What are the top flooring trends 2022 that everyone is talking about?
With people now generally spending more time in their homes – and often using rooms in the home for work, exercise and leisure, or kids’ play – flooring is becoming an even higher priority consideration than ever before. And when it comes to weighing up a new floor, the drivers can often be suitability factors such as practicality, durability and longevity.
However, style is a key element, and the impact of flooring in providing the style foundation in any room should not be underestimated.
The array of flooring options available can make it feel like a bit of a minefield, so here, we give you the lowdown on the latest flooring trends dominating the interiors world right now.
Flooring Trends: Colour and Tone
While trending wall colours for this year are heavily blue and green based – according to the ‘colour of the year’ results from paint manufacturers including Dulux, Benjamin Moore and Valspar – grey tones remain a popular choice for flooring, providing a modern, neutral base that won’t clash with your chosen colour scheme.
In wood and wood-effect flooring products plus tile flooring, popular grey-toned options include smoked and bleached effects, which are tinged with grey spanning the spectrum from light to dark.
A beautifully light pearl grey floor, for instance, provides a light and airy look in any room. Conversely, a cosy effect could be achieved with a darker hue, such as this practical LVT click flooring in Pewter Oak – which combines the contemporary feel of grey with the traditional markings of oak.
With marble remaining popular for splashbacks, worktops and tiles, grey is also a trending choice for kitchens and bathrooms floors to tie in with the marble veins. Concrete effect flooring is also a real trend – combining the unique neutrality of grey with a modern industrial vibe.
Cottage core, japandi and biophilic
These are popular themes in interiors right now, which is affecting flooring choices as homeowners aim to opt for the right flooring to complement these bang-on-trend styles.
Cottage core is, as its name suggests, a cottage-inspired theme that features chintzy soft furnishings accompanied by earthy tones and natural materials such as rattan, and fresh and dried florals – perfect in a living room.
Flooring trends inspired by this style include knotty pine and mellow oak – but wood effects aside, flooring for this look can also include tiles or tile effect flooring as well as carpet tiles in in natural tones such as off white or flagstone.
When it comes to carpet options, wool, chunky boucle or berber are most suited to this style, in areas that aren’t subject to heavy traffic.
Japandi is a fusion of Scandi and Japanese style, combining simplistic and minimalist aesthetics with high functionality. Light, unfinished wood, and bamboo, are a real feature of this style – and this translates to complementary flooring options.
White has also grown in popularity as a result of this theme, and whether you’re after a white-toned wood effect, or flat or textured white, vinyl flooring is a cost effective, durable, easy-to-install option that is becoming a firm favourite.
Vinyl flooring has shaken off its dated ‘lino’ image as homeowners recognise the advances in composition, and infinite style, colour, texture and pattern options with this type of flooring, particularly in luxury vinyl plank flooring.
It is also one of the few floor coverings that offers flat colours, and with this one of this year’s décor trends being bold, clashing colours, it’s ideal for those wanting to make a real statement with their flooring.
Biophilic is a botanical look – think houseplants aplenty and botanical wallpapers. While the aforementioned light wood and bamboo effect flooring options work well with this style, walnut is a trending flooring option, offering a dramatic backdrop for this kind of scheme.
Flooring Trends: It’s how you lay
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While many flooring products – from hardwood floors or engineered wood, to laminate and LVT – come in plank form that can be wide or narrow, long or short, and would traditionally be laid straight, herringbone is a style that has dominated the market in recent years and shows no sign of slowing.
Its popularity is probably down to the fact it works well with every hue, plank size and colour, and offers a modern take on a traditional parquet-inspired look.
If you’re opting for herringbone style flooring, you can rest assured you’ll be right on trend.
Style, Practicality and Longevity
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Luckily for homeowners these days, they can have it all: style, functionality, practicality and durability are all benefits that can be found in one option, so there’s no need to choose style over function, or vice versa.
This is why laminate and LVT flooring have become the go-to products for consumers, as the endless array of styles and colours means there’s something to complement every décor, while easy maintenance is a key feature.
A sweep and damp mop is all that’s needed to keep it looking in tip top condition, and as most LVT options are water resistant, they can be used in a variety of settings including kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor buildings, and have high-wear properties. LVT is even suited to bedrooms, due to its low acoustic properties – as well as being warm underfoot.
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