This is due to rapid developments and improvements in printing techniques: extra-wide print films allow the creation of typical wood colour contrasts and striking patterns, almost like those found in naturally grown wood. Additionally, deep embossing can be precisely matched to the pattern of the wood, giving rise to very beautiful, durable and easy-to-clean flooring with the warm feel of natural wood. Increasingly more products in the elastic and designer flooring segments are produced sustainably and in environmentally-friendly ways by using recycled materials and substances that do not harm the environment.
Herringbone patterns are a major theme this year. A large selection of luxury herringbone designs can also be found in elastic flooring. Adding natural waste materials from other industries, such as ground cocoa-bean shells, rice husks or hand-cut Alpine hay constitutes another trend.