When it comes to the type of flooring suitable for your kitchen, many fashion trends as well as fads came and went over time.
Now, unless you want to feel out of touch with the latest fashion trends (which would not be that much of a sin, really), we recommend you should acquaint yourself with some chic kitchen flooring solutions, in case you haven’t already.
From specialized cork installations (which feel soft and spongy underneath your feet) to tough engineered wood planks of varying widths, there are plenty of options you can choose from.
In this article, we’re going to offer you a couple of solutions in the department of trending kitchen flooring, so that you can have an easier time figuring out what option suits you the best. We’ll talk about different ways you can improve the looks of your kitchen. Matters of color, material, and pattern will be discussed in detail, so sit back, relax, and have a read!
Right folks, let’s dive right into this one.
Types of Flooring That Are Trending Right Now
Vinyl is a sort of material that always looked good, due to its ‘shape-shifting ability’, but now it looks better than ever thanks to the new technology the manufacturers are using on a mass scale. We’re talking about the so-called WPC. (stands for wood-plastic composite)
This material does not only retain the crucial characteristics of vinyl, (such as its ability to assume the appearance of pretty much any material) but adds to ever more important aspect of waterproofness. Indeed, if you go for vinyl as the material for your kitchen floor, you can rest assured it’s going to be easy to clean, completely watertight, and, of course, quite trendy!
Well-known for its excellent quality as an insulator, cork is a material that’s getting more and more popular as a flooring option. More than anything, the growing community of proud owners of these cork-based floors tend to like the warm, spongy feeling of walking on it. Since cork is one of the softest and most malleable types of wood (or wood bark, rather), it naturally possesses great insulating properties and it allows itself to be quickly and easily installed on a wide variety of surfaces. (These surfaces do need to be cleaned and treated beforehand, of course.)
Certainly, a big aspect contributing to the popularity of this material would be the fact that it is possibly one of the eco-friendliest flooring options out there. Now, considering the public opinion, which has been consistently swinging in this direction of polar bear preservation, you can see why this particular flooring option has so much potential with buyers.
Ceramic or porcelain tiles have always enjoyed a rather special place with customers all across the world. Namely, what makes these types of flooring options so special and attractive would be their ability to assume a vast number of color schemes and appearances.
Whether you like floral patterns that will make your bathroom look like a meadow in the spring or you fancy a checkered layout instead, tiles have the capacity to grant you a wide variety of looks, each more interesting and cheeky than the other!
Another positive feature of tiles is that they are fairly easy to clean and also, you don’t need to be a professional to install them.
This entry right here is possibly one of the trickiest ones to assess when it comes to their utility value, so to speak.
The thing is, even though bamboo is, indeed, one of the most beloved kitchen flooring materials out there, the problem is – it’s also quite sensitive to moisture and fluctuating temperature. Of course, it goes without saying, that both of these factors are quite frequently encountered in kitchens.
On the upside, bamboo does not only look good, but it’s also perhaps one of the toughest materials out of all types of wood. (By ‘tough’ here, we mean resistant to scratches, bumps, and other forms of direct damage.)
Made out of a layer of plywood and other wood composites that are then covered with a thin layer of solid wood for added structural strength, engineered wood is a type of flooring that’s been gaining popularity ever since it was first introduced to the broader markets.
A particularly interesting thing about engineered wood would be the fact that it’s fairly easy to install. Since it doesn’t require any additional support structures for installation (like additional protective layers or similar extra coatings), engineered wood is ready to be installed as soon as it leaves its packaging box, pretty much. All you need to do is make sure you’ve arranged everything according to the pattern at hand and you’ll be good to go!
Trending Colors for Kitchen Flooring
Whether it’s because people have started liking hospitals more or have a need for more brightness in their life, white tiles and planks have gained quite a lot of popularity recently. In fact, more and more customers are buying brightly colored tiles with the shining white being the by far most popular color of them all.
A well-installed kitchen flooring with plenty of whitewashed tiles or planks can make the whole room come to life. Also, if you can pair up this white floor with plenty of natural sunlight by strategically placing your kitchen windows, the illuminating effect will be even greater!
Wood represents one of the most widely spread materials used when floors are in question – regardless of what room we’re talking about. Now, while wood does have its ‘standard’ color ranging from light brown to dark brown and almost black, the customers looking for wood-based kitchen flooring solutions are going for the blonde as their favorite color overall.
Truth to be told, a blonde hue of wood does make for quite an interesting appearance, as it makes the entire kitchen look a mellower, warmer, and a more relaxing place.
Turns out, other than being quite in favor of warm and bright wood hues that put a smile on your face every time you enter the kitchen, folks who look to buy these kitchen flooring options also like darker nuances of wood.
For example, one of the popular kitchen flooring colors that are trending nowadays would include espresso coffee wood color. Representing a darker shade of brown that sort of reminds one of the colors of espresso coffee, these types of woody colors fare excellently when paired up with brightly colored surrounding furniture, for example.
About the only downside to this entire color scheme would be that dark colors can make the room look smaller than it actually is. To lessen the effects of this, you can always install more white and brightly-colored furniture in your kitchen, of course!
Whether you’re into bright colors or prefer some of the darker tones for your kitchen floor, chances are – you’re going to like the combination of the two!
And by ‘combination’, we mostly mean the various degrees of brightness of darkness (whichever way you prefer to see it) of the same color. This way, you’re going to get that curious gradual melting from one color into the other, which can have a soothing effect on our brain and also make the entire kitchen look more versatile and colorful.
This effect is the most easily achieved by using planks or tiles, as you can order a bunch of them in not only different colors, but also different sizes. (Mind you, obtaining a bunch of tiles of different sizes will make the installation somewhat more complex.)
Remember, renovating your kitchen can be a great opportunity to modernize it and improve both the durability and waterproofness of your kitchen floor, as well as its looks and stylishness! We hope you found this article helpful, and wish you plenty of luck with your kitchen floor renovations.