Remodeling is exciting! Choosing up-to-date and functional design that won’t quickly go out of style is a bit more challenging…but you can do it. Yes, even when choosing a durable, stylish floor for your kitchen remodel. Here are the hottest trends for 2019, all promising to stay trendy and functional in the years ahead.
Before beginning, you should know wood is, without a doubt, on trend! But to be honest, most of the ‘wood’ trending is not true solid hardwood flooring but low maintenance, extremely durable floors that look like wood and can easily handle spills, splatters water, and the heavy traffic common to the kitchen. These trending ‘look alikes’ are aesthetically beautiful like hardwood, but promise unmatched durability which withstand kitchen conditions and require little maintenance compared to hardwood.
You may be wondering why tile is including in trending flooring because it has been popular for many years. Tile cleans easily and is known for its durability and won’t be going out of style anytime soon. It remains trendy even after all those years. Wood-look tile flooring is at the top of the trending charts promising you the ‘wood-look’ of your dreams with all the low maintenance, durability and dependability of tile. If ‘stone’ flooring is your kitchen dream, you can find beautiful ‘stone-look’ tiles as well.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood is the newcomer to the kitchen, but is growing quickly in popularity. Outside of solid hardwood, engineered wood is the only other option made from real wood that offers an added measure of durability. Engineered wood is composed of a base made of high-density fiberboard or plywood and topped with a thin veneer of solid wood. It offers the beauty of hardwood, but requires less maintenance and has the ability to meet the demands of everyday life in the kitchen. On top of that, it doesn’t require finishing or refinishing and comes ready to easily install.
Waterproof Vinyl Flooring
Quite possibly the best flooring available waterproof vinyl flooring or WPC (Wood Plastic Composite or Water Proof Core) delivers 100 percent waterproof luxurious vinyl planks or tiles. These vinyl beauties offer stylish planks come in distressed, oversized, hand-scraped and more – all of which look like wood and deliver the durability of a premium laminate floor.
Kitchens are heavy traffic areas and are exposed to a number of other hazards – like sharp knives, heavy objects, spills, and more – so whatever you choose has to be durable and dependable. And that’s were bamboo comes in – as the most durable option available with the added bonus of eco-friendliness. Because bamboo is renewable it is very trendy. But if you are considering it, you should know that while durable, bamboo is moisture and temperature sensitive meaning it needs lots of maintenance.
Cork flooring, like Bamboo, is eco-friendly. On top of that cork flooring is easy on the cook, resilient and comfortable to stand on for hours on end. It’s even been called ‘joint-friendly’ flooring. Cork’s unique look and environmental friendliness are contributing to its trendiness, but before you go all in for cork flooring keep in mind that like hardwood is higher maintenance than other modern trends.
As the original ‘wood imitator’ laminate is still on trend, but traditional laminate may be losing steam to its modern cousin waterproof laminate. Like most inventions of the modern world, technology continues to improve laminate giving it better than ever ‘wood looks’ including high intensity color varieties as well as the promise of being impervious to water.