Kährs Product Manager Innovation & Design, Petra Lundblad, explores the latest flooring trends, what influences our behaviour, and how inspiration comes from many different things in our environment.
FLOORING TREND: LIGHT SCANDINAVIAN & COSY COLORS
'Japandi' has recently become one of the most desired styles for interiors, characterised by Japanese minimalism combined with Scandinavian functionality. This trend inspired the key factors for 2022 interior designs: simple, minimalistic patterns and natural materials all have the power to create a harmonious space.
This trend is complemented by cosy colours and interesting textures, materials and shapes inspired by the 1970s: Birdseye maple, olive and tan leather and tubular steel furniture create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
"The key interior design trend for 2022 will be to create a cosy home atmosphere but also a place for combined work and family life, as people are continuing to work from home. Different design elements that reflect the style and colour scheme of your desired look can help you transform your space."
FLOORING TREND: HISTORICAL AND VINTAGE VIBES AND PATTERNS
Herringbone, Chevron and Dutch pattern floors are all growing in popularity. Combined with beautiful furniture and home accessories, these statement floors are a key feature that can work well with any interior design style. This trend is complemented by vintage-inspired looks, using natural, tactile materials with a beautiful patina to create a rustic impression.
"Over recent years, flooring has become a growing focus in interior design: Floors can be colourful or monochrome, tactile or subtle, minimalistic or rustic. They can be the key feature of a room or create a perfect canvas for statement furniture and home accessories. No matter what style or atmosphere you want to create in a space, the right floor will help you achieve that look."
FLOORING TREND: CLASSIC TRADITION
The trend for a traditional, classic interior design is strong this year and is driven by the challenge of balancing professional and private life. A classic look is effortless, both in terms of style and maintenance, and is strongly associated with high-quality, sustainable products that will age gracefully over time.
"Craftsmanship and quality are key factors: Now more than ever, consumers want to make the right buying choices, both in terms of quality, but also sustainability. Carefully designed products, long-lasting products that age beautifully and are made from sustainable materials are seen as a good investment and are growing in demand."
FROM INSPIRATION TO THE PERFECT TOUCH
Petra’s work as a trend spotter never ends - but inspiration is all around us:
"I feel inspired by many different things: A colour, pattern or surface texture can inspire me, but also culture and music. I tend to draw visual inspiration from magazines and social media, but I also need the tactile feeling: Hands are important tools in design, guiding the process of creating the perfect touch and feel of a floor."
A ONE-OF-A-KIND FLOOR WITH CHARACTER
When designing a new wood floor, an important aspect for Petra to consider is the choice of material:
"The grading and the treatment of the planks bring the wood to life and give the floor a unique feeling and character. One of the major flooring trends for 2022 is natural looks: Gentle surface treatments such as light brushing create a matte look, highlight the structure and grain of the wood and enhance the character of each individual floorboard."
TO FIND THE PERFECT FLOOR, START BY FINDING INSPIRATION
To find inspiration for your space, view or download our latest brochures for wood floors and Luxury Vinyl Tiles: