From the ground up
We garner design inspiration from all aspects of our life and our work. We have the ability to create beautiful spaces, and any number of things can be a catalyst – a piece of fabric, art or furniture. Have you ever looked to flooring?
From Faux to Fabulous
Over the last number of years, we have witnessed a huge expansion in flooring products and finishes. We’re all familiar with traditional hardwood and engineered flooring, however the expansion of other flooring alternatives has drastically changed. Flooring technologies and manufacturing have taken flight, and now, more than ever before, ‘faux’ options appear more like the real thing. They are being presented with not only a high level of durability and waterproofing possibilities, but they also boast low-maintenance features. From wide plank to laminate, vinyl composite and LVL, you are sure to find just the right option that is suitable for your project. Not to mention the copious finishes that are available – wire brushed, oiled, hand-scraped, smoked, antiqued, distressed, reclaimed – the choices are endless.
Hard Wearing and Looking Good
Laminate flooring has been around for a long time. This is a hard surface flooring that is manufactured using materials like medium, or high-density, fibreboard, which forms the core. Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation alternatives, providing comfort, as well as a great look. Luxury vinyl products are available in realistic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural materials. Vinyl composite core is still quite new, and combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. Boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate, but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring, which can be installed anywhere, including bathrooms and laundry rooms. Waterproof flooring has grown exponentially, and is now available in vinyl and laminate, as well as some carpeting options – perfect for those clients with busy families or pets.
We all have a desire to do our part for the environment. By using natural, renewable or recyclable materials, can have impact. Research the composition of the product, as well as the origin. Alternative and organic flooring products are increasing in popularity. Other eco-friendly flooring, like marmoleum and cork, are great options. With the help of technology, flooring choices have greatly changed over the past few years.
On Trend for 2020
You will notice a continuation for our love of texture and pattern this coming year. Whether you prefer a vintage herringbone parquet, a richly textured laminate reminiscent of reclaimed wood, a custom-milled, narrow-width white oak, or a bold, wide-plank hickory, you are sure to be inspired by the seemingly endless possibilities. There’s also a continuation towards lighter colours. Shades of gray and ash are still around, but light, airy blond woods and natural tones are on the rise, as well as the bleached or ‘blanched’ tones of wood. Organic ‘trickling’ patterns integrate wood flooring with tiles. This trend is being accompanied by all types of patterned flooring, such as herringbone, chevron and by blending of multi-widths. And, of course, patinas are as strong as ever.
Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere. The next time you take on a new project why not start underfoot?
LINDA MAZUR is an award winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multidisciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed, stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.