Your home’s flooring is one of its most notable features while also taking almost constant wear and tear. This unique combination means that you need to use the right material that will offer the durability your family needs and the aesthetic that you want. With the flooring industry in the U.S. reporting a 3.85% growth in dollars and 3.2% in volume from last year, you have a large variety of options before you. Let’s take a look at some of the trendiest of these flooring choices that will keep your home functional and stylish.
Materials that look natural are almost always on trend and this year is no different. Flooring tiles made of natural stone look great in kitchens and bathrooms, giving a rustic space the perfect base. If you already have exposed stone or wood in your kitchen or bathroom, you can complement these elements with natural stone slabs that are similar in color and pattern.
The biggest drawback to stone flooring is that it can get a bit chilly. While this might be nice in the warmer months, you may want to invest in some strategically placed area rugs to keep your feet cozy. A great feature of stone flooring is that it is not as slippery as other kitchen flooring options. This makes it perfect for a family with accident-prone children or a couple at the average retirement age of 63 looking to prevent slips and falls. Natural stone is also very durable so you know you’re getting your money’s worth with these functional features.
Black and White Tiles
A major trend in flooring right now is tiling in black and white that forms bold designs. These eye-catching patterns are normally delicate, flowery, and geometric, bringing back common designs from decades and even centuries ago. This flooring type is typically in small spaces, such as bathrooms, powder rooms, and entryways. For the bold homeowner, these tiles could cover an entire kitchen floor and give it a nostalgic vintage look.
You can also achieve these statement patterns with vinyl, rather than tiles. Vinyl flooring tends to be more affordable, easier to install and maintain, and is moisture-resistant. If you decide to have your vinyl flooring delivered to you via one of the 12 million vessels that move goods over the transportation network, keep in mind that it is prone to damage from heavy objects and can fade over time. If the flooring won’t be facing much traffic in your home, however, it could be a great option to bring some easy style into your home.
If you need flooring that can stand up to a busy kitchen, concrete flooring may be your answer. As the most durable option on this list, concrete kitchen flooring easily handles high amounts of activity and traffic. Although your family won’t need it quite this long, concrete can last for thousands of years. While you won’t see it through its extremely long lifespan, you will see the ease with which you can clean and maintain concrete flooring. Concrete floors are also very easy to heat, potentially saving you in utility bills down the road.
Aesthetically, concrete flooring will give your kitchen a contemporary, industrial feel that suits many modern styles. As not every one of the 10.2 million homeowners remodeling kitchens every year will want this industrial edge, you can easily polish, stain, and wax concrete flooring to get a different finish. To add more stylistic comfort, you can also incorporate blush tones, pastels, neutrals, or earthy tones into other elements of your kitchen.
Hardwood flooring is versatile, functional, and almost always a crowd-pleaser. This year, solid wood flooring is seeing more popularity in darker tones. Although hardwood flooring will show some wear and tear in high-traffic areas over time, it will last much longer with proper care. With estimations that at least 17 million acres of forest land will be lost permanently to urbanization and development over the next 5 years, some homeowners may be concerned about the environmental impact of choosing hardwood flooring. Luckily, some eco-friendly options still give you the much-desired hardwood look.
Reclaimed wood is becoming a popular choice in both flooring, siding, and furniture. This wood is recycled from old wooden structures, making it a sustainable option that gives you a rustic look. You can also go with wood flooring certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). A certification from the FSC indicates that the wood comes from forests that organizations manage with strict standards of environmental responsibility and sustainability.
When it comes to flooring that will impress your guests and work for your family, you have a range of great options. As you mull over your decision, remember that you should love the material that you choose and fall in love with it again every time that you look at your floor. With this in mind, you’re sure to find the perfect flooring for your home.