The most popular interior design materials of 2016 are well liked for good reason, they are affordable, eco-friendly, long lasting, durable and good looking.
The materials you use to outfit a commercial space make a statement about your business, what you do and what you stand for. Eco-friendly materials are set to lead the way in 2016 as more projects strive to decrease impact on the environment. Cork and concrete flooring are two examples of eco-friendly materials that reduce strain on the environment. Here are some other commercial interior design materials expected to gain exposure throughout 2016.
Top Commercial Flooring Materials
Flooring is a big part of your overall decision when planning an interior build out. First of all, you have a lot of options to pick between. And secondly, people are going to notice whatever you pick as it’s going to span across the entire floor.
Vinyl, wood, carpet, tile or concrete are just a few of the options you have to choose from. Different flooring materials work great for some businesses and not so great for others. The best type of commercial flooring for you relates to 3 fundamental factors: foot traffic, type of business, and budget.
If you want something that is durable, low maintenance and affordable, vinyl flooring might be a good option that fits the bill.
If you need something more resistant to stains as well as wear and tear, rubber flooring is a similar but slightly more durable option. Rubber floors are incredibly resistant to water and heat, making them optimal for gyms. Slip-resistant and comfortable to walk on, rubber flooring provides a safe and comfortable surface. Rubber comes in a lot of different colors, giving you ample flexibility in regards to style and design.
Wood flooring makes for a beautiful, rich appearance that can be manipulated based upon the tone of wood you select. Wood is pretty durable, easy to keep clean and withstands a fairly high level of traffic. On the downside, wood is expensive and highly susceptible to water damage. A prefinished floor can help prevent water damage, but not forever. If floors are damaged by water you will need to sand and refinish them.
Carpet or carpet tile provides additional insulation as well as a soft comfy surface to walk on. Carpets are going to get dirty and they are among the most difficult surfaces to get and keep clean. Commercial carpets come in a variety of colors and textures to help hide the appearance of stains, but you will still need to keep up with regular cleaning and maintenance. Carpet never lasts as long as other flooring materials without showing serious signs of wear and tear.
Proper floor installation is just as important as the materials you select. A professional with a proven track record should be hired for flooring installation. PCI works with the finest contractors out there so that your project is assigned the best of the best.
Top Commercial Countertop Materials
Countertops and other flat surfaces can be made from laminate, granite, wood, and a variety of other materials. Some of the best materials for commercial grade use include stainless steel, concrete, and granite. These are some of the more durable options on the market.
Commercial countertops must be able to withstand a lot more wear and tear than residential counters. Also, they should be easy to clean and require little to no maintenance in regards to stains, scratches and other damages.
The Industrial Look: Concrete & Stainless Steel
Stainless steel countertops and concrete flooring are not only affordable and functional, but these days they are also considered stylish. The industrial look has been in for a while now and is expected to continue gaining popularity throughout 2016.
There are some new ‘it’ industrial materials to be on the lookout for this year. London-based interior designer Gemma Gordon-Duff says warm metals are about to explode onto the scene. Warm metals include rose gold, brass, copper and gold. Gordon-Duff suggests pairing warm metals with raw materials such as wood or marble.
What’s old is new. Roughed up materials take on a uniquely charming role we can only expect to see more of this year. According to Jon Sherman, the founder and creative director of Flavor Paper, it’s going to be easier than ever to add a roughed up look to interiors going into the future.
Sherman predicts the growing use of paper products to create industrial finishes that can be added and removed with ease. If paper finishes prove capable of standing up to wear and tear, they would offer an affordable way to easily change up the look of furniture, accent walls and virtually anything else.