Innovations in flooring have brought greater choice to the consumer. There is now a myriad of options to choose from.
This year, the trend is for sustainable materials and natural tones – but with an emphasis on flooring that’s hardworking and durable.
Many people are starting to make greener choices in all aspects of their lives, and that includes flooring. Increasingly popular are sustainable flooring options such as cork and bamboo as well as engineered and reclaimed wood.
Bamboo is a fast-growing crop that regenerates quickly. Cork comes from the bark of oak trees, which can live for more than 200 years. The tree can have its bark removed once per decade using a special tool that doesn’t cause any damage. The tree regenerates quickly after each harvest.
If you have your heart set on timber, engineered or reclaimed wood are sustainable alternatives to using more precious hardwoods.
As homeowners move away from using hardwoods, they’re switching to wood-look tiles instead.
Wood-look tiles are a practical alternative to hardwood as there’s no risk of water damage. You can enjoy the appearance of real wood without the problem of moisture causing warping or other damage.
Wood-look tiles come in a wide variety of colours and styles with grain patterns to make them look authentic. Popular colours this year are pale, neutral shades that blend in with contemporary surroundings.
Grey and neutral tones
It’s not just wood-look tiles that are popular in neutral tones. Soft browns, greys and off-whites are increasingly being used for all types of flooring in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms as they’re so versatile.
There are a huge variety of grey and neutral shades to choose from, designed to contrast or match your interior design scheme. For example, flooring in soft tones can be used to complement bold interior décor or harmonise with subtle wall colours.
In the kitchen, grey flooring works well with light granite worktops and pale cabinets with stainless-steel appliances to accessorise.
Luxury vinyl tiles
Vinyl has often been dismissed as low quality. But that’s no longer the case. Luxury vinyl tiles have grown in popularity as they’re affordable and they look great.
The latest creations in vinyl can replicate the look of wood or stone but are easy to maintain and clean. Vinyl is durable and water-resistant and much softer and warmer underfoot than other types of flooring.
Luxury vinyl tiles are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms or for use as commercial flooring.
Squares, rectangles, chevrons and herringbone patterned floor tiles are increasingly being used to create an eye-catching look.
Linear patterns are subtle but attractive while you can create visual illusions with herringbone and chevrons. Carpet tiles in geometric patterns are a perennial favourite in the workplace as they’re hardwearing and practical but still look attractive.
Are you looking for new flooring for your home or workplace?
Whatever your space or style, Fine Line Flooring can find a look that’s right for your interior. Our design and flooring specialists will be happy to discuss various options with you.
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