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Flooring Trends that Rule 2017

If you really want to make a change in your home, it is best to start with flooring. The floors are the foundation of your home, and they can dictate the style and atmosphere of the space. In 2017, there are many flooring options you can choose from that are trendy, practical, durable and eco-friendly. Here are the top flooring trends that swept 2017 off its feet.

Harwood is forever

Some things never change, especially good things like hardwood floors. They have been the first flooring choice of interior designers and homeowners for centuries, they are still popular now, and will probably stay popular in the future as well. Hardwood creates a feeling of warmth and coziness, is easy to maintain, and it will boost your home’s value through the roof. Basically, it is the number one flooring option, that’s why many other artificial types of flooring try to mimic its look, color and texture. Nevertheless, there are two main reasons why hardwood is so popular: it’s meant to last a lifetime (there are hardwood floors from centuries ago that still look amazing), and they offer a great foundation for the further decoration of your home.

Engineered vinyl planks are the future

Not many people know about engineered vinyl planks, however, experts predict a bright future for them. Products such as COREtec Plus imitate the look and feel of hardwood much better than laminates, plus they are completely waterproof. This makes COREtec Plus a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, basements, and other areas that are prone to getting wet, and come especially handy if you have a concrete sub-floor. This artificial material is also less expensive than traditional hardwood and comes in many colors perfect for any space. You can choose from light tones, dark tones, warm reds and even grays and whites.

Simple and raw concrete

Even though you can see this trend emerging in trendy restaurants, bars and other hip places designed in industrial style, more and more people actually choose bare concrete as their flooring option at their homes. Concrete floors work great in homes with sleek and minimalist design (thanks to the neutral and muted look of concrete). However, there’s a price to pay if you want concrete to grace your floors: it lacks comfort and is often cold on your feet.

Soft cork

On the opposite side of the spectrum from concrete, we have cork. The popularity of cork as a flooring option is on the rise, because it’s soft and has amazing insulating and acoustic properties. Cork also comes in a variety of colors and styles and is also very environmentally friendly, so it’s perfect for those who wish to go green.

Rugs to the rescue

Most designers are moving away from wall-to-wall carpets and are replacing them with hardwood flooring, but some people still love the softness and comfort of carpets. And even though wall-to-wall carpets are a thing of the past, carpet runners and area rugs are doing very well in the stores. They offer safety on the steps, keep your feet warm while you’re sitting in front of your TV, and can even be a great decorative element of your home.

Cheap tiles for a rich look

Today, the most popular tile options are porcelain planks that imitate the look of hardwood. Just like COREtec Plus, they are great for areas prone to moisture, and are great for homes located in warmer climates or those built on slabs. They are cheaper than real wood, but, of course, lack the luxury and grace of the real thing.

Cooler tones for the floors

When it comes to the color palette of the floors, you might as well forget about warmer tones. Grays are where it’s at, so you should avoid reds and golds. Cooler tones look more contemporary, are more neutral and are a great backdrop for various interior design styles. You might also check out “greige” (a mixture of less popular beige and very trendy gray) and incorporate it in your rugs and tiles. All other color options will also offer cooler and grayish undertones.

So, if you want to replace your floors, make sure to choose one of these options and your home will be as trendy as you are.

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