Let New Flooring Materials and Trends Set the Mood in Your Home
Changing your flooring is not as simple a decision as, say, changing your paint color. A new floor entails an investment greater than the price of a can of paint and can be a process disruptive to the household. But when your new floors are installed, they seem to breathe new life into your home and invite you to continue your home improvement projects. Below, we highlight some of the flooring trends to look for in 2022.
What is old is new again.
Who would have thought that vinyl and linoleum would make their way into our homes again? The introduction of improved technology such as underfloor heating, and its compatibility with these materials, make it easy to introduce modern designs that withstand the wear and tear of daily family life. Amazingly, since vinyl products are generally thin, you can achieve all this while keeping all flooring level in your house.
Spending more time at home has us looking for different ways to spruce up our space. This year, designers invite us to play with color and shapes to liven up a room. Bold and bright designs in asymmetrical contours, combined with different textures, materials, and weaving, can showcase a completely new personality for your living or dining room.
…or Neutral and Natural
Not everyone is ready to add a splash of color to their floors, but you can still achieve a vibrant and polished look by incorporating stripes in neutral tones along with soft and comfortable textures. Mixing basic designs with options such as herringbone is becoming increasingly popular. Complementary designs that contrast in tonality can flow from room to room and give you a cohesive look.
A commitment to sustainability and the environment are also present in our flooring trends this year. The combination of shapes and colors allows designers to repair and replace sections of flooring and create a new design instead of a full replacement. Similarly, materials such as sisal, jute, and seagrass have a legacy of being good for the planet. It is now easier than ever to make environmentally-friendly design decisions that reflect your sense of style.
Mix and Match
Be on the lookout for flooring tiles with complementary designs, and don’t be afraid to mix and match them. Not only does the patchwork approach let you express your unique style, but it also helps customize your flooring selection to your needs. For example, you may want a busier (i.e., more forgiving!) pattern in your kitchen while keeping a complementary design in your dining room. Mixing plain tiles with design-heavy pieces or combining shapes and colors lets you achieve the look you really want.
You may think of a commercial building when you think of metallics as a flooring option, but they can also live in your home. New production methods mimic natural designs, working beautifully in some spaces. Creating an element of surprise in a bathroom or hallway by combining metallic tile with contrasting wall colors is a fun adventure. It can also be a practical decision for your space.
In 2022 dare to think outside the box and invite a variety of colors, textures, and materials into your home. Take the time to explore newer materials that have benefited from advanced technology to create more patterns and options to achieve the look you want. Once you are done with your floors, don’t be shy about inviting flooring materials to crawl up your walls and make an impact there too!