Interior Trends for 2019
January sees our thoughts turn back to our homes, and projects we need to get done, whether extensions, conversions or refurbishments or a simple room makeover. In each case flooring plays a major part and will need to be considered at some point. So, we’ve done our research on some of the key interior trends for 2019, to bring ideas on the different types of flooring to help you ‘get the look’.
Rugs have been growing in popularity over the last year, so much so Pinterest has them down as a key home trend with searches for statement rugs up 236%. Whether it’s one on its own in a room making a bold statement or a couple of rugs on top of each other for a layered effect, rugs are a practical solution to an ever-changing canvas in your home. If you want to redecorate more often, making braver choices when it comes to colour, pattern and texture, a rug gives you extra versatility.
Flooring 4 You specialise in rugs as much as we do carpets, laminate and other hard flooring. We can help you make your own to your required size, colour or pattern, or buy one direct from a specialist manufacturer, such as this Louis de Poortere rug shown below. It’s from the Fading World collection and features a central medallion pattern with pure new wool and cotton chenille woven together on Jacquard Wilton looms for the most intricate detail and exquisite softness.
Sometimes though, you want the rug to co-ordinate with colours or create emphasis with patterns, and designing your own, right down to the border edging is a great way to do that. We are stockists of Alternative Flooring and Crucial Trading floorcoverings, both of whom allow you to create your own rug space from swatches of larger broadloom carpet. Whether it’s a natural sisal look you want to bring into your home or vivid bright colours, they have plenty of designs to choose from. Even more exciting are the designs in the Quirky B collection from Alternative Flooring, some stunning and award-winning patterned carpets which can be made into bespoke patterned rugs. There’s the Liberty Fabrics collection as well as designs from Margo Selby and Ashley Hicks. Head to our Bowdon and Knutsford showrooms to see all the Quirky B samples and get designing your own statement rug!
Showing: This is the Wool Blocstripe Bloc Carpet in colour Sable Bone from Alternative Flooring, made into a rug for contemporary office space, finished off with faux leather edging in colour Expresso.
A little bit of nude
Grey has been everywhere for the last couple of the years and we are seeing a shift away from that with the emergence of more fleshy coloured, nude tones. In flooring, lighter shades of grey remain popular thanks to their versatility when it comes to complementing other colours within a room and from LVT to laminate and carpet, there’s still plenty of demand for a grey floor. However, there are a growing number of options for flooring with more natural sandy, oatmeal colours within – keeping the neutral palette and bringing a new blend for interior harmony.
Last year saw Karndean give their entry LVT collection, the Knight Tile range a complete refresh with new styles added – we blogged about it here. One of the new woods introduced was the Rose Washed Oak plank (model KP95) with lighter, slightly pink and rosy tones running through it. You can see an installation we did at a home in Alderley Edge in the image above, which sees the flooring work perfectly with the light pastel décor in the room. With the lighter tones running through the LVT flooring, Rose Washed Oak brings a lot of character to any space.
A lot of engineered flooring has options for something softer in colour and tone, such as this from Quick-Step in their engineered Parquet collection. It is Everest Oak Matt in the Imperio collection, which we put into a kitchen in Northwich. It has all the lovely natural swirling tones of an oak floor with a soft, subtle tone that allows for a blank canvas when it comes to designing around it.
Get a bit of Luxe
There’s a resurgence of everything luxe across home trends right now, and velvet is massive - you’re sure to have seen it across all the magazines and home furnishing stores. The aim is to take decadence to maximum through fabrics and furnishings, and that can even be done right down to the floor. There has always been a market for luxurious, velvet-like carpet across the Cheshire region and for that reason we have always stocked many different makes and models of luxurious floorcovering, whether you want full broadloom carpet or a rug.
At the top end of the budget spectrum, we have some of the finest, softest, silk-like carpets from manufacturers such as Sylka, Jacaranda and Elements London , but there is just as much choice of super soft, luxury carpets coming in at a more affordable cost. One such manufacturer is Dutch company ITC, who specialise in making floorcovering with the look and feel of luxury yet have all the hardwearing attributes we need for a busy home. The image above shows their Eco-Velvet carpet, which we installed to a living space at a home in Knutsford. From their Eco Collection, it is a hand-woven velvet carpet made from 100% undyed New Zealand wool that meets stringent environmental standards without sacrificing on softness. Available in a choice of six fashionable colours, Eco-Velvet is soft and smooth under foot and performs well in the home as a long lasting, quality carpet.
Another affordable option for the softest in flooring is the iSense Seduction collection from Associated Weavers. Fast becoming one of our most popular carpets, especially for those looking for something exquisite under foot without the huge price tag, iSense Seduction is a 100% polypropylene Saxony carpet with style. The unique iSense yarn within the carpet is made from a refined nylon, and it’s this which allows the opulent softness as much as the resilient finish. The carpet is rated as heavy domestic, so perfect for busy homes. It’s able to keep its appearance and softness over time and look as decadent as it feels for years to come. A recent installation we did is shown above – it’s iSense Seduction Chic Shadow installed to a playroom in Appleton, Cheshire.
From nude tones to luxury carpets and statement rugs, if you are keen to bring the latest interior trends into your living space, we can certainly help you get the flooring right! Visit any of our three Cheshire flooring showrooms to browse samples and get started. Or, if you know what you’re looking for and would like a free flooring estimate, then contact us to book an appointment today!