EPLF: Oak and natural colours will trend in 2023

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The Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) has announced the laminate flooring trends for 2023, revealing that trends will lean towards more durable and natural designs, especially towards Scandinavian and Nordic designs.

In particular, next year’s trends will prioritise natural colours, textures and materials that will translate how important sustainability has become for customers who seek authenticity and lifetime performance.

According to EPLF, manufacturers tend to stay away from cold grey tones homes and playful eye-catching decors that consumers are leaving out of their homes.

Designs remain very close to the original wood patterns with authentic, light, friendly, and fresh decors, with natural matte texture as well as subtle knots, that translate a harmonious look.

Blond, natural brown, whitened oak colours will please the customer’s eye and recreate a natural and warm cosy cocoon at home. As for colours and materials, raw oak is the consumer’s favourite, EPLF predicts.

The aim is to create calmer and more harmonious decors from light, pure natural tones through to nutmeg brown tones. However, some members already see the first signals and interest in wood types beyond oak.

With these in mind, EPLF members are committed to come with new original design and technologies that will fulfil the clients’ expectations. They will also strive to achieve noise reduction, water resistance or sustainability in the quality of their floors.

EPLF reported that their members have produced an increasing number of water-resistant products to meet customers’ desire to include more and more wood in rooms that previously did not.

Sustainability is more than ever at the heart of their members’ concerns as they contribute to building a more circular economy. They focus on supplying authentic, environmentally friendly, as well as lifetime performant products.

This is captured in the EPLF’s Made With Wood campaign, which showcases the environmental properties of laminate flooring.