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Kitchen Flooring Trends for 2020

Jul 09, 2020

Picture this: you’re whipping up a new recipe in the kitchen feeling like a real chef. But to complete this picture, you need some floors that really tie it all together—floors that make it feel like it’s a space for a chef. To find something that fits your (life)style, we’ve compiled this year’s latest flooring trends to get you thinking about your kitchen space.

1. Playful Patterns

Liven up your kitchen with a patterned floor. Ceramic tile comes in a variety of patterns, allowing you to make a statement that matches your personality. Whether it’s herringbone, chevron, or even geometric, adding a bit of flair to your kitchen floor really makes the space pop.

rustic style kitchen with patterned hardwood flooring

2. Wood Tile

If you love the look of hardwood, and the functionality of tile, this trend is for you. It’s tile floors that look like hardwood, to give your kitchen the beautiful aesthetic you’re searching for—with the durability you need.

modern kitchen and living room with wood look tile flooring

3. Rustic Hardwood Floors

Hardwood lovers, rejoice! Rustic is new again. Rustic hardwood is showing up in today’s new designs, providing that modern farmhouse look. If this is the vibe you’re going for, those brushed textures add an extra element of richness to the floor. Plus, it’s worn look provides a richer, more durable finish and allows for a few blemishes as they age. New technology has advanced hardwood into a completely waterproof option for your kitchen! Not only do you get the rustic design you are looking for, but it’s also completely waterproof!

dining room with rustic wood style floors

4. Retro Flooring

Yes, retro is back and better than ever. It’s a year-round beauty, working well with a variety of cabinet colors and seasonal décor. So that black and white checkerboard you remember from your grandmother’s kitchen (we call it “granny chic”) seems to be a trend that’s here to stay.

kitchen with black and white retro tiles

5. Rustic Patterns

With rustic kitchens becoming a popular design in new homes, that means rustic floors are in, too. It pairs well with earth tones and minimalistic products—really let those floors pop. Plus, you can get that rustic style in a variety of different floors, from hardwood and tile to laminate and luxury vinyl.

6. Café Mosaic

But if you’re really trying to get those kitchen chef vibes, mosaic floors are really hot right now. Turn your kitchen into that small, Parisian bistro you’ve been fantasizing about. Most are a mix of black and white hues, but adding a touch of color is always nice, too. All-in-all, it’s a very contemporary-classic look.

cafe style kitchen with mosaic tile

It’s time to focus on the look of your kitchen as much as you focus on the food cooked in it. If any of these trends stood out to you, give your local Flooring Canada a call today. We have a wide selection of hardwood, tile, luxury vinyl, laminate, and more to make your kitchen dreams a reality.

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Open concept bathroom with light tile floor, wood plank wall, and free standing tub and sink

Bathroom? More like best room.

Jun 30, 2020

Let’s talk bathrooms. It’s a busy space … and sometimes a chaotic space, so it needs to stand up to the challenge. While you need something durable, waterproof, and probably stain-resistant, too, you also want something beautiful. On its best day, your bathroom should feel more like a spa. Depending on your style preferences, you can get a floor that brings it all together.

If you prefer a wood-look to keep the flooring in your house consistent, there are a few options that’ll do the trick. There’s luxury vinyl that can give you that look at a lower price. It’s beautiful, durable, and waterproof, making it a perfect choice for the bathroom. But, if you’d rather stick to the ultimate classic, tile now comes in a variety of sizes and styles, and can even mimic hardwood. It’ll give you the same great style, with all the benefits of tile.

For classic tile, consider porcelain or ceramic tile. Both come in outstanding designs and colors. Painted tiles are a top trend in bathroom designs that provide an exciting visual interest.

large bathroom with free standing tub and patterned lvt floor

As an alternative, you can get the look of tile—with luxury vinyl tile. It’s durable, waterproof, and scratch-resistant, and comes in a variety of styles to match your preferences. Also a great alternative, laminate flooring has evolved into a versatile floor for any room in the house. It’s cost-effective and durable, plus, it comes in a variety of water-resistant options for the bathroom.

bathroom with large windows freestanding tub and vanity and large format tile flooring

And once you decide which floor is right for you, there are a few style (or lifestyle) elements that also come into play.

If you do go with tile, try to mix and match sizes. It adds visual interest with staggering patterns across the floor. Or, go with a non-traditional tile shape. Hexagons and octagons are proven to be very popular in bathrooms. And when choosing a tile size, keep in mind that larger tiles always make the room feel larger.

classic fixture light colored bathroom with patterned tile floor

And, as a little bonus for those who love tile but don’t love its cold surface, choose a tile with radiant heat. It uses either a hydronic or an electric system to warm the tiles from underneath, giving your bathroom a toasty, luxurious feel.

There are lots to consider when you’re looking for the right bathroom floor. Whether it’s about functionality, style, or beyond, the space you create must fit your (and your family’s) needs. Start with the look you prefer, and work from there. And if you’d like to see what the different styles will look like in your bathroom, try our room visualizer, My Floor Style. Upload a photo of your bathroom, and select from a variety of flooring styles to see what looks best to you.

Then, once you’re ready, give your local Flooring Canada a call. We’ll talk you through our bathroom flooring options, whether it’s hardwood, luxury vinyl, tile, or laminate, we’re here to help. And together, we can turn your bathroom into the best room.

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Light Brown Hardwood Floor in Large Light Colored Kitchen

A New Flooring Recipe to Try in Your Kitchen

Jun 24, 2020

When it comes to your kitchen, clearly, you want something stylish that’s easy-to-maintain and ultra-durable. After all, the kitchen is one of the most high-traffic rooms in your home. And your floors need to withstand the full brunt of what your family can dish out—from spilled sauce to four-legged companions. With new technologies, there are a few alternatives you may not be considering that could completely change the game.

Waterproof Hardwood

Yes, that’s right—waterproof hardwood! Any flooring expert will tell you traditional hardwood floors are not great for high moisture areas like kitchens. However, hardwood has advanced in flooring technology to become a waterproof flooring option for your kitchen. With a solid hardwood veneer and luxury vinyl core, waterproof hardwood is a truly beautiful hardwood floor that provides long lasting durability.

dark waterproof hardwood floor in dark colored kitchen

Luxury Vinyl

Another nice option for the kitchen is luxury vinyl. It’s both beautiful and durable—mimicking the look of wood or tile. Plus, it has a multilayer construction, making it waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about any kitchen spills with these floors. Luxury vinyl is easy to maintain, so a simple dust broom and mop will do the trick. You’ll get the look of hardwood or tile, without the cost and maintenance of hardwood.

light colored luxury vinyl floor in light colored kitchen

Laminate

Laminate is popping up in kitchens all over because of its durability and affordability. It comes in a variety of different styles, so you can still get the look you want at almost half the price. If you haven’t looked at laminate lately, it’s come a long way in the past few years. Technology in laminate has made it a waterproof option perfect for kitchens. Many laminate collections have advanced in visuals making it almost identical to real wood at first (and second!) glance.

light brown colored laminate floor in modern kitchen

Make no mistake, hardwood and tile are no-brainers for your next kitchen project. But to get the look you want for the budget, and to truly make your kitchen your own, there are more options to think about. Call your local Flooring Canada today to talk laminate, luxury vinyl, and carpet tiles. A tasty new recipe to make your home, yours.

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Large bathroom with dark hardwood flooring and floating style sink

Bathroom Floors for Bathroom Fun

Jun 17, 2020

You spend a lot of time in the bathroom. No, really. Think about how much activity goes on in that place. There’s the usual—the call of nature and personal grooming, but there are also times when games are played, dogs are washed, and songs are sung. According to a survey from MaP, people spend an average of 30 minutes in the bathroom daily.

Since it’s a space in which you, and your family, spend lots of time, it’s a place that needs to be pretty resilient—as in flooring that’s durable, stain-resistant, and water-resistant to keep your bathroom as beautiful as it is useful.

Have you found that your bathroom is a little worse for wear? If so, we have some answers.

reestanding bathtub in light colored bathroom with ceramic tile

Ceramic Tile

It’s no question that tile and bathrooms just … click. Ceramic tile is one of the most popular—if not the most popular—bathroom floor materials. It’s waterproof, durable, and stain-resistant. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors and styles to truly make the space your own. Bonus: If you’re looking for that hardwood look, ceramic tile even comes in styles that look just like it. Ceramic tile gives you all the qualities you need in a bathroom floor.

Porcelain Tile

Just like ceramic tile, porcelain tile is perfect for bathrooms. It’ll stop every spill and every splash—and look good doing it! Porcelain is known to be a little bit stronger than ceramic. Plus, it’s colored the entire way through, so even if it does chip, you won’t even notice.

Luxury Vinyl

Another great option for the bathroom, luxury vinyl gives you the look of wood or tile at an affordable price. It’s waterproof and stain-resistant—making it super easy to clean. Because it looks like wood or stone, you can get the look you want in your space. Plus, in a place where nature calls, luxury vinyl is the natural choice to take on anything life throws at it.

Hardwood

Yes, that’s right we said hardwood. In the past, hardwood was not recommended for use in wet areas like bathrooms. Thanks to today's innovation of new waterproof hardwoods, hardwood makes a great choice in both style and function for your wet areas.

reestanding bathtub with light colored hardwood flooring

If it’s time to put some TLC into your bathroom, call your local Flooring Canada today. Talk to us about our selection of tile, luxury vinyl, and waterproof hardwood to make your space both beautiful and functional, not only for you but for everyone else, too.

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Open concept kitchen with dark hardwood floors

The Recipe for Great Kitchen Flooring

Jun 11, 2020

Your kitchen is the main ingredient of your home—no matter how often you cook or entertain. You want floors that make your guests “ooh” and “aah” but that can also handle the everyday grind. So, depending on your style preferences, there are a variety of kitchen flooring options available to help you cook up a kitchen that both dazzles and delights.

Wood-Look

Hardwood: Hardwood is naturally beautiful, making it the ideal choice if you’re looking for a classic kitchen look. Hardwood often increases the value of your home, creating an elegant yet comfortable space. It’s soft underfoot, so it’s a nice option for those who spend lots of time standing and cooking in the kitchen. Plus, it’s warmer than most other kitchen flooring alternatives—particularly helpful during cooler months. Keep in mind that when it comes to hardwood, you have two choices; solid and engineered, both providing the same warm elegance to a space.

dark hardwood floor in light colored kitchenTile: Tile or wood? Hey, why not both? Tile that looks like wood is very popular these days, because it’s really the best of both worlds. You get the natural-looking grain pattern, with the color variety and durability of tile. And as far as tile size goes, the sky is the limit. You can choose anything from square tiles to tile pieces that mimic your typical floorboard dimensions.

Luxury Vinyl: Ideal for the kitchen, luxury vinyl is waterproof, stain-resistant, and durable. It gives you the look of wood at an affordable price. Luxury vinyl lasts for years and looks great doing it, often having warranties of 15 years or more. Plus, this product is known to be a bit softer underfoot, making it a comfortable surface to stand on while whipping up your favorite meals in the kitchen.

Laminate: Laminate is durable, easy to install, and affordable. It comes in a variety of different wood-looks. The install is quick and easy—just a simple cut and it’s ready to be placed down. It’s also known to be soft underfoot because of its flexible construction. With advances in technology laminate has now become a durable option for kitchens.

Tile-Look

Porcelain & Ceramic Tile: These tiles are a very popular choice for kitchens. Both are known to be extremely durable—almost impossible to chip or crack, easy to clean, and are resistant to water. Also a great option to give your kitchen a touch of elegance, tile is beautiful and modern—with many colors and patterns to choose from.

Luxury Vinyl: Luxury vinyl is waterproof, stain-resistant, and durable, making it ideal for the kitchen. You get the look of tile at an affordable price. It lasts for years, and looks great doing it, often having warranties of 15 years or more. Luxury vinyl is perfect for those messy eaters, and will stay beautiful until those messy eaters are grown.

dark tiled kitchen with white cabinets and island

Think you’ve found the right flooring for your kitchen? Give your local Flooring Canada a call and talk to us about our selection of hardwood, tile, laminate, or luxury vinyl. It’s time to wow your guests with your kitchen as much as the food you cook in it.

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Modern and light colored open concept kitchen with wood look flooring

Installing New Floors? Here’s What Not to Do

Jun 03, 2020

So, you’re looking to upgrade the look of your home and save money doing it. Installing your floors could be the way to do so, but there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure it’s done right the first time. Whether it’s hardwood, luxury vinyl, or laminate, be sure to do your research, because if you don’t, it’ll end up costing you more in the future—putting all of that hard work to waste.

We’re here to tell you what not to do when installing, so you can enjoy those floors for years into the future.

As an eager DIY-er, do not:

1. Put It down Right after You Pick It Up

Do not install the same day you bring your floors home. Especially for hardwood, it takes a few days for the flooring to acclimate to your home. Allowing the floors to adjust to their environment will smooth out the installation process, decreasing the chances of warping in the future. Any moisture in the air during installation will do this to the flooring as well, so plan for a spring or fall installation to prevent issues caused by dryness or humidity.

2. Forget about the Subfloors

You wouldn’t build a house without a solid foundation, and the same is true with floors. Nobody wants creaking floorboards later. So be sure to prep the subflooring before the installation so that your new floors will have a stable, and level, surface to lay on. A little prep and TLC for your subfloors will go a long way.

3. Neglect Room Shape

Though you may think your room is a perfect square, that may not be the case. And when you start laying down new floors—specifically long planks in straight lines—you may realize that your room isn’t as rectangular as you thought. An asymmetric layout will cause issues down the line, so be sure to use accurate measurements as you start to plan for your new floors.

4. Skip over Planning

You can’t go in without a game plan. Laying down new floors takes time and patience. Plan the order in which the boards or planks will be installed—otherwise known as racking. By doing this, you’ll plan out the placement of lengths, patterns, and tones, giving you a more natural and professional finish.

5. Try DIY If You’re Not Willing to Work

Though doing it yourself can reduce the overall cost, it’s going to take time and hard work to install correctly. Saving money is important, but a job well done is always worth it. If it’s your first time, consider trying a smaller job. You may want to consult a professional for bigger jobs. The experts at Flooring America will get it done—at a great price—to ensure that you and your family enjoy your new floors for years to come.

Contractor measuring hardwood flooring

Whether or not you decide to DIY, call your local Flooring Canada today and talk to us about your next project. We have the products and the know-how to make sure it gets done just right.

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