Flooring design for 2019


Flooring design for 2019
Karndean Da Vinci RP95 Blended Oak

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Flooring design for 2019


Flooring trends change throughout the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows a larger variety of flooring designs for their remodelling project. In 2018, medium brown tones struck the right note with homeowners. Flooring finishes ranging from ebony to driftwood became very popular. Another trend that picked up and could continue is allowing flooring imperfections such as the mineral streaks and knots to serve as part of the aesthetics and create a more natural feel. It was also a big year for faux flooring. Luxury Vinyl Tiles that look like wood were especially in trend. 2019 is bound to bring with it new and exciting trends.

Fumed Wood Effect Flooring – Stronger Colour & Grain

Flooring design for 2019
Karndean Art Select EW12 Vintage Hickory

Almost all types of wood flooring undergo some kind of staining to give them the desired final finish. Fumed wood flooring gets its rich colour and grain without having to get any sort of staining. Instead, the wood is put through a process called fuming.  This involves placing the wood in a chamber where airborne ammonia is then released. The wood reacts with the ammonia and undergoes a colour change. Above is a great example without having the up-keep of real wood floor you can get this effect with the Karndean LVT.

Bleached & Blanched Woods

Flooring design for 2019
Karndean Opus WP413 Magna

Not everyone likes the glossy brown stains of most wooden or wood effect floors. For some, the softer white-washed look of a bleached floor is more their taste. This kind of flooring consists of wood that has undergone a bleaching process, also called blanching. This involves applying a chemical solution onto the surface of the wood to get rid of the “colour”.  By colour, we mean the artificial dye or stain coating the wood. Blanching gives the wood an ashy white-washed look with the natural wood grain still being clearly visible from underneath. So you do not lose the charm and beauty of natural wood, it is just packaged in another style. If you are planning a renovation, make sure you ask your contractor or flooring company which option is better for you; bleaching your current wood flooring or replacing it. Trying to give your current wood flooring the bleached look is often expensive and tedious work.  The 2019 bleached and blanched trend is going to be especially popular seaside retreats and country/farmhouse style homes.  Although we expect this trend will transcend all styles of homes since it is so breathtaking.


Distressed Wood

Flooring design for 2019
Karndean Van Gogh VGW82T Distressed Oak


The distressed floor style has been around for quite a while but has become even more popular just recently. Next year, expect to see more homeowners opt for that luxury aged look in their flooring. Distressed flooring undergoes artificial aging and styling processes that give it a slightly worn finish. It works best for spaces where a beautiful rustic look is desired.  In preparing distressed wood flooring, various actions are taken depending on the degree and style of “distress” desired. The edges of each wood plank are hand scraped, swirl and kerf markings are added to imitate historic wood and the planks are brushed to remove glossing and give them a soft worn texture. The distressed Oak LVT gives you all that and more without the annual up-keep real wood requires.


Wood Flooring Laid Out In Pretty Patterns

Flooring design for 2019
Karndean Art Select Auburn Oak AP02


 Spring Oak SBW-RL01                                                                     Glacier Oak SM-RL21                                                                         Savannah Oak SM-RL23

All of us are very familiar with your basic side by side format of wood pieces laid on a floor –a description that often relegates them to practical rather than decorative uses. But if you have been thinking of adding a unique twist to one of the spaces in your home, you can now add patterned wood layouts back to your list of stylish flooring options.  2019 brings with it a new look. Specifically, we are seeing an increase of Chevron or Herringbone pattern designs in homeowners kitchens, bathrooms and more. Patterned floors are officially here, and you should not miss out.

Why design your floor layout to look the same as everyone else’s when you could choose this fun and unique pattern? Chevron and Herringbone floor patterns are a great way to add an accent to your kitchen or dining hall. They also are a great addition to bathrooms! If you haven’t already, expect to see these in 2019 home remodels as a definitive trend this year.

Vintage Black & White


Vintage has always been about nostalgia–bringing back the warmth and memories of decades past. In 2019, black and white tiles are making a strong comeback. It’s not the same old black and white tiles that adorn historic homes. Instead, it’s bold, graphic, and more luxurious.  More and more homeowners want a unique twist to the vintage flooring style. This includes smaller tiles with bolder graphic patterns. This perfectly blends vintage with contemporary for the perfect look and feel. Above are a selection of vinyls from Lifestyle flooring.

Reclaimed Barn Wood Tiles, Multi-toned & Directional

Flooring design for 2019
Hickory Paprika EW01


The 2019 reclaimed barn wood flooring trend is an extension of the faux wood tiles flooring trend so popular in 2016. The barn wood look is still a favourite because of its colour variation and distressed look. For homeowners who are looking for a warm rustic look, this is something to consider. Technology has become so good that manufacturers can replicate the exact look of real wood onto the vinyl surfaces. This makes it almost impossible to differentiate the vinyl tile from real wood. We might even see multi-toned tiles to give a space more character. For more “wood” authenticity, these tiles will have a directional finish, resembling that of real barn wood.  Tiles that look like wood provide homeowners with much more variety when determining their flooring options. No longer do you have to resort to traditional hardwood to achieve that warm and cozy feel to your home. With Luxury Vinyl tiles, you get the design benefits of a hardwood floor while also enjoying the functional advantages of vinyl flooring.  Thanks to technology, homeowners will have even more options next year and in coming years. Tiles that resemble wood in terms of colour, look and even texture will become commonplace.

Graphic Tiles

Flooring design for 2019
Pennon KAL04



Not many people are willing to use their flooring as an art canvas. But if you love unique and artful patterns on your tiles, graphic tiles are coming in full force. Using advanced technology, manufacturers are able to replicate an endless variety of images on tiles. You can get tiles with repeating patterns or get tiles that, like a jigsaw puzzle, join together to form one large pattern on your floor.  Graphic tiles come in monochromatic colours but if you are feeling particularly wild, there are others that come in bold multicoloured patterns and writings.

Hexagon & Square Floor Patterns


We have even MORE pattern trends for this upcoming year! In either carpet, vinyls and LVT. Did you think Chevron and Herringbone were really the only trendy floor patterns that were coming in hot for 2019? Well, think again! With the increase of the karndean range  being used by homeowners in their kitchen and bathroom remodelling, we also expect to see an increase in these patterns and shapes.

Hexagon tiles have been in the spotlight for awhile, specifically when used for backsplashes in the kitchen, or accent pieces in the bathroom. Now, expect to see hexagon shaped tiles as well as other various shapes,  taking over in the living room, dining hall, and kitchen area. These patterns create beautiful effects in any room! Trickling patterns are also becoming more and more common and will continue to increase in popularity throughout 2019.

I hope you have enjoyed some of our favourite flooring design for 2019!!




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