Keeping Up with 2017 Floor Trends
It’s an exciting time to be thinking about new floors for your home. There are more choices than ever before, and Arcadia makes it easy for Portland families to make the perfect selection. Our designers have over 20 years of experience of guiding families toward custom flooring that fits their lives and their tastes. Come in or schedule an in-home consultation and work with our knowledgeable flooring experts to help you make the right decision for your home with floors you’ll love for years to come.
Here are some of the current floor trends that are piquing our interest and making appearances in our showroom.
Yes, the color gray has been around as a trend for some time, but we don’t see it going anywhere fast. In fact, it may become a new classic. If your friend just re-did her kitchen in gray, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t too. We’re seeing more warm tones creep into our grays. That cozy “greige” or beigey-gray look suits those who’re looking for more visual warmth in their flooring.
Wood-like tile and vinyl are making a huge splash. Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but comes with a large initial investment and some upkeep, too. For some families, it’s worth it. For others, tile and vinyl made to look like wood can be an alluring and practical option.
“Luxury” and “vinyl” are two words that haven’t always gone together, but new high-performance luxury vinyl flooring is a standout option for families with kids or pets. This is a product that continues to be in high demand. Wood-look luxury vinyl can be laid where hardwood can’t, is great for high-traffic areas, and can be waterproof. Some is even marker-proof, for your budding artists who have trouble staying on canvas.
New technology is making engineered hardwood floors more affordable and environmentally friendly. It’s at the top of the list of what homeowners want in their homes. With these new materials, we’re seeing a trend toward wider and longer planks. Many find the look bolder and more upscale. As such, wider planks are picking up steam in more residential homes. Wider planks mean fewer joint lines, which helps make the wood flooring itself—those beautiful grains and knots—the star of the show.
Large-format tile is just what is sounds like: think anything larger than your usual 12" by 24". Even subway tiles have gone big—in fact, one of the newest introductions is a large format panel measuring 63 by 126 inches! Just like wide-plank floors, large-format tiles (especially rectangular tiles) can make a room look bigger. Installing these tiles also means less grout to clean. Tiles that look like wood or stone are hitching a ride to the top in large format, too.
Choose large-format tiles in rooms where you want to create less visual interruption. Using a grout color that’s similar to your tile can also create that clean, continuous flow.
Cut and Loop Carpet
Cut and loop, in short, combines sections of cut pile with looped pile to create texture and pattern. In years past, we saw lots of swooping whorls and squiggles in cut and loop. Now the technique is coming back in style with modern geometric shapes. We even saw a wood-textured gray cut and loop carpet on Pinterest. Now that’s going with the trends!