From east to west, coastal home flooring is an enduring investment that can make an impression, make a statement and sometimes make the sale. In 2015, floors in coastal Carolina homes are getting more attention and for good reason. We’ll see growth in trends that favor woods going back to basics, super-soft high-tech carpets, and vinyls being considered “luxurious.”
When it comes to picking the perfect floor, wood is a natural choice.
Hardwood’s welcoming look provides an instant throwback to days when neighbors knew each other and curfews were signaled by the glow of the street lights. Today’s open floor plan, where the kitchen and living spaces merge, has made the use of hardwood in kitchens a favorite for those wanting to create a unified look and feel.
Laminate versions provide an affordable option, but many homeowners prefer rich hardwood to make a statement. Weathered designs, created with different sized planks and textured woods, continue to rise in popularity. Watch for more hardwoods in 2015.
Bamboo is also riding high with environmentally-conscious homeowners along the Crystal Coast as the modern alternative.
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Carpets are getting high-tech and softer.
With a push toward more eco-friendly materials, technology has helped advance fiber combinations that are as comfy as your favorite pillow. Manufacturers now produce carpets with extremely durable microfibers that are woven together to create a softer pile that is more resilient and stain resistant.
Cut and loop makes a comeback. The cut-and -loop style combines piles of low-cut and looped pieces for a unique textured pattern in the carpet. It’s a favorite in carpeted floors.
2015 will see carpets emerge from the background of the room to the focal point. Patterns like leaves and flowers are basic enough to compliment other furnishings. Neutrals such as grey, taupe and creams work best in high traffic areas while more vibrant colors like red, blues and purples can be experimented with in hallways and smaller accent areas.
Vinyl’s new look of luxury.
The most surprising trend in the flooring industry is the new take on an old classic – vinyl.
A long-time favorite of commercial designers, luxury vinyl is finding its way into homes across the nation. With advanced photographic technology, luxury vinyl possesses a chameleon-like quality which allows the look of floors to transform to anything from wood planks to stone slates. It is naturally water-resistant, making maintenance as easy as a quick mopping, and unyielding against scratches, stains, dents and scuffs. So families big and small can enjoy their living space without worrying about damaging the floor.
For homeowners in Eastern North Carolina who place a high priority on low prices, luxury vinyl is a beautiful and cost-effective solution.