Flooring & Home Interior Design Trends of 2021

When fashion or design is involved, there is no denying that trends always come and go. With the New Year’s just around the corner, new design trends are bound to emerge too. So, how do you pick the best flooring for your home and ensure that it will stay in style? The obvious is to look at current interior design trends, pick the one that complements your personal preferences, and work from there. To kickstart this process, we look at some of the new design trends to expect in 2021!

Home Interior Design Themes to Look Out For

As mentioned, it is pivotal to look at current trends to gauge possible changes – this is known as trend forecasting. Flooring can be categorised as a macrotrend since its changes occur over a longer period of time due to lifestyle and demographic changes. Through long-term trend forecasting and taking a big picture approach, we predict three major shifts in flooring trends.

1. Personal Haven

There is no denying that the pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live, work, and play. Homeowners are looking to remodel their homes to be a haven where they can find reprieve since we inevitably spend more time at home due to the many restrictions in place. It thus comes as no surprise that new design trends will focus on creating spots for relaxation. 

Low-maintenance flooring and outdoor decking will be a top pick. Most homes in Singapore come with balconies. Why not turn it into an exquisite outdoor space with timber decking? Outdoor composite decking is ideal for such design ventures, even allowing you to build raised platforms indoors. Durable, eco-friendly, and low maintenance, wood plastic composite decking checks all the boxes when attempting to create an outdoor (or indoor) sanctuary.

2. Minimalism for the Win

Over the top design is out and minimalism is in. With the hustle and bustle of life, durability is key and functional design will be the focus for some time to come. As a matter of fact, many are already reverting to classics like wood flooring to achieve the perfect balance of class and modernity. When budget becomes a concern, alternatives like vinyl flooring that mimics the look of parquet wood flooring will be great to install in your HDB.

3. Innovative Tech, Non-Toxic & Going Green

Now more than ever, many homeowners are questioning if their flooring is healthy for them. With advanced technology, a new stream of flooring options is available for homeowners to consider. It is foreseeable that newer selections will be engineered with easy installation, less upkeep, and maintenance in mind. Non-toxic flooring will also be the best option for people who are more conscious of their health. Non-toxic vinyl flooring by Floorrich, for example, are eco-friendly and FloorScore® certified – one of the best options when looking for non-toxic flooring that is relevant to upcoming and current interior design trends.

Choosing a Trendy Flooring for Your Home

Given the above-mentioned properties the popular flooring of 2021 will possess, we narrow down the specific types that will presumably take the world by storm.

1. Type of Flooring

Hard surfaced flooring will be in trend – this includes non-toxic vinyl flooring and engineered timber flooring. Why? Because they are non-toxic, green, and require minimal effort in maintaining.

2. The Look of the Flooring

Flooring that mimics the look of natural materials such as stone and wood will probably be in trend. This includes options like American white oak engineered flooring and composite wood flooring that are manufactured to look like genuine hardwood.

3. Colour of the Floor

Cool tone, light greys, and those that mimic colours of nature are perfect when designing a space for relaxation. Of the many types of wood flooring, the light washes as seen in our white oak flooring will imbue a space with calmness. Looking for non-toxic flooring that does not emit harmful toxins and maintains a healthy environment in your home? All the flooring options, including our range of outdoor wood decking, are eco-friendly. For more information on our certification, trending flooring types, and the best option for your living space, contact us.

Is your flooring healthy for you?

The greatest wealth is health.

 – Virgil

How do you make your choice when it comes to floorings? Do you take the time to research about the different types of floorings first? Are you willing to spend more on good quality flooring or would you rather save up on a few extra dollars for a cheaper option? If you are the other then here’s why you should NOT skimp on floorings.

Certifications We Have:

Here, at Floorrich, all our products are eco-friendly. Our certifications stand proof. What does it mean to be eco-friendly? Our floorings are non-toxic and do not emit anything harmful to the ecosystem, either through the production or through the product itself. This means that even in the long run, your family will not breathe in any chemical releases that could harm your health.

Our floorings are also FloorScore® certified, meaning they are in compliance with California’s strict criteria regarding volatile organic compound emission. VOCs are harmful gases released from household items as they gradually degrade overtime. Overexposure to these chemicals can cause a list of health risks such as headaches, respiratory, liver, kidney and nerve damage. Symptoms can include feeling fatigue or tired often, drowsiness or memory loss.

Being certified by Green Label Singapore and Singapore Green Building Product ensures customers that our products meet the standards specified by the scheme. Having both certificates show that we do not only consider the impact from the consumer’s end, but we also take into account the use of raw materials, transportation, manufacturing and packaging of the products we use.

Our Vinyl flooring is marked as a Leader in the industry under the Singapore Green Building Product’s Green Mark certification. As Singapore’s representative on the World Green Building Council, the certification serves as proof that we meet the high standards and benchmarks for green building solutions locally and regionally. Some added benefits of the green mark includes:

  • Facilitate reduction in energy, water and material resource usage
  • Reduce potential environmental impact
  • Improve indoor air quality for better health and well being  

Opting for eco friendly flooring also helps in improving the air quality at home as the materials used come from renewable sources. Our forest certified products by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) ensures our customers that some of our forest-based products such as engineered flooring or solid wood that reach our showroom are sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Think twice before choosing the cheaper flooring just to save a couple of bucks. After all, there really isn’t much point in having all the money but no health to enjoy it.    The money you saved on the flooring might end up being used to pay your medical bills in the future. 

Head down to our showroom to take a look at the different flooring options we have for you!

📍 40 Jalan Pemimpin, Tat Ann Building, #03-07, Singapore 577185

What is SPC Flooring?

From vinyl flooring to laminate flooring, gone are the days where there was only one flooring option to consider for residential and commercial spaces. Of the many options available in the market today, you might have noticed a massive influx of flooring with acronyms for names – LVF, LVT, SPC, WPC. These aforementioned are probably the most resilient products available today. We’ve already covered what vinyl flooring is and will therefore be covering another high-performing flooring in this blog – SPC flooring. A relatively new and popular option amongst HDB owners in Singapore, SPC flooring is slowly catching on due to its affordability, durability, and other stream of properties.

What is SPC Flooring Made of?

SPC is defined as Stone Plastic Composite or Stone Polymer Composite. Using advanced technologies, planks of unparalleled durability are engineered. it is made up of four layers – the top wear layer, a printed vinyl layer, a rigid core, and the final backing layer. The top two layers serve the same function as the popular vinyl flooring. The protective wear layer is crucial for the lifespan of your flooring, preventing excessive wear and tear. As its name suggests, the printed vinyl layer is manufactured with realistic images that mimic the look of materials like stone, ceramic, or wood.

Now, here’s where you get the most bang for your buck – the core! A mixture of limestone and PVC-based resin, the core layer makes up about 50 to 60% of the flooring’s composition. High in density and dimensional stability, this core layer is what makes SPC stand out from the other flooring types.

How to Clean SPC Flooring?

SPC core is highly water-resistant, and as mentioned, it has a durable wear film on its surface that offers a protective layer. Cleaning this flooring type is easy as dirt can be removed by occasional sweeping and washing. Be sure not to use hard bristles or abrasive cleaners and detergents, as this will cause the protective film to go dull.

How to Maintain SPC Flooring?

Amber SPC Snow White

Like any other flooring, it is crucial that the floors are cleaned properly, and furniture is moved gently to prevent damage. HDB SPC flooring normally comes with an interlocking tongue and groove system – this means that they can be easily replaced if damaged.

The Benefits of Installing SPC Flooring

Being one of the more affordable and highly water-resistant flooring types, these properties in and of itself distinguishes SPC flooring from other available options commonly available in Singapore. To add to that, they are easy to install, even over any existing hard and uneven floors. With homeowners not needing to remove their existing subfloors or tile works before installation, it saves cost from hacking works. This ultra-durable and low maintenance flooring also come in a range of designs as their print layers are customisable to look like luxurious alternatives.

Frequently Asked Questions about SPC Flooring

1. Are SPC floors good?

Personal preferences aside, it is revered for its durability and affordability – making them great flooring options when installed in the right places.

2. Is SPC better than WPC?

WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite, which also has a durable core layer. Therefore, it boils down to the place of installation. Generally, all flooring is durable and lasts long when installed properly and maintained well.

3. Are SPC floors toxic?

Like all flooring from Floorrich, our SPC options are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Though it is best to check for reports and certification to ensure they are non-toxic, in general, SPC floors do not release formaldehyde or any radioactive substances – making it a great flooring choice for parents, or pet-owners.

4. Do SPC floors expand?

The stone core material does not shrink or expand – and it is also highly water-resistant. Simply put, it will not expand regardless of humid weather or water leaks.

5. Where to install SPC floors?

Given its properties, it can be installed in places such as the basements, kitchens, and other commercial spaces.

6. Where to buy HDB SPC flooring in Singapore?

It is important to check the source of the flooring product. Even the best flooring company in Singapore could supply compromised products. Therefore, it is best to rely on a trusted flooring provider with years of experience and a vast portfolio.

Party Time! Prevent Floor Damage this Holiday Season

The holidays are around the corner, and like most people, you probably can’t wait to get the party started. As you prepare to host a small get-together with family and friends, there are surely many things on your mind as you play host, and the last thing that you should be worried about is damaging your floors. In this blog, we cover flooring tips that will come in handy as you host an epic year-end party.

Possible Mishaps & Floor Damage

What could possibly go wrong at a party right? Well, a lot. From drink spills to skid marks from furniture, hosting a party is sure to damage your floors one way or another. Here are some common accidents you might encounter:

  1. Wear and tear from high foot traffic: Flooring with a very thin or low-quality protective layer are subject to more wear and tear. Vinyl flooring, for example, comes with a wear layer that varies in thickness – the thicker the wear layer, the less susceptible your floor is to high foot traffic.
  2. Spills, stains, dirt, and mud tracks: Sure, you can ask guests to remove their shoes before they enter your home. But even so, food spills and accidents can stain the floors – what’s worse is if left unattended for too long, warping may occur.
  3. Scratches from furniture movement: With guests shifting and dragging furniture across the room, your floor is at the receiving end of harsh, unsightly scratches.

How to Prevent Floor Damage?

Imagine this – you host the best party of the year, and the next day you are looking up contractors to fix damages to your floor. That surely will not sit well with any homeowners. So, what can you do to prevent possible damages?

  • Always maintain your floors: It is a given that regular sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming helps maintain your flooring as it removes dirt and micro-abrasives. Therefore, before and after your party, be sure to spruce up your space.
  • No shoe policy: As mentioned, footwear can carry dirt and transfer it around your home. Get your guests to remove their shoes before entering your home. This way, relatively damaging footwear like heels will not damage your floors either.
  • Cover leg supports of your furniture: Before the party, use sticky felt pads under tables and chairs so that scratches on your floor is prevented when your guests drag them across the room.
  • Use rugs or carpets: Place rugs and floor runners in areas of your home that are more prone to accidents, like the bustling living room space.

Flooring properties to look out for

Beyond the above-mentioned steps to take, when choosing the best flooring option for your home, there are several properties to look out for to ensure your flooring stays in pristine condition for a long time.

  • Durability
  • Easy to Clean 
  • Easy to Maintain 
  • Repairable 

Hosting Parties is Your Thing? Consider These!

When selecting the best fit flooring for your home, your lifestyle is one thing to consider. If hosting guests is a weekly affair, there are a few flooring options that will save you the hassle of constant repair and replacement work. Some of these include:

1. Vinyl flooring

Luxury Vinyl Flooring | Floorrich Singapore

One of the most popular HDB flooring types, luxury vinyl flooring is a resilient flooring type, hence highly durable. Hosting a party? Not a problem. The top decorative layer of vinyl flooring adds visual appeal to the space in addition to its robust wear layer. To add to that, they are perfect for quick revamping projects as they can be installed over existing subfloors in a jiffy. Easy to clean, homeowners will not have to worry about how to maintain their vinyl flooring.

2. Laminate flooring

Another popular HDB flooring, laminate floors are cost-efficient and are available in a variety of colours and designs. Just like vinyl flooring, they are easy to maintain.

3. Engineered wood flooring

There are many types of wood flooring and engineered timber flooring is a cheaper alternative to the hardwood alternatives. These wooden flooring types are easy to remove and replace when damaged due to their click and lock installation system. Not sure which flooring type will best suit your home and your lifestyle? Get in touch with the flooring specialists of Floorrich for more information.