There’s a design revolution allowing laminate flooring to come into its own as a fashionable flooring option for consumers, designers and architects alike. No longer just an easier-to-install, durable flooring alternative, today’s laminates are available in a wider array of colors, patterns and textures, thanks to new technologies and product designers who draw inspiration from the fashion and furniture industries.
One of the most cutting-edge technologies is the ability to embed materials like natural or synthetic fibers, metals and minerals into the decorative top layers of laminates. Virtually any material can be incorporated into a laminate flooring design. It’s even possible to choose flooring to match the color scheme by matching embedded colored granules that are in the laminate itself.
Some of the latest laminate flooring trends include:
- High Gloss Decors - Brilliance remains a desirable attribute reflected by the lacquered and high-gloss decors offered by most laminate manufacturers. It doesn’t require buffing and polishing to retain its just-purchased look.
- Red Undertones – Laminate flooring manufacturers are incorporating more red into their offerings, as the color remains in-demand among consumers. Look for red undertones linke cherries, red pine and red oak decors.
- Rustic looks – Laminate designers are responding to the return to comforting, rustic styles found in whitewashed woods and knotty pine patterns.
- Adventuresome Designs – Laminate can be a palette for design experimentation with limitless aesthetic possibilities. No longer limited to replicating existing floor materials, laminate now can offer the best combination of fashion and function.
Laminate lets you experiment with unique looks that can become works of flooring art.
Many manufacturers offer tiles or accent strips which can be used to create interesting borders, striped designs or more adventurous mosaic looks.
Design flexibility is also made possible by a new generation of protective overlays with unparalleled clarity that won’t compromise the floors performance. Not long ago, high performance overlays could distort, creating a cloudy or hazy appearance…but not today!