For the past few years, the federal government has offered tax credits for certain home improvements aimed at increasing a home’s energy efficiency. While the most popular and generous tax credits have expired, such as the one that allowed you to claim up to 30 percent of improvements for a new energy-efficient roof or hot-water heater, you can still get credit for other significant energy-efficient improvements.
2012 Flooring Trends
When your space needs a facelift and you can’t quite put your finger on the problem … well … it’s probably because you should trust your foot instead. You’re literally standing right on top of your design issue.
In other words, it’s your floors. Sure, a new coat of paint, an updated sofa and new décor really pushes your home into a personalized, of-the-moment appearance. However, when you overlook your flooring, you’re missing out on the key ingredient that pulls every other piece of the puzzle together.
Whether you’re a fan of minimalistic clean lines, a shabby chic appearance or a more eclectic vibe, 2012 flooring trends offer something fresh for every aesthetic.
If your taste tends to travel a bit outside of the box without being overwhelmingly bold, the patterned flooring trend for 2012 is right up your design alley. Whether you prefer slick surfaces or have a thing for carpet, this trend runs the gamut when it comes to options.
Feel like your preferences fall toward the eclectic, shabby chic, country, and cottage end of the spectrum? Opt for patterned carpet – think flat periwinkle carpet with a soft white floral design throughout. Then again, if your style is more modern and sleek, go for a graphic floor with a pattern such as chevron for a retro-inspired pop.
If your aesthetic is somewhere in the middle and you keep wishing hardwoods offered a bit more visual interest, lay down herringbone hardwoods. They’re still made of wood but the pieces fit together in a pattern similar to the repetitive V-shapes of a fishbone. The best part? This trend is a classic and will serve you well for years to come.
If you’ve ever gotten tired of the issue of keeping hardwoods pristine, and catching yourself yelling, “Don’t scratch the floors!” then you’ll appreciate the scraped wood trend. Though “scraped wood” sounds as if it may be some crazy, newfangled creation, it’s actually quite simple. These floors are exactly what you would imagine: new hardwoods that have been hand-scraped. The result is a vintage-inspired, well-worn appearance. Your space achieves all of the sleek, rich beauty you expect from hardwoods, but you can be a bit rougher with them – perfect for anyone with pets, children or a major penchant for sliding furniture around to change up the look of a room.
This 2012 flooring trend is adaptable to nearly any aesthetic. Porcelain tiles come in all shapes, sizes and colours, so whether you’re thinking massive white tiles for a crisp, elegant interior or smaller, detailed pieces that create a mosaic effect, the sky’s the limit. In addition to its versatility and easy-on-the-wallet price tag when compared with a house full of new hardwoods, tile is also known for its durability and luxurious appearance. Remember — if you don’t see what you want, get in contact with an interior design firm to discuss creating custom flooring for your space.
If you’re living a green lifestyle, you probably don’t like the idea of bringing brand-new hardwoods into your San Francisco home (even if you like the appearance). Fortunately, 2012 has some on-trend options that include eco-friendly materials while adding a beautiful foundation to your interior space. First, check out “upcycled” flooring options – you’ll find a ton of those-look-just-like-wood floors made out of re-purposed materials such as wood from shipping pallets.
Then again, if you wish you could find a way to use a new material that doesn’t disturb the environment when it’s harvested, don’t give up so fast! Your answer lies in cork flooring. Cork comes from the thick bark of the cork oak tree; every 10 to 20 years, the bark is ready for peeling. After some hard work and cork processing, wine bottles are stopped, your new floors are in place and the tree which offered all of this material continues living its natural life.
Keep in mind while you’re choosing new flooring that design is meant to be a fun process. While you may feel like you gravitate toward the same old things year after year or that you have a habit of going overboard with colour and pattern, 2012 offers ideas that will keep you feeling, well, grounded.
For bold tastes, play around with bright colours and vibrant prints. If you prefer a softer appearance, choose paler hues and delicate, barely-there prints. Then again, when you feel that you’re somewhere in the middle, go for a strong-meets-gentle mix — try out a bold print in a soft colour. It’s all about finding the combination that works best for your design aesthetic. After all, your living space is an extension of your personality, so as long as you stay true to what you love, once that flooring is down … you’ll always love what you see.
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