The kitchen is often the social hub of the household. Many families use it more than they use their family rooms or dens. Families prepare food, share meals, gather at the kitchen table for games and activities and so much more. With spending so much time in the kitchen, pick a flooring that is updated and fresh. Here are some of the flooring designs that are on their way out of popularity.

Darker wood tones are decreasing in popularity. Today’s trends focus on creating large open spaces filled with light. Cabinets and counter tops in the kitchen are trending towards lighter shades of wood. White cabinets are becoming increasingly popular. Instead of a dark wood stain, switch up your flooring in the kitchen and pick a lighter wood tone.

Traditional ceramic tiling has been around for a very long time. This look is perfect for the kitchen because it’s easy to wash and maintain. It’s recently falling out of favor because the grout can get dirty and difficult to clean. More importantly, ceramic tile that mimics the look of wood floors has gained in popularity over more traditional designs. Pick a complimentary or contrasting color of wood-look tile to go with your cabinets.

Monochromatic flooring is also on its way out the door. In 2018, flooring in the kitchen is all about funky designs, pops of color, and creating a unique floor for your design space. The unique flooring can even be created with a unique pattern, such as chevron, in the layout of your hardwood floor boards.

Dark wood tones, traditional ceramic tiling and simple, monochromatic flooring are losing popularity in kitchens in 2018. Flooring trends come and go, but the main thing is to pick a flooring that fits your family’s lifestyle and personality.