2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen

2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen. Get inspired with these kitchen trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen

Keep your kitchen up-to-date starting with your floor. Use this guide to the hottest 2018 kitchen flooring trends and find durable, stylish kitchen flooring ideas that will stay trendy for years to come.

Kitchen floors! Yes, with an exclamation point. Because, is there anything more exciting than remodeling your kitchen?

Last spring, I did a pretty extensive kitchen and bathroom remodel (bathrooms are fun, too!) and, I’ve gotta say, choosing the right floor for your kitchen that looks sharp and modern but still functions the way you need a kitchen floor to function – it’s no joke!

One thing that is indisputable is wood is in. Like, really, really in. Or, at least floors that look like wood. That’s the cool thing about living with (soon to be) 2018: technology. With modern technology, just about any floor can mimic a realistic wood look without that pesky wood maintenance.

Searching Pinterest, you’ll see hundreds of gorgeous kitchens with seemingly perfect wood floors. However, I bet you’d be surprised to know that most of them probably aren’t true solid hardwood.

Let me tell you, as someone who uses the heck out of my kitchen, your kitchen floor must be extremely durable. It’s also important to make sure your floor isn’t sensitive to spills, water, stains, etc.

I mean, if you can cook without ever making a mess, I am impressed! And also skeptical. Kitchens are supposed to get messy.

In 2018, you’ll see lots of trendy kitchens that are practical as well. There are so many options these days, you don’t have to choose between just hardwood and tile.

In fact, the endless flooring options available are leading to even cooler, more exciting kitchen themes than ever before. Expect to see a plethora of styles, including rustic, farmhouse, industrial, contemporary and more.
2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen. Get inspired with these kitchen trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

All 2018 Flooring Trends

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What Other Experts Are Saying

When it comes to trends and style, we want to make sure you’re getting a well-rounded opinion. Here’s a look at what other industry experts are anticipating in 2018:

“ I always pick “trends” that I think will have longevity in the marketplace. I see Vinyl being the new “go to” flooring. The new vinyl plank floors off the visual beauty of a hardwood floor with unparalleled durability. These can be 100% waterproof and will hold up under a lot of conditions. Elongated tiles or planks have made a splash and are here to stay. If you are picking wood looking tiles, real wood, laminate, or vinyl your best best is 6-8” wide and 24’-48” long. Herringbone and Chevon patterns are showing up everywhere, as well as laying a room on a diagonal. This will add to the boldness to a room, so I would choose these areas carefully, but done in the right space can add character to any kitchen.” – Courtney Greger, My Flipping Job

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2018 Trending Kitchen Flooring Types

Okay, so I mentioned that the wood look is in. I also mentioned that you don’t want a high-maintenance kitchen floor. Save the maintenance for a reallllly good cast iron pan. It’s so worth it.

Anyway, my point is that in 2018 and, I believe, for at least the next decade, you will see a surge in low-maintenance, wood-look kitchen floors. Just take a look at how many options are available these days! It’s crazy.

Waterproof Vinyl Kitchen Flooring

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Okay, I know, I know, we’re not supposed to choose favorites, but this stuff is SO COOL! Yes, the all-caps kind of cool.

Over the past several years, there has been a huge surge in WPC (AKA Wood Plastic Composite AKA WaterProof Core) vinyl flooring. In short, WPC vinyl is luxury vinyl planks or luxury vinyl tiles that are 100% waterproof.

WPC vinyl planks usually resemble an upscale laminate floor, giving a modern, convincing wood look. Basically, WPC vinyl is the best of all worlds for your kitchen floor.

  • Durability? Check.
  • Upscale, trendy looks? Check.
  • Low maintenance? Check.
  • 100% waterproof? Check!

Expect to see WPC vinyl floors following all the hottest wood trends, including handscraped and distressed looks, large planks and more.

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Will the WPC vinyl kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

So. Much. Yes.

WPC vinyl floors are the fastest growing floors on market, particularly in kitchens, bathrooms and other water-prone areas. The looks will only get more convincing and, eventually, people will recognize modern vinyl as a fantastic wood alternative and forget the dated vinyl floors from the 1970s.

SHOP WATERPROOF VINYL

Tile Kitchen Flooring

2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen. Get inspired with these kitchen trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

I hesitate to call this a trend because tile floors have been the kitchen flooring staple for years. Tile is known for being durable and easy to clean, perfect for kitchens.

But, with the surge in wood kitchen flooring, is tile on its way out?

Not at all! Tile is still as trendy in kitchens as ever before. However, the trending tile looks have truly evolved over the last 5-10 years.

With current flooring trends, I talk a lot about technology. You see, something technology has given us, other than that weird thumb thing that happens when you’ve sent too many long text messages, is the ability to achieve virtually any look with any type of flooring.

The wood-look tile kitchen flooring trend is super hot right now. Tile manufacturers are keeping up with the times and following the trends of contemporary wood and stone. This means you can have the sleek, current kitchen of your dreams with good ol’ dependable tile flooring,

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Will the tile kitchen last in 2019 and beyond?

Absolutely! I predict that tile will never fully go out of style in the kitchen.

I just recommend following the current wood and stone flooring trends to get a tile look that will stay current the lifetime of your floor.

SHOP TILE

Laminate Kitchen Flooring

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Laminate was the original wood-look kitchen flooring. In fact, before laminate really took off, you didn’t see many kitchens with wood (or wood-look) floors.

Before laminate took the flooring world by storm, kitchen floors were often tile, old-school vinyl or even-older-school linoleum. Throwing an inexpensive wood-look option into the mix really changed things.

In fact, if you ask me, I would say laminate flooring is responsible for many of the current kitchen flooring trends and other flooring trends, as well.

As technology improves, so does laminate flooring. You will see even more convincing wood looks and all of the current wood trends including handscraped wood looks, distressed wood looks and even high color variation.

And! Now, there is even waterproof laminate! Now this is a flooring perfect for the kitchen!

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Will the laminate kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Well….no. At least, I don’t think so.

Over the next couple years, I do believe homeowners will continue to use laminate floors in their kitchens. Their wood-look will absolutely stay current. However, I predict that the use of laminate flooring to achieve the wood look will diminish, especially in kitchen flooring,

The thing is, with so many durable, waterproof options, laminate just doesn’t make much sense anymore. That is, unless you go with waterproof laminate flooring.

This relatively new flooring option will likely be trending in the kitchen and all around the house over the next decade.

SHOP LAMINATE SHOP WATERPROOF LAMINATE

Engineered Wood Kitchen Flooring

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Sticking with the wood kitchen flooring trend, engineered wood is a relatively new kid on the block. A step up in durability and perception from laminate, engineered wood is the only option (aside from solid hardwood, obviously) that is made from real wood.

Engineered wood features a thin veneer top layer of solid wood; however, the remaining base of the product is made up of plywood or high-density fiberboard.

If you want real wood in your kitchen, engineered wood is the way to go. It’s less finicky than solid hardwood and better suited to stand up to the demands of the most popular room in your home.

Engineered wood is extremely durable and offers looks in just about every trending wood look. With no extra finishing or refinishing required, engineered wood is out-of-the-box ready and, often, super easy to install yourself. I think of it as the busy homeowner’s wood flooring.

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Will the engineered wood kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

I think so. It is the only option other than solid hardwood that looks exactly like the real deal. And people love the real deal.

It looks expensive, but it isn’t. I believe engineered wood flooring will quickly become a kitchen staple.

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Bamboo Kitchen Flooring

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Sharp knives. Heavy meat tenderizers. All of the foot traffic.

It’s no secret that kitchen flooring needs to be durable. Bamboo is the most durable flooring option on the market. That’s why more and more homeowners are using bamboo kitchen flooring.

Bamboo is highly renewable, making it one of the more eco-friendly flooring options. Environmentally responsible floors are in all around and bamboo is no exception.

But wait! Here’s the thing. Basically, don’t do it.

Bamboo may be the most durable flooring, but it is also the most temperature and moisture sensitive. Yes, you may have a lot of banging around going in the kitchen, but you know what else you have?

Hot foods. Lots of Liquid. Ice cubes.

If you ask me, this is a trend that needs to go.

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Will the bamboo kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Well, you already know my opinion. It shouldn’t. And honestly, I think it will not. It’s just too high-maintenance for the kitchen. You want, like, a totally chill, low-maintenance kitchen floor.

SHOP BAMBOO

Cork Kitchen Flooring

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I have this friend. When she makes dinner, it quickly turns into a 2+ hour production. The next thing you know, it will be 8pm, she’s been cooking for hours and OMG her feet must hurt!

Standing for hours on a hard kitchen floor is thee worst. That’s a big reason cork is becoming more popular as people search for their kitchen flooring ideas. It’s resilient and known for being the most comfortable and joint-friendly flooring option.

Additionally, cork flooring is eco-friendly – another hot flooring idea for 2018! Environmentally responsible floors have been huge the last couple years and they will only continue to surge, cork included.

Cork doesn’t quite look like a cork board – that’s what I expected when I first heard about it. It does, however, have its own unique look that no other flooring has been able to replicate.

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Will the cork kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

If you ask me, the cork look is not for everyone. Additionally, I just don’t think it is the best choice for your kitchen. Just like solid hardwood, cork is very susceptible to dents and scratches. It requires a soft touch and lots of TLC.

I don’t think the cork in the kitchen trend will be around too much longer.

SHOP CORK

2018 Trending Kitchen Flooring Colors

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In 2017, colors were all about extremes. Ultra dark, ultra light and not much in between. Except for every shade of gray. Gray is kinda special.

Going into 2018, those extremes are still holding strong. And with them, contrast is more popular than ever before. White floors with espresso cabinets. Or, the other way around.

But you’ll also see some warmer, middle-of-the-road options sneaking in, as well. Kitchen cabinet and decor trends are going brighter and bolder. That means we need more flooring colors to match everything, from fun, aqua cabinets to butcher board counters and everything in between.

Here are the best floor colors keep your kitchen trendy in 2018.

Blonde Wood (& Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

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For years, lighter floors were viewed as outdated or inexpensive. That is no longer the case. Not by a long shot!

As more homeowners embrace the light, airy feel in their home, you will see a huge resurgence in blonde wood (and wood-look) floors. Blonde floors, in particular, can give you that light timeless feel.

With blonde wood, your decorating possibilities are endless. You can go for a chic, contemporary feel or a rustic, homey vibe. All without changing your floors.

The open, light, airy look is especially popular in modern kitchens. Homeowners are now steering away from sharper, modern, industrial looks and trending towards an updated farmhouse style. Light floors are perfect for this!

Contrary to ultra-dark espresso looks, blonde floors make your kitchen feel larger and more open, especially if you use large planks. But we’ll get to that later on.

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Will the blonde kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

If you ask me, the blonde wood look will become a trend-turned-classic before you can even think about switching it up to something new. If you like them, go for it! They’ll be a hit for quite a while.

BLONDE WOOD BLONDE VINYL BLONDE TILE

Honey Wood (& Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

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Just a step darker than trending blonde, warm, rich honey wood looks will be taking 2018 by storm. Even just the sound of the word “honey” as it rolls off your tongue sounds wonderfully rich and cozy, don’t you think?

Honey floors are still light enough to give you many of the benefits of blonde looks, making your kitchen look larger and more open. But, you also get that nice, rich warmth that comes from a slightly darker tone.

Warm tones will be trending across the flooring market in 2018 and, if you go the warm route, I would absolutely recommend a honey wood or wood look. To be frank, the trends often drift back and forth between warm and cool tones. However, honey wood is not just a trend; it’s a color classic.

Will the honey kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

I think this warm, cozy tone is definitely going to be around for the long haul. In fact, while other trends may steal the spotlight from time to time, I believe that honey wood looks will remain classic and relevant for decades to come.

 SHOP HONEY VINYL  SHOP HONEY WOOD

Whitewashed Wood (& Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

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The whitewashed look is more of a west coast / California trend that is starting to spread across the country. Well, some parts.

As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it. And white-washed wood is at the top of the list.

In addition to the California, beachy look, whitewashed floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style homes (similar to the blonde wood looks we discussed earlier), particularly in the kitchen.

Now, when I saw “whitewashed”, I don’t mean a smooth, finished white floor. Whitewashed wood and wood-look floors typically show signs of wear with the darker colors peeking out from underneath. It fits right in with the 2018 aged and worn trends happening across all styles of flooring.

Whitewash will make your home look brighter, bigger and more relaxed. It can give that “beachy” feel or also an upscale contemporary feel, depending on the rest of your decor.

Will the whitewashed kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Over on the east coast, homeowners are still turning their nose up at the whole west coast look and feel. If this trend lasts, it will be regional, at best. If you’re looking for a light wood look, I suggest going for a more versatile blonde look instead.

WHITEWASH WOOD  WHITEWASH VINYL  WHITEWASH TILE

Espresso Wood (& Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

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This trend carries over from 2017. Dark, rich colors look gorgeous and elegant, giving your room an expensive feel.

Dark floors are still going strong. In the kitchen, you’ll see these dark floors juxtaposed against bright white cabinets, colorful accent walls and contemporary kitchen decor. Dark floors offer a sleeker look that sets the perfect tone for sharp contemporary lines and minimalist decor.

The downside to dark floors is they can make your room look smaller. You know how you (or some woman in your life) looooove that little black dress because it makes you look end-of-the-stomach-flu-skinny? Well, that’s because dark colors naturally make things appear smaller.

This is great for your wardrobe. But, maybe, not-so-great for your floor.

Additionally, dark floors, particularly dark wood floors, are notorious for showing every scratch, speckle of dirt or imperfection. It’s the same reason we don’t drive black cars here in Arizona. They just don’t ever look clean.

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Will the espresso kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

I don’t think so. Dark wood and wood-look floors have been trending for quite some time and I feel they are likely near the end of their lifecycle.

I predict that in the next 5 years or so, espresso and other dark wood looks will be on their way out as blondes and whitewashes steal the scene.

ESPRESSO WOOD ESPRESSO VINYL  ESPRESSO TILE

White Tile Kitchen Flooring

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Just like the whitewashed wood is trending, bright white tiles are super hot in the kitchen, too. In 2018, the theme is contrast. You will see luminous whites contrasting with dark, espresso cabinets. Or, white tiles setting the backdrop for a bright, colorful kitchen decor.

The marble-look tile trend is going to be huge in 2018, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and commercial spaces.

White tiles, like white wood, instantly make your kitchen look bigger, especially if you use large format tiles. Put these tiles in a kitchen with lots of natural sunlight for a truly special look.

A great thing about choosing white tiles is you have so many options for counters, cabinets and decor.  Is there anything that doesn’t go with white? I don’t think so.

Will the white tile kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Yes! White is super hot right now. As dark looks near the end of their trend cycle, whites are only becoming more popular.

And, really, the marble look? It will never go out of style.

SHOP WHITE TILE

Gray Kitchen Flooring – In Every Type!

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Five years ago, you could have called the gray trend new or up-and-coming. But now? Is it even a trend anymore?

Well, if by “trend” you mean popular and relevant, then heck, yes! But it is definitely not a fad.

Gray flooring, particularly gray wood, has grown exponentially over the last decade. Although gray tiles, particularly in stone looks, are also very popular in the kitchen.

Gray has quickly become the most popular trend, not just for flooring, but for kitchens and homes in general. Gray cabinets, gray doors, you name it. And every shade of gray is still hot and trendy in the kitchen. For your floors and decor.

In addition to looking chic and trendy, gray floors set the tone of a cool, contemporary kitchen. They give you a neutral backdrop for decorating in virtually any color. Aquas, greens, bright bold colors or even black and white – they will all go with your sleek gray flooring.

I like to use the neutral backdrop to accessorize with my favorite kitchen appliances. I have a bright, sparkly cherry red KitchenAid stand mixer and I love it so much, I made it the centerpiece of my kitchen. Purchasing bright red appliances, decor and even dining room chairs.

Gray floors are the perfect backdrop for this kind of bold statement.

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Will the gray kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Heck, yes! Gray will be hot and trendy for decades to come. I wouldn’t give it a second thought!

GRAY WOOD  GRAY VINYL  GRAY TILE

High Color Variation Kitchen Flooring

2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen. Get inspired with these kitchen trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

High color variation is trending in wood (and wood looks) as well as tile. Wood looks typically feature color variation between planks, whereas high variation in tile typically refers to the amount of color variation in each individual plank.

Homeowners love the natural, rustic look that higher color variation provides. In nature, stone and wood aren’t so uniform; there are all kinds of inconsistencies.

Now, with modern technology, you can achieve these more random, natural looks with laminate, vinyl, engineered wood, ceramic tile, you name it! This makes your kitchen floor more of a statement piece and tends to pair best with a simple but contemporary decor.

Will the high color variation kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

The challenge with something bold like high color variation is it’s a very specific aesthetic. Wood looks will likely be trendy for the next decade or so. Although, I predict high variation kitchen tiles will stay trendy significantly longer.

VARIATION WOOD  VARIATION VINYL  VARIATION TILE

2018 Kitchen Flooring Texture Trends

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In 2018, texture will be more prevalent than ever before. In addition to wirebrushed and handscraped wood looks, you’ll also start to see more distressed looks in the kitchen.

As I mentioned above, high variation is in! Not just for colors but textures, as well. In 2018, you’ll see more and more kitchen floors where no two planks look the same, particularly with handscraped looks.

But what does that mean for smooth looks? Don’t worry; we’ll get to that.

Handscraped, Wirebrushed and Distressed: What’s the Difference?

Okay, so the trends we’re about to discuss are similar and often confused with one another. Each textured flooring option comes with its own unique style and character. No 2 textured wood planks should ever be exactly the same and each of these 3 options has a distinguishing quality.

  • Handscraped looks feature long, ingrained scrapes with high variation between planks, making each individual plank appear handcrafted, unique and rare.
  • Wirebrushed looks show subtle, intentional wire scratches leaving the appearance of exposed wood on the surface. These imperfections are smoother and more consistent than handscraped or distressed looks.
  • Distressed looks are often mistaken for handscraped. Distressed looks, however, look as though they’ve been through a lot of wear and tear. You can expect to see the appearance of scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more, giving these floors an aged, antique look.

Handscraped Wood (& Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen. Get inspired with these kitchen trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

This one is my favorite! Handscraped looks instantly make your kitchen look timeless and expensive. These are perfect for a rustic kitchen with plenty of character. They’re also a great backdrop for industrial kitchens, as well.

Because handscraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners, as well. In fact, handscraped floors are almost guaranteed to amp up your home value.

You’ll see trendy handscraped wood looks in traditional wood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl and tile. And, honestly, they’re all in! Each floor just has different advantages so it’s really up to you what you’re looking for.

Will the handscraped kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

This unique, individual, handcrafted look will absolutely stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive.

HANDSCRAPED WOOD  HANDSCRAPED VINYL

Wirebrushed Wood (& Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

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Homeowners are loving weathered wirebrushed looks. This trendy look adds character to your floor without looking unfinished.

Another bonus of wirebrushed floors? They hide dirt really well so you don’t have to clean your floors as often! And, if you’re anything like me, that is a huge selling point. Especially in the kitchen.

In 2017, wirebrushed floors were the leading trend in textured flooring. However, moving forward, I anticipate that handscraped and distressed looks will knock them out of the running pretty quickly.

While the wirebrushed floors are cool, if the trend towards imperfections and character continues, distressed and handscraped wood will likely have more to offer in both variety and character.

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Will the wirebrushed kitchen trend last in 2019 and beyond?

While I don’t think it will last forever in the entire home, I do think wirebrushed looks will always have a place in the kitchen. Especially with their ability to hide dirt.

However, if you want a seamless floor throughout your home, I would recommend going handscraped instead.

WIREBRUSHED LAMINATE  WIREBRUSHED WOOD

Distressed Wood (& Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

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I am a sucker for floors with character and it’s no secret that distressed floors have a whole lot of it!

Wirebrushed floors are like a traditional pair of jeans. While they likely have something that sets them apart and makes them different, they’re pretty average, not screaming individuality.

But then you have distressed floors, which are like your one extra special pair of jeans with OMG-so-much personality! The ones you don’t want to admit to anyone how much you paid for them. The ones that always make you stand out in a crowd.

So you can understand why I am such a fan.

Setting the tone with a floor that looks almost historic instantly gives you an envy-inducing kitchen. Distressed floors make a great pairing with brick backsplash, slate-look countertops, stacked stone, farmhouse sinks, basically every other hot kitchen trend going at the moment.

Will the distressed kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

This is a look that will divide people. Like the debate over which 90’s boy band is the best: NSync or The Backstreet Boys (obviously the latter…).

I do believe distressed looks will continue to be popular, particularly with younger generations. However, I don’t anticipate it will spread quite in the same way as handscraped and wirebrushed looks.

If you’re looking at longterm resale value, I would choose handscraped looks.

DISTRESSED WOOD  DISTRESSED LAMINATE

But Wait! What About Smooth Kitchen Floors?

Don’t worry; smooth floors aren’t disappearing forever.

Smooth floors are chic, elegant and classic. I don’t think a time will come when smooth floors are ever totally out of style.

However, I also wouldn’t say they’re trending right now. They are holding strong, still incredibly popular. However, it’s the textured finishes that are starting to steal the spotlight. For the moment.

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Will smooth kitchen floors stay relevant in 2019 and beyond?

You betcha! They’re not going anywhere.

SMOOTH WOOD  SMOOTH LAMINATE

2018 Kitchen Flooring Layout & Pattern Trends

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a huge resurgence in patterned floors. Where do you think this trend got started?

In the kitchen!

Current trendy kitchens are building their style from the ground up. The right floor pattern instantly modernizes your kitchen.

However, the wrong floor pattern can kill your home value pretty darn quick.

Unfortunately, when people hear the word “pattern” or the dreaded “parquet” (which, BTW, just means pattern), they imagine the horribly out of date 1970’s parquet wood floors. Those would be an example of the wrong patterns.

The updated, trending parquet looks, however, are anything but dated. In 2018, you’ll see sleek, upscale, modern patterns in the kitchen and, really, throughout the home.

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Chevron & Herringbone Kitchen Flooring

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First, let me clear up a little misconception. Chevron and herringbone are very similar, but each has their own distinction.

Chevron floors require flooring to be angled and come together to a point. Although, some ceramic tiles and vinyl tiles are producing products with the chevron pattern in the tile itself, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me.

Herringbone achieves a similar look by connecting two planks at a 90 degree angle as seen below.

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For wood and laminate floors, herringbone is much more accessible than chevron. However, the chevron ceramic and vinyl tiles allow you to achieve this look without spending extra money on materials and installation.

Long-plank herringbone patterns are going to be super hot over the next year, especially among young homeowners. But I suspect you’ll also see a surge in chevron tiles in the kitchen, as well.

Will the chevron and herringbone kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.

And, it will probably stay trendy in the kitchen the longest.

Subway Tile Kitchen Flooring

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Not just for backsplash anymore!

Previously, small, busy subway tiles were only used as wall tiles. However, in 2018, you’ll see a surge in subway tile kitchen floors.

The small, brick-like tiles create a fun vintage look in the kitchen that, with the right decor, can look incredibly charming. The downside to subway floor tiles is OMG all of the grout! I am all about minimizing grout lines wherever possible and a subway tile floor is just filled with them.

Additionally, many small tiles will make your kitchen look smaller and feel busier.

Will the subway kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

No way, jose! They’re cool for the moment, but with the trend towards larger tiles and planks holding strong, I wouldn’t expect to see subway tiles trending for longer than the next couple of years.

Hexagon Tile Kitchen Flooring

Now, this is a busy pattern I can get behind!

Okay, so I’m totally going to go back on what I just said about steering away from the smaller kitchen tiles. While I still believe that in most cases, hexagon ceramic and vinyl tiles are just so darn cool!

Hexagon tiles first gained popularity in the early 20th century, typically accompanied by subway wall tiles. They can provide a similar classic, vintage look to subway tile floors.

However, you’ll also see ultra-modern, almost futuristic looks over the next several years. Imagine super clean, sharp lines, whites, blacks and grays, and a very minimalist decor. That’s this new futuristic wave of hexagon kitchen floor tiles.

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Will the hexagon tile kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Sparingly. I do believe you’ll continue to see hexagon tile kitchen floors over the next decade. But, the bigger trend will continue to be larger tiles and planks. This is more of a niche market.

Mixed Width Kitchen Flooring

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This is another favorite. I know, I know, I’m not supposed to play favorites, but the mixed-width flooring trend is just so cool!

Adding different widths to your floor makes your home look modern and unique. It adds that little extra something to your floor, making it pop.

As you may have guessed, mixed width flooring is where you lay planks with varying widths. This gives the eye that extra detail, drawing attention when you find something unexpected. Basically, it’s really freaking cool.

Mixed width flooring is popular in wood, laminate, vinyl and even wood-look tile. It’s a strong statement that adds a little extra drama to your kitchen. But, the good kind of drama. Not the Jersey Shore kind.

Will the mixed width kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

As far as longevity, we predict this trend will be around for a while, but it is unlikely that it will become a flooring staple.

Checkered Kitchen Flooring

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You know what I’m talking about.

That classic black and white checkered kitchen floor? With the old-school linoleum? And the red accents?

Good news; it’s back! Like, really back. Well, not the linoleum part, but the checkered part.

Black and white checkered kitchen floors are going to be super trendy in 2018. In fact, you’ll see a huge resurgence in everything from this time period, including the vintage color accents and that quaint, cozy style.

This refreshed vintage look is a great way to update a smaller kitchen. In those days, most kitchens were half the size of the kitchens we have now and the style fit perfectly into that small, homey space.

Personally, I don’t think it would work so well with a huge open floor plan.

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Will the checkered kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

I think this is a look that will be super popular with younger, millennial homeowners for several years to come. However, if you’re thinking about long-term resale value with a wealthier market, I would go with a wood look, instead.

Wide Plank Kitchen Flooring

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This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your kitchen look larger, more open and less busy.

Soon, short, thin planks will be seen as outdated. In fact, I would venture to guess that going with smaller planks could significantly reduce your home’s resale value. And also, they just won’t look as good.

Now, I do think we’ll get to a point where enough is enough already and we will maintain these new traditional sizes. So don’t go buying one flooring plank for your entire kitchen. That would look weird.

But, I definitely recommend getting on board with the large plank trend!

Will the wide plank kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Manufacturers are only trending towards even wider and longer planks. This trend will soon become a classic staple and will likely last the test of time.

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Large Format Tile Kitchen Flooring

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Contrasting the tiny little subway tiles, you will see the plenty of the opposite extreme: extra-large tiles. These babies have been trending for quite some time with manufacturers continuing to create larger and larger individual tiles.

Wonder why they’re so popular? Large format tiles make your kitchen look bigger, especially if you choose a light color. Additionally, larger tiles = fewer grout lines. I hate grout anywhere in the house but especially in the kitchen.

Grout is the one thing that makes cleaning tile kind of a pain. It stains more easily than the tile and, because it’s sunken a bit from the tile, it’s harder to get in there and give it a good scrub.

Will the large format tile kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Without a doubt! Large format tiles and wide planks are here to stay. In the kitchen, and across the home.

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2018 Trending Kitchen Flooring Looks

Technology is a cool thing. In addition to giving us watches that we can order coffee on, you may be surprised to learn that technology translates into the flooring industry, as well.

New technology gives us the ability to realistically mimic countless natural and man-made materials in many different materials. This is really changing the game in kitchen flooring and, really, flooring in general.

Below, you’ll see new, contemporary kitchen flooring looks that you never dreamed would be possible.

There are some pretty cool things happening. Some will turn into kitchen flooring staples, while some are just fads. Don’t worry; we’ll steer ya in the right direction.

Wood-Look Kitchen Flooring

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Okay, truly, this is nothing new. Wood and wood looks in the kitchen have been popular in the kitchen for ages. They just weren’t accessible to everyone.

Solid hardwood flooring is expensive, finicky and not ideal for areas where there will be a lot of moisture, like kitchens, bathrooms and basements. While solid hardwood is still widely sought after in the kitchen, homeowners are beginning to discover all kinds of gorgeous options that rival solid hardwood’s sharp looks.

And, no, I’m not just talking about laminate. Laminate is old news. And, it’s not typically great with water, either.

Unless it’s waterproof! That is new and awesome and trending!

I’m talking about luxury vinyl planks, specifically WPC waterproof vinyl planks. And wood-look ceramic and porcelain tile. These two little gems are perfect for the high demands of even the busiest kitchen.

With these new durable and waterproof wood looks, you can achieve any trending wood style in your kitchen, worry-free.

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Will the wood-look kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

1,000 times, yes! Wood-look flooring is a trend across the entire home that isn’t going away anytime soon.

In fact, this trend will only increase, both in the kitchen and out, over the next decade and beyond.

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Stone-Look Kitchen Flooring

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This trend is also not really new. Natural wood and stone looks are increasingly becoming more popular due to their surge in accessibility.

For example, most people can’t afford straight up marble flooring in their kitchen. I mean, if you can, please invite me over to come cook expensive food in your kitchen because that sounds wonderful.

The truth is, natural materials are expensive. But! Now you can achieve these gorgeous stone looks without the price tag.

A few of the most popular stone looks in 2018 will be:

  • Marble-look kitchen flooring. Expensive, chic and classic, the marble look will never go out of style. You’ll see lots of marble-look ceramic tile and vinyl tiles in 2018.
  • Slate-look kitchen flooring. Clean, natural and edgy, slate kitchen floors are great for a minimalist or industrial kitchen. Just like marble, you can expect to see slate looks in ceramic and vinyl tile.

Will the stone-look kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

You betcha! Stone looks are classic in the kitchen and, with technological advancements, you will only see them more often over the next couple of decades.

2018 Kitchen Flooring Style Trends

If you’re going for a particular style in the kitchen, you want to make sure that this style will stay current along with the floor that goes with it. Here’s a look at which kitchen styles will be trending in 2018.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Flooring

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Farmhouse style is rustic, but with more charm and clean lines. This style has been super hot in 2017 and will certainly carry on in 2018.

This is probably because it combines the old and the new in a way that’s beautiful and interesting. Often, the color palette is crisp white walls, cabinets, and ceilings with exposed beams and warm colored wood.

Contrasting your floor with the wall color makes the flooring be the star of the show. Choose a handscraped, distressed or reclaimed look for your floors. I would go with a dark gray oak look or dark browns with color variations. The more distressed, the better!

Will the large farmhouse kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

Absolutely! While the ultra distressed looks may be more fleeting, handscraped is here to stay and a little distress won’t put you out of style either.

Contemporary Kitchen Flooring

2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen. Get inspired with these kitchen trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

Well, I mean, this makes sense. Since contemporary means the looks that are popular right now, it absolutely should be trending in 2018!

The look of contemporary is clean, smooth, but bold. This is perfect for the open kitchen floor plans that have become super popular over the last few years.

If you want a pop of color in your kitchen, choose a neutral floor with a light finish. It will make your colors stand out and a light finish makes your kitchen look more open and airy– perfect for this style.

Will the large farmhouse kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

These smooth neutral looks will, likely, always be stylish. However, I believe that what we think of as “contemporary” is currently in the process of a pretty big evolution and that, soon, the contemporary look will include more handscraped and charactered looks.

Coastal Kitchen Flooring

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Coastal style brings the beach to you. Don’t mistake this as a beach house only style though; mainlanders are adopting it as well.

Coastal style is light, airy, with plenty of beachy colors like white, gray, blue, and sandy tan. This pairs well with trending whitewashed kitchen floors or a beautiful blonde wood look.

Will the coastal kitchen flooring trend last in 2019 and beyond?

The light and airy look, yes. But the whole coastal vibe? I wouldn’t count on it. I’d recommend choosing a blonde wood and steering away from the whitewashed super coastal look.

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In Conclusion

Did we miss anything? Leave it in the comments – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

As you can see, there’s a lot going on in the wood flooring industry right now. There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless.

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