We don’t spend that much of our time looking at what’s beneath our feet, but when we do, it’s nice to see a lovely floor. Here at Floor Coverings International East Bay, we dedicate a lot of time to finding the perfect styles for homeowners in the greater East Bay, Pleasanton, San Ramon area. This year, why not try one of the latest trends to give your home or business that look you’ve always wanted? Here are 7 ideas for you to consider for your next project.
These have been in vogue for a few years now, and show no sign of going out of style. Cork is a renewable resource, made from the bark of cork trees. Since the trees regenerate the cork every few years, the product is much more sustainable than many other types of wood. Plus, its eye-catching pattern works well with more neutral features such as white walls, livening up simple spaces. Lastly, cork is a hypoallergenic material and is great for homes with children.
Distressed wood is one of the most popular hardwood styles on the market today. It works well in artisanal shops, renovated cabins, and in home styles from craftsman to colonial. If possible, you should reclaim your wood from an older source, such as a building that’s been torn down. If not, that’s okay too. A flooring expert can distress it using a variety of artificial means.
Small pieces of wood arranged in patterns are commonly known as parquet floors. The two most common patterns are chevron and herringbone, but there is an endless variety of ways for you to personalize your floors for a unique look. They have a storied history, exploding into fashion when they appeared in French courts in the 1700s. Parquet floors offer an eye-catching elegance perfect for contemporary or bohemian homes.
If you’re stuck in an old-fashioned mindset that says floors have to be all one color, think again! Take the natural variegation of wood to new heights by incorporating different colors of wood. Many trees have extreme levels of variation, from pale blond to dark espresso going from their heartwood to the sapwood. Consider pecan, oak and acacia. You can also select bamboo, which can be finished in different colors.
The intricate lines of wood grain show through gray stain nicely, while providing a more muted walking surface. Gray flooring complements a space that relies on neutral colors, but works even better with accents of brighter color in your furniture, walls, and décor. Gray is an incredibly trendy hue and lends a very mature, cool-toned aesthetic.
Standard hardwood planks are 3”-5” in width. However, wide flooring is making its entrance onto the popular scene these days. Trendy planks are seen at 8 inches or wider depending on the type of wood you choose. This design lends a rustic sophistication to any room as it focuses on the natural variation and appearance of the wood. This flooring style is great for practically any interior aesthetic.
Have you always wanted wood flooring in the bathroom or mudroom, but been afraid it will warp? Try porcelain planks, which are manufactured to look like wood but have all the durability and waterproofing of tile. Wood-look tile has been picked up steam in 2017 and we don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.
If you’d like to learn more, we invite you to get in touch! Floor Coverings International East Bay offers free in-home design consultations and estimates. Call us today!