Installing new floors in your house provides you with an opportunity to increase the value of your property and update the appearance of your space. Depending on your budget and your goals, the best flooring solutions for your updating and remodeling project will vary. This post will explain how select flooring that’s up to date with current trends without breaking the bank.
2016 Home Flooring Trends:
The green movement has gone viral. Homeowners across the country are adopting low power electronics, in-home solar and alternate power source solutions and water-saving low-flow fixtures. Flooring is no exception! Environmentally friendly materials are topping the list of 2016 flooring trends. In fact, you may have noticed a dramatic increase in bamboo, cork, and reclaimed wood flooring and furniture on your favorite home and garden websites, magazines, and blogs.
As far as tile goes, large format designs are trending. Long plank-style tile, neutral subway tile and large square tiles with high contrast grout have become exceedingly popular this year. Also making a notable appearance is modern style laminate flooring with a wide variety of prints. Laminate has grown significantly in popularity since advances in printer technology made it possible to print realistic stone and wood designs on laminate. Now, the once not-so-attractive budget material is getting major kudos for it’s sturdy construction and infinite design possibilities.
How to Save Money on Flooring:
Cut costs by avoiding hardwood floors and opting for a laminate alternative. As mentioned above, laminate is a durable material that resists scratches and is easy to clean. It has a long lifespan, and as an added bonus, the cost is roughly half that of similar hardwood materials, which can mean huge money savings for you. If you prefer stone over wood, you can also opt for faux stone floors. Laminate is printed to look like stone and it’s a fraction of the cost of a real stone alternative.
How to Choose the Right Flooring Material:
As a general rule, you want to select materials with a high return on your investment. Focus on durable materials that resist unsightly scratches and that will last for years. You also want to consider the style that appeals to your personal preferences while staying within the trending styles for a greater return. Timeless colors and styles are always a safe bet – but don’t be afraid to play with color. As long as you choose a quality material and a well-designed style, you’ll be in good shape.
As you work to decide on what flooring is the best choice for you be sure to consider design trends, up front costs, material lifespan, and ongoing maintenance. Then, pick the flooring style that best fits your needs and budget.
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