Top 10 Vinyl Flooring Styles For 2016
- Gorgeous Geometrics
Whether it’s in dramatic black and white, pretty pastel shades, or a whole spectrum of colours, the Geometric trend we saw throughout 2015 looks to only be going from strength to strength. With the trend truly solidified for the coming year, permanent fixtures (including floors) featuring geometric patterns are set to become increasingly popular.
Get the look: Vinyl flooring is available in a wonderful range of geometric-inspired designs, including the Neisha Crosland and Dee Hardwicke collections from Harvey Maria. Layering pattern is looking to be huge in 2016, so try pairing geometric vinyl flooring with accents of other on-trend prints such as paisley, florals and stripes.
- Warm Metallics
Copper was undoubtedly the favourite metal finish of 2015, and this trend looks set to continue, extending to other warm shades like gold and brass. Because of its incredible versatility and durability, vinyl flooring in a metallic finish is a brilliant choice for your home. Warm, safe and easy to care for, it’s brilliantly practical whilst still offering the effect of a real metal floor.
Get the look: Mix and match metallic finishes to be truly on-trend, and pair with raw natural materials such as marble and wood to add depth and texture. Find the perfect copper flooring in Harvey Maria’s Urban Colours collection.
- Artisanal Authenticity
In contrast to the cold, stark ‘modern’ trend of recent years, 2016 is set to be the year of authenticity. One-of-a-kind pieces and a rustic, artisanal look will take centre stage, and a focus on supporting local designers and artists will be key. Vinyl flooring designed by British artists and with rustic, hand-made finishes will be incredibly desirable in 2016, and are the perfect way to add a touch of charm to any room of your home.
Get the look: The designer collections by Cath Kidston, Neisha Crosland and Dee Hardwicke are the perfect way to support British design, and to treat your home to something a little different. The Lattice design by Dee Hardwicke features a hand painted geometric design, inspired by the delicate rhythms of scattered petals.
- Scandi-style Contrast
The contrasting shades that define Scandinavian style have been popular for the past few years, but mixed with 2016’s want for something a little bit different, we’re set to see a twist on this. With character and charm at the forefront of this years’ trends, rustic wood effect vinyl flooring in black and white grains are the perfect way to achieve this fresh and clean look whilst still retaining an element of authenticity.
Get the look: Harvey Maria’s Natural Oak flooring in White Oak is the perfect white wood effect floor, whilst their Premium Lamp Wood is a rich black alternative. To make a really dramatic statement, stick to monochrome accessories with just a few choice pops of colour.
- Subway Tiles
Ceramic subway or metro tiles are incredibly versatile, and can be laid in a number of different patterns to suit any space or decor – so it’s no surprise that they have been extremely on-trend lately, particularly towards the end of 2015. 2016 will see this trend mimicked on the floor, with vinyl flooring being the choice material due to its warmth and safety when compared to traditional ceramic tiles.
Get the look: Little Bricks is a charming collection of brick-shaped vinyl tile in a gorgeous and contemporary colour palette. They’re so easy to lay, and the defined bevel means that you can create a design within the colour depending on how you choose to lay them. Experiment with patterns like brick, basket or herringbone!
- Bespoke Design
With websites like Pinterest and design blogs like Apartment Therapy letting us gaze longingly at perfectly designed spaces that are full of character, a huge focus in 2016 will be on standing out from the crowd and having something that’s totally unique to you. Vinyl flooring offers a variety of finishes, colours, patterns and effects, and lends itself brilliantly to being combined in one space – or across your whole home – to create a bespoke floor design that’s perfect for your interior.
Get the look: The Signature Collection from Harvey Maria is made up of exclusive designer ranges, wood effect tiles and co-ordinated plain colours – all of which have been designed to work in harmony with one another. Create a ‘rug’ of pattern under your dining table and surround it with a complementary wood design, or extend your plain coloured hallway tiles to create a border in an adjoining space.
- Pretty in Pastel
‘Serenity’ blue and ‘Rose Quartz’. The two shades that have been at the forefront of every interior fanatic’s mind, ever since colour experts Pantone crowned them 2016’s ‘colours of the year’. Both are soft and delicate pastels, and vinyl flooring in these shades as well as other similar tones are likely to see a surge in popularity throughout 2016.
Get the look: Go all-out pastel with ice cream-coloured accessories, or pair with edgier grey and charcoal shades for a dramatic space. For Serenity vinyl flooring, check out Frosty Blue, Bay Blue or Parquet Sky Blue, and for Rose Quartz, the delicate buds of Rose Sprig by Cath Kidston offer a floral take on this colour trend.
- Vintage & Retro
2016 will see a revival of vintage and retro tends across the whole interior spectrum. What was once old will be seen as ‘new’ again, as nostalgic prints and patterns resurface, bringing a post-modern quality to the year’s design inspiration. Retro colour palettes will also be very popular, such as the earth tones of the 1970s or the classic combination of grey and acid neons.
Get the look: Tadao Ando’s concrete effect vinyl designs are perfect for creating a retro industrial vibe, and are wonderfully warm and comfortable underfoot – not at all like real concrete! Try adding bold neon accents with bright fabrics in vibrant acid tones.
- Natural Finishes
Ever classic and so versatile, natural finishes such as wood and stone are (perhaps predictably) looking to continue their winning streak in 2016. One difference, though, is the gorgeous selection of wood effect vinyl now available, with more and more people understanding the incredible benefits of vinyl flooring over real wood or stone.
Get the look: Choose from a stunning range of wood effect, stone effect and concrete effect flooring by Harvey Maria, and incorporate another key 2016 trend with warm metallic accessories.
- Unique to You
With more and more people choosing to stay in their homes rather than selling and moving on, it’s safe to say that trends in 2016 are set to be more adventurous than ever. The emphasis is on personality, and building a home for life – which means not shying away from pattern, colour, and a whole lot of character! And with the fabulous range of vinyl flooring designs available, it’s easy to find something that’s perfect for you.
Credit: Charlotte Froud for Ideal Home
Article provided by Mike James, working together with Sussex based vinyl-flooring specialist Harvey Maria, who were consulted over this post.