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When it comes to revamping your home décor, a lick of paint, a massive de-clutter and the addition of some on-trend accessories are the go-tos for an instant style update. However, one area largely overlooked is the floor. And it’s easy to see why. Replacing the flooring can be expensive as well as a mammoth job that usually involves relocating every item of furniture. However, it’s a move that can pay dividends. So if you’re seriously considering giving your home a new look, why not start from the bottom up? Here’s my guide to the biggest flooring trends of 2018.

 

50 Shades of Grey

The grey palette is one of the big interior success stories of recent years, and our passion for the hue shows little sign of abating. So it’s no surprise then that flooring is getting in on the act too. Grey floors are amazingly versatile, complementing both contemporary and traditional interiors and everything in between. They also offer a neutral backdrop around which the rest of the scheme can be designed. When it comes to materials, if you prefer a softer finish, a grey carpet is the way forward; or, if you like easy-to-maintain tiles, there are plenty of wood-effect, stone-effect and patterned collections to ensure your new floor packs a punch.

 

Back to Basics

Taking its lead from primary schools up and down the country, the classic parquet flooring is back. It’s a timeless look, and this year it will break out from the confines of period properties and into modern homes. Short-plank parquet will be huge, especially in areas with high traffic such as hallways and landings. But don’t be afraid of using it in living areas either. If you’re unsure about the formality of parquet, use the more relaxed herringbone – these longer length planks look stunning.

 

Rug-ged good looks

One of the huge décor trends for 2018 is geometrics. If you want to embrace this scheme wholeheartedly, there are some amazing geometric floor tiles – everything from the classic checkerboard to intricate Victorian-inspired patterns, which will, quite literally, cement the look.

However, if you’re not feeling bold enough to brave a big change, invest in a beautiful geometric-inspired rug. Not only will it bring your home up to date, it will protect the floor underneath from any unsightly spills. Just remember to buy some grips to ensure it doesn’t present a trip hazard.

 

Panel Show

Wooden flooring will be given a modern makeover for the new year. Gone are uniform planks, instead, expect to find wooden flooring featuring panels of varying widths and lengths. It gives the floor a unique, bespoke finish but will take longer to install so be prepared for a prolonged commitment and more upheaval. The finished result will no doubt be worth it.

 

Material Matters

If you thought flooring was a choice solely between carpet, tiles and wood, you’d be wrong. We are starting to see the emergence of new materials, especially as we become more eco-conscious. And top of the trends is cork. It’s relatively simple to install and maintain, and looks fabulous in contemporary settings. Unsure? Try it in an office or spare room to get a feel for it before taking it through the whole house.

 

Lesley Taylor is the author of 10 interior design books and has appeared on a range of network TV shows, including This Morning, giving inspirational advice on home styling.  

She lives in Wales where she is the Founder and Design Director of luxury interiors lifestyle store Taylors Etc. 

Lesley’s Top Tips for On-Trend Flooring

  1. Do your homework. Most flooring changes are expensive so make sure you know exactly what you want before you buy.
  2. Measure, measure and measure. Triple check measurements before ordering.
  3. Consult an expert. As we’ve established, flooring can be expensive so don’t install it yourself unless you know what you’re doing.
  4. Use your home’s existing décor to influence your decision
  5. Rugs and runners are fantastic for small injections of style.

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