What’s trending in flooring in 2019, from custom rugs to new shades of wood
Selecting the right flooring for each room in your home is an important choice. After all, you not only see your floors day in and day out — but you also have to walk on them, too. Your flooring should create the right balance of style and function, to help you execute your vision for the look and design of a room while also offering you peace of mind that you chose the right flooring for your everyday life.
If you’re in the market for a new floor in 2019, consider some of these trends.
1. New options in hard surfaces: There are so many options to choose from — wood, vinyl, tile, just to name a few — and each has its advantages. In addition to these types of traditional flooring, you’re starting to see a focus on “trompe l’oeil floors,” or trick of the eye flooring that actually looks like other flooring.
For example, luxury vinyl flooring can now realistically mimic the look and textures of real ceramic, stone and wood grain patterns. Luxury vinyl planking looks remarkably like wood but retains all the ease and value of vinyl. It’s a win-win.
In addition, there are plenty of porcelain and ceramic tiles that also look like wood. This option is perfect for those who love the look of hardwood but don’t want to worry about the performance.
2. Bleached, blanched and distressed woods: Not only do you get the timeless beauty and pride of ownership of hardwood, your choice of colors and textures is pretty impressive these days. Beyond the usual shades of walnut, pine and oak, wood flooring options come in more options than ever. If you haven’t considered wood floors because you don’t like their traditional glossy, dark appearance, have another look. The beachy whitewashed finishes and shades of gray evoke vibes of seaside cottages and rustic farmhouses.
3. Patterned woods: Beyond the color of your wood flooring and the width of the planks, you can also choose patterns to subtly add style to a room. Chevron, herringbone and checkboard are among the patterns available, and depending on the size and color of your flooring, the patterns can be understated or more daring.
4. Bolder, more interesting carpet: Carpet is making a comeback, but this time around, it’s driven more by style and design than just practicality. Solid-colored, wall-to-wall neutrals in every room are being replaced by unique patterns, colors and textures. This is especially prevalent in smaller rooms like bedrooms or dens, where you are able to express your style more. Carpet adds warmth and insulation to any room, which is why it remains a top choice for flooring.
5. Area rugs: If you’re torn between the ease of hard surfaces and the comfort of carpet, area rugs offer the perfect compromise. They create coziness and add flair to any room, and if you want to be bold with color and texture, they offer a less than permanent solution as you can easily change them out. Can’t find the size you need? Don’t be boxed in — consider purchasing carpeting and having it custom cut to whatever rug size you need.
6. Pet-friendly flooring: Our furry friends are truly members of the family, and they often drive our flooring choices. When you’re worried about the “3 P’s” (pee, poop and puke), you’re likely looking at performance over style. Cat owners may want to skip carpet that has loops, which can get snagged by claws, and opt for textured, frieze, cut-pile Berbers instead. Families with dogs who track in mud and dirt throughout the day might end up happier with laminates or tile and washable area rugs. And, if your pet sheds, you face a tough choice, whether you go with carpet, wood or tile: Do you pick a flooring that shows the hair or hides it? Stainmaster Pet Protect carpet offers the perfect solution. These carpets have style, color and texture and are warrantied against the 3 P’s.
7. Cheat sheet: Forgotten in the luxury vinyl plank craze is sheet vinyl. This is not your grandmother’s linoleum anymore. With incredible visuals from wood to stone, and throwback to trendy, you’re not going to want to overlook the latest and greatest in sheet. Today’s technology offers incredible warranties against rip, tear and gouge damage, too!
8. Large (and small) tiles: When it comes to customization, tile can’t be beat. In addition to creating patterns in the center or perimeter of a room, there are also large tiles to catch the eye. On the opposite end of the scale, pebble and penny tile (in both solid colors and a contrasting array) remain popular, stylish choices.
9. Statement floors in small spaces: Areas like foyers, powder rooms and hallways are the perfect place to be creative or splurge on high-end flooring. Tile mosaics can make quite the statement, as can bright colors or natural stones. While such options might not make sense, design-wise or financially, in a large room, they can create a memorable look in a space that might otherwise be ignored.
10. Waterproof floors: A big buzzword in flooring is waterproof – but is it actually necessary? Most people don’t really need waterproof flooring, but want ease of maintenance to allow for mopping of the floor. If water is a concern, you’re definitely going to want to avoid carpet and hardwood. But there are plenty of other options to choose: tile (both vinyl and ceramic), as well as luxury vinyl tile and sheet vinyl flooring are all popular choices in areas like bathrooms, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms and mudrooms. These flooring choices offer ease and style — and will hold up to water exposure.