Ah, take in that fresh, cool and crisp air scented with just a hint of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, falling leaves, and Halloween candy. Okay, maybe you can’t unless you buy a few different candles and light them at the same time but that’s beside the point.
Fall is here and it’s time to talk about flooring trends and interior design. As the cooler weather approaches we naturally tend to spend more time indoors and try to make our space as cozy as possible. Warm and muted colours tend to take over our homes and wardrobes as hot cocoa becomes an evening ritual.
So, let’s dive into the Top 5 Flooring & Interior Design Trends this fall
Big plank flooring
Naturally when you buy flooring it’s intended to stick around for a lot longer than a season but if you’re looking to create a cozy space all year round consider going with wider planks in mid to bark brown shades (like this or this). This type of flooring tends to bring a feeling of nostalgia with it (think ye old college professor office in Oxford) and depending on the decor you can either lighten the space in spring and summer with bright accents or amp up the moodiness in the colder months with more traditional decor of busts, gold accents, and dried plants.
Meditation Room / Wellness
If we’re learned anything over the past couple of years, it is that one’s health doesn’t stop at the physical.. It’s often said that the mind is only as healthy as the body and vice versa. Dedicating a space in your home to help you gain peace and clarity in silence (or with noise-cancelling headphones if you don’t quite have silence as an option) can make a world of difference for your mental health.
If you have the space, consider a meditation room and make the space as natural as possible with pine or white oak floors (or a more budget-friendly alternative like luxury vinyl) in a matte finish and as little decor as possible. If you can’t dedicate a whole room, then try doing what this author does and dedicate a space with an area rug, preferably somewhere out of the way of foot traffic, and have your meditation pillow in close proximity.
The definition of a home is changing. The reality is, most millennials and Gen Z’s probably won’t be able to afford a home until later in life, if at all. So, the younger generation is redefining what it means to have a home and what that home means to them. Tiny homes, container homes, and vans are all pretty popular alternatives but with it comes space for less ‘things’. This translates to carefully curated spaces.
Sustainability tends to be at the forefront of a lot of these decisions which is why thrifting, DIY, and using natural materials is trending. They add texture, personalization, and make small spaces personal and unique. Being such small spaces, darker colour palettes aren’t quite as favourable so we suggest choosing lighter tones for flooring, walls, and furniture which will help make the space seem bigger.
Recycling & Conscious Consumerism
Keeping on trend with sustainability, recycled and eco-friendly materials are where it’s at when it comes to home decor and flooring. Cork flooring has become popular in recent years due to the fact that it’s biodegradable. Also, while not yet well-known there are carpet manufacturers now focusing on using recycled materials in their products thereby cutting down on landfill waste.
In many homes you’ll find second-hand, thrifted, and refurbished furniture as well. Buying new is sometimes unavoidable but with the stigma of buying second-hand all but gone, being a conscious consumer is trending.
Whether in traditional black and white or in more muted colours the checkerboard pattern is pretty timeless. It definitely feels as if it was forgotten about and regiled to the time of 50’s diners and linoleum floors but these days, you can get it in wood, marble, carpet tiling, and of course, tiles. It adds visual interest to a room and makes a space fun and dynamic.