Whether you are revamping your kitchen or updating your bathroom, your remodeling job would not be complete without flooring. Although it’s under your feet, flooring is often one of the first things that captures a guest’s attention. Here are 7 trends in flooring for 2018 that are ideal for a variety of homes in a multitude of spaces.
Bamboo is durable and resilient, which makes it ideal for high-traffic areas; it is just as hard or harder than hardwood floors. The natural color of bamboo is a blonde hue but the flooring comes in white and black and every color in between. Bamboo is similar to traditional hardwood flooring but it’s made from grass. It’s a sustainable choice as it grows 3-5 feet per year so you can feel good about the product that you’re installing. Eucalyptus and reclaimed wood are other eco-friendly, yet stylish flooring choices.
The bigger, the better! Tiles that come in 12” x 24” or 36” x 36” are popular deviations from the typical 12” x 12” size. Large format tile, or LFT, is the hottest tile trend in design right now. Because the tiles cover more square feet, there is less grout to maintain and because there is less grout, the continued visual line of the tile can make a room look more spacious. Large tiles can be tricky to install so it’s best that you reach out to a professional to ensure that the job is done right.
Cork is comfortable under your feet and is acoustic-insulating, as it absorbs footfall and other noises. The material possesses natural antibacterial qualities, is fire- and insect-resistant, hypoallergenic and warm to the touch, and comes in a variety of colors. Cork is susceptible to moisture damage so it is not recommended for bathrooms or damp basements. It can be dinged by high heels, dog claws, and heavy furniture, so it’s crucial to be thoughtful about placement and care.
American woods like oak, hickory, maple, and heart pine are popular choices for hardwood floors, along with more exotic choices like cherry or walnut. The trend in color is leaning to dark brown, gray, light colors and white washes. Wide planks are in style. Real hardwood is low-maintenance and durable- it can last for decades. It can always be refinished if it begins to show wear-and-tear, which means you don’t have to replace it.
Cut-and-loop carpet is back from the 70s and 80s but with contemporary geometric patterns. The square- and diamond-shaped patterns provide texture and visual interest to a space and are made with softer fibers. Cut-and-loop carpet tends to look worn out so avoid installing it in a stairway or hallway. If you are looking for “green” flooring, many manufacturers are making other carpets with corn sugar fibers instead of nylon or with 100% post-consumer food and drink containers.
According to Home Innovation’s 2018 Consumer Practices Survey, the kitchen is the most popular room for vinyl installation. Vinyl is easy-to-clean, comfortable and stain resistant. High quality (or luxury) vinyl is difficult to distinguish between actual wood or stone. Vinyl does well with moisture so it’s an ideal material for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements.
Concrete is taking home design by storm and is being used not only on floors, but on walls, sinks, fireplaces and other home elements. It is easy to maintain as it’s impossible to scratch or dent and it even absorbs heat to cut down on energy bills. There are a variety of color choices, textures and finishing options and added dyes and etching techniques can give concrete a unique and luxurious look. Although it is a resilient and durable material, it is not comfortable, therefore not recommended for homes with little ones or elderly in the home. The process of making cement requires a lot of energy, making it pretty unfriendly on the sustainability scale.
There are a lot of choices that go into a remodeling project and flooring is not a decision that should be rushed. Look at flooring samples in-store and speak with your contractor to ensure that your flooring choice is a practical fit for your lifestyle and your budget.