Who’s the biggest inspiration for flooring trends? Mother Nature herself. And with easy-to-clean, durable materials like laminate, vinyl, and tile, flooring options are more cost-effective than ever.
Nature has become the major inspiration for flooring. The biggest trend now is a natural look with durable and easy-to-maintain look-alike materials.
Whether you’re searching for tile, resilient luxury vinyl or laminate, you can get a variety of natural looks, including wood, stone, marble, travertine, and slate.
Laminate, in particular, is durable and great for high-traffic areas. It’s stain- and fade-resistant, easy to clean, economical and eco-friendly. Just a few years ago, you might not have put laminate in rooms like kitchens, bathrooms or basements that are prone to getting wet. But Sears Home Services’ Repel flooring by Shaw is water-resistant. The options have opened up.
Resilient luxury vinyl has become one of the fastest-growing types of flooring. It’s waterproof and able to withstand heavy furniture as well as kids and pets. Sears Home Services offers Floor, which also comes with an acoustical pad attached, helping keep things quiet, with the added benefit of a faster install since there’s no need for a separate underlayment.
Here are the top six trends in flooring — and how to get the looks.
1. Farmhouse distressed and wood looks
Wood floors are still the most popular flooring type — but you can achieve the look with less-expensive tiles, laminates and luxury vinyl that are more durable, waterproof and easy to clean.
Three varieties are particularly on trend:
· Wire-brushed: Looks as if it has intentional wire scratches that expose heart of the “wood”
· Hand-scraped: Offers the appearance of ingrained scrapes and plank variation so it looks unique and handcrafted
· Distressed: Has knots, wormholes and scrapes to look aged
Get the look: Aged Bark, Grey Flannel Oak, Latte Sawn Oak, Barnhouse Oak or Canyon Echo Oak laminate, or Woodsmoke, Bark or Aspen Oak resilient luxury vinyl
As resortwear rocks the fashion world, homeowners want to evoke that beachy feel in their houses as well. Whether it’s in a bathroom or a kitchen, flooring inspired by the colors of the sand and sea creates a calm, relaxed vibe.
Get the look: White Sand, Biscayne Sand, Beachcrest Sand or Sand Bar resilient luxury vinyl, or Coastal Azul or Alabaster Sands tile
3. High variation
Not only do some flooring mimic wood planks of different widths and lengths, many options now show dramatic variations in color. It all helps give the flooring an authentic, one-of-a-kind feel.
Get the look: Sanded Edge, Night Edge, Feathers Edge, Drift, Shadow or Whisper resilient luxury vinyl
The color is everywhere: on walls, cabinetry, furniture and, yes, flooring. It’s a trend that’s going to last awhile. While darker colors are still popular, lighter hues tend to make a room look larger. Lots of people are opting for floors with a washed gray look since they show fewer scratches than a darker floor covering.
Get the look: Smokehouse Oak laminate, Moonglow resilient luxury tile or Grey Stone Tile
Having a tough time choosing the right color? Why limit yourself to just one? Choose two complementary patterns and play off the latest checkerboard trend. Have some fun creating patterns on your floor.
Get the look: Lunar Eclipse, Intersection or Haley’s Comet resilient luxury vinyl
6. Solid black
Bathrooms, in particular, have gone bold, with black floor tiles gaining popularity. Black packs a lot in; it gives a room a high-end, masculine feel. Daltile, offered by Sears Home Services, is waterproof and scratchproof, can stand up to heavy traffic and is easy to clean. It’s also eco-friendly — most Daltile products contain recycled materials.
Get the look: Black or Asian Black Tile
Check out these trends in action and see all your trendy flooring options here.