Top 5 flooring trends for your new home in 2023

When designing the interior of your new home, flooring is sometimes the last thing you think about, whereas you should start designing from the ground up. Choosing the right flooring for your home isn’t always an easy task; when you start adding timber grains and large areas of carpet, it is important to take into consideration the overall impact the flooring material will have on the interior of the house as it is such a large area of colour and texture.

Here we have a look at some of the most popular flooring trends that we have seen in new homes in Rangitahi.

1) Natural Wool Carpet

New Zealand made woollen carpet is often on the top of a new build wish list. It is a renewable, sustainable resource that is grown and made right here in New Zealand. Wool is renowned for its softness and luxurious feel and is available in several types of colours and textures. We love the soft neutral colours and chunky thick loop pile, especially when paired with light timbers and soft greys to give the house an organic feel.

2) Cork Flooring

We all remember cork floors from our youth; recently, due to its sustainability and low toxic credentials, it is making a comeback! Cork flooring can come in tiles or sheet rolls. Corkoleum Roll flooring is a natural material made up of cork and recycled rubber and has many benefits, including being a naturally sustainable product, providing sound reduction, thermal insulation, comfort underfoot, and it is waterproof.Corkolelum can be used in many interiors to create a comfortable and balanced environment. It comes in a range of textures and shades and will definitely give your flooring a point of difference.

3) Herringbone & Parquet

Herringbone & Parquet flooring is a classic pattern that is a staple throughout Europe but is used more sparingly in New Zealand. They are both beautiful patterns set to a 45° angle that can add a point of difference into larger open areas. The pattern creates a visual impact by drawing your eye down the zigzag, which elongates the room. When used with metal trimming on the edges, it creates an incredibly luxurious look. The Herringbone and Parquet pattern can be achieved using vinyl planks, laminate planks and timber planks.

4) Laminate flooring

Laminate planks are relatively new to the flooring market. They are a versatile and more affordable version of timber flooring, and some can be used in wet areas. They offer the real look of wood but are scratch resistant, have long-term durability and are more affordable.Laminate flooring is entirely man-made, comprising several layers fused together through a lamination process. These are usually installed as a floating floor which means they are not glued into place. This style of flooring comes in many different shades and grains, and you will be surprised by how real they can look!

5) Timber planks

Engineered timber planks are made up of a solid wood veneer on the top layer with composite wood underneath. While they are the most expensive option, it is also very long-lasting and can be refreshed over the years by having the floor sanded back and re-varnished. The timber planks are usually glued down, which eliminates creaking and expansion.Timber planks come in a wide range of colours, and some can be used in wet areas such as kitchens so long as it is installed correctly to the E3 building code.

Supporting our local installers

While there are many different flooring shops that can be used in the Waikato, it's always a great idea to support our local trade here in Raglan. So when you are dealing with your preferred flooring supplier, you can ask to use your own installer or see if they have some Raglan local contacts. We have three installers based here in Raglan; Wall to Wall Flooring Installations specialises in laminate & vinyl planks and corkoleum

Terry Yorston Flooring specialises in carpet and floor sanding

Evolve Flooring & Construction specialises in laminate and engineered wood planks, contact Cam on 027 305 0371

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