Floor Coverings International Denver South is delighted to unveil the latest installment in our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Karissa McGlynn is Managing Director at Denver-based interior design firm Simply Styled. You can follow Karissa on Facebook and Instagram.

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Tell us briefly about Simply Styled.

We’re a design and staging firm, specializing in both residential and commercial interiors. We’re located in Aurora, CO.

What hard surface flooring trends should Denver homeowners keep in mind for 2017?

Hard-surface flooring trends that are carrying over from the last year, and are still maintaining a strong presence with our clients, are luxury vinyl, cork, bamboo, reclaimed wood and concrete. Wide planks in diagonal patterns are still quite popular. The grey color family still remains strong with tile and carpet. Mainstream, it’s still here to stay for a while, but our clients that stay ahead of the curve are leaning toward bolder options like black and white and earth tones.

What are some of the more underrated flooring surfaces?

Luxury vinyl is winning in terms of popularity due to its overall function, vast options that work for most spaces, reasonable price-point and durability. The rustic look still remains strong, so the options in reclaimed flooring have continued to grow. The rustic aesthetics of reclaimed wood flooring also go hand-in-hand with the movement to build sustainable, green homes.

Along those same lines, with carpet, recycled carpeting is still gaining popularity with those clients that have a strong global awareness. For the risk-takers, bold colors have made a return with carpet. The trendiest clients realize that carpeting will be the easiest option to change out when the color of the moment has changed. Overall, cut-and-loop is still leading the pack in the overall look our clients are going for.

What flooring colors and stains are popular with Denver homeowners?

When talking more about flooring trends with colors and stains, our clients are all over the place. We have those that are choosing to bring back a bleached-out, blonde look, while we’re still seeing equal amounts of dark mahogany tones being selected. Contemporary styles often fair well with the more pale tones, while the ever-popular rustic look still works well with the darker stains.

What types of flooring are Denver homeowners installing in their kitchens?

In kitchens, the big swing has been the slow elimination of hardwoods, being replaced by ceramics with a “wood look.” Clients are realizing that they can create the look of hardwoods, but with more damage-resistant tile. Ceramic tile obviously continues to be the overall choice for bathrooms, but in more fun patterns and shapes than in previous years. I love that we’re still seeing the smaller geometric shapes in mixed colors like black and white or mixed earth tones.

Simply Styled

Simply Styled

Simply Styled

Simply Styled

Simply Styled

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