The Hottest Flooring Trends in 2018

If you’re remodeling any room in your home, or just know it’s time for an upgrade, you’re probably wondering what the hot flooring trends are for 2018. 

Homeowners typically select flooring based on the room they’ll be styling. However, as open floor plans remain popular, this can change the way people choose which flooring is right for the room.

With an emphasis on the open floor plan layouts which unite the kitchen, dining and living areas, the demand for wood floors throughout the home for a seamless transition from room to room has not slowed down. We expect to see a continued desire for wider and longer hardwood planks, as well as using mixed width planks that are reminiscent of reclaimed, antique hardwood planks. Wider planks have the advantage of creating a more unified look with fewer joint lines while showcasing the true beauty of the wood. Prices range from $3- $10 square foot (excluding installation).

Bedroom with wood plank flooring
Mannington Maison Normandy Oak 9/16” x 7”

Kitchen trends: 

As one of the most highly used areas of the home, where spills and mishaps can surely occur, you’ll need a flooring option that’s durable and looks great. Today there are lots of options including water-resistant laminate floors,  waterproof luxury vinyl tile (LVT), vinyl plank & tile, and wood-like porcelain tile. They all can give the appearance of the trendy rustic planks, without the worry that a spill could stain or damage them. Prices range from $2-$5 sq ft for laminate and vinyl and $1.50-$6.00 sq ft for tile (excluding installation).

Flooring for Kitchen
Metroflor Genesis Plus Vinyl
Flooring for Kitchen
MSI Porcelain Plank Palmetto Chestnut

Bathroom trends:

Like the kitchen, the flooring in the bathroom needs to be moisture-resistant. Porcelain tile is typically the best choice for bathrooms, though today you have more options than ever before. LVT and Coretec type floors are waterproof, kid-friendly and pet-owner-approved. And – BONUS – they can often be installed over your existing floor.  

Flooring trends for bathroom
MSI Porcelain Plank Havenwood 8” x 36” & Chevron Mosaic
Flooring for bathroom
Mannington AduraMax Cascade

Dining & Living Room Flooring Trends

Open floor plans are popular and should be considered when it comes to upgrading your flooring, so that the flooring flows well through the home. Hardwood flooring is a timeless look with the wider plank as this year’s style choice. Options can range from budget-friendly oak in solid and engineered formats to exotic and distressed with thin, thick, narrow, random width and long lengths.

Bedroom Flooring Trends

The bedroom should be an oasis away from it all and a comfortable spot to rest at the end of the day. With that in mind, carpet is always a great flooring choice for the bedroom. The feeling of your feet stepping on a soft carpet first thing in the morning is warm and comforting. Frieze carpeting – an updated shag with thinner fibers and twisted ends – is the style for bedroom flooring this year. Though bold carpet colors are in, you may want to stick with a trendy greige (grey-beige) color to make paint and accent furniture really pop!

 

The best thing about today’s carpet selections? Most carpet is stain-proof, crush-resistant and available in both traditional styles, bold geometric patterns or even florals for a more relaxed look. Take a look at the wide selection at Art Van Flooring for inspiration. Or schedule a consultation today for help with your next project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing the Best Flooring For Your Kitchen

Choosing flooring for the kitchen should be a well-considered decision. The floor is the largest surface in the room, and its color, style, material and texture set the tone for the entire look of the space. In addition to being a design statement, it must work well with the other elements of your kitchen, such as the style of your cabinetry, counter tops and furnishings.

Kitchen flooring has the added requirement of being durable. From meals to craft projects to just hanging out, a lot of activities happen in the kitchen and your floors need to withstand foot traffic as well as an occasional dropped dish or pan. When you’re choosing kitchen flooring, you’ll want it to be easy to maintain; spills are common here and you don’t want to worry about stains every time someone drops a beverage.

When choosing the right material, there are four basic choices – tile, wood, vinyl and laminate – and each has pros and cons. Which one is right for your family?

Flooring for the Kitchen  

Tile. The most durable choice is tile or stone. It stands up to heavy traffic, resists scratches and dents, and is easy to clean. It also comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, and you can add another design element to your room with decorative borders. Tile does have some disadvantages. First, if your home is older or has structural movement, you risk cracking. It might be wise to install a new subfloor that can eliminate this from happening. Some tile is slippery when wet, so if you have toddlers or family members with limited mobility, this can be a concern; choose a tile with a more textured surface. And since tile is hard, it can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time.

Wood. Wood is a popular choice for today’s kitchens. The material has more give so it feels better underfoot than tile, and wood has a warm design aesthetic that goes with any style home or cabinetry. Wood is also very long lasting; it can be stripped and refinished for years to come, restoring its beauty and changing its look. Wood does have disadvantages. It can be damaged by moisture and it can become scratched. Make sure you apply a protective finish, such as polyurethane, to help guard against these issues.

Photo source: Pinterest/HomeTalk
Photo source: Pinterest/HomeTalk

Laminate. When choosing kitchen flooring, you can get the look of wood or stone at a fraction of the price by choosing laminate flooring. Available in planks and strips, laminate is easy to install by gluing it directly over your existing flooring. It’s resistant to dents and scratches, and it offers a layer of cushioning that can be more comfortable than wood or tile. Unlike wood, however, laminate flooring cannot be stripped or refinished. That means it won’t last as long or allow you to change the stain.

Photo source: Pinterest/Apartment Therapy
Photo source: Pinterest/Apartment Therapy

Vinyl. Vinyl is a very resilient material and offers a widest variety of styles and colors in either tiles or sheets. It’s one of the most inexpensive flooring options, too, which is great for homeowners on a budget. Easy to maintain, vinyl flooring also has a lot of give, which makes it comfortable underfoot and reduces the chances of plates and glasses breaking when dropped. The disadvantages of vinyl are few; this flooring choice won’t improve your home’s resale value, and dropping a sharp object on the floor could damage the surface.