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Carpeting Trends for 2016

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Just as fashion designers set the trends for next season’s most hip clothes, shoes and accessories, interior designers and flooring companies get together to predict the carpeting trends for the next year. While homeowners aren’t exactly changing carpeting like they change clothing, if you’re in the market for new flooring, the start of the year is an exciting chance to be really on-trend when it comes to carpet choices for 2016.


Goodbye to Old-Fashioned Neutrals

Bye-bye beige, you’ve been the favorite neutral for too long. Gray, especially with infused natural tones, has been and will continue to be the neutral carpet that takes center stage in homes in 2016. Gray and warm, natural tones lend a modern aesthetic to spaces, while warmer, taupe hues evoke the feeling of the outdoors with soothing brown-gray accents. If you are looking for a very clean, sharp look, Shaw has announced their color of the year to be White Hot – a pure, refreshing color for interiors spaces calling for a clean canvas on which to reinvent, redecorate, or just relax.


Environmentally-Friendly Flooring

The trend for sustainable materials in clothing, building, furniture and flooring isn’t going away any time soon, and for good reason. Sustainable materials like wool, sisal and jute don’t destroy the environment with their production. Sustainable carpets, using recycled materials and water, as well as biodegradable dyes, have come a long way in looks and style.

Shaw has recycled over 700 million pounds of carpeting since 2006, making them one of the top companies working towards sustainability in their products as well as their organization. Mohawk has made a push to limit the number of harmful chemicals in their carpeting, receiving certifications for their efforts from the U.S. EPA, the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label and an Indoor Air Quality Certification from the GREENGUARD®.



Every year, DOMOTEX – the international design show in China – presents the Carpet Design Awards to outstanding style in carpeting. For 2016, Chairman and Designer Michael Sodeau saw that, “a trend seems to be emerging for more texture to be knotted and woven into the carpets such that they make a more physical than visual statement.”

While handmade carpets are not in the budget for most homeowners, there is a tendency for the design of these carpets to trickle down into carpeting that is more readily accessible to mainstream consumers. Look for knotted and woven textures to be appearing in 2016’s carpets.


Start the new year off right by selecting trendsetting carpeting from Tish Flooring. Give us a call at 879-TISH – we’ll bring an array of carpet samples to your home, take measurements if you’d like, and answer any questions you might have – all at absolutely no obligation.  Evenings and weekends are no problem!