Many people spend very little time thinking about flooring during their renovation. Either they’re overwhelmed by the thought of a canvas that large, or they’re simply unaware of the pros and cons of each option. Either way, this has led to a criminal under use of some of the most inventive and attractive flooring options available today.
Today, we’re here to show you some of the top trends in flooring for 2020, and showcase the options that may serve as the perfect building block for your next bathroom, living room, or kitchen renovation.
Wood-grain porcelain is traditionally made porcelain tile that’s been designed to look like wood planks. It has all the strength and durability that we expect from porcelain, while retaining the unique and natural look of wood.
Porcelain is less porous than other materials, and is less prone to scratches and other cosmetic damage. It will also never warp, splinter, or dent. Since the design is etched in, wood-grain porcelain tiles are available in many different colours and shades.
Traditionally, vinyl floor was a relic of the 1960s, and many older Canadians have fond memories of growing up with vintage checkerboard-patterned vinyl tiles in their kitchen. These vinyl tiles were beloved because they’re waterproof, and can be replaced easily if one of them becomes damaged. Now, people want the durability and reasonable price point of vinyl, but they don’t want their kitchen to look dated.
Enter luxury vinyl- a game-changing trend that’s poised to make a major impact in 2020. Luxury vinyl is more expensive than it used to be, but it’s still much cheaper than similar-looking materials like ceramic, wood, or porcelain. Plus, this new style of vinyl can mimic the look of these pricier materials, offering durability and value as well as a gorgeous appearance.
If you want to ensure your floor stands out from the crowd, reach out to the creative team working on your home renovation, and ask whether they have any experience executing installation patterns. This trend is poised to grow in popularity in 2020. It involves tiles or planks laid down in a specific pattern, adding visual interest to your floor.
One of the most popular patterns you’ll see today is herringbone, but 3-panel basket weave, ship’s deck, chevron, and checkerboard are also trendy options. The good thing about installation patterns is they can be executed with almost any type of flooring. It may add an extra cost to your construction bill, but the complex and inventive final look is worth it.
With many of our favourite activities for 2020 cancelled, it’s no surprise that boosting comfort at home seems to be a top priority for upcoming renovations. Area rugs are a great way to add both colour and warmth to individual areas, without having to commit to carpeting an entire room. They help muffle sound, which is great if you have more people home than usual, and they’re really useful for delineating different areas within the same room.
Area rugs also don’t have the same price point as full-room carpet, so you can purchase a cheaper option to start, then upgrade once there’s more room in your budget.
If you love colour and pattern, there’s no better canvas than your floor. More and more designers and homeowners are branching out into colourful graphic tile designs for their flooring. These graphic tiles can be large and striking, or so small and understated they fade into the background. When it comes to graphic tile, the only limit is your creativity.
Responsibly Sourced Materials
There are many manufacturers who are investigating new and innovative methods for responsible sourcing of materials. By using recycled and reused materials, you can have a positive impact on the environment, and give your floor a lived-in quality that’s difficult to replicate with newer materials. One prime example is reclaimed barnwood, which is an environmentally friendly way to add distinctive age patterns and visual flair to your flooring.
Hopefully, the drive towards responsibly sourced materials won’t come to an end in 2020, and will continue to grow as techniques to lessen the environmental impact of renovations improve.
Let Duby’s Help with Your Next Flooring Project
At Duby’s, we carry some of the top flooring brands in Essex County, including Beaulieu Canada, Centura, Fuzion Flooring, and Shnier. We stock a wide variety of options for every room in your home, ranging from soft and luscious carpet to hard-wearing, waterproof vinyl for your bathroom and kitchen.
Our staff are proud to be some of Windsor and Essex County’s top renovation and design experts, so come in today to see what we have to offer.