California designer Gabriel Shaw used cork flooring for its amazing acoustic-insulating properties in this home office. It is also much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and tile. Today's cork color options span the color palette and make it more durable than it was in the past.
"In the world of tile we are seeing an explosion of sizes, shapes, materials and patterns," notes Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. Particularly popular these days, he adds, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12" x 24" and even 36" x 36" — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12" x 12" tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean. Dean cautions that large-format tiles are heavy, requiring a perfectly level substrate and a professional installer for the job to come out right.
In the world of carpet, explains Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors, we are seeing far fewer shags and friezes and more patterned carpets. By using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops — hence the name "cut-and-loop carpet" — manufacturers can create a carpet with patterns that range from subtle to bold.
Decked out with elegant neutrals and rich hardwood floors, this living room is a beautiful space. Floor-to-ceiling curtains add height to the space, while a green area rug anchors the sitting area. A wooden starburst mirror adds a hint of rustic flair above the white mantel.
In this master bedroom, a long, simple wood table doubles as a nightstand and desk. It's a clever way to make the room more functional without requiring additional floor space. The stylish two-toned canopy bed is by Tara Shaw.