Every year at the International Builders’ Show, the latest and greatest trends in the home improvement and building industry are showcased. Because flooring is such a quick and affordable way for homeowners to update their homes, it is often one of the first projects that they will undertake. Here is a preview of some up-and-coming flooring trends that will emerge during 2010.
In 2010, homeowners are going to be bold with their flooring selections. While maple and oak will always have a place in the home, the new decade brings a new selection of fascinating floors. By choosing unique flooring, homeowners will find a great way to bring character to a room. Any flooring with dramatic shading differences (for example, bamboo that combines both natural and carbonized strand bamboo for an exotic, tiger-like pattern) fits into this category and is just the beginning of some of the dynamic and distinctive choices now available to homeowners.
While “going green” has been a home trend for a few years now, the options have expanded. Retailers now offer a wider variety of bamboo and cork choices, many of which have dynamic texture and brilliant hues. Another way consumers can “go green” with their flooring is by purchasing thinner hardwood flooring, which uses up less of the tree. Thinner flooring also cuts the cost of the flooring by about 20 percent.
NIGHT AND DAY
Dark-stained flooring is another popular trend right now. There are many dark-stained bamboo options available that give homeowners a rich look within their home. This dark flooring is especially stunning in kitchens. On the other end of the spectrum, lighter flooring (almost white) is also very popular. The lighter option is typically found with a maple or hardwood floor and stained bamboos.
THICKNESS AND TEXTURE
Wide-plank and hand-scraped floors are still a big trend in flooring. The new preferred plank width is moving up to 4 to 5 in. Thinner flooring thickness has also become popular, and the current standard for hardwood flooring thickness measures around 3/4 in. More and more consumers are opting for 3/8-in. or 1/2-in. flooring for their homes. Hand-scraped floors are an overwhelming favorite for homeowners who want some added texture to their flooring. The trend continues to grow, and the options in hand-scraped flooring have expanded to accommodate the popularity of this movement. Even bamboo floors are becoming available with a hand-scraped texture.
THE LOOK FOR LESS
While the look of hardwood flooring has always been a luxury for homeowners, it no longer costs a fortune to achieve this striking look. There are many more (and believable) laminate and engineered flooring options available these days. Of course, the cost and product range of hardwood floors available now has made it much easier for more and more homeowners to obtain the flooring they desire.
SHOPPING WITH EASE
As we head into 2010, consumers looking to purchase flooring will be delighted to hear that the process has gotten much easier. Many retailers and manufacturers offer helpful resources such as do-it-yourself installation tips, online advice on selecting floors and even iPhone applications to make flooring projects easier for homeowners.
Whether dark flooring, wide flooring, bold flooring or hand-scraped flooring is your taste, the flooring trends previewed at the International Builders’ Show are sure to offer something for every homeowner.