Ask Doug: Classic Floors for a Timeless Home

Ask Doug: Classic Floors for a Timeless Home

Ask Doug: I am going to do a major house remodel and I want to make sure that I am going to create a home I both love, and that will be marketable should I decide to sell. What trends do you see in flooring that will give my house a modern, but classic feel?

I am going to turn this one over to my designers, they are much better versed in those sorts of things then I am.

Robyn and Krista are in the showroom every day and I caught them when they had a free moment to ask them what they have been seeing.

One of the first things they both said is simplicity. No matter your choice of style – transitional, classic, modern, industrial – the key is to pare it down to its most basic elements.

Next, they tell me that while floors and walls still set the tone of a house, they are no longer statement pieces (except in the bathroom). Floors and walls are the canvas upon which the rest of the house is built. Keep them classic and elegant. Earth tones are in, beiges and greys are still going strong, but also pale blue-grey and green-grey. And always, white. The statement pieces come in the form of a unique couch or bed or piece of art.

The place to make a statement with floors and walls is the bathroom. Large walk-in showers with walls that can be considered a piece of art are continuing to trend upward.

Backsplashes are also a place to be creative, but not with mosaic pieces as in the past, but rather with materials. Subway tiles laid in unique patterns, glass tiles, or stacked stone are three popular trends.

People still want easy-clean floors. We are still seeing lots of wood and wood-look floors made of tile or luxury vinyl. We are also seeing natural stone, but even more natural stone look tile because it is more easy care.

While Oriental style area rugs have been the number one choice for years, there is a growing interest in more contemporary geometric designs and even shag rugs for the more adventurous. Not the harvest gold and avocado colored ones of days gone by, but very sophisticated shag which look like fur. This, they said, probably came from the heavy use of fur on runways this season.

I hope this helps you with your design decisions for your remodel. Make sure to come by the City Tile showroom and we would be happy to help you with your selection of floors.