A few weeks ago, we attended the annual international flooring market, Surfaces. We go every year to see the latest in the flooring industry and apply those trends to the real estate market. Flooring plays an important role in selling a listing – knowing what flooring styles and trends buyers are seeing in the media and looking for in the homes they’re buying will help you sell your listings even faster. Here are some of the trends CSC Floors feels will be most important to you, your sellers, and your buyers in 2016:
Color Trend – Opposites Attract
Very dark colors (espresso, dark walnut, true browns) and very light colors (light or blonde woods) are the trends this year. Gray tones are still popular, but reds are not as popular with buyers. The traditional hand-scraped planks continue to provide a selling feature for listings.
Wider planks make a space look larger and more modern. Generally, 3 1/4″ to 5” width planks look more contemporary. Planks that are wider tend to give a more rustic look.
Location, Location, Location
Hardwood continues grow in popularity for kitchen floors, especially because open concept floor plans are more the norm. In addition, there has been a growing trend toward adding hardwood in entryways and powder rooms.
Bamboo – In our opinion, this seems to be a fad that has just about run its course. Bamboo does not hold up well – to water or foot traffic. Generally, it’s a cheaper alternative to hardwood and most cannot be refinished, so they really aren’t sustainable. Bamboo has been widely pushed by cheaper big box stores, and because most are made in China, they have a lot of adhesive and may have high levels of formaldehyde. Customers are getting smarter and realizing this.
Luxury Vinyl Plank Continues to be the IT Product
“It’s the fastest-growing portion of the industry in the past two years,” according to Scott Humphrey, chief executive of the World Floor Covering Association, a trade group based in Anaheim, Calif., who said this flooring category has developed thanks to extraordinary photo technology that mimics wood (or just about any other material) so closely that you have to look twice to see that it’s vinyl. LVP products come in a wide range of styles and thicknesses, which makes it an attractive choice for just about any budget.
Carpet continues to be the quickest and most affordable choice for sellers. It’s important to understand not only what type of carpet buyers want, but where they want to see it.
Cut loop carpet – carpet that has a mixture of cut pile and looped fibers to form a pattern – continues to grow in popularity. More and more patterns are being introduced by manufacturers to match a wide variety of décor styles. CSC Floors carries a number of stylish patterned carpets that we’d be happy to show you and your sellers or buyers.
Plush/cut pile carpet–This is no longer your mother’s carpet. Even though it’s the most traditional carpet available, it’s undergoing change. The introduction of soft fibers has rejuvenated this product category.
Where should it go?
Buyers expect and prefer to see carpet in bedrooms and on stairs. Carpet in living areas is still fine with most buyers, although the trend is leaning toward wood or luxury vinyl plank.
The Trend is Big – Literally
Tile in formats larger than the standard 12-by-12 inches is growing in popularity because it adds a level of sophistication and spaciousness to rooms.
Faux-Wood Tile Continues to Grow in Popularity
Wood-look tile continues to gain ground as an alternative to real wood for a few reasons. First, it can be less expensive than even engineered hardwood. Second, it’s easier to care for. And third, it’s more durable. On the downside, perhaps, is the noise level. Tile is slightly louder than wood to walk on, and of course, it’s harder, so standing on it for long periods can cause quicker leg fatigue. Many buyers, though, are willing to trade those things for the ease-of-care and durability that tile offers.
Helping you, and your sellers and buyers who need new flooring is CSC Floors' focus and specialty. We would love to work with you to reduce your listings’ days on market and bring in more buyers. Please call us if you have a questions regarding flooring. We’re here to help you sell!