11 Amazing Flooring Options
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By Amy Elisa Keith
Pull up that dingy old carpet and add some style to those hardwood floors. Check out a few of the newest technologies and unique materials that are becoming the hottest trends in flooring.
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While vinyl floors are nothing new to the home design market, they haven't always been the best-looking option to step on. Forget the dated floral or pale yellow squares of yesteryear. Trade up to luxury vinyl tiles that offer a damage-proof and economical alternative to hardwood floors or stone tiles, without sacrificing style. Install with or without grout for a true stone or ceramic look, or opt for the plank-cut vinyl that provides the beveled hardwood look for less.
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When we think of cement, we think drab gray tones, eliciting a less-than-enthusiastic response. These days, however, cement tiles are growing more popular as both an indoor and outdoor option for flooring. Concrete floors that have been stained, colored, painted and personalized are popping up in retail stores, trendy restaurants, offices and homes everywhere. Kismet Tile, for example, is a Moroccan-made cement tile crafted with bold modern motifs, which highlight their beauty and ease.
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Want that hardwood deck patio without the heavy price tag? Modular decking tiles create a durable custom hardwood deck without for the cost of expensive and complicated construction or permits. It features carriage interlocking to allow easy, snap-together outdoor wood flooring over your existing base, perfect for a small balcony or large wraparound deck. All the wood used is certified reclaimed and will resist rot and decay for years of outdoor enjoyment.
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For designer bags and shoes, leather is a no-brainer. But for the floors of your home? According to architects and interior decorators, leather is the ultimate splurge when it comes to modern flooring. And the options seem endless—from antiqued brown crocodile to metallic rattlesnake—the classic quality of beautiful, natural leather allows it to work in many moods and in a variety of personal styles. A study or home library seems like a perfect fit for this high-end trend.
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Mix and match, line them up or spread them out. FLOR modular carpet tiles are a fun new way to add softness to your home without the commitment. Forget your grandmother's shag carpeting. These high-design squares can be arranged in a variety of ways, thanks to small dot stickers placed on the backs of the tiles to attach them. And red wine spills are also no problem for these little guys. Simply pick up the stained carpet tile, wash by hand, let air dry, and put it back in with the rest of the tiles.
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Don't worry about treading lightly on this new home trend. Glass floors and stairs are nothing new when it comes to hotels and posh restaurants, but now regular homeowners are getting in on the fun. Whether in a hallway or on a spiral staircase, achieve high drama with clear or frosted slip-resistant glass floors to step up the style.
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Bring the color and style of wallpaper to your floors. With artistic ceramic tiles, it's possible to transform your kitchen floors or living room area into a work of art, resembling a Spanish castle or a Moroccan palace. Instantly add a bit of soul into your home with these fire- and moisture-resistant tiles that won't stain or fade over time.
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Have some fun with the floors in your kids' rooms by filling them with lava. No, not the hot volcanic stuff, but the colorful modular floor tiles. The flooring is resilient to whatever your little ones get into, and when pressure is applied, the liquid within the tiles literally swirls around one's feet. With custom shapes, colors and sizes available, this free-flowing fun can be the perfectly unexpected anchor to any room.
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While hardwood floors have been a mainstay in homes for centuries, the use of reclaimed or recycled wood for flooring has only recently become popular. Homeowners and decorators alike are warming to the worn-in and worn-out look of wood floors salvaged from barns, factories and, in one case, a Buddhist temple in Thailand. Their true appeal comes from the imperfections and unique quality of each and every slab.
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One of the most exciting trends in eco-design is the use of cork flooring. That's right, the same material used to plug your favorite bottle of vino is being produced as elegant and modern flooring. With a wide variety of shades and textures—including a glamorous marble-looking finish—this soft, durable and hypoallergenic option is perfect for every space of your home.
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Revealed at this year's home decor trade shows, antibacterial porcelain stoneware is the latest material to hit countertops and floors alike. Stop worrying about your tykes crawling around on the floor or icky stains settling into your kitchen flooring. Bios Antibacterial Ceramics lead to a 99.9 percent reduction of the four main bacterial strains and is extremely effective against mold, yeast and fungi. Plus, with a variety of colors, sizes and finishes, your home won't look as sterile as it now can be.
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