I don’t know how much you pay attention to new flooring that’s out there nowadays, but I’m always on the lookout for new products and ideas, and flooring always seems to catch my eye. I shared a peek at luxury vinyl in this Friday 5+1 post but I’m excited to share even more of the cool products out there. One thing that I’m noticing is that vinyl and laminates are stepping up their game, big time. But today I’m going to focus on luxury vinyl flooring trends. I think people tend to wrinkle their noses a bit when you mention vinyl as a flooring option, because it conjures up ideas of “old vinyl”. The massive sheets of linoleum that were mainstream so many years ago. But today’s luxury vinyl is not your mama’s linoleum.
I was in Lowes and couldn’t help but notice the options that are out there when it comes to vinyl flooring. They are really amazing, and there are choices for every budget, with new innovations that had me doing a double-take. There is vinyl plank flooring, vinyl tile and even grouted vinyl tile.
The luxury vinyl that first caught my eye is the vinyl planks that look like wood floors. This stuff really makes you stop and do a double-take – from the look, texture and style, it is quite compelling.
I was so impressed, that I decided to use it to create a backdrop in my shop for some of the furniture that I paint, so that I could have a more attractive staging area. I used the Stainmaster Luxury Vinyl in the photo above in Washed Oak Dove. It’s the kind of flooring that clicks into place, and the look and feel of it is really fantastic.
Here’s a peek at how it looks as I was getting ready to stage a piece of furniture –
When behind the scenes, the reality looks like this. Shhhh, don’t tell. 😉
Like I said, there are a lot of different options on the market – one for every style, one for every budget.
Floating vinyl flooring:
Really, it looks like it’s installed the same way you would laminate.
I think you can tell how much I love this style and color of vinyl (or hardwoods for that matter).
And I love how these are waterproof too. That’s such a game changer, given all of the areas in our homes where people want the look of wood floors, but need to be conscious of the possibility of water issues, no matter how much you plan for them not to happen.
Even peel and stick vinyl planks.
I had to get a close up shot of this floor to show you how legit it is – even in the peel in stick version. If you didn’t know this was peel and stick, I’m thinking you’d guess that it was real wood.
Then there is the groutable vinyl – this was a new concept for me. I had no idea there was such a thing! Yes, you have vinyl tile that you grout, the same way that you would with ceramic, porcelain or any other “traditional” tile.
Here’s a look at it up close and personal.
Then there is just the plank tile – I don’t believe this one is groutable – but still a nice look.
Let’s take a look at it in a few rooms, and you be the final judge on today’s luxury vinyl flooring trends.
What do you think about luxury vinyl flooring? Do you have it in your home? Would you consider it as an alternative to hardwood floors or tile?