When we think about re-decorating a room we often just focus on paint colors, window coverings and furniture, but don’t forget about the floors!
Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of variations including wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.
New factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber — right down to that timeless hand-hewn look — but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber.
Particularly popular these days, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12′ x 24′ and even 36′ x 36′ — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12′ x 12′ tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean.
Selected primarily for its amazing acoustic-insulating qualities, cork flooring also is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Long gone are the days when cork was available in any color so long as it was blonde — today’s options span the color palette. Thanks to new factory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. But it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight.
In the world of carpet we are seeing far fewer shags and friezes and more patterned carpets. By using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops — hence the name ‘cut-and-loop carpet’ — manufacturers can create a carpet with patterns that range from subtle to bold.
Trendy, sleek and durable as time itself, concrete flooring jumped from bare-bones utilitarian to chic. Thanks to a multitude of available colors, textures and finishes, concrete can adapt to almost any decor. The primary concern is comfort, after all concrete is a very hard surface.
Inspired? We hope so!