Not sure how to put your best foot forward when it comes to choosing your flooring? Don’t worry - we’re here to help you set the right foundational tone for your new Metricon home.
 
We asked Gary Hasler from Perfect Timber Floors to guide us through the flawless flooring trends we’ll be seeing this year. From natural timbers and laminate textures to wide boards and dusky hues, there’s a design destined to stamp individuality in every abode.
 

Natural glow


Traditional timber flooring will always have a place in a home, and this year we’ll be embracing Mother Nature’s imperfections.

Rustic charm shines through the new vintage-look trend, where boards are crafted from hand-selected timbers and blemishes are celebrated in the organic finish.

“No two floors are the same,” Gary says. “The boards look like they’re cut straight from a tree – there’s heaps of movement, knots and natural veining throughout.”


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Clever creations


Hot on hardwood’s heels, vinyl and laminate remain a climbing trend in 2019. Not only will your budget thank you, but the clever advances in technology make it difficult to tell the difference between the authentic and replica offerings.

For busy households with kids and animals, Gary recommends a water-resistant laminate which will also keep scratches and stains at bay. Or for sunny settings, go for firm-plank rigid vinyl. As well as being waterproof and dent-resistant, it’s designed to withstand higher temperature fluctuations and direct sunlight.


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Wide open


It’s time to get playful with your planks. Mixed-width options create stunning mismatched layouts in a space, and popular herringbone patterns continue to dominate this year.

Or opt for wide planks to bring out the natural wood grains and knots. Ranging from 12-25cm in width, they’re a good fit for small spaces.

“The wider boards elongate a room, giving it the perception of being more spacious than it actually is,” Gary says.


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Hot hues


Your selected shade is going to set the stylish scene for the rest of your room. Homeowners are at opposite ends of the colour spectrum this year, opting for either light or dark.

Darker shades such as espresso exude contemporary chic, while whitewashed hardwood is sure to set off a nordic twist. Chestnut oak is Gary’s pick for a timeless classic, and grey ash is a good subtle choice for a communal dining area.

As for the final touch, shine is out as homeowners favour more matte finishes. It’s a sure bet to set your guests swooning from the first step.




For more interior design or style inspiration, visit one of our award-winning display homes, or check out our style gallery, where you can save and organise all your favourite Metricon home designs