Vinyl flooring has a wealth of advantages. Not only is it inexpensive, but it is ideal for every room in the house and holds up under vast amounts of wear and tear. While you may picture vinyl as a certain style or look based on what you have seen in the past, here are the top 10 eye-catching vinyl floor trends you can do right now.
How is Vinyl Different From Other Flooring?
Vinyl Flooring is an option popularized in the middle part of the 20th century. According to This Old House:
This category of resilient flooring encompasses an array of products, including sheets, tiles, and planks made of flexible PVC; rigid tiles that combine vinyl and ground limestone; and soft, rug-like sheets that are woven from vinyl-coated fiberglass strands.
In how it compares to other types of flooring, there are quite a few advantages. For instance, in compared to wood flooring – it has less maintenance required and isn’t prone to some of the issues hardwood has such as problems with moisture, dents, and scratches.
Vinyl Flooring is Better in Many Ways
Vinyl is better than linoleum in areas that have a lot of moisture such as bathrooms. This is because while linoleum is resistant to water, it does have to be sealed once in a while whereas vinyl flooring has a more superior resistance.
In fact, the floating vinyl flooring is installed the same way laminate is installed. The major difference is that this luxury vinyl looks so close to real wood that it is hard to tell the difference – even up close. And best of all, it is waterproof so again, it is perfect for bathroom floors where you want a luxury look for less money.
And when it comes to ceramic tile, while ceramic is a good choice – it is more expensive and time-consuming to not only install it, but removal is more difficult if you decide to change up the look to something more current.
What is Vinyl Flooring?
This form of flooring is comfortable to stand on, warmer feeling, durable, and cost less than most forms of flooring. As mentioned at HGTV:
Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) is primarily made from limestone and is low cost. Solid vinyl tile (SVT) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) contain more vinyl, for better performance and more realistic appearance.
Understandably, you may be thinking of the vinyl flooring of years ago. Maybe your parents have vinyl flooring that looks outdated. Well, the vinyl flooring of today is nothing like that. As you will read about in the top 10 list, there are many options, colors, styles, and looks that were not available generations ago.
Luckily, things have changed and this affordable option for flooring also has many options for every aesthetic.
Top 10 Eye-Catching Vinyl Floor Trends
Now for the part you’ve been waiting for – the top 10 eye-catching vinyl floor trends that you can do right now. The following are a variety of styles, looks, and types of vinyl floor ideas that are easy to do, yet still create a stunning and creative look.
Vinyl With a Wood Look
Love hardwood floors but want something easier to care for as well as less expensive? Wood-like vinyl flooring is the answer. According to HGTV:
Luxury vinyl is a new category of flooring that combines the high-end look of hardwood (or stone) with the durability of vinyl. “It is so realistic looking,” Dean says of the wood-look variety, “that I literally had to get on my hands and knees to see that it wasn’t real.” Because it stands up to moisture, wood-look vinyl is a natural fit in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Today’s vinyl does share one common trait with that old peel-and-stick stuff: It is still a joy to walk on.
The real wood look is ideal in just about any home and its decor. You can choose light colors for a clean and bright look or go with a darker look that gives your surroundings a cozy, homey feeling.
A good example is if you have a home near the water then a light wood look gives it that clean waterfront atmosphere. For a desert home, beige and bisque colors are trendy. And for homes near the forest, you might like darker colors such as dark browns like hickory.
Luxury Vinyl Planks
As noted in the wood-look above, luxury vinyl planks are a huge trend because they are easy to install and look like real wood. These imitate the look of real hardwood flooring but they are much less expensive and again, have the advantage of being highly resistant to water. Whether it’s Barnwood or Vercelli – the looks are endless and no one will be able to tell the difference from a hardwood floor unless you tell them.
You’re able to choose your favorite look and see it come to life on your floors with a luxury vinyl wood look alternative.
Vinyl That Looks Like Stone
Similar to the look of wood vinyl flooring, you can also choose a stone look. From brick and marble to marble and traditional tile – the possibilities are many. You can make your flooring look like expensive marble without the high price tag. For a rustic look, add a brick vinyl flooring to your kitchen.
One of the advantages of vinyl that looks like stone instead of real stone is that it is going to be far less slippery, which is ideal for children, older adults, and pets that have a hard time walking on slick floors.
You get the design benefits without the price tag and it’s more comfortable and safer to walk on.
Vinyl Plank and Tile Mix
You can create a statement piece by mixing luxury vinyl flooring with plank flooring and it’s easy to do. Imagine all of the looks, patterns, styles, colors, and textures that are possible and vinyl flooring makes this possible due to the flexibility of its installation.
Edge the room with vinyl plank and then add your tiles in the middle or do the whole room in vinyl with a different color in the middle of the room – or whatever pattern you choose with this idea.
The Look of Metallic
Vinyl in metallic is a trend that is really taking off and allows you to create a bold, polished look in a variety of rooms. This is a design that is ideal for kitchen areas, bathrooms, and laundry rooms where you want the aesthetic to be bold, yet have that clean, sterile look perfect for these types of rooms.
Metallic also lends an expensive atmosphere when paired with stainless steel kitchen appliances and white or light colored decor.
Industrial steel, iron ore, copper, and rusted metal are just a few of the metallic ideas in vinyl flooring. If you’re keeping in with the trend of cool tones instead of warm tones, then stick with the darker metals without the red, gold, and yellow tones or outright bold colors like with copper and rust.
It is easy with vinyl flooring to create sectioned off areas in your home. For instance, have one room in the style you want then separate that space with designs or colors that are in contrast. This allows you to maximize the spacious areas while providing an interesting and eye-catching theme.
You can even allow the sections to blend in a subtle way by having the colors transition slowly. A good example is a white floor or beached look that slowly blends into an ivory, then darker.
Just like the aforementioned checkerboard diner style, you can easily achieve a vintage look with luxury vinyl flooring. Whether it’s a black and white pattern, a reclaimed wood look, directional, or multi-toned – vintage is always in-style and current.
Another idea is to use the same color in two different hues such as green and lighter green and create the same checkerboard pattern mentioned above. Your checkerboard pattern doesn’t have to be in black and white although that combination works well in a retro kitchen or bathroom.
Keep in mind that there are many choices in vinyl flooring and some of the patterns offered may have the vintage look you want without having to even choose different colors or designs.
What’s in right now are cool-toned colors and the warmer colors are not as popular. For cooler toned vinyl flooring choices, choose from gray colors, bleached colors, blanched colors, dark browns, and blues. Even your green colors are considered a cool-toned choice.
An easy way to decipher the warm colors from the cool tones is with the following guidelines:
- Grays over beige is a cool tone
- Dark browns are considered cool colors but only if there are no traces of the warm yellow or red undertones
- Anything blanched or bleached like you see in beach homes is considered a cool tone
- Warm colors include the typical reds, yellows, oranges – if it’s thought of as a color of the sun then it is a warm color.
Create a Pattern
Since vinyl flooring is so easy to work with, it’s easy to create a variety of patterns. Use colors that contrast or those that are similar in shade to create a look that is patterned in a unique way that shows off your own inspiration.
For example, a checkerboard look for the bathroom or subtle variations of a specific color in the living room. With a little ingenuity, you can also create patterns of herringbone, zigzag, or plaid.
Chevron and herringbone are two patterns that create a statement style. This adds depth to the look because the newer plank flooring of today uses longer planks. Chevron is where the planks meet to create a point and herringbone is more of a zigzag type pattern.
WPC Luxury Vinyl Flooring
While this is a type more so than a look, it is still a hot trend. We have mentioned the waterproof value of luxury vinyl flooring and it is a relevant concern.
Veritably, we believe that this is going to be a “trend” that becomes a mainstay.
WPC, which stands for waterproof core, gives you the best of all worlds. You get the durability of vinyl flooring, the low maintenance, you can create upscale looks that are trending – yet all of this is possible with flooring that is waterproof.
It allows you to come in from the pool soaking wet and not have to worry. You can use it in the bathroom where the kids may soak the floor after a bath or even in the kitchen where there are often spills. Even if your laundry room floods (let’s hope not) you won’t have to worry about your flooring being ruined.
Vinyl is Trendy In Itself
Not that vinyl went anywhere but it is making a comeback even more so due to its versatility and durability. That’s not even counting the cost that works for most flooring budgets.
It’s not the same as the flooring of yesteryear and if you can imagine it, you can achieve it with this flooring product that excels in every way imaginable.
Let’s face it, there isn’t a guidebook on what looks good or what is the latest thing. You have to create your own look since you are the one who has to live with it. However, all of these ideas are an excellent way to get you started on your next flooring project and you may be inspired to create something totally different from all the rest.
It’s true that vinyl flooring is easy to install but why not let someone do it for you? It will save you time and best of all, we move your furniture so you do not have to worry about all of that hard work.
If you want your new flooring to give your home a new look, but want something affordable and trendy, schedule a free design and estimate appointment with Express Flooring today!