Looking back at the first quarter of 2017, you can see a few clear patterns in the types of floor designs that have increased in popularity of late. Solid wood flooring, as ever, has remained a favourite - but a variety of different tones are becoming widely popular. Vinyl flooring, although an unlikely candidate for stardom, is also rising in popularity due to new technologies that have made it increasingly difficult to differentiate from hardwood or stone.
Back at the beginning of the year, a few leading flooring / interior design experts speculated about what would increase in popularity this year. Here's a look at what they had to say:
'For 2017, we don't see any slowdown of the current preference for wide plank in gray tones with extremely low-sheen finishes' - Kim Wahlgren, Hardwood Floors Mag
'We will be seeing a return to vinyl popularity in homes starting in 2017' - Cindy Weinstock, The Flooring Lady
'We might also see a growing return back to more natural and dark wood tones. One key trend that is certain to hit consumers in 2017 is herringbone and chevron parquet designs, which are being heavily featured on trend-setting home decor and renovation shows and websites this year' - Jamie, Home Flooring Pros
With this expert industry knowledge, we've decided to put together a not-quite-mid-year round-up of the modern flooring trends you're most likely to see in the immediate future. Spring is a great time to give your home a makeover, and a fresh and modern flooring material is often just the thing to spruce up a tired-looking room. We hope this list will provide you with some inspiration!
Natural Wood Effect Vinyl
A mixture of two key 2017 flooring trends, these products combine luxury vinyl tiles and natural wood tones. Over the past couple of years, vinyl tiles have started to become harder and harder to differentiate from real wood flooring.
Before natural wood-look vinyl flooring, laminate was the only affordable way to get a good-looking wood finish in your home. But now, vinyl flooring has improved its game, providing an even more versatile and low-maintenance wood effect surface. The fact that it is highly water-resistant is just one more reason why natural wood look vinyl has become a trend this year.
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Grey Wood Effect Flooring
Grey-toned wood flooring was a widely popular flooring choice during 2016, and its popularity has only increased further over the last few months. Purchasing a wood effect laminate floor may be a smart move at this will be cheaper, easier to install, and reinforced with a protective wear layer, making your gorgeous grey floorboards all the more durable.
Kim Wahlgren predicted that the preference for wide planks in grey tones would not slow down, and she certainly wasn't wrong. The best thing about grey flooring is that it looks light and breezy during the summer months, then warm and cosy during the winter. It truly is the best of both worlds.
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Herringbone Parquet Flooring
Jamie from Home Flooring Pros predicted that herringbone parquet would be a key flooring trend in 2017, and it's not hard to see why. Gorgeous and unique, herringbone parquet flooring has the ability to transform any room; whether you're looking for natural-toned wood or a striking black product, you can get both in this attractive style.
When deciding on a new floor, durability should be at the top of your list. With this in mind, you'll be pleased to know that our herringbone parquet flooring is exceptionally resilient and hard-wearing, meaning that your room will look pristine for years to come.
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