Trends

If you are thinking about replacing your existing flooring, you may be curious about the newest trends on the market. Although flooring trends are typically not as drastic or as quick to change as other elements of home decoration and interior design, there are a few changes that have become increasingly popular over the last year. Whether you are planning to install new flooring in your bedroom, bathroom or kitchen, or if you are leaning towards carpet, hardwood or ceramic flooring, Empire Flooring can help you to stay on top of the hottest trends in flooring.

High-End Vinyl Flooring: For years, vinyl flooring has been thought of as the budget option.
Although it can certainly be affordable, recently it has taken on a more luxurious feel. Vinyl is now available in styles and textures that resemble stone tiles or hardwood, and it is sometimes difficult to even tell that the floors are covered in vinyl rather than the real thing. These luxury vinyl options may not be the cheapest option, but they are still typically more affordable than solid hardwood flooring or upscale natural stone tiles.

Sustainable Hardwood Flooring: To an increasing number of homeowners, the flooring that is
used in their home is only as good as where it is from and how it is regulated. Environmental
awareness is on the rise, and you may be one of the people who wants assurance that your
hardwood comes from an area where green practices are maintained. One of the hottest trends
in flooring is to only use hardwood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council,
which guarantees that sustainability is a priority in the growth and harvest of the trees.

Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Flooring: If you or someone you live with suffers from allergies, asthma or any other type of respiratory problem, then you might be interested in antimicrobial and antibacterial flooring. These materials, typically things like cork, result in less dust and mold in the air, which can make breathing easier for certain people.

Tiles in Unusual Sizes and Shapes: Tiles are nothing new in the home, but installing tiles in
unusual sizes and shapes is a recent trend. Rather than focusing just on perfectly square tiles, you could choose smaller tiles, rectangular tiles or even a variety of different shapes and sizes in one shape. This unique approach to tile installation helps any space to stand out.

Rugs as a Focal Point: When most people think of flooring trends, they focus exclusively on the
permanent flooring. However, rugs can be incredibly trendy, and there has been a recent rise
in the use of rugs as a focal point in the room. In bathrooms, nonslip rugs can create a spa-like appearance with little effort, and they can add warmth to a family room in an instant. Unusual patterns or geometric prints are especially popular in newer contemporary homes.

These great trends can be just what you need to upgrade your home with style.