Kitchen Flooring Trends: Type, Color, and Texture

As the heart of the home, your kitchen is where everyone gathers. Make it as inviting as possible, starting at the bottom—your floors! As the foundation to the most used room in your home, you will want to focus on style as well as durability. Here are some of the latest trends in flooring types, colors, and textures to help you choose the kitchen flooring that best suits your needs.

Type

One of the main kitchen flooring concerns of any homeowner is that their new flooring is low maintenance and easy to care for. Manufacturers are making it easier than ever with new products such as luxury vinyl and engineered woods.

  • Vinyl:Forget 1970s vinyl floors, modern vinyl is beautiful, durable, easy to clean, and can mimic the look of contemporary wood planks and stone tiles. As a fantastic alternative to the pricier wood and stone, vinyl is a budget-friendly way to achieve the high end look you want at a lower price point.
  • Engineered Wood: Made up of plywood or high-density fiberboard with a thin layer of solid wood on top, engineered wood offers the look of beautiful hardwoods at a lower cost. Engineered wood also has the added benefit of not shrinking or expanding like solid hardwoods.

Colors

Current kitchen flooring color trends are running from dark espressos to several types of white and several shades in between.

  • Espresso:Dark floors offer a sleek look to highlight a contemporary design and offset bright white or colorful cabinets.
  • White: This color will make your kitchen look bigger, will lend an airy feel if your kitchen receives a lot of natural light, and is well suited for contrasting dark cabinets. Whitewashed floors (white with darker colors showing though from underneath) are especially popular in relaxed, farmhouse style kitchens, while white tiles give a sleek, upscale contemporary feel.
  • Blondeand Honey:A recentresurgence in blonde and honey wood (and wood-look) flooring is the perfect option for homeowners looking for a light and airy or rich and warm middle ground.
  • Gray: As the perfect backdrop to every color of decor, neutral gray flooring (in every material) is not going anywhere.
  • High Color Variation:Natural stones and woods have inconsistencies and variations. Homeowners looking for a more natural, rustic look are drawn to high color variations within their flooring.

Texture

While smooth floors will never go out of style, textured floors have become very popular. Easily confused with one another, distressed, hand scraped, and wire brushed textures each offer their own unique style and character to a space.

  • Distressed:Distressed flooring offers an aged look with the appearance of wear and tear along with unique characteristics like scrapes, burns, and knots.
  • Hand Scraped: Hand scraped flooring appears handcrafted with long, ingrained scrapes and high variation between individual planks.
  • WireBrushed:Smoother and more consistent than distressed or hand scraped looks, wire brushed planks allow exposed wood to show through to the surface fo the plank through subtle, intentional wire scratches.

Shop Flacks for the Latest Trends in Kitchen Flooring

Flack’s always has the latest in flooring trends as well as all the classics you love. Check out our huge variety of hardwoods and luxury vinyl tile for your kitchen as well as our amazing carpetsrugs, and specials. Then come shop with our staff at our showroom or fill out our online form to get started on your kitchen flooring project.