Interior design, architecture and home décor all follow trends and so does flooring. Flooring is a real focal point in any home. After all, it occupies the most space and is clearly visible in every room. It follows, then, that the latest flooring trends offer distinction, elegance and practicality. Because of this, they will probably remain in the spotlight for many years to come. Below, we have listed the most prominent of the latest flooring trends. Each has its own benefits and they are all widely applicable flooring solutions. So why not experiment a little bit and follow the latest trends with your floor—you never know where it might take you!
Dark Timber Floors
Dark timber floors have been around for centuries, so you might not think that they are really the latest trend. But that is not necessarily true. Sure traditionally dark hardwoods have always been popular, but many homeowners have gone even further in 2017. In fact, some of the trending timber floors are achieving an almost black finish. The effect of such a dark timber floor is quite remarkable; it is both understated and attention-grabbing. These dark timber floors are often used jointly with light walls and furniture to create an interesting contrast.
Satin Timber Floors
Satin timber floors are another of the latest flooring trends and they are a different take on the classical polished wooden floors. Satin timber floors generally aim for lustre of around 40%. This is enough to reflect some light, but it remains a far cry from the shiny timber floors of the more classical old homes. The silky smooth finish of satin flooring has contributed to its immense popularity. It emanates elegance and style, without being ostentatious. This is a good alternative to the dark timber trend if you live in a warmer climate.
Dark Grey Carpets
We couldn’t create a list of the latest flooring trends without paying homage to the dark grey carpet. This has emerged with exceptional popularity in 2017. These dark grey carpets almost have that gunmetal grey about them and they achieve much the same effect as the dark timber floors. But perhaps the greatest advantage, and one of the main reasons for its success, is the practicality of this colour. It hides stains, dirt and grit very effectively, which is a great improvement on the more traditional white and cream carpet colours. This is a flooring trend that is here to stay.
Vinyl flooring has been around for quite a while, but it has only recently risen to prominence. This is largely because of the better quality of vinyl products that are available today. Vinyl flooring has reached the point where it is hard to distinguish from the timber it seeks to emulate. It is also available in wide range of shades and finished, so you can get any type of timber finish for a fraction of the price. It is also very durable and goes well in rental homes, which have risen in number recently. That might even be one of the driving forces behind the popularity of vinyl flooring.
Bamboo flooring is trending for many of the same reasons as vinyl. It is a very cost-effective flooring product that doesn’t carry the price tag of other natural timbers. It is also very hardwearing. But it has another edge that has really advanced it to the forefront of the latest flooring trends: it is eco-friendly. Bamboo grows very quickly and regrows from the same shoot when cut down. This means that you can harvest bamboo flooring at almost no environmental cost whatsoever.