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Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Floors, Homes, Renovations

Flooring Trends Part 2

Here are some more flooring trends that have gained a foothold in the housing market in 2013 and 2014 and will continue on into 2015:

 Wood

 

wood flooring

 

  • Wooden floors are still popular in homes, particularly in kitchens. These are not to be confused with the tiled floors that look like wood.  The most popular kinds of wood floors out right now are laminated wood, which is significantly less expensive than hardwood, and many would say actually looks better.  For those homes that do use hardwood, homeowners and builders are drifting over to dark stains and tones, such as walnut or cherry.  In addition, while the floors are all perfectly new, homeowners are preferring that the wooden floors look old and mid century.

 

  • Another type of wood that has really taken off is bamboo wood. Bamboo is becoming popular because it comes from a renewable resource, and many of the cons previously associated with it have since been remedied, such as shrinkage issues.  Bamboo is also popular as it comes in a variety of different colors.

Vinyl

 

vinyl flooring contractor

 

  • Luxury vinyl may not be near as popular in homes as carpet or wood is, but it is making headway on its own. To make the luxury vinyl more affordable that we see today, the color and look of wood can be printed into squares.  In other words, you can practically take a picture of anything and then turn it into a vinyl tile, and it can be placed into any room.  Most vinyl flooring is found in the bathrooms of homes.

Tile

 

tile flooring

 

  • Finally, tile is also becoming a more prominent part in the housing world. Notably, the actual tiles themselves are becoming larger than the typical foot by foot long tiles that older houses have.  It’s not uncommon for ceramic tiles today to have dimensions of one foot by two feet.  Many of the digital prints that are used on vinyl tile are also used on ceramic tiles, which can give tiles either a marble, concrete, or a hardwood look and feel.