2015 Trends for Flooring Installation
Home design and décor trends transform rapidly just like the constantly developing fashion world. In fashion, top designers like Marc Jacobs and Chanel annually stun audiences with their creative cuts, fabrics, and styles influencing society on what to wear from makeup, clothes, eyewear, shoes and much more. Trends define more than just what’s hot; they tell a story of what people as a whole want. The trends for floor installation in 2015 have shown us continued love for old favorites while also bringing back reinvented styles from decades ago. Dead home flooring trends from the past are making a big comeback, and we are also seeing a big shift towards making environmentally conscious product choices for home flooring.
Installing a floor is like that first paint stroke on a blank canvas: it sets the stage for what the final outcome will be when you first look at your newly decorated home. Carpet, laminate, hardwood, vinyl and tile are just some of the categories floor manufacturers like Armstrong and Shaw Floors are producing, and within each are styles that are forerunners in the design industry.
Hardwood flooring is a classic favorite that is still an industry leader within the home design world. So what’s trending with hardwood? Aside from the old favorite finishes and varnishes, dark stains have become a leader when designing a modern home. Ebony, Jacobean and espresso are just some of the color choices popular with contemporary design styles.
In addition reclaimed wood, for it’s rustic look and environmentally friendly impact, has become hugely popular with designers. Additionally wide plank and whitewashed hardwood products are making an unexpected comeback just like those high-waisted shorts you wore out in the 80’s.
Cork and bamboo flooring are also extremely popular. Bamboo, although not new to the flooring industry, is expanding and just as durable and beautiful as hardwood. Cork is also becoming a popular choice for it’s numerous color options and it’s durability. Cork flooring is also magic to walk on for those that love a soft, stylish feel.
Another surprising, and shocking, flooring trend is luxury vinyl. Now I know you’re wondering why “luxury” and “vinyl” are paired together to describe this out-of-date style, but vinyl flooring isn’t like the atrocious pattern you once saw in your mother-in-law’s kitchen. Its ability to mimic classy wood styles has enabled it to transcend from cheesy to classy. Scott Humphrey, chief executive of the World Floor Covering Association located in Anaheim, CA said:
“It’s the fastest-growing portion of the industry in the past two years.”
Carpeting is also transforming to accommodate the demand for soft, luxurious flooring. Cut-and-loop carpeting manufacturers like Shaw Floors are listening to what the market wants and are producing soft and environmentally conscious carpet construction styles. Humphrey also stated:
“Everybody is making carpet that’s green. They have factories that do this all across the United States. Shaw Floors is the only one that recycles nylon into carpeting, but a lot of companies melt down polyester and make new fiber over and over.”
Large-format tile is also becoming hugely popular for designers when choosing bathroom or kitchen flooring. Tile configurations larger that the standard 12×12 inches are smashing the traditional tile sizes that dominated ceramic tile trends in the past. Where tile is concerned in 2015, the bigger the better!
Designing how your home will look is important for you as well as the future value of it. 2015 has brought us many trends, from social media to fashion, celebrity gossip and technology. Floor installation and refinishing is a sphere that greatly depends on the opinions of top designers in the home building and decorating industry.
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