Nearly a quarter of homeowners are upping their budget this year for at least one area of their property — and flooring is leading the way.
Home improvement marketplace revealed that flooring is set to experience the biggest increase in investment, with an average 29 percent of homeowners looking to spend more on this in 2017, followed more widely by the bathroom and kitchen (both 27 percent).
This is further backed up by floorboard specialists , who say this year will be one of the most "dynamic times" for flooring, with homeowners becoming more creative and seeking originality in flooring, which is becoming a statement piece in its own right.
"A lot more consideration is going into the selection of the floorboards, because this is usually the statement piece in any home that can never go out of fashion," says Ecora director Jeandre du Toit. "It needs to stay current and be adaptable to changing trends."
Here are some trends for this year:
Rich, Dark Floorboards
For a while, light or blond wood was the most popular and elegant statement in many homes which beautifully reflected modern and stylish interiors and accessories. This year, bolder colors are being used as accessories become brighter. Grays and dark brown tones bring a warm and sophisticated feel to any home adding an extra dimension of high quality. A rich dark wood can also form a great base for either the clean modern or eclectic inspired room. - Ecora
Brushed, natural or band-sawn floorboards are making a statement in a big way. A brushed finish provides a natural look and brings out the ingrained texture that can be particularly attractive in period properties. - Ecora
Homeowners are much more thoughtful and creative than ever when it comes to the layout of their floor, and are veering toward adding a little detail and design from the ground-up. A homeowner's floorboards are now a priority statement piece in terms of its overall interior. Each plank can now tell a story: A staggered approach gives the home an instant facelift and it also keeps your floor strong (the seams are the weak points in the floor's structure, but staggering the seams adds stability to the floor). - Ecora
Cork flooring has made a comeback in the last few years, and this is largely based on its combination of design flexibility, eco credentials and health benefits for the entire family. Cork floors will not absorb dust, they are resistant to bacteria and fungus, and they are widely recognized as an acoustic leader due to their ability to reduce noise in the home. -
Ceramic And Porcelain For Kitchens
The 2017 UK Kitchen Trends Survey reveals that among those updating flooring in their kitchen renovations, ceramic and porcelain tiles are the preferred flooring choice (30 percent), followed by engineered wood and stone (both 16 percent).
The Rise Of Chipboard
Durable, hard-wearing and easy-to-clean, chipboard is a no-fuss flooring option to ensure your living space remains in picture-perfect condition. It's ideal for those wanting a contemporary yet stripped-back look. Having just launched a new collection, Lesley Taylor, design director of , says: "The Chipboard Collection is stylish and understated sexy, and suits every room in the home."