Your floors form the foundation of your home décor, so choosing new flooring is a big decision. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way from the days of lurid laminates, tired terracotta, or plain old pine. Best of all, some of the hottest trends in flooring are not only stylish and durable, but also relatively affordable.


Have a look at these fabulous flooring trends, then apply online for an RCS Personal Loan. The fast, paperless application process means you could be granted a cash loan of up to R150 000 to get your gorgeous new floors installed immediately.


Furniture on a cement finish floor



If cement floors make you think of industrial warehouses or parking garages, think again. The smoothed, coloured and polished concrete used for home flooring these days provides an exceptionally luxurious look and feel. You can choose from a wide range of colours and styles, from the soft, mottled appearance of float and finish, to the dramatic and extremely durable grind and polish.


You’ll love how your cement floors require very little maintenance and no fancy chemicals – just mop with water and dishwashing liquid once a week. Depending on the type you choose, cement floors will last between 10 and 30 years.


Pricing: From less than R300 per square metre


A kitchen with vinyl flooring



Luxury vinyl is a flooring trend that just keeps gaining ground because of all its amazing benefits. It manages to combine the appealing look of real wood with the practical, waterproof qualities of vinyl – a sure recipe for success. Thanks to years of technological improvement, luxury vinyl floors can now be so realistic that you actually have to get on your hands and knees to see that they’re not wood.


Luxury vinyl comes in a wide range of colours and finishes, with lots of options for the cooler greys and espressos, as well as the distressed looks that are so popular right now. Like cement floors, vinyl is simple to maintain and clean, but it’s also warmer and easier on your feet.


Pricing: From less than R350 per square metre.


A bedroom with wood-lock floor tiles



Like luxury vinyl, wood-look tiles offer the appearance of wood, and have the same added benefits of being waterproof and long-lasting. The best wood-look tiles use photographic printing, low pattern repeat and genuine timber textures, for an extremely realistic effect.


When cared for properly, a well-tiled floor will last forever. Although tiled floors are more difficult to install than vinyl floors, they do tend to improve your home’s resale value slightly more than vinyl. That’s definitely something to consider if you intend to sell your house in the near future. 


Pricing: From less than R100 per square metre (excluding installation).


A lounge with bamboo flooring



Eco-friendly, affordable and fashionable, bamboo flooring is a trend we can really get behind. Its sleek and subtle appearance is perfect for contemporary and modern design, while its high density makes it stronger than some hardwoods, like oak. And, because bamboo plants take only five years to mature, they are an environmentally sustainable material.


However, unlike vinyl, tiles or cement, bamboo isn’t waterproof. So, you’ll need to be careful to keep it dry and to maintain it correctly – the same way you would a real hardwood floor.


Pricing: From less than R400 per square metre (excluding installation)


Feet resting on an area rug



Instead of laying wall-to-wall carpets, why not consider using area rugs? These are a great way to give floors a mini makeover without the hassle and expense of laying all new flooring. Use large rugs to add colour and design elements, or to create a new centrepiece for a room.


When choosing an area rug, make sure it’s big enough to allow for all the key pieces of furniture in the area to fit on top of it. Divide very large rooms up into different conversation areas and use different, but co-ordinating rugs for each one.


Pricing: Varies according to rug size and type




Found your favourite flooring? Apply for an RCS Personal Loan now, and you could have the cash in your account within 24 hours. Use it to turn the floor under your feet into a thing of beauty. Check out these five renovations to increase the sales value of your home.