HJ Martin – Trends for the New Year

Trends for the New Year

Posted on December 4, 2013 by

Some popular trends carrying over into the New Year are warm, welcoming textures, rich earth tones, and classic-contemporary integration. With long winter months still ahead, I pair cozy textiles like soft frieze carpets and luxurious wool rugs to warm up the coolness of contemporary snow whites and grays shown in the corresponding porcelain, glass and terracotta tiles. The rich hues in Karastan’s Empress Kirman wool Oriental rug is the perfect complement to dark oil-finished hardwood floor.

Hardwood floors continue to be popular with a variety of plank widths, finish options, species and stain colors. As shown in the picture, natural tones, rich dark browns, and honey-toned ambers are all very popular and easy to coordinate within your home. Castle Combe’s Market Cross in Bristol is an oil-finished oak floor, with plank widths of 7.5”and lengths up to 6 feet long. Oil finished floors are all-natural with a matte finish and unique rustic texture. Compared to polyurethane finished floors, oiled floors are healthier for you, your home and the wood as well as every bit as durable. For more information on oil finished floors please visit www.usfloorsllc.com.

carpeting areas of the home, it’s typical to consider different carpet styles in every room. But in order to harmonize the home I recommend using similar tones to easily transition from one space to the next. One way of doing this is using a fleck-toned carpet alongside a coordinating solid color to compliment one another and avoid matching or clashing. Both options shown in the picture below are SmartStrand (Triexta) fiber carpets, which are inherently stain resistant and have superior texture retention, perfect for busy families!
Oriental rugs are always in style. They are a classic accent to your home that will stand the test of time. With rich, bold colors and intricate, woven designs, Oriental rugs are truly a piece of artwork that can be used in a functional way. Wool area rugs are colorfast and set the benchmark for carpet fiber performance.

Glass tiles have been a designer favorite for years and it’s still an exploding trend. A great way to achieve a look that will span new trends is to mix contemporary and traditional elements. To coexist beautifully, combine a contemporary linear glass tile with a traditional 4×4 stone tile. As seen in the picture below, I have paired Angora Element 2”x10” glass tiles with hand-painted terracotta squares from Tabarka Studio. Finish the room with 18”x18”porcelain tile for the floor like classic Calcutta from AlysEdwards and you can unify all surface selections into a stunning transitional style.

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