Top Flooring Trends in Interior Design
April 26, 2015
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Flooring can often be sidelined and not given a top priority in interior design projects. However, it plays a hugely important role in the overall look, feel and budget in both industrial and commercial design. The following is a look at today's top three flooring trends, from craft techniques to high-end technology:
1. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors are always high on the list for any interior designer. No matter which flooring trends emerge, hardwood floors are a traditional go-to for both home and business owners for their sheer durability and great look. The trend of grays and neutrals has now extended to floors, and designers are bringing that neutral look to floor areas with treated gray plank flooring. White oak is now also being consistently used for contemporary spaces to set off the more neutral color schemes that have emerged in recent years.
Reclaimed wood is a consideration for those who are interested in recycling and want to minimize their environmental impact. For those who want sustainable wood flooring for their homes or business, American hardwoods are a great option for designers to consider. Unlike bamboo or other materials that may need to be imported, hardwoods — including maple, oak, pine and hickory — can be sourced from nearby forests that are replenished as they are cut down.
2. Craft Techniques
When approaching an interior design project, designers will often suggest craft techniques in upholstery, cabinetmaking, furniture or art, but why not apply this approach to the flooring? For an additional impact, craft techniques can be applied to bring the best of design to flooring. Terrazzo surfaces have been making a comeback, particularly because they sustainably use large, rough-cut pieces of marble that would otherwise go unused to create wow factor. Mosaic is always an interesting option for designers, particularly when attempting to introduce color or additional impact or when used as an accent piece in a home or office.
3. High-End Technology
New techniques in printing and weaving have made it possible to create bespoke and personalized patterns on carpets that are digitally printed. This exciting new development offers a wide palette of colors with laser cutting for absolute precision when fitting these carpets. Rug-making techniques have also been revolutionized over the past few years, and contemporary production techniques are being brought into pieces such as the rugs from London studio Raw Edges, which reinterprets Persian rugs to great effect. This is an exciting new approach to watch.
Keep an eye on these innovations underfoot — there's a greater quality and variety of choice in flooring for designers than ever before.
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