Before we dive into the trends of 2019 it is important to differentiate a trend from a fad. Trends have a longer life span than fads which are shorter term and always changing. An example of a flooring trend would be wide plank hardwood, where a flooring fad would be retro-style tile looks made possible with sheet vinyl.
One of the biggest trends we’re seeing in flooring for 2019 is “underfoot and out of mind”. Consumers want their flooring products to be quality, perform great, and easy to maintain. Flooring manufacturers have tapped into this trend, and now is the perfect time to be a flooring consumer because every company is manufacturing floors to fit the practical family.
We are seeing lighter wire brushed floors trending in 2019. When the light blonde shades are paired with a neutral pallet such as light walls and white trim it makes the home look light and airy and creates a bigger and more open feel. By doing the larger features of the home in a neutral pallet it makes it easy to layer on color and texture with rugs, runners, wallpaper and décor.
Keep In mind that just because nationally we are seeing lighter floors trending in popularity, doesn’t mean we wont still see darker, hard scraped floors. Because of where we are geographically in the Midwest we are expecting dark hand-scraped floors to still be popular for the next several years.
We are seeing growing popularity in running hard surface throughout as many living areas as possible, to eliminate transitions and create one cohesive look; this even includes running hardwood or hardwood looks in bathrooms. Bathrooms without a shower can have hardwood installed in them, but the only flooring we recommend that we offer for bathrooms WITH a shower is the luxury vinyl plank.
For all hard surface another trend we are seeing is wider planks. 5” planks are no longer considered “wide”; and 7” planks are the new standard. On the flip side of this, we are also seeing a decent amount of narrow planked flooring around 3 ¼” wide. Narrow planked flooring is timeless- it was beautiful 50 years ago, it is beautiful now, and it will likely still be beautiful 50 years in the future. Each trend mentioned above is available in virtually every flooring type, but lets take a look at what is happening specifically in each flooring type.
Oil looks are HUGE! Most manufacturers are making urethane finishes that look like oil floors because of how uneducated we as Americans are on the process of taking care of an oil finished floor. Caring for an oil finished floor is no harder than a urethane finished floor- just different. Here at Mouery’s we are not only educated on caring and maintaining oil finished floors but we are also WOCA certified craftsman. We are only one of two stores from Springfield to St. Louis that are oil certified and sell oil finished flooring.
Laminate in recent years has been a shrinking category, but due to recent technological advances in the last few years it has increased in popularity. Manufactures have discovered ways to make laminate the hardest to scratch and dent floor ever, and they are now water and stain resistant and family and pet friendly. We also have some fun herringbone laminate available to sample in our showroom!
This is the fastest growing category ever in flooring due to its versatility, durability, and look. Luxury vinyl is available in either a wood look or a tile look, and the high definition embossing, beveled edges, and density of the core combined with the pad make this floor look and feel like the real deal. Luxury vinyl can go in every room of your home or place of work.
Sheet vinyl has come a long way over the years. It now has the embossing to feel more realistic, as well as the improved graphics making it look more like hardwood or tile than ever. Sheet vinyl is also the perfect option if you are looking for really fun trendy patterns. The image below is of a home that was done entirely in sheet vinyl.
Carpet is still widely popular because if offers warmth, softness and texture and it is also the quietest flooring option. Because of how important it is to consumers that their carpet is durable, Mohawk created SmartStrand carpet which has filled a huge need in the carpet world. It is 100% stain proof and is the perfect choice for house holds with kids and pets. SmartStrand is available in traditional plush or a variety of patterned options. As far as traditional clean carpet looks are concerned, we are seeing tight constructed twists, tonal and pattern carpets. Patterned carpet on stairs are huge! When putting carpet on stairs the construction of the carpet is extremely durable.
Wool is the most durable fiber type and is still extremely sought after. While it is typically associated with higher end homes and expensive, we have stock a few wool options that hit a great price point. Another great options for wool carpet is our new Kaleen flat weave carpets. These give looks that can’t be found in any other carpet as well as performance than can’t be beat. The wool fiber and tight looped construction are a winning combo. In the past these have been hard to seam but some of the new flat weave options come in 16.4’ wide options that could be dropped throughout entire rooms. One of our newest stock options is below.
As mentioned before with the neutral pallet rugs add an amazing touch, and really bring in layers of texture and warmth which is a necessity. We have access to the entire Loloi /Magnolia Home line, and stock several of their rugs in our showroom. Also, any carpet In our showroom can be made into a custom rug so the possibilities are endless. You can view our in-stock magnolia rugs and see the entire line here: https://www.mouerysflooring.com/magnolia-home
Wall planks are a final element available in our showroom that can be used to take a space to the next level. With a huge variety of patterns and colors to choose from you are sure to find something for your space! To learn more about our DIY friendly wall planks, check out our Wall plank blog featured here: https://www.mouerysflooring.com/mouerys-blog/2018/12/10/diy-vercade-wall-plank
If you have any questions you can reach out to us via email at email@example.com, give us a call at 417-883-4720, or stop by and meet with one of our commission- free flooring experts at 2516 W. Battlefield Rd. Springfield, MO 65807.