Thankfully, flooring trends don’t change as quickly as fashion or home décor, but to keep your floor current for many years to come, it’s important to choose patterns and shades that are durable and stylish, while setting the tone and colour scheme for your rooms.
But to save you the slog, we’ve done the research for you. Here are 5 of the top flooring trends that should stay in style for the lifetime of your floor:
Wood-coloured flooring trends are always developing, providing a new twist on an old classic. But the most attractive trends focus on the extremes, making very dark wood a popular choice this year.
With fashionable floors getting darker and darker, colours like ebony, black ash and solid maple make a real statement, particularly if contrasted with light furniture and décor.
SHOU SUGI BAN
Literally translating to “burnt cedar board”, this describes the centuries old Japanese technique of charring “Sugi” (cedar) planks – an artistic and unique finish designed to improve the durability of stylish driftwood recovered from the coastlines of Japan.
While the practice of using charred timber flooring almost died out during the past century, it was rediscovered around 15 years ago, gaining the attention of architects and designers to enhance the flooring and wall coverings in custom-designed buildings.
It’s now one of the most sought-after contemporary flooring styles in modern homes, especially due to the reclaimed wood aspect.
“I anticipate an increase in the demand for affordable, local, sustainable flooring products. Local wood reclamation, whether that wood is being salvaged from old barns or rescued from underneath old and outdated carpeting, is going to be popular across the country.”
– The Flooring Lady, Cindy Weinstock
WHITE WASHED WOODS AND FADED GREYS
You know earlier we said the most attractive trends focus on the extremes, well white LVT and distressed greys are at the other end of the scale from the darker woods. The “bleached” look is bang on trend for 2017, with white oak, winter oak and bleached larch all set to sell well.
Lighter floors give spaces a brighter, airier feel, making smaller spaces feel bigger. Faded greys have extra benefits too, as they don’t show scratches and don’t need cleaning as often as darker floors.
Still feeling the cold? Blonde or light woods like natural oak and French oak ideal for making your home feel warmer, although the current trend is moving away from yellow and orange, toward cooler styles. And if you have darker walls and furniture, blonde wood colours provide the perfect contrast.
Whether you opt for wood, laminate or the new kid on the block LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles), it pays to stay up with these trends so you won’t be shelling out again in less than 5 years.
For the height of style and durability Luvanto luxury vinyl flooring come in strip or tiled patterns, in light or dark shades and in 35 different colours, including all of the colours mentioned in this post.
And with Luvanto, you can transform your home or office cheaper than most of the high quality LVT alternatives on the market.