Jessica McLaughlin

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Jessica McLaughlin

Jessica McLaughlin is a Toronto-based freelance writer by night and web manager by day. You can find her at where she blogs about one of her main passions: kitchen and dinnerware.

Top 5 Friday: Flooring and Rug Trends for 2012

Posted by Jessica McLaughlin Friday, January 13, 2012 10:36 AM EST


When my husband and I were picking colours for our pre-construction condo nearly two years ago, the flooring was one of the biggest point of contention. It was the battle of light vs. dark and at the end of the day we kept it light. We've got a small space and I'm happy we went with the light floors.

Now that we're all moved in I've been spending a lot of time looking for rugs to give a little colour to my space. So, with all my focused efforts on floors, I thought I'd bring you my Top 5 flooring and rug trends for this year. 

If you've found a rug you love, but it just doesn't fit in the space you want to put it, layer it. Frame up a colourful rug with a neutral backdrop to frame the space. 
Above: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti via,

For those of you who crochet, maybe a rug can be your next project. Or, for those of you who are less crafty (like myself), this braided rug tutorial is a great way to add something fun and original to your decor. 
Above: crochet pattern for a rug, braided rug tutorial

Light & Bright
Instantly brighten your space this year and go for lighter wood shades when choosing new flooring. 
Above: oak nouveau white from TileStyle, TUNDRA laminate flooring from IKEA in white and maple effect

Stealing from Emma Reddington's trends post last week, I fully agree with a trend toward herringbone flooring. If you're looking to put some investment towards new floors this year, do something classic and timeless like this!

Above: This is Glamorous; That Kind of Woman

Reduce, re-use, recycle, right? And that's no different for flooring. People will seek out more upcycled wood flooring products in 2012. 
Above: reused wine barrel wood as flooring from Fontenay, Arctic Plank upcycled pallet wood


Topics: Decor, Flooring, Rugs, Interior Design, Design, How-To, Inspiration


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