The new year is here, and with it comes new trends in home design and décor. This includes flooring.
In 2019, there are some unique flooring trends destined to take the market by storm. In fact, you’re sure to see some of them used or discussed on home renovation blogs and TV shows.
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Here’s a look at what to expect in the world of flooring this year.
It’s All About Sustainability
In 2019, sustainable, eco-friendly flooring options will remain a top priority for many homeowners. From cork and engineered wood to reclaimed wood and bamboo, there’s a myriad of green flooring options to consider.
Bamboo is a popular, eco-friendly option because it grows fast and can regenerate quite quickly in comparison to hardwoods, which can take decades to mature.
Reclaimed wood is another popular sustainable flooring option. It’s able to compliment a variety of design styles from rustic to chic and everything in between.
The use of cork for flooring will also continue to grow in 2019. Cork comes from the bark of cork oak trees. Often found bordering the Mediterranean Sea, these trees regenerate after each harvest, making them an incredibly sustainable source of flooring material.
Engineered Woods for Superior Quality and Durability
Engineered hardwoods will be a breakout trend in 2019 as more and more people are realising the host of benefits engineered woods provide.
These composite, man-made wood flooring materials offer tremendous stability, and since they’re designed to be used as a floating floor, they can be laid on nearly any flat surface as well.
Best of all, engineered hardwoods are super durable. When properly cared for, an engineered wood floor can literally last a lifetime.
Thanks to their longevity, wide-variety of style and colour options, and overall great quality, it’s not surprising the demand for modern engineered wood floors continues to rise year after year.
Exotic Woods for Beauty and Style
While more and more property owners are turning to engineered hardwoods for their durability and budget-friendly price, some are drawn to something a little more exotic to complement their design aesthetic.
Today’s exotic hardwood flooring options come from around the world. Some popular examples include Brazilian cherry, teak, Wenge, and Iroko.
Brazilian cherry comes from Brazil’s rainforests. It features warm shades of rich red with dark-coloured streaks throughout for a truly striking look.
Since these trees are harvested in the rainforests, it’s important to look for flooring options certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Wenge, another exotic hardwood, comes from a legume tree native to Africa. In addition to having a unique chocolate colour, Wenge is extremely hard and dense, making it incredibly durable as well.
Iroko also comes from Africa. According to natives, the trees have supernatural properties. Whether this is true or not, Iroko hardwood flooring has a deep golden brown and yellow hue that darken over time.
In addition to its longtime use on boats, teak has been a popular exotic flooring option for quite some time. Teak floors have varying shades of beautiful reds and browns that look great but look even better as they age.
Rustic Flooring to Bring the Outdoors In
When it comes to home décor, everyone knows rustic is in. Whether you’re renovating a farmhouse or designing a home in the burbs, you can’t go wrong with rustic in 2019.
In fact, according to Google Trends, log and wooden homes increased in demand by 25 percent in 2018 alone. If you want to jump on this trend and bring the outdoors in, rustic flooring is the way to go.
Needless to say, today, there are a variety of longer, wider plank rustic flooring options to choose from. Mix in some reclaimed wood materials and you’ll be able to create the perfect country retreat.
Wood-Look Tiles for Versatility and Seamless Design
An up and coming flooring trend that’s really picking up steam is the use of wood-look tiles. Due to the risk of water damage and warping, you can’t put hardwoods in a bathroom, or the kitchen for that matter. This means, until recently, the only options for homeowners was tile, laminate, or do I say, carpet. Yuck!
Wood-look tiles have changed the game. They provide the appearance of beautiful wood flooring without any of the risks associated with water exposure.
When shopping for wood-look tiles, you’ll find a huge variety of styles and colours to choose from. Thanks to the continued evolution of inkjet technology, flooring manufacturers are able to produce incredibly authentic tiles that look just like the real thing.
Some of the most popular wood-look tile options for 2019 include cool tones, pale grays, and light hues that evoke style and modernity.
Adding a Splash With Mosaics and Geometric Tiles
Renovating a bathroom can provide you with a great return on investment. People spend a good amount of time in kitchens and baths, making them high-value rooms definitely worth renovating.
In addition to adding to your bottom line, adding the right tile in your bathroom can have a huge impact on your home’s overall design aesthetic.
However, no ordinary tile or design will do. To be in on trend, you need to make a visual splash with geometric patterns and shapes.
Since they’re not as drastic, most homeowners opt for linear patterns. However, even with a linear pattern, you can still create an appealing look that catches the eye.
Other popular geometric tile patterns for 2019 include herringbone, chevron, and hexagon floor patterns. Nonetheless, geometric tiles come in a bevy of colours and designs, making it easy to select the right option for your home design and décor.
Going “50 Shades of Grey” With the Kitchen Floor
Cool neutral grey tones are all the rage these days and a definite flooring style to watch for in 2019. Grey tiles and woods will continue to rise in popularity, especially in bathrooms and kitchens with white cabinetry, light granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances.
Grey floors simply add a modern, cool undertone to any space. However, if you opt for wood-look tiles, which more and more homeowners are beginning to do, make sure to focus on both the colour and the grain pattern when selecting a flooring option as both will affect the overall aesthetic of the space.
If you’re renovating your home this year and deciding on a flooring option, keep these trends in mind. If you have an eye for design, chances are you’ve already considered some of these trendy flooring options. If not, hopefully we’ve pointed you in the right direction.
As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to contact us. We’re more than happy to help!