When choosing flooring, there are a wide range of available options which combine beautiful design with durability. Here are a few of my favorites trends for 2017:
- Reclaimed hardwood look: I love, love, love the look of reclaimed hardwood. But unless you have an old barn on your property where you can salvage some hardwood yourself, it can be very expensive. Now more affordable options are available, such as factory-finished hardwood. Remember, wood flooring is not an ideal choice for bathrooms where water could be an issue.
- Concrete: Concrete is not just for your garage anymore. With your choice of colors, textures and designs, concrete can be very stylish and durable. It is very, very hard though, so it may not be the best choice for every room, but it does make a great dance floor!
- High-end vinyl: Vinyl is very affordable, easy to install and comes in many different styles. It’s resilient, easy to clean, family friendly and feels great on your bare feet. High end vinyl flooring is now available that really looks like wood, stone or ceramic. It can be a great way to add that wood look to your bathroom or mudroom without worrying so much about water damage. It’s a win-win!
- Patterned carpeting: What’s new in carpeting? Subtle and not so subtle patterns cut and looped right into the carpeting. One advantage is that patterns may help hide stains. If you are someone who likes to change the room décor often, then opt for a subtle pattern. Otherwise why not take a chance and go bold?
- Heated bathroom floors: If you are remodeling a bathroom and installing new flooring, consider hiring an electrician to install an electric mat heating system under the floor tile. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive way to keep your toes toasty warm.
- Green flooring: I don’t mean the color green! I’m talking environmentally friendly, recycled wood flooring made from sustainable products and non-toxic materials like bamboo. Did you know there is now flooring available that is made from the wood of old wine barrels? How cool is that?
If you are looking to sell a home, a great resource for flooring suggestions would be your real estate agent. They can tell you what trends are desired in your area and what may help sell your home.