In the past, laminate was a material reserved for countertops and the occasional kitchen table. With advancements in technology, laminate is now a beautiful and durable flooring option for Albuquerque, Santa Fe homeowners. The same versatility that made laminate such a perfect kitchen material makes it especially ideal for floors today. If you’re thinking of having laminate flooring installed, here are some ideas from Floor Coverings International Albuquerque and Santa Fe for design inspiration.
Laminate Flooring Ideas
Go Dark: “Extreme” might be the best way to describe the current aesthetic trends of laminate flooring. Very dark – almost black espresso – is popular and can create a dramatic, modern look.
Lighten Up: On the other end, very light shades of laminate are also making their mark. When it comes to light shades, the whitewashed beach house look is all the rage. The beauty of the whitewashed look is how well it fits into different styles of homes. It’s perfect for many looks, from a farmhouse look to a cottage or urban loft. Whitewashed laminate floors also make rooms look bigger, brighter, and more relaxed.
Stay Neutral: As for gray tones in between black and white, they’re not going anywhere. The same neutral shade that found its way into the hearts of decorators everywhere a few years ago is still a popular choice. Be sure to choose the shade of laminate the makes you happy and works with your architecture, rather than choosing based on what is currently trending. You’ll be happier in the long run.
Laminate Flooring Considerations
Cost: Laminate flooring can be a great option for homeowners wanting the look and feel of hardwood but at a more affordable price. Laminate flooring is made from composite wood that is pressed together at high temperatures. Once pressed, an image of hardwood is placed over the composite, giving it the look of hardwood – at about half the price. With high-quality laminate, it can be hard to tell the difference between laminate and real hardwood!
Durability: They also hold up well against wear and tear. If you have rooms that experience a great deal of traffic, you will find that laminate floors are extremely durable. Laminate resists scratches and is difficult to stain.
Installation: Laminate flooring boards are designed to interlock like a simple puzzle, making them easier to work with. They can be floated over existing floors, a fact that saves the hassle of gluing, stapling, or nailing boards down. The ease of installation means that our professional installers can get your dream floors installed quickly and easily, so you can enjoy them sooner!
Get Started Today
Contact our team at Floor Coverings International Albuquerque and Santa Fe with any questions you may have about laminate flooring. We proudly serve the Albuquerque, Santa Fe area with free in-home design consultations so we can help you find the perfect flooring for your home!
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