When remodeling your home, flooring decisions can be the most important decisions you have to make. And as one of the most costly investments in your home remodel, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. Whether you’re in need of a minor refresh to brighten your space, or are looking to gut your home and start over from scratch, the flooring possibilities are endless. Before you dish out big bucks on a brand new home makeover, here are a few tips, tricks and trends you’ll want to know to help you maximize your space, achieve the best finish, and even save a few bucks!
1. The Reclaimed Wood Trend
According to the experts on home makeovers – HGTV, of course! – reclaimed wood is on trend. From coffee tables, to headboards to flooring, the use of reclaimed wood provides a completely unique look and feel to any home. No matter how reclaimed wood is used, the finish gives off a naturally weathered look with a trendy rustic appearance.
Reclaimed wood – which is repurposed wood – combines both a traditional style with a slightly modern touch. The finish is as refined as hardwood flooring but the product is actually more affordable. The look and feel of real wood can add warmth to any room and give your home a welcoming ambiance. Plus, reclaimed wood is an environmentally friendly option, preventing further deforestation by reusing perfectly good materials and reworking them for a naturally washed out finish.
2. Choose Large Tiles
Instead of opting for a series of small tiles, opt for large tiles instead. Not only are large floor tiles a hot trend in home design, but they also give the illusion the room is larger than it is. Believe it or not, the eyes are drawn to the tiling on the floor and smaller elements can make the room feel cramped or smaller than it is. A large tile has a cleaner finish, and smoother look to it. Because it draws the eyes out, it can trick the eyes into seeing the space as much larger than it actually is. It also has a more modern feel to it, but it’s not so avant-garde as to clash with a contemporary style either. Plus, installation can be smoother and quicker with fewer tiles to place and less room for errors in pattern layout.
3. Go for Rectangular Tiles
Square tiles are pretty much the standard but rectangular-shaped tiles can add a touch of class to your home makeover. They tend to give the room a very modern feel and they will certainly catch the eye of all of your guests. Rectangular tiles have a very clean-cut finish and their simplistic, modern style is easy to work with in terms of installation. You can also opt for rectangular tiling on bathroom walls or the kitchen backsplash for added continuity and flow throughout your home.
4. Matte Finish Tiles Are Here to Stay
The matte look is quickly transitioning from a design trend to a staple. Matte finishes give a more modern feel to any space when compared to glossy tiles – which can look outdated. Bonus: the matte finish makes it much easier to clean. Not only do stains and spills not stand out as much against a matte finish when compared to a glossy finish, but they are simpler to clean – no streaks, no uneven shine. They can work for everything from floors to showers to kitchen backsplashes. And because the finish is less dramatic than that of glossy tiles, they age well with any home so you don’t have to worry about hating them five years down the line.
5. Go Nude!
Neutral tones are ruling the home design space right now. Not only do lighter shades add brightness and depth to a room, but they are much less likely to look outdated or dull in a few years. Bright shades come and go and really punchy trends can fade out just as quickly as they started. When you’re remodeling your home, you may want a modern, updated look but you also don’t want to end up ripping everything out and starting over in a few short years. Funky trends can come and go and they certainly can get hard to look at day in and day out. Instead, opt for this “trend” which has an understated finish and is guaranteed to age gracefully. You can always experiment with edgier trends in your accessory choices – items that are much easier and less expensive to replace as trends change.
6. Marble or Marble Look-Alike Tile
Depending on your budget, a good quality marble or marble look-alike tile is always on trend. For centuries, marble has had, and will always have, a very refined, rich, and elegant look to it. It can spruce up any home and give your entire space a higher end feel. Plus, both marble and marble look-alike tiles are durable and easy to clean.
As much as you may love being on trend, remember to be practical, too, when remodeling your home. Whatever you choose still needs to suit you and your family’s needs and your budget. Bonus: marble can endure everything from children to pets so you won’t have to worry about replacing cracked tiles anytime soon.
7. Choose All-White Flooring
A popular look right now is white everything – from kitchen cabinets to flooring. And while cleaning is probably going to be slightly more important to you when your floors are bright white, the look is absolutely stunning. Plus, the bright white floor will reflect the natural sunlight coming into your home and give it the illusion of depth.
Lighter shades can maximize any space and trick your eyes into seeing something as significantly larger than it really is. If you opt for a matte finish, you may save yourself some of the cleaning time since matte floors help conceal a little more dirt and dust than glossy floors can. Either way, the brightening factor is not only a popular trend, but a great way to make your home feel brighter.
8. Chevron Tile Patterns
Sometimes, it isn’t necessarily the product that makes the difference but the way it is laid out. Chevron-style patterns are really on trend right now and you don’t need to purchase anything out-of-the-ordinary to achieve the look. In fact the look is best with plain, simple tiles instead. Choose a rectangular tile design and have it laid out in a chevron pattern.
No extra tile installation costs to incur and no need to spend hours choosing the right design. A simple look like this can not only update your home, but age with it and always keep that contemporary feel to it. When undergoing a complete home makeover, you will have loads of choices to make every day for months on end. Making simpler ones can help make the process that much easier for you.
9. Choose a Lighter Shade of Grout
While grout – the cement-like stuff between your tiles – can come in various shades, sticking with the traditional white can be your best bet. Firstly, it can add a brighter finish to your room, particularly if you have dark flooring or furniture in the room. The lighter the grout the brighter the room! It’s also important to keep resale value in mind. While there may be trends that come and go with darker shades of grout – which are albeit easier to clean, too – there’s no way of knowing if those shades will convert to classics and stand the test of time. If you want the most for your home when you are eventually ready to sell it, try to stick with elements most new homeowners won’t want to rip out immediately.
10. Avoid Flashy Trends
This is a classic homeowner’s tip. It may seem really tempting to opt for a bold or bright floor choice, but anything that is truly out-of-the-ordinary won’t stick around for long. To avoid spending more money for another home makeover in a few short years, or losing money on the sale of your home, try to stick to the classics.
You can always add a modern twist but try to avoid anything that is really over-the-top. If you really want to modernize your home, jazz it up with affordable and easy-to-remove accents instead. Big ticket items like furniture or floors are much harder to change up so keep your creative juices flowing when it comes to accessorizing, but keep your traditional thinking cap on when selecting flooring colors and finishes.
11. Re-stain Your Hardwood Floors
You don’t always need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to a home makeover. Sometimes, a fresh coat of stain is all it takes to spruce up your home. If you’ve invested in real hardwood floors and over the years they’ve weathered and endured everything from pets to children, they probably need a real refresh. But that doesn’t mean that valuable wood needs to go! Having the floors professionally sanded, evened out, and re-stained – possibly an entirely different color – can be all you need to give your home a brand new look and feel. Once those floors are refurbished and restored, you won’t even recognize them! The best part is you won’t have to shell out tons of cash to repurchase expensive flooring by starting from scratch.
12. Choose a Moisture-Resistant Flooring Option for the Kitchen
The floor in your kitchen is arguably the floor that weathers the most damage over the years. The heart of just about any home always seems to be the kitchen. Hardwood flooring may look very warm and inviting, but it’s not the best option when it comes to the kitchen. With all the cooking, eating and dish-washing going on, there are far too many opportunities for your floors to absorb water and suffer some real damage.
Excessive or constant exposure to moisture forces wood to expand, causing slats to pop out of place or even causing damage to surrounding baseboards. The choice could end up costing you big bucks in the long run. The best options for kitchens are porcelain tiles and natural stone. Both are moisture-resistant, crack-resistant, easy to clean, and very durable. When calculating your budget, try t keep long-term spend in mind. Sometimes it’s worth it to spend a little more today to avoid another huge repair tomorrow.
13. Choose a High-Density Carpet
If you’re looking into carpeting for your home makeover, be sure to select a carpet that is durable and stain-resistant. Usually, solid home carpeting is made from a combination of both wool and nylon (or another synthetic material). This ensures long-term durability without sacrificing comfort or style.
The best way to go about carpet flooring is to hire an experienced company for installation, get a hold of a vacuum that can handle heavy duty carpets, and follow through with regular washing and maintenance. Proper upkeep of your brand new carpet flooring can save you money in the long run.
14. Try a Trendy Vinyl Floor to Spruce Things Up
Looking for a trendy new way to add style to your home? Opt for vinyl flooring. It’s affordable, easy to install and above all, easy to remove! If you’re looking to update your home with a modern feel but aren’t sure you’re willing to commit to that look for the next 20 years, a vinyl flooring alternative could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
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You can find anything in the vinyl floor department – images that give the illusion of depth, images of greenery to bring a little bit of nature into your home, or even 3D decals that can make your living room floor look like a coastline. You can even find vinyl-flooring designs that mimic traditional hardwood flooring or tiles. It’s true that vinyl flooring in decades past didn’t have the best finishes. But today’s vinyl flooring options are so lifelike, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
15. Protect Your Floors
No matter what flooring trends or tips you choose to follow, it is important to do whatever you can to protect and maintain your flooring, especially when it comes to hardwood and carpeting. Have cleaning scheduled regularly, ask your flooring experts about anti-stain products, and avoid the use of harsh cleaners on delicate surfaces.
A complete home makeover is a massive undertaking for any homeowner and no one wants to go down that road every few years. Protect your investment as best as you can and get the maximum benefit out of your flooring options. Ask your flooring professional for more tips and tricks on how to keep your brand new floors in tip-top shape longer.