2021 is fast approaching. Thank goodness, right? Let's leave the not-so-wonderful 2020 behind us and welcome the new year with a new look. Here's what's trending in flooring:
The best selling loop-cut-loops (LCLs) include solids, subtle tonals and contrasting multicolor designs. Berbers are also popular again - but not the stiff
Pattern reigns supreme
Today's carpet is bolder, brighter, and more stylish. No more boring builder beige! Look for bold patterns, striations and linear designs, as well as small scale geometric looks. Most clients still choose carpet for their bedrooms and upstairs due to the desire for something soft and warm underfoot combined with the noise reduction qualities. Patterns allow for unique styling that can bring character to any room. The best selling loop-cut-loops (LCLs) include solids, subtle tonals and contrasting multicolor designs. Berbers are also popular again - but not the stiff and scratchy Berbers you remember from the 90s. Soft is the word of the day.
Another trend within the carpet segment focuses on pet-friendly designs. These carpets are durable and easy to clean. Some loop carpets even have warranties against snagging and unravelling.
PRO TIP: If you have pets, be sure to upgrade to a pad with a liner.
Carpet is still your most budget friendly flooring option
Wider, longer prevails Wide plank, long length boards are in high demand. These stylings are more in scale with today's open floor plans, or will make your not-so-open home feel more spacious. Look for lighter colors and low or no gloss finishes.
Wonderful waterproof flooring
No one is turning their nose up at vinyl anymore. The realism of the higher end products will fool an expert. Who doesn't want a floor with commercial wear ratings, that is indentation resistant, and handles moisture like a champ? And just like with hardwoods, look for wider and longer planks. There are also great looking tile and stone looks to consider.
PRO TIP: ask how many faces (repeats) to expect. The premier LVPs have 30+ planks before a repeat.
Large-format tiles are in high demand (remember, more tile, less grout!), and decorative looks are a must. Even if it is just a row of a decorative tile in your backsplash, this is the "bling" you need to style up your look.
In terms of colorways, greys and blues have moved to the top of the leader board. Black and white is also popular.
In decoratives, look for metallics, art deco, and Moroccan influenced designs. Popular shapes include hexagons, fans, and arabesques.
Better than wood? Laminate never really went away, we just forgot about it as we embraced LVP. Most laminate has waterproof warranties, and the embossing techniques, screening and digital printing technologies render not only extremely realistic wood visuals but also great textures and heft.
Today's laminates are scratch, stain, and fade resistant and incredibly durable. Most laminate are made in the USA, thus avoiding the tariffs that many imported LVPs currently incur.
Say goodbye to your worn, tired, outdated floors and hello to beautiful floors that are so much more your style!
How Much Does It Cost?
Not all wide plank hardwoods are expensive. We just installed a 5" Mohawk hickory wood floor in the family room, living room, dining room, and hall of a Vinings home, 678 square feet of hardwood installed for $5900. The lighter color and wider planks our client selected made the not so big rooms feel much larger!
I Was FLOORED By Enhance
Becky in Canton writes: "We replaced all the flooring in our home and Enhance was so helpful through the whole process: from deciding on color of carpet and wood, to coming out in a timely manner to measure, to efficient and well done installation. They even followed up to make sure everything was still okay. I would recommend them for anyone needing to replace any flooring in their home!"
Thank you, Becky. We enjoyed working with you and meeting your pups. We are glad to have helped you find floors that you loved and that would hold up to your dogs. We are all pet owners at Enhance, that helps us in making the right product recommendations.