Selecting the floor coverings and finishes in a home is among the most challenging aspects of design planning. Where you may limit types and styles of other building materials through the home, flooring dares you to mix and match, combining the sensible with the fanciful. And when you see the enormous range of possibilities, it just makes it that much more fun.
These are some of the hottest trends in flooring today, their pros and cons, and the bottom line.
Durability, beauty, shine and ease of care have topped the list of reasons to choose hardwood. Even if the floor takes a beating over time, provided its veneer is thick enough, hardwood can be re-sanded and refinished to a gleam that echoes back to the time when it was new.