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Domotex in Hanover is the world's leading trade fair for floor coverings. From 16 to 19 January 2016, 45,000 visiting professionals from more than 100 countries attended the event, described by the organisers as a "source of momentum for the global floor coverings industry". The international trade fair was particularly popular with visitors from the European Union, Asia and America. We found ourselves mixing with architects, interior designers, dealers and property outfitters to track down the innovations and trends on show at Domotex.
Naturalness is the new megatrend: the look and feel of floor coverings are in many ways inspired by "Mother Nature" and her sceneries and colours. Wood is still the epitome of robust naturalness. The desire for authenticity seems to grow with the uncertainty of our times. The more natural the wood, the purer the ambience it creates. With the kind of character that provides the counterpart to flawless beauty: knotholes, striking wood grains or cracks have a story to tell and give floors a memorable personality of their own.
Focus on oak
Incredibly versatile, this wood, and that explains why it can be found everywhere: oak, oak, oak. In all kinds of surface finishes - strong colours, brushed, oiled, smoked and sandblasted. Patina effects and the vintage look are extremely popular. Other types of wood are also finding their place: elm, ash, maple and walnut are making their mark on the cosy atmosphere of living rooms with their warm, not too dark colours. A real eye-catcher at Domotex: spontaneously mixed types of wood, ideal for creating a new look for the traditional fishbone, for example.
Colours from nature
Colours are also reflecting the new naturalness. These include – no surprises here – natural tones such as beige or grey and the entire beautiful spectrum of green and pastel tones. Many floors look like they have been created by nature: in green or white colour nuances as if they have been bleached by the sun or the rain. Contrast is provided by dark, apparently oil-drenched shades of colour.