This year high quality, longer lasting products with a premium finish are being favoured over quick and easy fixes.
Homeowners are looking ahead, choosing premium products with longer lifetimes. 2019 is the year we can really see how far flooring technology has come. Investing in quality doesn’t just mean solid hardwood floor anymore with luxury vinyl, tile and engineered wood flooring leaping to the fore of the market in the past few years.
Going for high quality means that were seeing a return to more classic designs; 2019 flooring trends are flooring trends that should age well. Gone are the adventurous bold patterns to be thrown out in a few years, and in are dependable classic designs updated with little details.
Bold florals and maximalist design are ruling in walls and soft furnishings, and a solid neutral floor will help balance out these big bold designs.
We’ve organised our top 2019 flooring trend predictions into four emerging themes we’ve seen across flooring types; playing with texture, going green, unexpected shapes and extreme colours. So you can read the whole list, or click through to what excites you most!
Playing With Texture:
2019 flooring trends are about subtle twists on classic floors, so it’s no surprise that so many of 2019s emerging trends involve playing with texture. Playing with the texture of your flooring is great way to achieve a classic look while adding something just a little bit different that makes it stand out.
1. Waterproof Flooring Beyond Bathrooms
Technology is really our friend here. Tile is no longer the king of waterproof flooring. Now you can find waterproof vinyl, laminate and even carpet! – Though this futuristic carpet is only available in the US for now.
Waterproof flooring can give you high quality appearance with the peace of mind of extreme durability and low maintenance.
2. Wood-Look Flooring Across Formats
Wood-look flooring in laminate, vinyl and ceramic tile isn’t new to 2019, but it’s so popular we can’t ignore it on our list. Wood-look is not only more affordable but can allow you to play with the senses in your design by introducing the unexpected softness of luxury vinyl or the coolness of tile with the warm look of wood.
3. Hand Scraped, Wire Brushed and Distressed Floors
Folks don’t just want the visual appearance of aged and worn floors, but the same unique texture and feel too – and this trend isn’t just for hardwood floors, you’ll find it in engineered wood and laminate too. With each of these processes, no two planks are the same.
Distressed floors are the broadest of these terms. They are floors that look as though they’ve been through a lot of wear and tear, with the appearance of scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more. The long, ingrained scrapes of hand scraped planks produces high variation, making each individual plank appear handcrafted, unique and rare. The time taken to achieve this look creates an expensive looking final product, perfect for both rustic and industrial homes. Wire brushing leaves the appearance of exposed wood on the surface, but with a more consistent final effect.
4. Low pile heights for living areas and bedrooms
Our final trend in this section is low pile carpets. There are a lot of practical advantages; they’re easier to clean, and allow you to change the layout of a room without worrying about those dreaded indent marks. Not only this, but high quality low pile can offer sleek minimalist texture to a room whilst making plush rugs appear even more lavish.
As more millennials become homeowners, seeing their values reflected in the home is becoming more and more important. Buyers want to know where these elements have come from and what kind of carbon footprint they leave.
Recycled and low impact materials are now available for throughout the home. In 2019, we’re thinking natural, renewable, recyclable and home-grown. Options like cork, bamboo, reclaimed wood and engineered wood are proving to be popular choices.
5. Cork for the Modernist Scandi Home
Cork not only has a wonderful texture, but is an incredibly renewable material. Grown in Europe along the Mediterranean Sea it has relatively low air miles and as it is bark rather than traditional plank, the trees can regenerate after every harvest. A cork tree can be harvested up to 15 times per lifetime. As it’s such a distinctive material, don’t expect to see it in every home. But when it’s installed well, it can be truly stunning.
Not only that, cork is a great insulator and hypoallergenic to boot!
6. Engineered Wood
For every 100 m2 of solid wood flooring, you can get 400 m2 of engineered flooring; making engineered wood and incredibly economic use of this resource. It’s also remarkably waterproof, reducing the risk of warps and buckles.
7. Wood Flooring
Wood floors actually require less water and energy in the manufacturing process than other flooring types… and unlike engineered wood, solid wood is 100% biodegradable and can be recycled or burned as fuel at disposal. We’ve written more on this topic here.
8. Shopping Local
Buying British made, local carpets and wood flooring reduces those all important air miles! More and more shoppers are looking into exactly where their products come from.
Mixing different patterns and tones offers great flexibility. Playing with shape allows homeowners to create unique and personalised options, without having to pay for bespoke flooring materials.
9. Plus Size in Planks and Tiles
Planks and tiles having been getting wider each year, as advancing technology pushes these materials to larger formats. In 2019, they’ve finally levelled out- making plus size the new normal. Longer, wider planks make your kitchen look larger, more open and less busy. As more people are learning how to dress a room proportionally, there’s been a surge in larger rugs as well.
Long-plank herringbone patterns are especially popular among young homeowners, but this trend might not be the longest lasting.
10. All White Mosaics in Kitchens and Bathrooms
Mixing a variety of shapes in the same room – subway tiles, small squares, herringbone, chevron and more will be seen everywhere. You can keep the room light and bright by keeping the pattern entirely in the shape and not in the colour.
11. Mixed Width Flooring
Similar to creative tile combination, mixed width flooring gives you variety and subtlety all in one. Here, the less the effect is less designed and more about achieving organic variation.
12. Curves, Everywhere
In the words of our MD Neil Smith, curved flooring “creates a natural looking floor and really suits period buildings where nothing is absolutely square. It provides an unusual stylish look which, when designed to complement the environment can be absolutely stunning.” We’ve been a fan of this style for some time, and it’s really beginning to see some major traction in 2019.
13. Herringbone, Chevron and Parquet Hardwood
In many ways, the rising popularity of these sums up the ethos of 2019 flooring trends; good quality materials laid in an interesting twist on a classic pattern. Many British homes are choosing to have their herringbone floors restored, adding historic interest to modern, contemporary or traditional homes.
14. Laying the Room on a Diagonal
Angled floors are still quite rare and uncommon but they’re really growing in popularity. They are so unusual that I don’t expect they will soar in popularity, so will probably age slower than other ‘overdone’ flooring trends.
Floral is big in walls and fabrics, so a bold single colour floor will balance this. There’s nothing middle of the road about 2019 flooring – dark espresso and greys or light and airy blondes and whites make powerful statements without being visually overwhelming.
15. Blonde Flooring
Light, airy, blonde flooring works with just about any decor and instantly makes your room look bigger. Blonde flooring gives a bold impact without being overly harsh. If you do want a mid tone blonde, honey is on the darker side of warm tones, making it cosy without being saccharine.
16. Whitewashed Wood Floors
Whitewash will make your home look brighter, bigger and more relaxed. Depending how you dress the room, whitewashed planks can add to a traditional California beach house vibe or convey an upscale contemporary feel.
If you’re after a distressed look, whitewashed planks will show the appearance of wear with the darker colours peeking out from underneath.
17. Black And Grey Hardwood Flooring For Modern Kitchen Heaven
Whilst once quite unusual, black and grey flooring is clearly emerging as a design staple- I’d go so far to say they are ‘the’ modern kitchen look. They provide the perfect background for every other modern kitchen material- stainless steel, tinted glass and even copper. To make sure you get the perfect tone, especially when buying grey flooring, ask for flooring samples and test them out in your homes natural light.
18. High Variation Planks
These more random, natural looks can be achieved with laminate, vinyl, engineered wood, ceramic tile, almost any material you can think of. This is a great option if you want a statement piece floor, but definitely works best in a home that is modern minimalist down to its very bones.
19. Exotic Woods For Bolder Colours
2019 is seeing a significant move to the use of sustainable exotic species such as Brazilian Cherry, Teak, Iroko and Wenge. Homeowners are always seeking out the beautiful and unusual to add that something a little extra special to their home- not to mention how incredibly sturdy these woods are.
2019 Flooring Trends: Roundup
2019 flooring trends are all about reinventing classic materials with innovative adaptations; a classic parquet flooring in a black American walnut, or traditional oak with wide format curved planks. If you’re feeling inspired by this year’s trends you can contact us for a consultation or browse through our selection online.