Interior Design & Flooring

Flooring trends in 2013

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 15:31

Are you on the market for a new home? Or, are you planning to renovate your current home? According to the National Association of Realtors, consumers are interested in customizing the spaces they live in to fit individual styles and tastes. 
1) Bamboo. No, you're not in the middle of a rain forest. Bamboo is attracting many homeowners because of the sustainability factor of this quick-to-grow plant. In addition, the versatility and style options are increasing and allowing for greater personalization than other, more traditional, woods. 
"Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles," Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors, told HGTV.
2) Reclaimed wood. The do-it-yourself and recycling movements are having a big impact on flooring choices. Instead of going with new, fresh cuts of plank wood that are even in size, many homeowners are trying to find older pieces of wood and refinishing them. The classic look of wide-plank hardwood floors is becoming more easy to attain because of new technology and processes. 
3) Large tiles. Large format tiles were initially used in high-volume traffic areas like schools and other public buildings because of the materials durability. However, even residential homeowners can benefit from the material, while still not forgoing style. 
Although all of these flooring options are made from different materials, each are easily laid over a radiant floor heating system. A homeowner doesn't have to give up style for energy efficiency. A radiant floor heating solution can easily be laid underneath bamboo, reclaimed wood or tiles without a negative impact to the material of the floor or a decrease in the system's effectiveness.