A durable, beautiful floor is key to a comfortable and stylish home. There are different kinds of flooring for different needs. If you’re looking to remodel your floor, you’re in luck. Here is a guide on flooring tends for this year so you can stay up-to-date with what’s under your feet.
The ultimate in comfortable flooring, carpet is popular for living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. There are two main types: low pile and high pile.
The difference is in the construction of the fibers. High pile carpet has taller and looser fibers. Low pile lasts longer because they have tighter fabric loops and is cheaper per square meter. It also traps fewer allergens and makes moving furniture easier. High pile carpet, on the other hand, is more comfortable and provides some insulation for sitting and playing on.
2019 brings the following carpet tends to complete a design theme or put a visual focus on the carpet:
- colors: cool, pale, earthy, and bold multi
- designs: geometric, multicolored tiles, stripes, fringe
- layers: rugs on top of carpet and another flooring
- cut: textured, ribbed, and soft
Easier to install and maintain than the real thing, laminate imitates the color, grain, and texture of real hardwood while being able to withstand water. People choose laminate when they want a hardwood or marble look in their bathrooms, kitchens, and other moisture-prone areas over the more expensive and time-consuming tile. It is also a top choice for a hardwood imitation flooring in dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. Laminate contains a layer of underlayment to minimize moisture leakage and floor damage, but also make for a smooth and quiet surface.
2019 laminate trends follow looks similar to those of wood and tile. They include styles such as:
- high variation
- stone look
More recent than linoleum, vinyl (PVC) is popular because it is durable, easy to install, and easy to maintain. It also withstands water. Vinyl flooring can initiate stone and even the color, grain, and texture of real hardwood; hence, it is about as popular as laminate. It also often compares very similarly price-wise to linoleum, although it is more durable and customizable. Construction involves a backing layer, core board, decorative layer, and wear layer (overlay). Some vinyl flooring options have a wood plastic composite backing instead of solid PVC.
2019 vinyl trends continue the popularity of conventional tiles, luxury vinyl for a stone look, and planks for a wood look. They include the different patterns and widths of tile and wood look along with the imitation of different stones such as marble and concrete.
Hardwood gives a rustic, natural feel to a room and is popular for kitchens and living rooms. People typically choose solid planks and their thickness allows for sanding and refinishing. However, engineered timber flooring is also available, which contains layers of backing, core, and overlay to protect against shifting and moisture damage. The different texture, pattern, and color trends for 2019 are:
- wide planks (as opposed to strip planks)
- dark and cool tones (walnut, grey, and grey blends)
- light, natural, and muted colors (such as light blonde and honey)
- whitewashed or lightly whitewashed
- hand-scraped, wire-brushed, and distressed
- diagonal and mixed-width
- chevron and herringbone
- walnut, hickory, cherry, maple, and ash types
The most popular choice for hardwood flooring, oak is appealing because of its natural grain and widespread availability. It accepts staining very well and is more durable than walnut, ideal for kitchens and living rooms. Red oak is conventional, while white oak has a unique look without the pink tones.
You can easily recognize the traditional grain look of the plain-sawn board with its undulating patterns, or cathedrals. Rift-sawn has a long, straight, consistent grain instead of cathedrals. Quarter-sawn is similar but features iridescent rays and because of the cut, is not very wide.
While people in 2019 tend to choose wider plank widths over strip planks, there are unique trends with oak over other hardwood flooring options:
- warm colors with yellow and red tones
- white oak with a cerused finish (to highlight the grain pattern)
- rift- and quarter-sawn mixed boards
Homeowners in 2019 tend to go for carpet with a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. They also enjoy the look of stone or wood whether the flooring is natural hardwood, laminate, or vinyl. Even traditional options get updated with a change in shape and other design features. 2019 flooring trends are about creating an interesting visual appeal with a contrast between the floor and other room elements.