Vinyl trends for 2020

by Ofentse Sefolo
Vinyl trends for 2020

A decade ago, designers and specifiers were forced to choose between wood or laminate for wood looks and between tile and stone for stone looks. Those days are gone. A technological revolution that took place in the flooring industry over the past ten years led to vinyl flooring having several trends of its own. Additionally, vinyl as a whole is trending right now.

Originally saved for commercial spaces, vinyl is making its way into more homes than ever before. In 2019, flooring trends were all about disguise – floors masquerading as other materials. In 2020, this trend is still going strong.

Trending looks

Wood-look vinyl
Have you noticed that suddenly your favourite stores and restaurants are being revamped with floors like real hardwood? The wood-look has become increasingly popular for commercial use, however, it’s not solid hardwood being used in grocery stores. Many times, these spaces are fitted with luxury wood-look vinyl. This year, vinyl manufacturers will be producing even more wood looks mimicking the hottest wood flooring look and texture trends.


These are some of the trending wood-look vinyl textures:
• Distressed looks: These vinyls look as though they’ve suffered a lot of wear and tear with the appearance of scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more.
• Wirebrushed looks: Showing subtle, intentional wire scratches, these vinyls give the appearance of exposed wood on the surface.
• Handscraped looks: These vinyls feature long, ingrained scrapes with high variation between planks. Each plank appears to be handcrafted, unique and rare.
• Patterns: Hexagon, Chevron and Herringbone patterns are popular.

Stone-look vinyl
Thanks to stone-look vinyls, customers no longer have to pay a fortune for soft, porous marble. These are some of the hottest stone and tile flooring trends in 2020:
• Marble: Marble is chic, timeless and known for its unique veining and gorgeous translucence. This year you will see many marble looks in durable, nonporous LVT.
• Travertine: This type of floor can make your project look like ancient architecture or a castle. The versatile, neutral colours with distinctive patterns and veining are a timeless look that can be achieved in affordable LVTs.
• Slate: The dark chalkboard look is particularly popular, but slate comes in a number of colours. The sharp and contemporary slate looks will continue to rise in popularity in 2020.



Concrete-look vinyl
The concrete-look vinyl tile will continue to be trendy in 2020. Spaces such as up-and-coming restaurants and bars, trendy condos and swanky apartments will continue to specify this flooring type to achieve the chic, industrial effect. Designers are also combining finishes such as concrete and wood for transitions between spaces.

Metallic-look vinyl
The industry can expect to see metallic looks popping up in bathrooms, businesses and bold spaces that want to make a statement. While this is a huge trend now, it might not be trendy ten years down the line. Make sure to pair metallic-look floors with the right décor for a cool look.

2020 trending vinyl flooring types

The hottest types of vinyl floor continue to be Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVPs), Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs) and Wood Plastic Composite (WPC). As far as looks, durability and features are concerned, these three types of vinyl continue to take flooring to the next level.

Waterproof vinyl
WPC stands for wood plastic composite but is commonly known as waterproof core. This plank flooring is best known for being 100% waterproof and you will find these planks mimicking the hottest wood trends, such as distressed and handscraped looks that can fool even the discerning eye. WPC will continue to gain popularity over the next several years.

Luxury Vinyl Planks
LVP, LVT and WPC vinyl are not interchangeable terms, which can get confusing. While all WPC vinyl planks are luxury vinyl planks, not all luxury vinyl planks are WPC. “Luxury” generally means the planks are tougher, more durable and (usually) more aesthetically pleasing than older, outdated vinyl planks.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Luxury vinyl tiles are similar to luxury vinyl planks, but they simply come in tile form. LVTs are generally a warmer, more resilient alternative to tile, while offering the benefit of gorgeous stone-looks at cost-effective prices.

Stone Plastic Composite (SPC)
SPC Flooring is the ultimate vinyl flooring when it comes to dimensional stability, thanks to a core board fortified with stone powder. It is an engineered luxury vinyl that combines limestone and stabilizers to create an extremely durable core. It is 100% waterproof and growing in popularity.


Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.flooringinc.com for some of the information in this article.

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