Our team here at Royal Scot Carpet & Flooring are passionate about all flooring, and we love nothing more than a good re-vamp! In the spirit of ‘the spring clearout’, we did a little research and found out that a whopping quarter of homeowners are increasing their budget this year for at least one area of their property – and flooring is leading the way. This nugget of information was brought to our attention by the Home improvement marketplace Plentific who revealed that flooring is set to experience the biggest increase in investment compared to other areas of the home in 2017, with an average 29 percent of homeowners looking to spend more on flooring.
This year will be one of the most dynamic times for flooring, with homeowners becoming more creative and seeking originality in flooring, which is becoming a statement piece in its own right! This is great news for us at Royal Scot Carpet and Flooring because we love it when our customers are as interested, and enthusiastic about flooring as we are – not to mention it makes our new gallery page look fantastic with all of your new projects!
Here are some trends for this year:
Rich, Dark Floorboards
This year bright, bold statement colours are on trend! Previously to this, the minimalistic and elegant lighter shades have been placing number 1 in the flooring charts because they reflect a beautifully modern style. Our Royal Scot Carpet and Flooring experts love this style, and it’s exciting that now the darker statement flooring being used is teamed with bright colourful accessories to become eye catching and dramatic. Darker grey and brown tones bring a sophisticated and timeless element to any home by adding an extra dimension of height and quality. Of course our beautiful LVT ranges, such as Karndean and Camaro, make a fantastic alternative to real wood. Dark real wood is being used in clean modern or eclectic inspired rooms to add a slightly vintage, glamour inspired look – and we at royal scot carpets love it!
Brushed, natural or band-sawn floorboards.
Rustic style is in and making a statement in a big way. Brushed look, natural or band-sawn boards (although for the protection of the wood we wouldn’t recommend this) are gorgeous and really showcase the natural beauty of the wood! This rural finish provides a country look and can bring out the ingrained texture that can be particularly attractive in period properties.
Pinterest has a lot to answer for, with so many beautiful ideas pinned to our boards we can’t help but fancy ourselves an interior designer! This is great news – being inundated with designs and new ideas, we can let out our creative sides and become much more thoughtful and imaginative than ever when it comes to the layout of our floor and we are veering towards adding a little detail and design element starting from the ground-up. A homeowner’s flooring is now a priority statement piece in terms of its overall interior. Each plank, tile or m2 can now tell a story, a staggered approach gives the home an instant facelift and it also keeps your floor strong as the seams are the weak points in the floor’s structure, but staggering the seams adds stability to the floor.
Cork flooring has made a comeback in the last few years, and this is largely based on its combination of design flexibility, eco credentials and health benefits for the entire family. Cork is an overall crowd pleaser! Cork floors will not absorb dust, but they are also resistant to bacteria and fungus, and are widely recognised as an acoustic leader due to its ability to reduce noise in the home. Cork looks fantastic but we at Royal Scot prefer the usual use for cork…. Wine!
Ceramic and porcelain look for kitchens
The 2017 Houzz UK Kitchen Trends Survey reveals that among those updating flooring in their kitchen renovations, ceramic and porcelain tiles is the preferred flooring choice (30 per cent), followed by engineered wood, and stone (both 16 per cent). It’s easy to see why, tiles are King of the kitchen, and our luxury vinyl tiles ranges look and feel just like tiles but unlike tiles, LVT is warm underfoot, which for us, puts LVT on the throne!!