Kitchens are communal gathering spaces where families come together to start or end their day, where guests are entertained, and where some of us now work, thanks to the pandemic. With so much activity taking place in one area, your flooring needs to be durable and beautiful!
There are many flooring options to choose from; however, vinyl flooring can withstand heavy foot traffic and moisture resistance all while providing on-trend aesthetics. Unlike the vinyl products of yesteryear, the latest iterations are stylish and varied — they come in just about any color, texture, style, and pattern you can think of.
This list of vinyl flooring trends will help you navigate your kitchen remodel or new home build with confidence.
1. Improved Wood-Textures
Innovations in embossed-in-register (EIR) technology have improved the texture found in wood-look vinyl flooring products. EIR technology creates a realistic 3-dimensional appearance of wood graining, knots, and cracks. More wood-look products are now being offered with a matte finish that serves to enhance all the textural features of wood while emphasizing wood’s natural colors. Be sure to take a look at luxury vinyl planks (LVP) and luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) when considering a wood look for your kitchen.
2. Darker Colors
Light, natural earth tones, including greys, have been highly popular for years with the occasional niche home or office renovation warranting the need for a darker colored flooring product. But, as in most things, trends can be cyclical. Darker colors, ranging from graphite, black, and charcoal to rich mahogany and chestnut, are making their return in 2021. Perhaps to enhance that vintage industrial look you are going for?
3. Waterproof Vinyl
Vinyl is known for its water-resistant capabilities, but there are now more waterproof options available via wood plastic composite (WPC) and stone plastic composite (SPC) rigid core vinyl options. WPC vinyl flooring has been the gold standard for waterproof floors for a number of years, but now, SPC rigid core vinyl is considered a much more effective waterproof solution. The stone and plastic mix used in SPC rigid core vinyl prevents it from warping, making it a highly durable option that is available in both a wood-look and stone-look visual.
4. High-Variation StylesWood-lovers have another option beyond simply choosing a uniform colored, wood-look vinyl flooring. A high-variation floor features color variations between each plank and within each plank. The inconsistencies found in wood combined with the color variation make for a rustic look that can be paired with contemporary décor. High-variation floors have a lot going on visually and work best in large, open spaces like kitchens, dining rooms, or living rooms.
What type of underlayment should you use? How many inches thick? How do you install it? And how do you avoid damaging your floors in the process?
When you work with Factory Flooring, you don’t have to worry about these questions. Our team of professional flooring installers will handle all the heavy lifting for you — literally. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the savings on your energy bill.
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