This Year’s Flooring Trends
What’s popular in flooring right now? Which carpets are proving the most sought after? We take a look at the current flooring trends. From colours to patterns, even the types of flooring. Find out what’s fashionable in flooring and carpets this year. Read more…
Floors in a herringbone pattern have been popular for a few years now. And they continue to remain so! What’s great about herringbone parquet floors is there are plenty of options in both engineered wood, as much as LVT (luxury vinyl tiles). Which you choose depends on where in the home the floor is going, your budget, and the results of various tests from a flooring survey.
Something that is apparent with herringbone parquet floors, is the change in preference when it comes to colour. People are moving away from the grey tones these days to warmer, more traditional shades.
This is the Ted Todd Warehouse Sugar Cane herringbone floor which we installed in this wonderful Lymm home last year. Sugar Cane is a popular choice, with its undulating natural oak characteristics. A warming floor to make an elegant, cosy home.
One thing we must mention when it comes to herringbone parquet floors, is the flexibility around the size of the herringbone. A lot of flooring manufacturers offer two sizes of herringbone. There’s a large parquet block or tile if you have a sizeable wide open space. And the small herringbone blocks or tiles are best for narrow hallways or other smaller spaces.
This is an example of a large herringbone parquet floor, which we installed towards the end of last year across most of the ground floor at a home in Bowdon. This floor is LVT, it’s the Amtico Form Cowrie Oak floor which boasts light tones with a lovely sun-bleached effect.
If a herringbone parquet floor is on your ‘want list’ this year, we have many options from the leading names in flooring. There is Ted Todd for engineered herringbone wood floors, they offer a great range for all budgets including large and small parquet options. You can also match herringbone blocks with regular planks if you prefer to keep the parquet pattern to certain areas but run the same style of floor into other rooms.
For a practical LVT herringbone floor, we have options from Amtico, Moduleo, and Distinctive. Amtico offers the most choice across large and small parquet options in their Form and Signature collections. But they are all worth a look to compare textures and prices for your project.
Here is our LVT flooring area at our Knutsford showroom where you can find a great selection of herringbone parquet LVT floors.
And don’t forget Chevron when it comes to parquet flooring (as seen in the picture above). This is also growing in popularity when it comes to Wood and LVT parquet floors.
We’re seeing more and more interest in bright-coloured and stand-out monochrome patterns for hallways, porches, even bathrooms. Bold colours are big in interiors this year and you shouldn’t shy away from colour in a patterned floor. Period homes especially are perfect for bringing back the bright, colourful traditional Victorian hallway floors. As well as subtle greys and creams, you can find patterned floors with rich terracotta, deep burgundy, and bright blue colours.
Here’s an example of a stunning patterned floor we installed at a Cheshire home. It’s the Amtico Décor Classic Azure floor which runs throughout the whole of the hall, with Amtico Signature Mirabelle Crème along the perimeter. A subtle pop of colour to bring vibrancy to the hallway.
It is with LVT flooring where you will find the best choice for patterns. Take Amtico and their Décor collection for example. Whether you like chequered floors, monochrome, or traditional dark hues, you will find a good selection of colour schemes and patterns in a practical flooring solution. What’s important is you put your own stamp on your floor – it’s your home after all. You can find all the Amtico Décor patterns as samples at our flooring showrooms in Knutsford and Bowdon.
Back to Nature
While bold colours are good, we’re seeing growing appreciation for more natural, earthy tones in both hard floors and carpets. Grey is being replaced with warm oaks and lighter wood tones in hard floors. And in carpets, it’s browner, creamier neutral tones which are being chosen, above grey.
Some carpet manufacturers are choosing to make a direct reference to nature in the naming of their carpet collections or colours, too. Take Crucial Trading for example, who have a new 100% wool carpet offering called Weather Watching. The loop pile carpet comes in colours with names such as Mistral Skies, Snow Blanket and Windswept.
We installed the Crucial Trading Weather Watching wool carpet to this landing, and stairs, at a home in Timperley. The colour is Partly Cloudy, a neutral tone inspired by the promise of brighter days.
And while not natural as a material itself, faux silk carpets are also proving popular in paler, browner neutral shades. In fact, in all carpet types there is a noticeable shift away from grey to other versatile tones which can be easily incorporated into interior colour schemes.
This stunning carpet with the look and feel of real silk, is from Elements London and the Symphony Sheen Velvet Collection. The colour is Mariinsky, a lovely warm neutral which compliments the beautiful interior of this Cheshire home. If you like the look of Elements London, read more about their carpets here.
Floors that last
With everyone feeling the squeeze these days financially, there’s growing interest in long-lasting flooring options. It really is a case of a floor being for life, not just a couple of years. Of course, here at Flooring 4 You we have numerous options when it comes to durable, practical flooring. It also pays to consider your living circumstances when choosing a floor or carpet for a given area. If you have pets, there are floors which are more practical and carpets you should avoid. If you have a busy home, then high traffic areas should have flooring or carpets to withstand the extra footfall.
An LVT floor is a great option if you have pets, it has a hardy top wear layer to protect the floor. Plus, it’s easier to clean if there are spills or accidents. This is the Amtico Signature York Oak floor in the large parquet pattern, installed by our team in Stretford. Amtico Signature floors have one of the thickest wear layers on the market – 1mm, which means the ultimate in protection against wear, tear, marks, and stains. A great investment and a floor designed to last!
But ultimately, to ensure your floor really will stand the test of time, you want to make sure it is installed by qualified, professional flooring specialists. And that’s exactly what we do. Our team are all trained and experienced in installing wood floors, LVT floors, luxury carpets, laminate flooring and more. Before we even start the process of installing a floor, we complete a full survey to make sure the conditions are right for the floor you want.
The Cosy Factor
Since Covid and the lockdowns, our homes have become more important than ever to us. And people are looking to create the ultimate cosy and warm living areas. In fact, with today’s sky-high energy costs, the type of flooring you choose in a home can make a difference.
We can see faux silk carpets remaining as hugely popular as they were last year, thanks to the snug, luxurious softness they bring. They are the ultimate in cosy for any room. Faux silk carpets remain on trend in bedrooms, lounges, as well as on stairs and landings. For all the softness they bring, they are incredibly practical too, being easy to clean. And being made of polyamide (nylon), they don’t flatten so much, being able to spring back into shape.
This bedroom has the ultimate cosy factor since we installed the ITC Cabernet faux silk carpet in colour Misty.
Another option for cosy when it comes to carpets or rugs, is wool. And what’s great about wool is that it’s a natural insulator. A wool carpet can help a room stay warm in winter, as much as it can help cool a room in summer. This could offer benefits from a home energy perspective. There are so many wool options out there, from chunky bouclés to smaller loop piles, even wool carpets with colour. The best place to discover what wools are available, is our carpet and flooring showroom in Knutsford where we have wool carpets from Alternative Flooring, Crucial Trading, Brockway, Jacaranda, Westex, Fibre, and many more.
This is the luxurious handmade 100% wool cut pile Chennai carpet from Jacaranda Carpets, in colour Salt. We installed it across several rooms at a home in Mobberley. What makes the Chennai wool carpet special is that it has a random tip-shear pattern and texture, which can only be achieved by hand. Find out more about Jacaranda Carpets here.
Rugs are making a big come back this year, especially statement rugs which make a great piece of floor art. If you are looking to breathe life into a space, or create an eye-catching central focus point, then a rug is what you need. And we have plenty of solutions for you. Did you know? Since we opened our new Knutsford showroom on King Street, we have introduced a huge display of Louis de Poortere rugs. You can see them all: the bright colours of the Baobab rugs, the incredibly colourful Coral rugs, even the Module rugs in the Nuance collection with their symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes.
Here are just some of the Louis de Poortere rugs you can see, and buy, from our Knutsford showroom.
We have many other designer rugs available too, which we can show you through catalogues, and have ordered for you. Or if you want to design your own bespoke rug, we can point you in the right direction of the floorcoverings of several suppliers with whom we can do this. We also have some ready-made bespoke rugs available for sale in our Knutsford showroom, at discounted prices.
Our Alternative Flooring play area is the perfect place to design an on-trend rug for your home. In fact, you don’t even need to come in to see us to design and buy your own Alternative rug. If you visit our ‘Make me a Rug page here you can design your own bespoke rug or runner and get 10% off using the discount code shown below!
Be in good hands with your new floor or carpet this year and contact us for a free estimate for your home. To see more example of floors, carpets, and stair runners that we have done for customers across Cheshire, why not check out and follow our Instagram, here.