Top Trends For Hard Surfaces
It’s September – There are just a few more weekends left to entertain on the patio then soon our entertaining will have to be indoors – are you ready? If not, then it’s time to turn your attention back to those home improvement projects you need done before the indoor entertaining begins.
When you invest in timeless pieces for your big items e.g, furniture and flooring, then updating every few years with new accessories, paint and area rugs will be an inexpensive way to change up the space. Even just changing a few things like pillows and throws for each season will give you a fresh new feel.
However, back to flooring – Designers realize that flooring is what sets the stage in your space to decorate around. Retailers realize that our floor covering offerings need to compliment the other colors and patterns that you will be introducing into that space.
With that being said, the top trends for hard surfaces now and going forward into 2016 that you may want to include in your home improvement project are:*
- Hyper natural: Consumers will increasingly seek to surround themselves with products that bring them closer to nature, and that look and feel authentic. The desire for a natural, rustic appearance does not only apply to solid wood flooring; laminates, inkjet-printed porcelain and incredibly realistic LVT can also satisfy this desire.
- Gray: Gray will continue to be the neutral color going forward. Wood and wood-look flooring in gray tones can be used to instantly provide the foundation for any style. Of course, concrete also fits into the gray color family, high-definition, inkjet-printed porcelain tiles give end users the desired concrete look with the performance and durability of porcelain tile.
- Reclaimed: Products that have a story to tell, have been previously used and are re-purposed or vintage resonate with consumers. In flooring this equates to a distressed appearance. In line with the trend for reclaimed flooring styles comes an interest in incorporating a mix of plank widths across a floor. This move away from uniformity is an important trend for 2016.
- Mosaics: Mosaics this year go beyond traditional medallions or glass 1 x 1s. Picture a mosaic of specialty shaped tiles like ovals, triangles, hexagons, or marquise. Natural stone adds a hint of luxury. Pencil tiles, and metallic finishes expand the definition of mosaic in designs this year.
- Matte or Semi-Gloss: While polished and high-gloss is still in demand, matte textures are making a comeback this year. Tile with a matte or semi-gloss finish lets you create a softer, more livable feel.
- Textured Tile: Any textured floor tile – fabric-look or brushed finished – make for that softer feel that’s big for the coming year.
- Wood-Look Tile Flooring: The latest technology has brought tile that looks so much like wood it’s hard to tell which is which. The trend is toward longer planks, reclaimed/barn wood/aged looking wood, mixing materials like stone and wood, parquet looks and exotic looks are also on trend.Floors of Distinction has worked hard to keep up on current trends so that our flooring covering offerings will compliment your space. We have Interior Designers on staff to help you coordinate your flooring choices with those other big ticket items in the room. Then just add the trending color with your accessories to complete the look – for 2015 that would be Pantone’s Color Marsala.
Submitted by: Annette Schwartz- Floors of Distinction.
* Excerpts from Floor Covering News Magazine and DAL Tile Design Ideas Page. In a later article we will address top trends in soft-surfaces.