Many consider home the ultimate place of rest and relaxation. It’s the place you feel most comfortable and where you spend the majority of your time. Within your home, you decorate and organize spaces to fit your personal style and make daily tasks more efficient.

A part of your home that is essential is the flooring. Although it’s not something that needs updating every year your flooring takes a lot of wear and tear over time. If you’re looking to update your home’s flooring, consider options that are long-lasting, cost-effective, and healthy for your home and family. With great availability of flooring options and styles, you can find something that fits both the style and function you desire. What’s most important to remember when choosing a flooring material is the quality and safety standards. Here you can learn about the popular flooring and tile trends for the coming year.

Flooring Basics

When comparing types of flooring you have to consider the materials and the appearance. Depending on the style of your home, certain flooring will be more aesthetically pleasing, but looks are not the only consideration. You want to inspect elements such as the ability to hold heat, durability, and if it’s soundproof. You also want to ensure the flooring style you’re choosing does not contain toxic chemicals. Check out item twenty on this tips sheet to learn about the green guard protection for flooring. This will ensure your home remains non-toxic or as close to chemical-free as possible.

Benefits of Hardwood

Hardwood floors have always been a popular choice for homeowners. For good reason, hardwood floors simply look good and they complement almost any home interior. When taken care of properly, hardwood floors are long-lasting and easy to clean. Many older homes have hardwood floors that may just need some t.l.c. for upkeep. However, if you’re in a modern home, there could be some added steps to unearthing your hardwood floors below the surface. The reward is worthwhile as this type of project can increase the value of your home. Having said that, utilizing a HELOC to help fund this redesign will allow you to take the money you need out of the equity in your home to add the flooring while creating a positive ROI.

More importantly, in terms of health benefits, hardwood floors are a smart solution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hardwood floors increase the air quality in your home. This is great news for everyone, especially those who suffer from asthma or allergies. In addition, hardwood flooring does not collect toxins and pollutants as easily nor do these floors release them. When made with non-VOC (volatile organic compounds) ingredients, hardwood floors help release oxygen and are better for the environment.


Properties of Porcelain

With many design and color options, ceramic tile is a popular flooring choice, specifically porcelain tile. Porcelain tile is different in that they fire the clay and other natural materials at a higher temperature than ceramic tile. It’s able to take many shapes, making it a popular design choice. Porcelain, especially compared to hardwood, is easier to clean. It’s very water resistant and is easy to wipe down. This makes it a good option for the kitchen, bathrooms, and mudrooms.

With stain resistance and durability, porcelain tile offers a stylish and effective flooring solution. Plus, it emits no harmful chemicals making it a safe and non-toxic option. It also doesn’t emit any VOCs. Having a flooring option that is long-lasting and safe for your family is important. Factors to consider when choosing between hardwood and porcelain are the general use, the room it’s in, and how it fits into your budget.

To recap the main features of each style:

○ Long-lasting and non-toxic
○ Good for the environment
○ Aesthetically pleasing

○ Water-resistant and does not contain harmful chemicals
○ Easy to maintain and clean
○ Ideal for radiant heating solutions

The final factor to consider is the cost. Porcelain in particular is more costly than ceramic tile, but it will be less expensive than installing all-natural hardwood flooring. The material cost of wood flooring will be more expensive. Both styles will require installation and you want to be sure it’s done properly. Ultimately it depends on your budget and the style you’re going for in your home. If you want the classic look of hardwood floors but that’s not in your budget, you can get porcelain tile that looks like hardwood. Consider all the factors including, cost, style, design, health benefits, and how you want to add value to your home.

Properties of Porcelain

Characteristics of Ceramic

Ceramic tile is an affordable and attractive flooring option. With easy installation and low maintenance, it’s a popular choice among homeowners. Ceramic tile is water resistant depending on the finishing. While this tile is primarily safe for your home, it’s important to inquire about extra coatings and glazes when you’re choosing this option. Some glazes can contain toxic ingredients so you want to be sure you’re purchasing a tile free of chemicals. Another benefit of ceramic tiles is it’s less prone to attract dust and pollen, keeping the air in your home allergen-free. Depending on your preference and the age of your home, ceramic tiles don’t maintain heat well so they can be cooler to the touch in the colder months.

With ceramic tile your design options are endless. You can find colors and patterns based on your preference. Ceramic tiles are popular for kitchens and bathrooms, laundry rooms, mudrooms, or entryways.

Characteristics of Ceramic

Qualities of Vinyl

In recent years, vinyl plank flooring has become a popular option as it’s easy to install and inexpensive. You can create a look of hardwood or expensive flooring with vinyl. It is long-lasting and very easy to clean and maintain. While there are many reasons to choose vinyl, you must also consider the health and safety standards of this option. Many vinyl floorings can contain toxic chemicals and additives, which include PVC, lead, and phthalates.

You don’t have to avoid all vinyl flooring, but you should do additional research on the manufacturer and materials to ensure your home is safe for your family. This is especially important if you have young kids who play on the floor often as the chemicals can introduce toxins into your home. Research different brands to find a vinyl material that doesn’t use harmful substances. Also, you need to look out for VOCs and choose vinyl that has no PVC softening.

When choosing between vinyl and ceramic, ceramic tiles are the safer option for your home.

To recap the main features of each style:
● Ceramic
○ Long-lasting and non-toxic
○ Many styles and colors to choose from
○ Easy to maintain, doesn’t hold heat as well as porcelain
● Vinyl
○ Inexpensive
○ Variety of style options
○ Can contain chemicals based on the brand

Qualities of Vinyl

Interpreting Trends

Color and design are the fun parts of updating your home, and you can do that with your flooring. Creating a design that appeals to your senses and lifts your mood is important.

Some pattern trends to look for in 2024 are:
● High energy pigments
● Bold colors and fun patterns
● Soft wood grain patterns
● Elements of nature and the environment

Color trends for next year are:
● Cinnamon
● Sea green
● Starry night blue
● Savannah green

Color trends you will see over the next year include muted colors that pair well with neutrals. Tile trends consist of textured, rolling surf, subway, and pebble. When
updating your home you want to adopt elements of a trend versus updating everything. If you have updated your home’s flooring you want to ensure your textiles, like furniture and rugs, are up to standard as well. Look for brands that are ethical and safety-conscious. Always research the materials of the products you’re placing in your home.

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People want to come home to healthier, happier environments. Zero toxin, vegan and wellness design is becoming the “new normal.”

Deborah DiMare Miami New York Design Consultant
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