Wood flooring will continue to dominate. The overall shift is towards darks and lights as well as cooler and browner tones laid in a random pattern in the same room. Hardwood offerings include the use of matte finishes that replicate the look of oiled floors, distressed, aged or weathered looks as well as extra wide and extra-long planks.
Ceramic offerings include many colors and design options for areas that are not water friendly and can be laid in a variety of patterns to give you a more customizable space.
Bamboo has had an explosion of colors and styles. While technically a fast-growing grass, bamboo is as at least as hard or harder than most hardwoods when dried. Newer products called strand-woven bamboo, a highly engineered product using the inner fibers, are twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. In addition to the common thin-banded styles we have become accustomed to, bamboo is offered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods.
We are seeing an explosion of sizes, shapes, materials and patterns in tile. Particularly popular, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12″ x 24″ and even 36″ x 36″ — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12″ x 12″ tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean. On caution, large-format tiles are heavy, requiring a perfectly level substrate and a professional installer for the job to come out right.
Luxury vinyl is a new category of flooring that combines the high-end look of hardwood (or stone) with the durability of vinyl. You can chose from beautiful wood and stone looks on a tough resilient surface that can easily handle kids, pets, and heavy traffic. These floors are not only durable, they’re also waterproof. Because it stands up to moisture, wood-look vinyl is a natural fit in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
Trendy, sleek and durable, concrete flooring has shifted from strictly utilitarian to chic. Thanks to a multitude of available colors, textures and finishes, concrete can adapt to almost any decor. Concrete works well in an old building that has old subfloors or is a perfect option for a basement finish. Looks often come at a price, and in the case of concrete, its comfort. It is a very hard surface that is not friendly to walk on all day.