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Options abound for floor coverings in the home

While plenty of people choose luxury vinyl plank flooring for kitchen and dining rooms, recently, they’ve been using it in living rooms and even bedrooms, using the same flooring for the whole place.

Tony DeWall, who owns Carpet Plus along with his brother Matt DeWall, shows some of the many patterns available in vinyl sheet flooring Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
Tony DeWall, who owns Carpet Plus along with his brother Matt DeWall, shows some of the many patterns available on vinyl sheet flooring Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
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WORTHINGTON — The days of orange shag and avocado green linoleum set in bold, eye-bleeding patterns may be over, but trends and styles in flooring continue to change just as they do in any industry.

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Fortunately, contemporary floor coverings tend to be a little more subtle, and so are at least some of the trends.

For example, while plenty of people choose luxury vinyl plank flooring for kitchen and dining rooms, recently, they’ve been using it in living rooms and even bedrooms, using the same flooring for the whole place.

“It looks more consistent with it all the same,” said Tony DeWall, who owns Carpet Plus along with his brother, Matt DeWall. “People who have pets don’t have to vacuum up hair all the time. It’s maybe a little bit easier to take care of than carpet.”

A carpet display at Carpet Plus shows the many colors and tones of carpet available to homeowners.
A carpet display at Carpet Plus shows the many colors and tones of carpet available to homeowners.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Most of the vinyl plank flooring is waterproof, too, meaning that moisture doesn’t really affect it like it did the old laminates, Tony said. Typically, cleaning it just involves sweeping and then using a spray-on, wipe-off cleaner.

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People still choose the type of floor covering they like, though, so carpet remains very popular.

Luxury vinyl planks come in a variety of finishes, including these warm-toned wood grains on display at Carpet Plus.
Luxury vinyl planks come in a variety of finishes, including these warm-toned wood grains on display at Carpet Plus.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

“Carpet has gotten a little shorter and tighter than it was maybe 8 to 10 years ago,” Tony explained, noting that overall, floor coverings have generally shifted toward warmer tones and away from the chillier grays.

Rune’s Furniture offers vinyl flooring and carpet, but not the planks. There too, the warmer tones have become more popular, said Dave Frisch, co-manager along with his brother, Doug.

One new option in carpeting at Rune’s is “Random Nature,” which has multicolors, a bit of sculpturing to it, a lower cut and doesn’t show traffic lines.

“It’s easy to walk on if a senior has any issues catching the carpet with their shoes a lot,” Dave said.

The multi-tone frieze carpets, with their tight twists, are still the most popular at Rune’s, though.

Variegated carpet that includes different colors remains popular, and in Worthington, it's available at Rune's Furniture and Carpet Plus.
Variegated carpet that includes different colors remains popular, and in Worthington, it's available at Rune's Furniture and Carpet Plus.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Some carpet brands even come with a plastic backing, so that pet accidents and spills never soak through the carpet into the pads to cause problems.

People also still want hardwood floors, though those sales have declined a bit in the past decade or so, potentially because there are more options in the more affordable luxury vinyl plank flooring.

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Rune's Furniture displays a variety of carpet samples for customers to choose from.
Rune's Furniture displays a variety of carpet samples for customers to choose from.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Still, there is a difference between true hardwood and vinyl planks that people might not notice immediately, Tony said — the sound is different, as hardwood sounds very solid and vinyl tends to sound a little more hollow. And hardwood floors can be refinished, too.

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Traditional sheet vinyl has also remained popular, particularly for bathrooms, as it’s soft, easy to clean and nice to stand on, like the old linoleum-style flooring it has replaced. Sheet vinyl patterns seem to be moving toward mock wood, stone or marble looks; hexagonal faux tile seems to be popular too, Tony said.

Tile and stone are options as well.

“Everybody likes something different,” Tony added.

Vinyl sheet floor coverings remain popular and can be found in faux stone and faux wood finishes, as shown here at Rune's Furniture.
Vinyl sheet floor coverings remain popular and can be found in faux stone and faux wood finishes, as shown here at Rune's Furniture.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

Email: klucin@dglobe.com
Phone: (507) 376-7319
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