By Paula Gamboa
Building a new home or remodeling a bathroom? Then you’re probably deciding which type of flooring is best for your project.
Flooring trends can vary from style to style, but they generally are consistent — depending on the look you’re going for. Let’s talk about some of the options available, from tile to wood to our most popular luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) and why we love it.
Tile is always fun. It adds design and color, and one of the most popular tile trends today is stone. While calacatta and white carrara remain classics, look out this year for a more dramatic stone look — think marble tile with colorful veining and gorgeous patterns.
Don’t have the budget for stone? No problem. Porcelain tile replicas are just as beautiful, more consistent and much easier on the pocketbook. And did I mention easier to maintain than stone?
Patterned tile is another of my favorite trends. This is one way to bring the best out of a room and take your space from drab to fab instantly. Patterned tiles come in all different shapes, sizes, styles and colors.
The bigger, the better — large format tiles are trending. Sizes are expanding to 24-by-48-, 30-by-60-, and 48-by-48-inch tiles. If you like a more contemporary look, this is the way to go.
Wood is one of my favorite ways to keep your home feeling warm and cozy. Plank sizes have grown in width over the past few years. In 2020, we’re seeing width decreasing. Smaller widths are being combined with matte-finish French oak, for instance, and it is gorgeous! Wide planks may be here to stay, but you can use smaller sizes to create beautiful herringbone patterns if the plank lengths are consistent.
Last but not least is luxury vinyl flooring. This is by far our most popular flooring trend. If you are looking for durability and easy maintenance, LVT is your solution. The best thing about LVT is its price point. You really get the bang for your buck on this product. Some other benefits: It’s waterproof, pet proof and kid-proof.
Paula Gamboa is the owner/manager of Floor Co. in Gulfport. Reach her at (228) 563-5509.