The interiors world may not move as quickly as its clothing equivalent, but there are always plenty of new products and designs coming on to the market, and flooring is no exception. We’ve found four trends to look out for in 2017.
A floor is the bottom surface of a room or vehicle. Floors vary from simple dirt in a cave to many-layered surfaces modern technology. Floors may be stone, wood, bamboo, metal, or any other material that may support the expected load. Floor covering is really a term to generically describe any finish material applied over a ground structure to provide a walking surface. Flooring is the typical term for a lasting covering of a ground, and for the task of installing this kind of floor covering. Both terms are used interchangeably but floor covering refers more to lose-laid materials.
Wood flooring is always popular, and this year sees the continuing popularity of a natural look and finish. If solid wood flooring is your preference, opt for an oiled or waxed wood, perhaps with a a brushed finish, which is also less affected by any scrapes or scratches that might happen. A rising trend for 2017 is for using wider 180mm planks of differing lengths to create a more individual look.
Grey has been the colour for interiors for a good few years, and it looks set to remain so in 2017. It’s the perfect neutral backdrop for all colour schemes as well so will work well in any home. You can go for solid lacquered wood with a grey finish, but you can also buy grey engineered flooring or laminate if that’s your preference. Both are tough and durable and perfect for throughout the house, and modern laminates are a fantastic and budget-friendly option.
As we’ve mentioned, laminate flooring has come a really long way in recent years, and it’s a high-quality, hard-wearing and practical option. It’s easy to install and easy to replace sections if they get damaged.
Laminates of old only ever really came in a pale ‘oak’ finish, but today there is a fantastic option of wood finishes, whether you like the paler tones of oak or the richer look of darker woods like American walnut or stained oak, all with the appearance of a real wood floor. Online specialist retailers such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/laminate-flooring have a fantastic selection of top-quality laminates in a range of colours and finishes.
Block or Patterned
Parquet or herringbone block flooring is a stylish and timeless look that never really goes out of fashion, but 2017 is seeing a move towards other ways of being creative with your flooring. Lay wood or laminate planks on the diagonal or use different lengths, widths or even different shades of planks to create either a pattern or a random informal pattern that is unique to your home.