Flooring trends don’t change nearly as often as fashion (thank goodness), or even other home decor, but we are in a period of evolution thanks to advancing technologies.
Think about how quickly we went from flip phones (please tell me you remember flip phones!) to smartphones — that is what’s happening with flooring technologies. We can now do more than ever before with lookalike flooring options and low maintenance flooring options.
Wood Trending styles
There are lots of flooring trends going on this year. If you’d like a glance at the 5 hottest flooring ideas, here’s a quick rundown.
- Wood-look flooring. This isn’t new to 2019. Wood-look flooring in laminate, vinyl and ceramic tile has been hot for years now. In fact, it’s been the #1 flooring trend 2 years in a row now, with no end in sight.
- Waterproof flooring. For years, tile was really your only waterproof flooring option. But! It’s 2019 – that means you can now purchase waterproof vinyl, laminate and even carpet. This new feature is a dream for busy homeowners, families and pet owners.
- Textured flooring. Mimicking classic hardwood, you’ll see handscraped, wirebrushed and fully distressed floors in wood, laminate and more.
- Environmentally-responsible flooring. Beyond looks, in 2019, homeowners want to know where their floor came from. Using natural, renewable, recyclable and home-grown materials is huge right now.
- Blonde flooring. Don’t worry; gray is still big! Blonde is just also in and it’s making a huge splash. Light, airy, blonde flooring works with just about any decor and instantly makes your room look bigger.
“We predict that there will be three main themes in the home décor arena: exploring the possibilities of innovative technologies, celebrating alternative and organic materials, and looking to make more personalized and unique designs.
In flooring this will translate with a resurgence of eco-friendly materials such as marmoleum and cork, and the use of parquet style planks to achieve more personalized patterned flooring.
Tile Flooring Trends
“Tiles continue to be larger and get larger. 12×24 inch tiles are still popular, but there are tiles as large as 24×48 inches. They are available with realistic types of stone, such as marble, limestone, travertine, and etc.
The concrete looks has become popular as well. The wood look is still strong and the tile planks are getting as long as 48” at various widths. With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic wood or stone or concrete looks with the durability and maintenance benefits of porcelain tiles.
The thin tile panels/slabs is a relatively small segment of the tile industry, but it is a fast growing segment. Porcelain tiles are as large as 5×10 feet and can vary in thickness from 1/8” to 3/4”.
It is a more difficult tile to install and there is a shortage of qualified and experienced installers to install it. With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic look of the various types of marble, limestone, concrete, and other types of styles and looks.
Rectangle subway tiles are still popular and more options in more sizes will be available in 2019.
The encaustic decorative tiles have become more desirable. They are available in both the traditional concrete materials, and are now becoming available in porcelain tiles that are thinner, more durable and less expensive.
Glass tile is still going strong. There are more larger size glass tiles with some as large as 24×24 inches. There are many options of mosaic glass tiles that come in various shapes as glass tile liners and as field tiles.”
Laminate flooring Trends
There are so many amazing options in the laminate flooring world that were not available to us even ten years ago. The hottest styles that we are seeing in our firm are lighter colors, wider planks and styles that look like wood with a rustic texture. Laminate has come a long way since it first came out and most people can’t even tell it isn’t real!
As far as what to expect in 2019, without a doubt lighter wood styles are on the rise, along with planks that look and feel like wood. Texture in laminate flooring is also improving greatly and I find that homeowners love the look and feel of laminates with depth and groove. We also love that as the process of laminate becomes more streamlined and sustainable, many homeowners will opt out of real wood options and choose the more eco friendly option of laminate.”
Vinyl Flooring Trends
The race to the bottom (price wise) is over. It’s now time for manufactures to stay focused on making better looking product lines. This is sure to be the year for more realistic visuals. Better technology is constantly being created and used to make vinyl flooring look more like real hardwood.
Whatever you see trending in engineered hardwood, wether it be a rustic oil finished Oak or a more contemporary smooth maple the vinyl flooring industry will be quick to create a visual that will be nearly impossible to tell apart from the real deal.”
Carpet Flooring Trends
It’s no secret hardwoods, tile and other hard-surface flooring options are everywhere right now, but carpet is also expected to be big in 2019. Consumers are still choosing carpet for the plush feel and its ability to add warmth. Expect to see more patterns, colours, designs and variety of look and feel.