We asked a few times in previous blog posts if carpets are obsolete, and while we disagree, we can’t deny that the trends are changing. There are still benefits to having a carpet; it makes your room warmer, is cheaper than hardwood, and is safer for toddlers and young children. You don’t have to settle for a boring, old-fashioned carpet either, there are options available to keep your home looking modern.
Traditionally, carpets have subdued colors. Traditionally they’re either white, blue, red, yellow or grey. But now bolder, more unusual colors. Multi-color is also becoming pretty popular. Like a geometric black and white pattern. But other colors too, like bright blue, dark or bright green, or silver. These colors work best when there’s some pattern. A single, unified color is much less in fashion than bolder more unique designs and patterns.
As we said, single colors are out and patterns are in. Some simple, but unique style customized for the individual is an excellent way to add personality to a single room. These patterns can take bold colors and make your floor into a work of art. Maybe creating a frame around a color or using something like a diamond pattern.
Yes, you heard that right! Technology has taken us to new, wonderful strides and that includes waterproof carpet! You no longer have to worry about water damage, mold, mildew, stains, or pet smells. Imagine the old wine spill on a white carpet catastrophe, with a waterproof carpet, you just get a paper towel and blot it out, it’s that easy.
The final trend that’s here to stay is carpet tile. Instead of taking one big swath of carpet and installing it to fit your room, you would get a set of square tiles and place them in rows on the floor. This setup can give you many advantages. For one, if your carpet gets a stain, you only need to replace that one tile.
Another benefit to having carpet tile is that you can mix and match different tiles however you like. This can lead to some bold, creative, and unique designs.
Overall, the trend is to go more bold and more personalized. One of the most common carpet cliches are that they’re supposed to look boring, old fashioned, and dull. But when you consider the modern styles and options available to you, a carpet can make your home look unique in ways other floors can’t.
Here are some flooring trends for 2018! If you are thinking of upgrading or updating your flooring in 2018, look to this list for inspiration!
1.Wide Plank Floors
Hardwood flooring remains super popular with homeowners, with trends currently pushing towards wider plank floors. Floor boards are often a foot wide or broader. This look works well with a farmhouse look but also lends a mature, authentic look to other designs.
2.Gray Wood Flooring
Gray wood floors are becoming increasingly common. A gray hardwood is unique and modern, and while they lack the warmth of traditional hardwood floors, they can look nice and clean in your home’s natural light!
3. Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo wood is high quality and very durable. Bamboo boards can provide the look you want while minimizing some of the downsides of hardwood floors for families with small children and pets, such as easy scratches or dings.
4. Recycled Carpet
It made sound off-putting at first look, but recycled carpeting made from clean, recycled nylon and recycled plastic bottles is now available as a green option! Nylon is stain resistant and can be woven in many different pile designs, available for thick living room carpet to more utilitarian versions.
5. Cork Flooring
Cork flooring is super eco-friendly, springy, and offers an interesting wood pattern. It is very affordable but not as durable as regular hardwood or bamboo, making it less desirable if you have children or pets.
6. Distressed Plank Flooring
Distressed wood planks have great qualities, particularly since they are an eco-friendly choice! Made from reclaimed wood, they offer a green option for installing hardwoods and fit both modern and farmhouse style homes. This type of flooring does tend to be very expensive since “old” is new again and many people desire the history and quality of this type of flooring.
7. Ebony Wood Flooring
Ebony floors are extra dark hardwoods, a look that is achieved through a ebony stain. These rich, solid colored floors are on trend and pair well with light-colored walls, colorful rugs, and in a room with many windows!
8. Parquet Hardwood
Parquet hardwood floors are made of solid wood pieces that are arranged in geometric designs. This look was popular in the past and is currently seeing a revival! Don’t cover up this beautiful style with a large rug, it is really a work of art!
Spring is the official season of remodels-the weather is getting warmer which means more work can be done on the house, and if you’re prepping for a big tax return, many of you plan to reinvest it into your home. No matter how you and when you plan your remodel, there are some major trends that we think are here to stay in the Northern Virginia area that you should consider.
Dark stains such as ebony, dark walnut, and warm Jacobean can make a bold statement in your design, giving your home a contemporary appearance. Dark hardwoods such as oak, walnut, and cherry are also ideal for more traditional or classic homes. Either way, the colors you choose for the walls and design you select to tie the room together will ultimately determine the look you’re going for.
You can also contrast bod hues in your home with a faint lime finish. This stain mutes dark ebony, oak or ash to create a more vintage, weathered look. You can choose to keep the soft, muted tones throughout your home, or contrast the floors with a bold design. The possibilities are endless!
Northern Virginia seems to be in love with wide planked hardwood floors and for good reason. We are lucky enough to live in an area rich with history, and homes of our past only had wide planked floors. Wide planks range 5”-7” as opposed to the traditional 3 1/2” planks. These planks can create the illusion of space in a small area and are ideal for smaller living rooms, dining areas and bedrooms.
With the help of Joanne and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, the charm of Urban Farmhouse Chic has swept the nation and become the most popular look of homes today. Gray flooring has found its place in modern and contemporary homes because of this. Gray floors come in a variety of shades from faint to dark and finishes from sleek to rustic. The versatile look is also great at hiding dust and scratches making it a wonderful addition to a busy home.
Making the Old New Again
We’ve also seen an influx of customers wanting to bring the original charm of their old floors back by way of salvaging them. Techniques like hand-scraping and wire brushing can add value to your hardwood floors. Have them stained to reveal the natural grain and rustic character. With all of the beautiful old homes we have in the area, it’s easy to take advantage of what’s already there.
Take a moment to sit down with one of our members of the design team. We will walk you through the processes to help you decide what you want and when you want it done. Take advantage of the spring season and get started on your remodel today!
We still have a few months left in the year (it feels like it just began, doesn’t it?) Hard to believe, but there will be new trends unfolding in the next few months. The trends themselves seem pretty solid, but there are a few surprising additions. Our highly technological world has influenced many of the trends we’re seeing. If you’re planning to renovate or build something new, take a look at what you should consider adding to, or subtracting from your design.
OUT: White Tiles
As the world becomes more advanced in technology, design is getting closer to the earth. We’re seeing more and more earthy, muted colors on walls, natural wood floors, and matte terracotta tiles used as feature walls or around fireplaces.
What we’re not seeing any more are white subway tiles. These tiles are featured in nearly every space design, from bathrooms to kitchens, to every trendy restaurant in town. Trade the cold for the warm as you look ahead into the future of your space.
Tip: To stay on trend, and give way to a classic look, stay away from tiles that look too rustic or shiny.
IN: Black Steel and Burnished Metals
OUT: Copper and Rose Gold
Didn’t copper and rose gold just come into style? Unfortunately, unless you’re drinking a Moscow mule, copper doesn’t have a place in a modern home’s design any longer. The super polished look of both elements may continue to be on trend for the rest of this year, but come spring, it will make room for the more industrial feel of black steel and burnished metals.
Following the trend of what’s familiar and closer to the earth, black steel appliances and fixtures are going to make a huge statement that leads the way for other burnished metals as well. Future design will carry a more earthy texture, and the shininess of copper and rose gold will clash with this look.
Tip: Use these elements in small doses such as in door knobs on white doors for a truly dramatic effect.
IN: Cork, Concrete, Silestone
OUT: Granite, Marble
Again with the nature trend, it seems only fitting for countertops to follow suit. Natural elements are making their way into kitchens lending a more earth-friendly touch to your home. These options are also quite a bit less expensive, last considerably longer, come in many options, and bring warmth to the heart of your home.
Granite has had a considerably long run, and it is still in high favor for many young home buyers, but if you want something that will still be on-trend 10 years from now, do yourself a favor and choose a different countertop. The coldness of Granite and Marble have had their run; now it’s time to bring a little bit of softness back into the kitchen.
There are a multitude of options for your home these days that go beyond these predictions. Jewel tones and tufted furniture; dedicated decompression spaces in your home, and the end of the open-space design are just a few more details you should expect to see in the coming years. See one of our designers and discuss what you would like to see in your new space, and how you can bring your ideas to life.
Here we are, over half the year is over, and clear trends have finally made themselves apparent. 2016 and beyond is proving to be a time when many are making bold, artistic expressions in the bathroom, and why not? It’s an area of the home that isn’t seen often, but when it is, it needs to make a statement! Wow your guests with a truly unique bathroom where you can test your decorating skills in a small space that doesn’t negatively impact the rest of your home. Here are some of the trends we’ve seen coming to fruition for the rest of 2016 and beyond!
On-Trend Look: Wood-Looking Tile:
Wood-look tile has been a trend for a while, and it doesn’t look like it will be going anywhere anytime soon. Use the wood-look tile in a creative way by using it in an interesting pattern, such as herringbone. Or, consider using it as a strong accent for a wall. In the coming years, we predict painted wood will be a big trend; cross grain (the pattern you see when you cut into a tree trunk) has also slowly found its way into the mainstream. Very interesting, natural patterns that add a level of boldness to your design.
On-Trend Look: Brick:
Interior décor on every level is returning to a rustic, old-world look, and nothing brings that to life better than brick. Brick on the walls have gone in and out of style for years, but 2016 and years ahead will see brick on the floor too. Brick-like tile will share the look of the rustic, city dwelling décor with the ease of tile maintenance. Painted brick is also coming back on-trend as everything retro is cool again. Look for aged brick to become the most popular brick choice as the old city loft look continues to reign supreme.
On-Trend Look: Cement:
Cement is not a new concept in flooring; most basements only offer a cement backdrop to work with! But these days cement has found a new calling being found in main spaces and entrenched in many different designs. Concrete-look tiles are now available too and come in many different shapes and sizes. There are tiles in mosaic, hex, and planks. With all of these choices, it certainly puts cement in a whole new light.
Make your appointment today; we will share with you these and many more new and exciting ways you can make your bathroom(s) interesting, and inviting!