The Most Fabulous Flooring Trends of 2018
There is no better way to start a new year than with a home remodeling, and no better way to start a home remodeling than from the bottom up. If you are planning on installing new flooring throughout your home, or just in certain rooms of the house, you should reconsider the idea of copying your old flooring and choose to update your home with the trendiest materials of the year. Don’t just assume that flooring trends remain the same each year. Last year was all about medium brown tones and ebony finishes. This year we’ll be seeing other exciting floor design and material tendencies. Here are the most fabulous out of them all.
Bleached and blanched wood
Most wooden floors currently inhabiting homes worldwide have glossy brown stains, which were very popular in the past and especially in 2017. However, 2018 is calling for novelties in the form of softer white-washed finish. This type of wood has gone through bleaching or blanching process which gave it the “ashy” look, but didn’t remove the natural wood grain. This look is especially popular in Scandinavian décor. Another huge advantage is that you can bleach your current wooden flooring without having to replace it completely.
Distressed wood has the similar effect like bleached flooring. It abandons the polished appearance of traditional wood flooring with the goal of achieving a more aged, yet elegant appearance. This worn finish looks best in vintage and rustic spaces, because it adds a unique historic charm to the floors.
This is another look we are not very used to, but it’s becoming more popular with each passing day. Up until now, smooth porcelain tiles have been the go-to choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Textured tiles give a more unique, creative look, since they are designed to resemble other materials such as wood and natural stone. They offer you all the benefits of the real porcelain, combined with the decorative look of other, more appealing materials.
It is no secret that each year we are moving more and more towards the eco-friendly interior design, and the rise in popularity of cork floors is enough proof. Not only is cork very customizable, but it is also long-lasting, and anti-microbial which makes it an ideal choice for homeowners who suffer from allergies or asthma.
Wall-to-wall carpeting was an absolute trend up until recently. And while it is surely making a comeback, especially with organic materials like wool, it is still undeniably difficult to install and often not very interesting. But don’t give up your carpet dreams just yet. Carpet tiles are all that, and more. They are easy to install and allow numerous different designs and patterns.
This trend has been huge for a while now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. And why would it? Layering one stylish rug onto another just makes the room richer in texture and more playful. It is also a great way to breathe in new life into your wall-to-wall carpet if you don’t have the heart to get rid of it. You can play a bit by layering a round rug on top of a square one, or a rich-in-texture rug (e.g. sheepskin) on top of a simple wool or cotton rug.
Terrazzo is currently among the most saved interior design trends on Pinterest, but a couple of decades ago, it had a bad rep because it was a budget flooring option for schools, hospitals, metro stations, dated offices, etc. This new wave of popularity is a result of a more modern approach to design, which oozes charm and stylishness, especially when combined with elegant décor.
Similarly to terrazzo, vinyl was not a very beloved flooring material in the past either. In fact, it was used as a budget alternative to more appealing materials. Luxury vinyl planks are changing all that, with admirable customization options, durability and ease of maintenance. Furthermore, they fit into the eco-friendly demands of modern homeowners, and reduce noise and resist mold and mildew.
These flooring materials are all excellent choices for an interior update this year, not only because they are modern and trendy, but also because all of them are very functional and durable.