While the world of style is constantly changing, there’s a clear trend we’re noticing crop up more and more in 2024: Matte and Satin finishes. While the industry has been moving away from glossy finishes for a while, it seems like this is going to be one of the top years for low-sheen floors.
Why are Matte or Satin so popular?
Low-gloss floors are increasingly popular for two major reasons: aesthetic versatility and easier maintenance. In terms of aesthetics Matte and Satin finishes offer an understated look, meaning they lend themselves better to the more modern design approach of today. That being said, low-gloss floors are right at home in any home with a rustic look as well, and work great for a minimalist approach as well. Flooring color trends are leaning towards grays, whitewashing, and natural finishes, all of which are complemented by a Matte or Satin finish as well.
How does having less shiny floor lead to easier maintenance? One major reason is that glossier floors tend to show prints, dust, scratches, and imperfections a lot easier given their shinier nature. This is even more true when you have a textured floor, since the distressing or wire-brushing tends to highlight character and natural imperfections. Matte and Satin finishes still need to be swept regularly, but they won’t look like it’s been a few days since the last sweep. With the industry leaning away from glossy finishes it’s a lot easier to find the right products to refinish a low-gloss floor, too, when the time comes for that.
Are Shiny Floors Out?
As with all design decisions, it all comes down to personal taste. Some people really like the look of a glossy floor, and there’s no shame if that’s your vibe! The main thing is, as always, that you find the right floor for you and your home, regardless of whether you follow the latest trends or buck them entirely. If you’re in the market for a new low-gloss floor, check out our Matte and Satin catalog!