The last few years have been very interesting for the flooring industry and it seems that this drive will continue with a host of new products being released across all the various applications. We’ve rounded up the most noteworthy trends that we’ve seen in the industry. We’ll be looking at texture, colour, application and more. So, let’s get started!
“Be it wood plastic core (WPC), luxury vinyl tile, rigid core or composite core, multi-layer flooring (MLF) is being referred to as the future of flooring for both residential and commercial applications,” according to Floor Trends Magazine.
Multi-Layer Flooring (MLF) consists of two or more layers and traditionally has a top layer(s) that provide both decorative and performance based functions, which is then laminated onto a rigid core board. With MLF, underlays may or may not be attached.
Down to Earth
According to Top Carpets and Floors, it can be seen that there has been a shift towards more earthy tones and textures in flooring styles this year. Currently, the focus is on natural fibres and sustainable products. These earthy and more natural tones and textures create a calming and ‘refreshing’ effect, which is highly sought after today, as people yearn to create harmony within their homes to escape the pressures of modern-day life.
“Roll on 2017 and shades of grey are dominating the flooring landscape leaving the older more subtle variations of beige in their tracks with sales declining in many of those once popular tones. Grey has certainly been making its mark over the years within other areas of design, interiors and architecture and is still a popular choice for upholstery.” – Dave Nemmeth Home Makers Online.
Industrial | Vinyl/LVT
It has been seen that concrete has hit the design industry hard over the last few years when the “industrial” look emerged. However, the biggest drawback of concrete flooring is that it’s cold. While it can still work for certain restaurants and public spaces, it’s not the best or most practical option for commercial or domestic living areas. Thus, the vinyl and LVT market has come to the rescue, and identified this gap in the market, and started producing flooring that is functional, even in areas with excessive moisture, such as bathrooms. Best of all is that it looks like the real deal.
This trend is expected to continue with an interesting aspect like metallics, which could also be popular based on the “industrial” styling that is still around. Expect this trend to continue with some adventurous metallics hitting the market, which could also be popular based on the continuation of the “industrial” styling we continue to see says Home Makers Online.
Coming over to the Dark Side
One of the bolder flooring trends is the use of darker colours. According to Dave Nemmeth, the colours range from charcoal to dark browns, and we are seeing these colours in unlikely areas. The two areas specifically are kitchens and bathrooms, which have been traditionally very light in colour due to the space of these areas. This impactful turnaround comes as a move on from the industrial styling trend, as well as a direct reaction to the neutral palettes normally associated with these kinds of areas.
According to FlooringInc.com, this is what other experts in the industry have seen in 2017 with regards to Flooring Trends.
Wood Flooring trends:
“For 2017, we don’t see any slowdown of the current preferences for a wide plank in grey tones with extremely low-sheen finishes.” – Kim Wahlgren, Hardwood Floors Mag, Editor
Laminate Flooring trends:
“Laminate flooring continues to improve in both performance and appearance, and I think we will see more and more homeowners choosing laminate over other flooring options. The most popular styles of laminate flooring planks will continue to mimic hardwood floors, with lighter colours, wider planks, and dimension in the appearance becoming more and more popular. As the process for creating laminate floors becomes even more streamlined, I imagine we will start seeing a drop in the price per square foot for laminate floors as well, without sacrificing any of the quality, which will only lead to an even greater increase in their popularity.” – Cindy Weinstock, The Flooring Lady
Vinyl Flooring Trends:
“The race to the bottom(Price wise) is over. It’s now time for manufacturers to stay focused on making better-looking product lines. 2017 is sure to be the year for more realistic visuals. Better technology is constantly being created and used to make vinyl flooring look more like real hardwood. Whatever you see trending in engineered hardwood, whether it be a rustic oil finished Oak or a more contemporary smooth maple the vinyl flooring industry will be quick to create a visual that will be nearly impossible to tell apart from the real deal. ” – Carly Notcha, US Floors
We’ve reached the end of the most significant Flooring Trends we’ve seen in 2017 – gathered from experts in the industry. Stay tuned for more style & inspiration from Lansdowne Boards!
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