Interior Design & Flooring

Explore your flooring options

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 18:25

Each year leads to new trends and styles in the interior design and architecture industries. In flooring, popular choices like hardwood floors are less fleeting and typically stay around for a few years or even decades. As technologies and materials have developed in the past few years, now modern homeowners have the ability to select more sustainable options. Radiant floor heating, for example, can now be installed under a wide range of flooring options and offers the same comfort and efficiency that people have come to love and expect.
Here are three flooring materials that work well with radiant floor heating:
1) Bamboo. Homeowners who are interested in sustainability may want to consider this flooring option. Technically, bamboo is a grass, but it is much harder than most hardwoods when dried, which provides desirable durability for high-traffic areas. In addition, because bamboo is a grass, it grows much faster than trees, which allows the plant to quickly regrow and replenish supplies. 
"Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles," said Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors, according to HGTV. 
2) Reclaimed wood. The right combination of reclaimed wood will allow a homeowner to create a more shabby chic and worn appearance in a space. As this commodity has gotten more expensive, designers have found new ways to recreate the look and feel of older hardwood, using new pieces of lumber. 
3) Cement. While this material us usually found outside, it can be brought indoors with style. Use a stamped option that is dyed and polished to create ambiance and make the flooring option fit with the decor.