5 Popular Flooring Styles
Get the look and feel you desire in your home by choosing a floor type that appeals to you.
Flooring is considered one of the main features of a home or office and determines the overall ambience and welcoming. The problem is, there are so many choices that we try to incorporate all types into our home. It is best to stick with a maximum of two different types in your living areas to avoid your home looking like a disorganised, patchy mess.
With all the choices available on offer, some have become increasingly popular due to affordability, aesthetics, low maintenance and ease of installation.
Bamboo flooring is characterised by its light coloured hardwood look and durability. It is a naturally hypoallergenic material, which makes it the ideal choice if you have family members who suffer from allergies.
When sustainable living became a global trend, bamboo flooring gained instant popularity, and the modern treatment of bamboo flooring has allowed it to become a strong competitor in the industry, as it is resilient, attractive and cost effective.
Maintaining a bamboo floor is extremely easy – all you need to do is vacuum or sweep it regularly, and use a natural cleaning agent to wipe clean with a mop or micro-fibre broom. An added benefit of bamboo is that it is an insulator, much like other wood variants. This means you can conserve heat and cut costs on your electricity bill.
Timber is still one of the most popular floor styles due to its grandeur. This solid, durable material is one of the most common floor surfaces found in homes across the world. It is widely available in engineered, laminate and hardwood finishes.
Timber hardwood is a classic, timeless surface that induces feelings of warmth and luxury to your guests, and it remains top on the list when it comes to renovating. Hardwood flooring is long lasting and can instantly change the style and ambience of any interior space. Its versatility allows it to be used in almost any area of the home, from your TV room and lounge, to your formal dining room and bedroom.
Cork is gaining more popularity because of its natural appearance and durability. It is manufactured from the Cork Oak tree, using only its outer layer of bark, which contains cork.
The natural colour gives a welcoming feeling to any space, making it perfect for the entrance of a home. One of its greatest benefits is the density of the material, which has sound absorbing qualities. It is also loved for requiring minimal maintenance, similar to laminate flooring.
Closely resembling hardwood and bamboo floors, laminate flooring is made up of several layers of processed wood, covered with a photographic film in order to imitate timber wood, at a fraction of the cost. Laminate flooring is extremely affordable as these layers of wood can be made of off-cuts and pulp.
Besides the manufacturing, you can also save money on the installation because any keen DIY enthusiast can easily install this floor with the right tools and instructions. These selling points have led to laminate flooring becoming a popular option.
As for the overall look, these floors are modern and come in a variety of colours. Laminate flooring is ideal for many environments, from residential homes to office buildings.
This classic flooring option has not lost its popularity, however, certain tiling styles have. For example, avoid floral patterns and off-colours such as dusty pink or dull green.
While these colours were popular in the 70s, it is now definitely all about the pristine white tile in ceramic and porcelain. Kitchens and bathrooms are still the only rooms where tiles are the only acceptable form of flooring, so make sure you choose the right tile!
Contact Webb Floors for advice or for more information about their floor supply and installation services.