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Treading Trends

by | Apr 1, 2016

Current flooring trends have been dominated by the form and function of patterns. Patterns have found their way into carpet, tile, luxury vinyl tiles and planks and even hardwood. Just take a peek at Pinterest and get inspired by images of herringbones, chevron, and hex. While it may be intimidating at first to tackle a project as permanent as your floor, it’s easier than you think with the help of a professional.

Once you’ve chosen the ideal type of flooring for your space, you can turn your attention to what you hope to accomplish with your flooring. Select planks or linear patterns that can be laid diagonally drawing your eyes toward a corner of the room to enlarge the area.  Setting your lines perpendicular to cabinetry will give the illusion of a wider space.

Love lines? Select planks of varying widths instead of a single width to increase the element of interest. Thin line tiles come in uniform options or the ever-growing mosaic options. Widths start as small as one centimeter and may be a uniform width or have a variety of widths on a mesh sheet for easy installation. You can find thin line options in classic marble materials, glass, stone and porcelain. If you fall in love with more than one, create your mosaic.

Patterns in carpet are made possible with a mix of thread colors or with texture variation through a process called cut-loop-cut. With cut-loop-cut selected threads are cut rather than lopping at the top creating a different texture, and abstract or structured patterns arise. Popular Moroccan tile and abstract patterns are both soft and structured when used on carpet and rugs.

The classics never go out of style, but they do get revitalized. Hexagonal and penny tiles are a staple for older homes. Bring them into a more modern or transitional home in new sizes and materials. Mix and match them with tile or even wood planks to discover an artful floor.

You have chevrons in your closet, you have them on your bedding, they are even on your throw pillows, but are they underfoot? Use wood, tile or luxury vinyl planks to create chevron patterns on your floor. Expand on the design of chevrons with a herringbone pattern.

Lay down the floor of your dreams and step into livable luxury.

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