Step into someone’s home for the first time, and your immediate impression of a homeowner’s sense of style begins with the senses. The color palette chosen for the walls and window treatments, the quality of the furnishings, and the flooring selections that tie the two together, it all reflects the owner’s tastes and preferences. Take a few more steps into the residence, and you begin to notice how the flooring feels underfoot. Here are a few trends and flooring options that have taken over the Denver market.
Linoleum and vinyl flooring are not synonymous, and you are more likely to find linoleum in older homes, primarily in foyers, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and mudrooms, where moisture, leaks, and spills occur most frequently. Both surfaces allow wet, messy mishaps to be quickly and easily mopped or wiped away, they both offer many patterns, colors, designs and textures that can accent practically any room.
It is no secret that wood flooring has taken center stage in our industry over the last decade or more. In fact, you probably know at least one person who has chosen to update a room (or rooms), in their home with a professional installation of hardwood flooring, or the lesser-expensive option of laminate flooring, which fits together like puzzle pieces. Wood flooring comes in a variety of grains and adds a certain warmth and timeless appeal to any style of decor.
In Denver, having the warmth and comfort of carpet in the winter is still a treasured option. Hot carpet trends that are taking the flooring industry by storm are those that add new life to the look of the home and office interiors, by extending that warmth and comfort through bold colors, a variety of textures, and styles!
The sheer number of carpet designs can be a bit overwhelming. The challenge is determining which carpet style is best for your space, and how do you get the most bang for your buck?
A safe bet with carpet always has been, and likely always will be, neutral colors that do not take away from the focal points the furnishings create. Here are a few top options the market has gravitated towards.
Arguably, one of the most popular carpet types is Berber. Originally introduced in North Africa, Berber was hand-woven with small loops of camel hair to provide warmth and insulation during cold desert nights. Today, Berber is made from wool, nylon, olefin, or polyester, and the pile comes with lots of loops, heights, and textures.
Often a neutral base, Berber contains colorful flecks that can successfully mask dirt and stains, and it is incredibly durable to stand-up to high traffic while remaining remarkably comfortable underfoot. Vacuuming Berber is a breeze and never shows tracks or footprints.
Another favorite flooring option of homeowners is Frieze. Easily confused with textured carpet, true frieze carpet is made from twisted yarn that results in a shagged carpet effect. True frieze offers texture and dimension to the decor, and its curly, twisted carpet yarns, hide vacuum marks and footprints well. Its softness and durability make it a popular choice for families with pets and children.
Textured carpet has great softness and durability factors, too, and is usually less expensive than true frieze. This cut-pile carpet is typically treated to be more stain-resistant, making it easier to clean-up dirt, spills, and pet accidents. Textured carpet hides foot and vacuum tracks very well, and holds up better than other carpet types, like shag and Saxony, over the course of time.
Your home is your castle and should reflect your sense of style while awakening the senses of your guests. The flooring you choose should serve your needs and those of your family, and it can certainly provide an element of pizzazz to your décor.
Still not sure where to start, or how to buy carpet for your home or office? Seek the advice of a flooring industry professional who can provide flooring guides and samples, answer your questions, and assist in the decision-making process.