6 Kitchen Flooring Trends That Are on Their Way Out This Year (and What to Do Instead)

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One of the coolest kitchens I ever saw had vinyl flooring in a red and black checkerboard pattern. It was, at the time, my favorite color combination — so, an entire kitchen in it? Pinch me. Sadly, that trend is probably so far out of fashion these days that you can’t even see it in the distance. Alas, I’m glad I didn’t spend any more energy (or cash) on it.

Planning on new floors soon? To save you the trouble (and, of course, money) on making the decision on your kitchen flooring, we talked to interior designers and found that the following kitchen floor trends are becoming less and less popular.

Dark wood floors, although even recently considered trendy and on-point, have some serious issues that homeowners are tiring of. They show imperfections pretty clearly, like scratches and dust buildup. Plus, they can make a kitchen feel darker and heavier.

That being said, you don’t want to go too light on your kitchen floors. “At one point, gray wash floors were considered modern and a good neutral option. But now, gray wash flooring is beginning to be seen as overused and a bit cold in atmosphere,” says Asia Ligas, design experience manager at Block Renovation

3. Herringbone and Chevron

Eye-catching patterns can be fabulous! But steer clear of putting them on the kitchen floor now, Kropovinsky says, because they can easily overwhelm newer, more airy kitchen aesthetics.

You can see everything on high-gloss floors, from dings and scratches to footprints and dust. The trend is on its way out because people realized they’re a pain to keep clean all the time.

It may be an easy alternative or fix for flooring, but tile floors of almost every kind in kitchens are on their way out, according to Josh Churnick, VP of lead generation at Express Flooring. “We credit it to its heavy dependency on grout cleaning,” he says. “Maintaining and cleaning grout, where cracks and stains are noticeable, can become incredibly tedious in these high-traffic areas.”

People in vintage homes, I’m sorry to tell you — but your original narrow-plank floors aren’t super on-trend anymore. Ligas says that they might be making your space look choppy and busy.