Many homeowners choose hardwood flooring because it is durable and easily cleaned but with numerous grains, stains, plank widths and wood types available, it can be overwhelming to select the type of hardwood. You want a home that is representative of your personal style as well as suited to your family’s needs. You also want to avoid styles that are dated, as these may affect your home’s resale value down the road. To help in your search, we have compiled a list of 5 hot hardwood flooring trends that are sure to add beauty and value to your home.
. Light Colored Hardwood.
Move over, mahogany! More and more homeowners are opting for floors in shades of white and pale yellow, such as oak and maple hardwood. Adding light hardwood can make a room appear larger, cooler, and airier. Light floors also allow you to showcase your unique style, as bold rugs and accent pieces stand out against the pale tones.
. Antique Style Hardwood.
The rustic look is in, with many homeowners trying to replicate the old world style of homes built in the 19th century. This look can be subtly accomplished by using wide planks or distressed hardwood. There are also functional benefits to these styles; using wide planks mean that there are less seams that can collect dirt and dust and distressed styles can help mask wear in high traffic areas of your home.
. Bamboo Flooring.
Bamboo‘s popularity is due not only to the wide variety of styles it is offered in, but also to its high functionality. Bamboo flooring is very durable and can be placed in high-traffic areas with confidence. Its abundance and ease of installation can also be very cost effective for homeowners who choose to install the floor themselves. Many homeowners appreciate the eco-friendly nature of bamboo flooring as it is a rapidly growing plant that grows a new shoot after being harvested.
. Cork Flooring.
Like bamboo, cork is a sustainable flooring option that can be harvested without cutting down the tree. Furthermore, the patterns and grains of many cork floors provide a unique, contemporary style that is both beautiful and interesting. Cork also has excellent insulation properties making it a warm and comfortable surface to walk on. Homeowners with allergies may prefer cork flooring because its is naturally waterproof and airtight, meaning that mildew cannot grow and that dander and dust will not be retained by the floor.
. Hardwood “Look Alike” Flooring.
One of the hottest trends in hardwood flooring isn’t hardwood at all! Laminate flooring designed to look like traditional hardwood provides a beautiful, less expensive option for many homeowners. High quality laminate can also be water and scratch resistant, making it an ideal flooring choice for homes with pets or young children or in areas of high humidity. Laminate floors are easily installed and many homeowners opt to do so themselves to increase their savings.
Whether you want the hottest trend in hardwood or a timeless style, Carolina Flooring Services can help you create a functional, beautiful home at an affordable price. We offer a wide variety of hardwood and laminate products, as well as a free Hardwood 101 Guide to help you find the perfect flooring option for you!