In my business, I experience trends. The longest
trend, thus far, is the "back to the hardwoods" trend for flooring,
replacing the banal wall-to-wall carpeting. W-t-w was king in flooring starting
in the sixties and has finally seen its front-running position knocked out of
contention. A big hearty thanks for that.
There are so many options to choose from, that to rely on w-t-w is just plain
boring. Manufacturers have embraced this trend and furthered its appeal by
cutting costs on the materials and have gone head to head, competing with
carpeting as the flooring of choice.
I've recently met with new clients that have a brand, new home which served as
the model for this development. It was a lovely, well-appointed home, yet it
lacked personal appeal for these wonderful people. It is laden with dated
wallpaper, strange color blocking wall color and the predictable wall-to-wall
A careful selection of high-end, stylish furniture could not compete with the
boring carpet. Alas, the flooring had to be addressed, which covered the entire
first floor, and the great room in particular.
The attention given to the furniture and accessories was exceptional, yet the carpeting could not be ignored. So, new hardwoods are being installed which ARE furniture. This will be the turning point in the new design and will pull together the new plan perfectly.