Flooring is extremely popular going into the winter months and this has been proven by many flooring suppliers having their busiest month in October. This is due to the fact that it is well into Autumn and many individuals want to install their new flooring before the weather takes a turn for the worst. Flooring can take an extremely long time to research and can take months to decide on your dream floor. Therefore, we have decided to make the process easier by providing a snippet of all the winter 2018 flooring trends to stand you in good stead.
Carpet is a safe and obvious option going into the winter as a quality carpet can feel fantastic and naturally trap the warmth of the room. A dark floor can look fantastic in a bedroom as it adds a sense of warmth and cosiness, whereas more recent trends suggest that light cream shades are more suitable for living areas and lounges. The only risk with light colours is the risk of staining, although carpet cleaners have become so advanced that nearly all stains can comfortably be cleaned out of a carpet.
A second popular option extending into the winter months is a dark shade of engineered wood flooring. Engineered flooring is cheaper than solid wood flooring as it is comprised of multiple layers of plywood and then topped with a real wood lamella. However, do not be fooled as engineered is more stable than solid wood flooring even though the price is cheaper as the plywood structure allows the boards to expand and contract rather than buckling due to the fluctuations in temperature. A dark species such as walnut can be expensive and hard to find as a solid product, however, an engineered board is a cheaper alternative. Walnut will bring class and cosiness to keep your house in a quality condition and appearance.
If engineered flooring is too expensive then an ever-growing trend would be laminate flooring. Laminate is extremely cheap in comparison to real wood floor and easy to install as the boards just click together like a jigsaw. The shade trend of laminate follows a similar shade to engineered wood flooring, however, as laminate flooring is artificial it means that more colours are able to be created. Therefore, artificial bright shades of oak are becoming extremely popular as it reflects the light within a room.
The main negative of engineered and laminate flooring is that it can be cold underfoot, however many individuals do not realise that engineered and laminate flooring can be installed on top of underfloor heating. Therefore, the floor will be able to be kept warm underfoot without the stereotype of the floor freezing your feet.