“In North America, I do think we are seeing a change in attitude and preferences for American-made products and flooring.” – Emily Morrow Finkell, Interior Designer and CEO of EF Floors & Design, LLC
Well said, Emily! What better way to begin any post on trending types of flooring in 2017 than to start at the point of origin? We’ve gathered a few of the top flooring trends in 2017 for you to consider before you buy one. Here are the top trends in shaw hardwood flooring, vinyl, laminate, tile, or pretty much any other variety.
1. Made in America
A lot of Americans are opting for products made or grown in the USA. This trend extends beyond just flooring and décor to practically almost every product out there. It seems like this trend is here to stay, and there are many American companies like Armstrong Hardwood taking note of this. For example, their latest American Scrape Shaw Hardwood Flooring collection consists of vintage hand-scraped textures applied to premium American timber like hickory, maple, and walnut.
2. Large Tiles and Wide Planks
Whether it’s large tiles or wide planks, the bigger the better. Large planks and tiles make your room look bigger, clean and more modern. You’ll find this trend not just in wood, but also in vinyl, tiles and laminate.
3. Color – Gray, White, Blonde, and Expresso
Remember the time when homeowners chose a safe neutral color that would ‘match everything’? Well, neutral is out, color is in. Yes, and how! Gray is one color that is here to stay, whether it’s hardwood gray flooring, cabinets and other decor.
Blonde wood floors are another great color option this season. Blonde is bright and makes your rooms look bigger, and like gray, it’s in for the long run.
White and expresso (read almost black) wood and wood-look shaw hardwood flooring are at two opposite ends of the spectrum but they have converged in 2017 as hot trends. You should, however, think about these carefully because both show up dirt pretty easily. Dark floors can also make your rooms look darker.
4. Patterns – Parquet
Parquet comes from the French word ‘parchet’ which means ‘a small enclosed space’. This flooring has its origins in the Palace of Versailles where woodwork parquet was used to replace the marble flooring. Typically, Shaw hardwood in contrasting color and grain are used to create geometric patterns. Herringbone is one of the most popular kinds. Another kind is chevron, but any geometric shape like squares and triangles also fit the bill. It’s trending even with tiles and vinyl. Try it in a small space – like the entryway, hallway or a bathroom to see if it works for you.
Imagine being surrounded by remnants from your great grandparents’ house or from an old barn from the 1800s. That’s how reclaimed wood will make you feel – a part of history.
Reclaimed wood from Victorian homes that have been dismantled, textile mills from the turn of the century or even a river, are now being given a new lease of life. No floorboards distressed in a factory can match the aged look of these. You can also get recovered wood certified with programs like the SmartWood certification program.
6. Wood-Look Flooring
Wood-look flooring is a hot new trend in 2017. With advanced technology, wood look flooring no longer looks cheap or synthetic. Laminate and vinyl have jumped into the market in a big way, and are preferred because they’re easy to maintain and affordable, without being a compromise on authentic looks.
7. Engineered Wood
The top trending flooring for 2017 does leave one spoilt for choice thanks to the extravaganza of colors, textures, sizes, and patterns to choose from. When you go Shaw Hardwood flooring or tile hunting, keep your eye out for these trends. You’ll find them at your local Home Depot, or even online on sites like Carpet Express. It won’t be long before you find something that fits your taste and budget.