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This is a treat, everyone.  Here’s a guest post from Shannon Bilby, content manager for Creating Your Space, and chief blogger at fromthefloorsup.com, a blog I read and recommend.  Shannon is a trusted voice in the flooring world, and we’re pleased to present her post right here.   Thanks, Shannon!

Cheers!

Rob.

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With today’s economy and thoughts on the future, people are spending more and more time in their homes. With the uncertainty of the future of the economy, people are also staying in their current homes more often rather than moving to new homes. Because of this trend, changes are being made to their homes to make them more comfortable and livable.

Instead of going on trips to the spa, master baths are being transformed into personal retreats. Rather than just installing neutral floors, different tones, textures and patterns are creating more personalized spaces that make it more comfortable and appealing to spend time in.

By eating at home more often, improvements are being made to kitchens for more convenience and comfort. With the decrease in business traveling, master bedrooms and living rooms are being upgraded with more comfortable and durable flooring because more and more time is being spent at home.

The introduction of more linear shaped tiles is allowing for more creative designs to be implemented. Multiple shapes, sizes and textures are being used together for creating unique and personalized looks.

Due to more and more budget conscious spending and spending more time doing activities in their homes, laminate floors will continue to be a popular choice as an alternative to hardwood floors, tile and stone.

As green becomes more and more important and accessible while technology continues to make advancements in the flooring industry, I think we will see more green flooring products offered and used in homes.

I hope that glass tiles will continue to be used as accent tiles, wider and darker hardwoods will be used as well as carpets that have advanced and superior stain protection. It will be interesting to see if more color will be used throughout the home or if safer neutrals will be the choice.

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Shannon Bilby is a contributing writer and independent contractor for Creating Your Space (CYS) to the industry blog From the Floors Up with over 15 years of flooring, design and construction related experience . Creating Your Space is a retail program that offers floor covering retailers a state of the art, cost effective, easy to execute website, social media packages and SEO to help connect with customers early in the buying process. You can follow CYS on Twitter @CYSWebsites and Shannon @sbilby. You can also become a fan of CYS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/creatingyourspace .

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.