Laminate flooring offers some fantastic 2021/2022 trends that can quickly upgrade and distinguish your home—and at a lower cost!
We all know that genuine wood and tile provide class and flair to a home, but contemporary laminate flooring may offer the same benefits without the cost or care of other materials.
So, without further ado, what exactly are these 2021/2022 trends we're talking about?
Laminate may be made to seem like various materials, including tile, marble, stone, and wood. However, the year 2021/2022 has shown that more homeowners favour the wood-look above anything else.
Unlike previous laminate styles, contemporary technology has produced this laminate type to offer an authentic wood look that may feel like natural wood, depending on the approach utilized.
There are three finishes available for wood-like laminate:
A high gloss finish reigned supreme in the wood-look aesthetic for a long time, although it tends to seem artificial. To the naked eye, the spectator can tell that the floor is laminate; no one going into the room will believe he is stepping on wood.
However, homeowners are moving these days differently: the tendency is to have an embossed/reclaimed or hand-scraped wood-look pattern, which more closely resembles actual wood.
The laminate pattern simulates the randomized scratches, knots, and burns of genuine reclaimed wood with a reclaimed wood look. Embossed laminate even has a tactile feel that adds to its trustworthiness.
If you're looking to buy this laminate design, it's worth noting that the embossed/reclaimed effect is highly similar to the worn and distressed wood-like laminate that's also popular this year.
A hand-scraped pattern gives the flooring a natural wood appearance, with lengthy and entrenched scratches over the surface, as if it were a classic, pricey antique. Hand-scraped laminate might appear similar to embossed laminate at times, but it is typically unique, with a softer appearing surface than embossed laminate.
Something else to consider. While a typical wood look is the most popular print pattern, bamboo wood is quickly approaching a close second. Bamboo-style laminate has a more strand-based appearance than hardwood and is available in various finishes, including a worn effect.
Softer and lighter tones for wood-look laminate were often considered outmoded, even cheap. But no more!
Since last year, light tones have ruled the market, offering homes a warmer, brighter environment. The latest whitewashed laminate version is much more appealing!
The whitewashed style developed on the west coast and gained popularity as it spread eastward. Whitewashed hues exude a calm, Californian atmosphere, imbuing a room with a natural and contemporary style.
Here is a list of light tone colours that are currently popular:
Lighter wood, by the way, is a 2021/2022 Hardwood Flooring Trend!
Thin planks were popular in the past, but homeowners are increasingly selecting broader planks, such as 5.5" and more comprehensive, for their flooring. Each board not only takes up more floor area, making DIY homeowners and experts' installations faster and easier, but they also make the room appear more extensive and more open than it is. Wider planks are also recognized for giving a place a contemporary feel.
While planks wider than 5.5" remain the popular 2021/2022 trend, narrower planks are making a comeback. Having a mixed-width flooring—that is, utilizing a combination of thin and broad planks for the floor—is part of the wide-plank trend. The idea is that mixing widths will give a space a distinct current character, further distinguishing it from previous types.
Flooring designs have progressed a long way since the parquet patterns that were popular in the 1970s.
At the moment, three laminate designs are popular:
However, because it is the most cost-effective, homeowners choose a herringbone pattern in their property. What distinguishes it? On the other hand, a chevron design requires more time to align the laminate correctly, and a diagonal pattern, on the other hand, naturally costs more in both labour and materials.
Herringbone flooring is also made out of identically sized laminate boards for the whole arrangement, whereas a diagonal layout necessitates a variety of sizes. Using the complete length of a board eliminates the need for homeowners to discard unneeded or useless cutoffs, saving money on supplies.
Keep in mind that a lengthier herringbone pattern may not be the ideal choice for big rooms, but it creates a beautiful appearance in entryways, corridors, and bathrooms, quickly upgrading your house.
Fortunately for homeowners, herringbone-patterned flooring in the United States is not limited to a single laminate hue.
A "herringbone" design gained its name from its resemblance to the crosshatching-like skeleton of a herring.
Laminate may be challenging to maintain clean, especially when it comes into contact with water. The primary flaws of laminate are its seams and fiberboard core. If liquid or moisture gets into the seams, it causes the seams to create peaks and mould to grow between the planks.
If liquid or water gets into the core of the plank, it swells and causes the surface layer to delaminate. i.e., peel away.
Many homeowners have even complained about losing warranty coverage as their flooring sustain further water damage.
It's no surprise that waterproof laminate flooring will be in high demand in 2021/2022 .
Waterproof laminate is precisely what it sounds like: it is intended to keep liquids and moisture from staining the laminate or causing it to bulge and buckle. It's not as "watertight" as sheet vinyl or tile, but it's a step up from standard laminate.
Waterproof laminate, like standard laminate, is made up of four layers. These four layers, on the other hand, are built with a waterproof component:
Because of the waterproof technology used, homeowners can gain the following benefits from owning the product:
In the 1980s, laminate gained popularity, but its low pricing was partly due to its low manufacturing costs. As a result, the flooring frequently failed to replicate natural materials, such as hardwood or tile, sufficiently and did nothing to improve the residence.
As a result of these improvements, American-made laminate has become a modern trend that homeowners purchase only for the name.
Several European firms make and sell laminate flooring. Still, American-made laminate—of course, created in America—has unquestionable quality and style that has homeowners delighted about their new flooring.