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The Flooring styles of the year 2017

We are bringing to you the trends and styles for flooring. Now fortunately flooring is something that is not susceptible to change at the drop of a hat. There has been a gradual change in the trends, mostly because of technological advancement and a conscious move towards greener materials. If you are looking to install new flooring or are in a mood to change your current one you are probably going for the look of the decade at the very least. After all one wouldn’t want to change their floors every third year.

So gear up for the styles which are at peak this year and are going to be trendy for the decade. Just like every other thing these days a mixed material approach is more often than not, the right choice.

 

 

Wooden Flooring

You can’t go wrong with this one. It is elegant, refined and will probably never go out of style. Its popularity has only ever increased and in the recent times, wooden flooring has become a tradition of sorts in the bedroom.

The best part about using hardwood is the aesthetics. It has been a status symbol for centuries, only the rich could afford to install and maintain hardwood flooring. The maintenance is not easy and water is its biggest enemy.

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If you are looking to bring in some warmth into your room go for darker shades, they also contrast well with lighter fabrics, as we have mentioned in our post about bedroom, check it out to make your bedroom look modern and cool. But in case you are decorating a room which is small, go for lighter shades. Blonde is in trends and we predict it is here to stay.

                        

Another colour that has become the talk of town is grey. Experts predict that this colour is going to be trendy for decades to come, so what are you waiting for! Get yourselves some grey planks right away!

Another shift that you should be aware of is the in surge of wider planks. Easy to install, manufacture, which means easier on the pocket. Wide planks create a nice, all-encompassing look, which helps in the easy flow of decor.

An alternative to the hardwood is the bamboo flooring. It is easy to maintain and is also water resistant. Be careful to use it in humid weather though. One should also remember that it is susceptible to getting scratched.

Looking for greener alternatives! We congratulate you for doing the good thing! Go for the reclaimed wood. Now go for wood flooring without feeling guilty about it.   

Stone Flooring

It is probably one of the oldest type, preceded perhaps only by mud. It is durable, strong and sturdy. If you are in for the long haul, then stone is probably the way to go about it. Marble flooring is something that never gets old, though its popularity is slightly decreasing but its importance still reigns high. It is a mark of grandeur and magnificence. Good care will ensure that this flooring will serve you well beyond two decades.

Another popular choice when it comes to stone flooring is granite. It has high strength, it is highly durable and easy to install and maintain.  Slate is yet another good choice for flooring. It brings in a beauty to the floors, the textures are just mind-blowing!

 

 

Manufactured Flooring

If you want the elegance of wooden or stone without the hassle of maintaining it, well then what you are looking for is manufactured flooring. Wood is so popular that almost every other kind of flooring is trying to imitate its texture. We have tiles which look like wood, we have polished concrete which can be polished to look like wood, more on that later, but the mostly used alternatives for the real deal are vinyl and laminate flooring.  

Coming to Laminate, it is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process, which simulates wood or stone with a photographic layer under a clear protective one. What that means is that it’s basically a photograph covered by a transparent protective cover; a laminated photograph for your floor. It is a cheaper and steadier alternative to hardwood. Installation is easier as it doesn’t have to be nailed down like hardwood.

Vinyl flooring is basically plastic. We have luxury Vinyl tile which offers 3D printing technology which brings about a rich resolution and depth to the floors. Like laminate it has protective layering, which makes it a good choice for people with kids and pets. You have it in two forms sheets and tiles. But after all is said and done, it is still plastic and thus not a green option. The best bet is to use it in areas such as kitchen and bathroom, as this type of flooring is completely moisture resistant, but for other areas one can opt for laminate or linoleum flooring.

Linoleum is an Eco-friendly material produced from raw materials like linseed oil, cork, dust and resin. It’s durable and fully bio-degradable. It is not waterproof but is resistant to moisture. It is antimicrobial which makes it a healthy choice.

 

Concrete Flooring

Concrete is quickly turning into a hot material for all kinds of things! We even have furniture made from concrete. This versatile material has entered mainstream flooring and how! Don’t imagine cold, hard, boring floors when we say concrete! We have polished concrete flooring, which has all the strength, durability of concrete and the all the beauty of marble or wood or whatever you want it to be.  Since, it is the subfloor for most houses, it not only becomes easy to choose concrete flooring but cheaper too. One should be careful though about the insulation and about the hard surface, no matter how beautiful it looks, you probably won’t want to stand on it for a long time. So although, it is a smart choice be considerate of all the factors.

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Brick Flooring

Bricks are one the most famous building materials ever. Using bricks for flooring isn’t a novel idea but is gaining popularity these days. Now you might not want to make your entire floor of bricks but you can consider using it for certain areas like the porch or inset bricks into the floor with other materials. Mostly it is used for outdoors.The advantage of using bricks is that it gives your home an old-world appeal, also the many geometric patterns you can come up with when using bricks makes the floor a canvas for you to design on!

Tile Flooring

Vitrified tiles are made of a mixture of clay and minerals like silica, quartz. Ceramic tiles on the other hand are made from only clay. The textures, design and colours available in tiles are numerous. Ceramics render a more natural look than their vitrified counterparts. Get as creative as you can.

Vitrified tiles are glossy and smooth while ceramic tiles are comparatively rough, external glaze can be applied to the latter to make them more glossy. Vitrified are stronger and less absorbent, ceramics are weaker in comparison and absorb more water.

A trend alert you should be aware of is that the size of tiles has grown larger. The bigger your tile, the better it is and this a trend which we think is going to be popular for many years to come.

Carpet

The trend is slowly moving towards the bare floor look, so the wall to wall carpet style is getting old. Carpet and rugs aren’t really out of the picture. How can they be!

A mix and match kind of carpet style is still going strong. A new addition is the use of multi-carpets, which is becoming increasingly popular. Rugs in the bedroom and living room are still very much in demand but the sizes are becoming smaller.

Also, carpets are getting softer than ever. And don’t forget to ask for the Eco-friendly one, yes you read that right. Carpets are now being made of cotton, woven wool and recycled nylon to name a few.

 

 

 


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