In the quest for a flooring that will stand the test of time, not to mention trends, you've got to consider beyond immediate crazes; that is, what's hot at any particular moment. As tempting as it is for both homeowners and trade professionals to follow the flooring choice of the day, you'll go nuts trying to keep up.
That's not to say you can't ever change out flooring, furniture, wall color, or décor. But the fact is that your flooring choices for living rooms, bedrooms, and pretty much everywhere else could quickly become obsolete if chosen carelessly. So when you choose, choose flooring for the long run and let everything else revolve around it.
But how do you find the timeless materials and décor that will transcend flooring crazes and satisfy you or your clients forever? Easy. Just pay heed to the three N’s: need, neutral, and natural.
Navigating the 3 N’s
Research has shown that when we decorate based on need as well as (or maybe more so than) what's trendy, we tend to choose things, even unconsciously, that seem to last longer in terms of style.
Carpet for a bedroom; laminate for a kitchen; tile for a bathroom. By doing this, you avoid focusing on mere style that's dictated by what's in vogue. Considering your needs or your client’s needs instead of blindly searching for the most timeless hardwood floors is both cost-effective and more fashionable in the long run.
Admittedly, many bright carpet or hardwood floor colors aren't going to go well with future changes in furniture and décor trends. So for the purpose of choosing a flooring that will still be relevant years from now, neutral shades in any material are certainly the safest — but they don't have to be boring.
Choosing carpet? Pick one with some very subtle striations to bring an energy to the room you’re remodeling. And if you're dead set on patterns in carpet, use traditional, bold patterns, such as stripes, plaids, and checks.
For hardwood, a knotted wood flooring look can add drama to a room while still maintaining a classic feel.
Here's a rudimentary, yet effective, rule of thumb: If, when considering a flooring design, the word "flashy" comes to mind…well, that design probably won’t become a classic any time soon.
No matter how plain or intricate a design may be, designers seem to agree that natural products, such as hardwood, stone, and ceramic tile (or even laminate that simulates them), have an appearance that is classic and ageless.
Trade Professionals: Going the Extra Mile
If you're a trade professional, the tendency might be to live in the moment, as many of your clients will try to do, without consideration to the potential longevity of a flooring choice.
But as a professional, whether you're a remodeler, builder, or an interior designer, you can do your clients a great service by helping them plan for the future as well as for today when it comes to designing their home — both the outside and the inside. It's an aspect of your service your customers will really appreciate.
In the case of flooring, do your homework to keep up with the latest looks that will still have an everlasting vibe in a few years.
The Right Floor Is the Right Style
Regardless of your role in the renovation process, choosing the right style should be your main objective. However, rather than asking yourself which flooring trends will never go out of style, try asking which match your style. If you or your clients have a more traditional taste, then the discussion so far will make all kinds of sense. But if you're looking for something more whimsical and adventurous, then you may be thinking that choosing a flooring that might be considered timeless just can't be done. Not so!
You can also browse the product catalog for ideas and add images you like to a project you create. No matter what you consider your personal style to be, be sure to ask your ProSource account manager about a trade pro member who can make your vision a reality.
Timeless Room with Light Hardwood Floors and Contrasting Dark Blue Walls | Photo by Mohawk
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