Flooring Trends in 2017
Redesigning your flooring is a fantastic way to revitalise the atmosphere and interior design of your home, office or business. As 2016 draws to a close, we decided to look ahead to some of the anticipated flooring trends of 2017.
Heading into the new year, you can expect to see a surge in non-traditional wood colouring, with homeowners seeking the bold impact of:
Dark stained wood floors — Ranging from espresso browns to deep blacks, these floors create a striking contrast against white walls or furnishings. While beautiful, this style can make rooms look smaller and is more likely to show dust, so it’s best suited to large spaces. Our ReadyFlor Oak Wenge style is a popular choice for anyone looking to make a real statement.
Blonde wood floors — From one extreme to the next, light blonde flooring is a potential classic in 2017. This clean approach can make any space seem bigger and brighter, particularly when subjected to natural light. The Woodlands Blackbutt Timber is one great option to bring an authentic feel to the home.
Grey floors — Proving to be more than a passing fad, the neutral calming effect of grey floors continues to be a popular trend in modern households, particularly with homely, low-sheen finishes. Our Woodlands Laminate is an ideal, affordable solution to this trend, with Smoke Bush being a perfect fit.
Bamboo continues to grow in popularity and presence, due to its strength and diverse colour range, which can range from the aforementioned blonde look, through to shades of bronze, coffee, champagne, natural timber and much more.
As one of the world’s fastest growing plants, bamboo is a sustainable alternative to timber. It is also stylish, durable, and scratch-resistant, making it an ideal choice for homeowners, business owners, and architects alike.
Texture will be growing in importance, with a desire for hardwoods with distinct hand-crafted looks, like hand-scraped or wire-brushed finishes.
This trend is carrying through to laminate preferences, with many options mimicking the reclaimed wood look. This offers a unique, rustic, and textured look, while being a stain-resistant and cost-effective alternative to genuine hardwood flooring.
The raw appearance of our Natural Woodlands Timber is a great way to draw focus to texture, while the Spotted Gum Laminate brings the Australian outback indoors.
Next year will see a continued demand for wider, longer hardwood planks. These are an ideal contribution to the texture trend, as wider planks create a unified canvas for the inherent aesthetic of the timber, such as knots and grain. We make it easy, with our ReadyFlor Timber being available in one, two or three strip planks of varying widths.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, you might enjoy the slightly more dated trend of laying planks in a unique formation; diagonal lines can add interest to even small rooms, while a herringbone pattern can be a striking style for businesses.
If you’re chasing the comfort of carpet, you’ll love the trend for soft, rich, natural surfaces, such as wool carpet. There is also a growing interest in the juxtaposition of textual coverage (like carpet or rugs) against base flooring (like wood or laminate).
Wool is a wonderful, family-friendly choice that adds warmth to your home. It is 100 percent natural, making it sustainable and organic, and has the added benefit of being luxuriously soft underfoot. Plus it comes in a variety of colours, so it’s easy to create colourful, neutral or striking palettes.