Get the 'Floor-1-1' from an expert

Published On: Nov 10 2011 10:15:45 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 16 2011 03:48:07 AM CDT

(NewsUSA) - No one should be ashamed to admit it -- buying flooring products for your new home or remodeling job can be a complicated task. Since it's not something any of us does very often, picking the perfect style of carpet for your bedroom or pattern of tile for the kitchen can take months of planning. Making the right flooring choices is important since the look and appeal of flooring are essential to increasing the value and aesthetics of your entire home.

As an interior designer for more than 15 years, I've noticed some exciting new trends that can help you really personalize your home with flooring.

* Carpet. Gone are the days when blasé beige carpet was suitable for the average home -- a carpet's eye-catching fashion has now become as high a priority as its durability. Look for carpet with unique styling, such as patterns or textures, which can make a statement for many years to come. Carpet is no longer limited to earth tones. Colors like olive, chocolate and raisin can make an average room spectacular. And if you really want to add flair to a room, patterns abound in the world of carpet. From geometric patterns inspired by modern art, to houndstooth and crocodile patterns that are fresh off the runway, bold looks are in. For carpet that's both attractive and eco-friendly, check out Shaw carpets made of Anso nylon carpet fiber-they contain recycled content and can be recycled into new carpet over and over again.

* Tile. The most popular choice today is oversized tile, which creates an open, expansive feel in rooms both big and small. Don't overlook the possibility of laying porcelain tile, which highly resembles the look of hardwood planking and is durable enough for covered porches and patios. Try alternating colors for a dramatic two-tone effect. To create something totally unique, use different shapes and sizes to make patterns for a more custom look.

And don't be afraid to think beyond the grid -- by laying your tile horizontally, you can create an entirely different look. Even small changes like the color of your grout can give your floor a unique style.

* Hardwood. Hardwood is moving more toward distressed planks, planks in wider widths and exotic woods. Options like teak and Brazilian cherry will accentuate any room with deep, rich tones that generate an inviting feel. Hand-scraped woods or alternating plank widths help create vintage looks, while light colors complement the sleek, modern styles often found in new condos and renovated lofts.

Emily Morrow has experience in interior design for more than 15 years as well as experience in product development, she travels the world to forecast upcoming trends. Emily holds a degree in interior design with a concentration in textiles from the University of Tennessee and is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers.