Most Popular Flooring Trends In 2018

Most Popular Flooring Trends In 2018

Flooring is one of the best ways to give your home an update. Today there are more innovative and durable options for floors than ever before.

The most popular flooring trends in 2018 are seeing a wide variety of new materials and styles with interest and warmth while providing a much longer life cycle than ever before.

Here Are A Few Of The Most Popular Flooring Choices

• Fumed Wood Flooring

Fumed or smoked flooring is oak wood which has been treated to change its color.  Fuming or smoking involves putting the oak into an enclosed environment in which ammonia is introduced into the atmosphere. This enclosed environment might be a closed tank or a sealed tent or some form of a container into which only a relatively small amount of ammonia is introduced. The effect of the ammonia in the air is that the color of the wood is changed. Unlike stained wood, a fuming treatment allows the grain to color through giving the wood a rich color with less damage.

• Bleached and Blanched Wood

Cool toned wood accents are back and beautiful, and many people prefer the softer white-washed look of a bleached or blanched floor to be more their taste. This kind of flooring consists of wood that has undergone a bleaching process, also called blanching. A chemical solution is applied onto the surface of the wood to get rid of the color, meaning the artificial dye or stain coating of the wood. Blanching gives the wood an ashy white-washed look with the natural wood grain still being visible from underneath. You don’t lose the charm or beauty of the natural wood, it is simply just another style.

• Reclaimed and Distressed Wood

Distressed hardwood flooring is one way to capture the look of a worn and antiqued floor, without needing to do any of the wearing down for the flooring yourself. Distressed floors have all the character and charm of a floor that’s been in one place for years, but with a finish that will let them hold up to today’s modern lifestyle. There are many different types of distressed floors. Some are made from reclaimed wood that has already been in use for a hundred years or more, while others may be distressed through different kinds of processes to control the look and wear of each board.

• Concrete Tiles
Concrete tiles are sure to outlive us, which is a big advantage. Tiles which mimic wood and stone are more durable. Once you make the investment into concrete tiles, you can be sure that they’ll hold up for a very long time. Cement-based flooring is more durable than hardwoods, and it outlasts ceramic tiles, too, making it a great solution not only for high-traffic spaces in your home like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. To maximize durability and longevity, the tiles will need to be coated with a sealant to help prevent staining and which will make them easier to clean and dry in dirty, wet, or high traffic areas.
• Textured Tile

Here in the Valley of the Sun, we have lots of tile in our homes, for a variety of reasons. When selecting tile, there are so many elements to consider, like color, pattern, size, type and grout. While these are all important elements, it is also important to consider the texture of the tile. Smooth can be very slippery whether wet or dry, so we are seeing more and more textured tiles in homes than ever before.

• Vintage Black and White Tiles

What’s old is new again, as they say, but when it comes to black and white tiles, they are also simply reinvented. Black and white tiles are both classic and classy, and are really popping up with the modern farmhouse styles we are seeing so much of. The colors also make it very easy to decorate any room around. If this style is what you are looking for, you will find a wide array or patterns at your local home improvement or tile store.

Unlike the past few decades which found home after home filled with dark granite counter tops and cherry wood floors, the 2018 design trends celebrate the individual taste. With so many options available, every homeowner will find a product to enhance their personal style and home, that will be easy to decorate around.

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