blogs are touting the advantages of white washed floors, especially since many homeowners are choosing lighter floors over darker.
While a “true” white washing gives older floors a new look, many manufacturers have produced flooring that has the white washed look. This type of flooring is great in homes that are going for a more rustic or country look and feel, but can also be used in modern homes with the right decorating to support it. Because white washed flooring comes in many different shades, it can be used in just about any room of the house without giving it that unoriginal look of solid white flooring. It works especially great in rustic kitchens.
If you are thinking about giving your floors a “facelift,” give the professionals at Majestic Flooring a call to show you all of the different options available. We will gladly help you find the right solution for the look you are trying to achieve.