No matter how much attention you pay to your décor, it may never look exactly right if the bones of the room aren't thoughtfully designed. This is something we easily overlook when moving into a new space. We take the floors, the moldings, and the hardware for granted—but all these details can be altered if you're willing to go through a cosmetic renovation. And while a great rug will help hide ugly floors, it will never compare to really getting the floors you truly want. It also won't help improve the value of your home like new flooring will.
Are you considering replacing your floors in 2019? There are a ton of factors to consider. First, are your existing floors salvageable? Quality hardwood floors can often be fixed with a good sanding, a new finish, or even a coat of paint. If you're dead set on replacing your flooring altogether, consider whether you want a hardwearing option for high-traffic areas or if an elegant look and feel are more important. To help you make the best decision possible, we rounded up some of our favorite flooring trends of 2018. Beware—you may find yourself renovating sooner than you think.
If you've inherited original hardwood floors that are still perfectly acceptable but may have seen better days, consider a coat of paint before ripping them out. Sometimes, a glossy black or white paint can give your space a dramatic flair—and it's much more cost effective than installing entirely new floors.
As far as tiles go, large hexagon tiles are one of the most popular flooring options of the moment. They come in many different colors and textures, ranging from matte black to moss green, or even antique terra-cotta. This low-maintenance flooring option is great for high-traffic areas.
Another flooring option that's growing in popularity is terrazzo, due in large part to the larger trend happening in décor in general. While this flooring option can be costly and doesn't lend itself to any architecture type, it can be a fantastic hardwearing option in a midcentury or art deco home.
Forget what you think you know about hardwood flooring trends—the most popular (and most beautiful) style of the moment is wide plank white oak in a matte finish. It's elegant, it warms up your space thanks to the blonde wood hues, and looks stately and low-maintenance. If you have one hardwood floor investment to make, this is it.
Another popular hardwood option—which lends itself better to a narrower plank—is to lay it out in a herringbone or chevron pattern, creating a beautiful motif in your floors that's reminiscent of elegant Parisian apartments. This type of installation can be a little more costly, but it'll be entirely worth it once you see what a beautiful impact it can make in your space.
Though polished concrete floors have been around for a while, they're being used in entirely new ways—like in this elegant California kitchen by Amber Interiors. The blonde wood cabinets and stark black countertops elevate the polished concrete, which feels more refined than industrial here. This is a great option for indoor/outdoor spaces and high-traffic areas.
To get that coveted beachy feel, consider whitewashing your hardwood floors. This looks best with wide plank floors but can also be beautiful with regular width planks. This can be easily executed with most existing hardwood floors as a cost-saving alternative to replacing the flooring entirely. We're big fans.
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