Trend Watch: What’s On The Floor For 2015?

by on 01/28/2015 - 02:27 pm

Categories: Building & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

By Monica Guhde

Owner, Guhde Flooring America

The start of the New Year can prompt homeowners to take a good look at the interiors of their homes and think about ways to create a fresh new look. Flooring is a good place to get started on the right foot. After all, we’re all going to be seeing a lot of our living rooms and family rooms over the long winter months.

Since flooring is a long-term investment, homeowners are cautious about choosing not only the hottest current trend in carpeting, wood, and other flooring options, but they also want to be sure their selection will withstand the test of time.

Some of the growing trends, like bamboo and reclaimed wood flooring, also are happen to be very eco-friendly options.

According to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), wider planks, darker colors, richer tones, and natural looks that showcase wood’s inherent textures and grains are among the latest hardwood flooring trends. Today, homeowners can choose planks as wide as seven inches, compared to the traditional 2-1/4” to 3-1/2” wide planks. Wider planks visually open up a small space, making them an excellent option for living rooms, master bedrooms, or any section of the home.

WFCA notes that gray tones have gained in popularity in recent years as the perfect “neutral” tone for walls, carpeting, and tile. So it only makes sense that gray tones are now one of the hottest options in hardwood flooring. Darker woods like walnut or mahogany can make a bold statement in a room.

On the other end of the color spectrum, WFCA says, is white-washed wood.

Rustic, authentic looking wood flooring is among the strongest hardwood trends. That’s why reclaimed wood is becoming increasingly popular. Because the wood is taken from old structures like old barns and farmhouses and reused, it doesn’t cause more trees to be cut down.

Bamboo and cork flooring are two eco-friendly options that are increasing in popularity.

People who prefer carpet to hardwood are increasingly choosing cut and loop carpet with patterned appearances. Like with wood flooring, gray shaded carpeting is becoming more popular.

Guhde Flooring America at 1880 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, OH 44077. They can be reached at 440-607-5064 or