The floor is a fundamental element in a house, very actively influencing the aesthetics and comfort of the home. Having said that, the question is: what is the best flooring for a modern house? The fact is that the answer is complex, given a large number of existing options and the multiple factors that influence this decision: intensity of use, architectural and decoration style, personal taste, and many other things, including the prevailing trends in each moment.
Continuing with the theme of trends, below we will talk about the most fashionable types of flooring for modern houses today.
Types Of Flooring For Modern Houses That Set Trends
These are the 10 types of flooring, grouped by the material they are made of (laminate, vinyl, and ceramic flooring) most used and demanded by construction professionals, DIY enthusiasts, and users of modern houses:
Laminate flooring is currently a trend due to its ease of installation, high performance, and the infinity of existing designs and finishes, among which the following stand out:
1. Imitation Wood
Laminate floors are divided into 6 categories according to their resistance: from AC-3 to AC-5, the former being suitable for rooms with little traffic and the latter designed for more intense use.
These floors are made of pressed wood fibers with high-density resins, and there are many designs that imitate any type of wood. Basically, there are smooth ones (light in appearance and soft to the touch), structured (porous relief not consistent with the grain), and synchronized (porous relief that faithfully reproduces the grain and pores of the wood in each slat).
Within imitation wood laminate flooring, the Dunwich AC4 8 mm Laminate Floor is a great success in stores, a very resistant laminate, easy to install, simple to maintain, easy to clean, and suitable for underfloor heating. Its use is recommended in medium-traffic environments, such as living rooms and bedrooms, and it has a certification of wood from sustainably managed forests.
2. Imitation Cement
Another type of highly successful laminate flooring is the one that imitates cement since in addition to being easy to install, maintain, and clean, it provides great resistance to water. This makes it suitable for all rooms in the house, including the kitchen and bathroom. we have a selection of laminate floors of this type that cause a sensation.
3, Imitation Stripping
Pickling is a surface treatment of metals that is used to remove stains and other impurities, resulting in a smooth-looking surface, without defects or imperfections. There are laminate floors that imitate this type of effect,
Vinyl flooring is an economical solution consisting of self-adhesive planks that can be laid on any non-porous surface (this allows it to be applied on virtually any other floor). Vinyl sheets are very practical and easy to install, as well as resistant to water and stains. The 2 most popular types of vinyl flooring are:
4. Faux Wood Vinyl
Although they do not reach the level of texture and quality of laminate or solid wood floors, the truth is that vinyl or wood-effect vinyl floors achieve an acceptable finish and are very good value for money. The only drawback is that they are not suitable for underfloor heating.
5. Hydraulic Vinyl
Another type of vinyl plank that is becoming a trend, especially due to its ability to completely change the design of the floor in a simple and affordable way, is those that imitate hydraulic floors. An example is the Black and White Adhesive Vinyl Tile 30.5 x 30.5 cm
In modern-style houses, ceramic floors are highly appreciated because they help create minimalist, clean, and simple environments. In addition, ceramic is a very resistant material and ideal for underfloor heating installations due to its high thermal conductivity, as well as for hot places because it is very refreshing in summer. There are various types of ceramic flooring, the most common being :
6. Imitation Wood
Wood-effect ceramic floors give a very pleasant feeling of warmth, as well as being very resistant and easy to clean. We will highlight the Monaco Porcelain Floor Tile 22.5 x 90 cm.
7. Imitation Stone
Stone-look ceramics are considered one of the most elegant options and the most suitable for modern or urban-style houses. The Anthracite Shaded Porcelain Floor Tile 30 x 60 cm, made in Italy, is considered number one in quality and design.
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8. Hydraulic Effect
Floors with a hydraulic effect such as the 20×20 cm Hydraulic Design 3D Porcelain Floor Tile stand out for being a floor of great quality and realism, considered highly decorative.
9. Classic Effect
An example of this type of flooring is the 60 x 60 cm White Polished Pavement, which stands out for providing a classic design, but at the same time modern and functional.
10. Cementitious Effect
A very elegant type of floor, which stands out for its resistance, high quality, and very urban and contemporary look. This model: Metalized Porcelain Floor Tile 30 x 60 cm adds an industrial touch that makes it even more modern.
If you have a medium or high level of DIY and you like to experiment and personalize your work, here are some tips to give your floors an even more modern touch: add joints and meshes and wall coverings, and take the opportunity to combine different shapes and colors. Another possibility is to place ceramics in the front of the bedroom. Although surely you can think of more options for your own harvest.