Keep your home up-to-date starting with your floor. Use this guide to the hottest 2020 flooring trends and find durable, stylish flooring ideas that will stay trendy for years to come.
The time has come! You’re ready to do that remodel you’ve always dreamed of or flip that house that’s been on the market for months.
It’s OMG so exciting until you realize choosing a floor is, um, really daunting.
Except, it doesn’t have to be. The thing is, we tend to get overwhelmed by choices, not knowing which option will look the best, stay in style and hold up to the use and abuse of your entire household.
The truth is, it’s easier than you think.
We’re here to help you find the latest, greatest flooring trends and prepare to tackle new styles in 2020. There’s nothing worse than spending your savings on a new floor only to have it go out of style in less than 5 years.
Don’t worry; we’ve got all the hottest trends along with our predictions on how long these trends will last to help you make the right choice.
Trends across hard surfaces (wood, tile, vinyl and laminate) are extremely consistent in 2020. Hard surface manufacturers continue to push towards replicating natural wood and stone flooring trends
Carpet is kind of its own niche. But that doesn’t make it any less prominent in this year’s flooring trends.
In fact, carpet is still the most popular flooring option on the market, and like hard surfaces, manufacturers are making huge strides and technological advancements to produce never-before-seen carpet looks and trends.
Staying With the 2020 Flooring Trends
Flooring trends don’t change nearly as often as fashion (thank goodness), or even other home decor, but we are in a period of evolution thanks to advancing technologies.
Think about how quickly we went from flip phones (please tell me you remember flip phones!) to smartphones — that is what’s happening with flooring technologies. We can now do more than ever before with lookalike flooring options and low maintenance flooring options.
In this post, we’ll take a look at broader flooring trends; looks that are in style for nearly all types of flooring. Don’t worry! If you want something a little more specific, we’ve got you covered. Check out our specific trends pages to find out exactly what you’re looking for.
What are the Top 2020 Flooring Trends: Our Top 5
There are lots of flooring trends going on this year. If you’d like a glance at the 5 hottest flooring ideas, here’s a quick rundown.
- Wood-look flooring. This isn’t new to 2020. Wood-look flooring in laminate, vinyl and ceramic tile has been hot for years now. In fact, it’s been the #1 flooring trend 2 years in a row now, with no end in sight.
- Waterproof flooring. For years, tile was really your only waterproof flooring option. But! It’s 2020 – that means you can now purchase waterproof vinyl, laminate and even carpet. This new feature is a dream for busy homeowners, families and pet owners.
- Textured flooring. Mimicking classic hardwood, you’ll see handscraped, wirebrushed and fully distressed floors in wood, laminate and more.
- Environmentally-responsible flooring. Beyond looks, in 2020, homeowners want to know where their floor came from. Using natural, renewable, recyclable and home-grown materials is huge right now.
- Blonde flooring. Don’t worry; gray is still big! Blonde is just also in and it’s making a huge splash. Light, airy, blonde flooring works with just about any decor and instantly makes your room look bigger.
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What Other Experts are Saying
When it comes to trends and style, we want to make sure you’re getting a well-rounded opinion. Here’s a look at what other industry experts are anticipating in 2020:
Wood Flooring Trends
“We predict that there will be three main themes in the home décor arena: exploring the possibilities of innovative technologies, celebrating alternative and organic materials, and looking to make more personalized and unique designs.
In flooring this will translate with a resurgence of eco-friendly materials such as marmoleum and cork, and the use of parquet style planks to achieve more personalized patterned flooring.
For hardwood enthusiast the current trend for wider planks will continue, as well as using mixed width planks which give a less uniform, more individual feel.” – Jamie Sanford, Home Flooring Pros
Tile Flooring Trends
“Tiles continue to be larger and get larger. 12×24 inch tiles are still popular, but there are tiles as large as 24×48 inches. They are available with realistic types of stone, such as marble, limestone, travertine, and etc.
The concrete looks has become popular as well. The wood look is still strong and the tile planks are getting as long as 48” at various widths. With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic wood or stone or concrete looks with the durability and maintenance benefits of porcelain tiles.
The thin tile panels/slabs is a relatively small segment of the tile industry, but it is a fast growing segment. Porcelain tiles are as large as 5×10 feet and can vary in thickness from 1/8” to 3/4”.
It is a more difficult tile to install and there is a shortage of qualified and experienced installers to install it. With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic look of the various types of marble, limestone, concrete, and other types of styles and looks.
Rectangle subway tiles are still popular and more options in more sizes will be available in 2020.
The encaustic decorative tiles have become more desirable. They are available in both the traditional concrete materials, and are now becoming available in porcelain tiles that are thinner, more durable and less expensive.
Glass tile is still going strong. There are more larger size glass tiles with some as large as 24×24 inches. There are many options of mosaic glass tiles that come in various shapes as glass tile liners and as field tiles.” – Donato Pompo, Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc.
Laminate Flooring Trends
“There are so many amazing options in the laminate flooring world that were not available to us even ten years ago. The hottest styles that we are seeing in our firm are lighter colors, wider planks and styles that look like wood with a rustic texture. Laminate has come a long way since it first came out and most people can’t even tell it isn’t real!
As far as what to expect in 2020, without a doubt lighter wood styles are on the rise, along with planks that look and feel like wood. Texture in laminate flooring is also improving greatly and I find that homeowners love the look and feel of laminates with depth and groove. We also love that as the process of laminate becomes more streamlined and sustainable, many homeowners will opt out of real wood options and choose the more eco friendly option of laminate.” – Amanda Gates, Gates Interior Design
Vinyl Flooring Trends
“The race to the bottom (price wise) is over. It’s now time for manufactures to stay focused on making better looking product lines. This is sure to be the year for more realistic visuals. Better technology is constantly being created and used to make vinyl flooring look more like real hardwood.
Whatever you see trending in engineered hardwood, wether it be a rustic oil finished Oak or a more contemporary smooth maple the vinyl flooring industry will be quick to create a visual that will be nearly impossible to tell apart from the real deal.” – Carly Notcha, US Floors
“Shaw Floors’ latest and greatest styling techniques for all our soft surface offerings focus on a plethora of design elements – color, pattern, texture, plushness – in addition to the expansion of our exclusive waterproof backing, LifeGuard, providing the cleanest carpet for healthy living. At Shaw, we believe your flooring should fit into your lifestyle and we want consumers to get the carpet styles they love complete with the backing option that makes sense for their life.
Shaw has made significant investments recently in fiber innovation projects to stay on-trend with consumer preferences. Consumers want a stylish, high-performing carpet that complements their uniquely curated living spaces and demand both design and function in a variety of price points. For consumers, the rise of technology, via social media and other lifestyle influencers, has made them more savvy shoppers.
Consumers today are in control of the buying experience and are driving industry expectations. If we as manufacturers aren’t listening to what consumers are telling us, and making the products they want, we aren’t using technology to our advantage.” – Tim Braten, Shaw Inc.
Kitchen Flooring Trends
“I always pick “trends” that I think will have longevity in the marketplace. I see Vinyl being the new “go to” flooring. The new vinyl plank floors off the visual beauty of a hardwood floor with unparalleled durability. These can be 100% waterproof and will hold up under a lot of conditions.
Elongated tiles or planks have made a splash and are here to stay. If you are picking wood looking tiles, real wood, laminate, or vinyl your best best is 6-8” wide and 24’-48” long.
Herringbone and Chevon patterns are showing up everywhere, as well as laying a room on a diagonal. This will add to the boldness to a room, so I would choose these areas carefully, but done in the right space can add character to any kitchen.” – Courtney Greger, My Flipping Job
Across the Board 2020 Flooring Trends
Some trends are so hot you will see them in almost every type of flooring from tile to laminate. Here is a look at what’s trending across the entire world of flooring in 2020.
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2020 Trending Flooring Types
The big focus in flooring this year is on ease and ethics. Not necessarily the most common combination, but both are pretty darn relevant to our current generation.
We want things to be effortless. We’re busy, we’ve got our lives and things to do and spending hours whispering sweet nothings to our floor is not one of them. On the other hand, we’re starting to care about how things are made, where they come from.
The 2020 flooring trends echo this with plenty of waterproof, recycled and American-made flooring options.
This year’s #2 flooring trend!
The thing is, it used to be that if you wanted waterproof floors, you had an incredibly small selection to choose from. However, waterproof is the big thing right now and you can now choose waterproof flooring in vinyl, laminate and even carpet. Check it out.
WPC Waterproof Vinyl Flooring
Okay, I know, I know, we’re not supposed to choose favorites, but this stuff is SO COOL! Yes, the all-caps kind of cool.
Over the past several years, there has been a huge surge in WPC (AKA Wood Plastic Composite AKA WaterProof Core) vinyl flooring. In short, WPC vinyl is luxury vinyl planks or luxury vinyl tiles that are 100% waterproof.
WPC vinyl planks usually resemble an upscale laminate floor, giving a modern, convincing wood look. Basically, WPC vinyl is the best of all worlds for your kitchen floor.
- Durability? Check.
- Upscale, trendy looks? Check.
- Low maintenance? Check.
- 100% waterproof? Check!
Expect to see WPC vinyl floors following all the hottest wood trends, including handscraped and distressed looks, large planks and more.
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Will the WPC vinyl flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
So. Much. Yes.
WPC vinyl floors are the fastest growing floors on market, particularly in kitchens, bathrooms and other water-prone areas. The looks will only get more convincing and, eventually, people will recognize modern vinyl as a fantastic wood alternative and forget the dated vinyl floors from the 1970s.
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Waterproof Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood is built with a real wood top layer and an artificial base. Recently, manufacturers have developed engineered hardwood with a 100% waterproof SPC core.
SPC, also known as stone plastic composite, has innovated the world of vinyl flooring with a durable, rigid core and complete water resistance. Now, those amazing waterproof features are available with a real wood surface.
Finally, you can showcase the beauty of natural wood in high moisture areas like basements and bathrooms. You get the best of both worlds, and with a lower price tag than solid wood. What’s not to love?
Will the rigid core engineered hardwood flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Without a doubt! This innovative floor technology is just now hitting the market, and it’s bound to grow even more in popularity as people discover the benefits of waterproof engineered hardwood. Expect to see this becoming a top choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
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You guys! I am so excited to tell you about waterproof carpet.
I don’t know about you but those are two terms I never thought I’d see together. Of course, there has been a pretty big movement in waterproof outdoor carpet over the last decade, fully waterproof indoor broadloom carpet has been unheard of.
Shaw is leading the way with their incredible new LifeGuard technology that makes these new carpets 100% waterproof. That means you can now use carpet in any room in the house.
Want to get out of the shower and feel the soft, warm, squishy carpet under your feet rather than hard, cold tile? Go for it! These waterproof carpets won’t soak up the water and stain or get moldy (yuck!); instead, you can easily clean up any liquids in seconds without them soaking in for the long haul.
I know, it sounds too good to be true. But check this out!
Although Shaw is leading the pack for the time being, my hunch is that other manufacturers will jump on board and, within the next decade, you’ll see waterproof carpets all over the place.
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Will the waterproof carpet trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Yes. If you ask me, this is the best carpet trend for 2020.
But it will be a slow surge.
The thing is, this technology is so new that the floors still come with a bit of a price tag (although, it’s nothing compared to solid hardwood). As technologies advance and more manufacturers jump on board, pricing will get more competitive and then waterproof carpet will totally take off.
For now, I say, if you can afford it, jump on board!
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Waterproof Laminate Flooring
Solid hardwood can be a lot of things, but waterproof ain’t one of them.
The waterproof flooring trend is taking the world by storm, particularly with the influx of waterproof vinyl (WPC) flooring on the market. I gotta be honest, WPC has been a hard break for laminate flooring.
You see, laminated wood flooring originated as the easy-maintenance, worry-free “wood” flooring option. But then WPC came along and tried to steal its thunder.
And if you’ve ever installed traditional laminate in a water-prone area, you know it’s not the best choice. If you spill water and don’t clean it up right away, your laminate can warp and bubble. Although many homeowners have gone the laminate kitchen flooring route, it’s really less than ideal.
Until now, that is!
Enter: waterproof laminate flooring! This still up-and-comer is rare and can be hard to find, but it is exactly how it sounds: DIY-friendly laminate flooring that is 100% waterproof. This means you can install it in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, you name it.
Even better – waterproof laminate floors mimic all the current look and style trends of solid hardwood and traditional laminate, giving you everything you could ever ask for in one sharp floor.
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Will the waterproof laminate trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Yes! Waterproof is super hot right now across all flooring types and demand for waterproof laminated wood flooring will only continue to rise.
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The recycled flooring trend is hot all around this year. Carpet is at the forefront of this movement, but it is happening across other types of flooring, as well.
We’ve reached a time where the young homeowner demographic is comprised, primarily, of millennials. And, not to pigeonhole an entire demographic, but as a group, millennials tend to care a lot about the brands they purchase from and how their purchases impact society, the environment and more.
It’s not enough to sell gorgeous floors at a low price. Manufacturers and retailers alike need to bring something likable and respectable to the table.
You’ve seen that Dawn commercial with the little bird and their soap, right? That is the stuff people care about these days. And with the ability to reduce our carbon footprint using recycled materials, to not jump in headfirst would just be irresponsible.
Because “green” or eco-friendly flooring is so big right now, almost all carpet is now being made from recycled materials, at least in part. You’ll see various types of recycled materials, but one of the most innovative ideas are the Foss PET carpet tiles. These unique carpet tiles are made using recycled plastic soda bottles. Pretty neat, huh?
And, manufacturers are making strides in making the carpet itself more recyclable saving the landfills from a portion of the 3.5 billion pounds of carpet tossed each year, according to Fast Company. Mohawk is currently leading this movement, but I have a hunch the other manufacturers will jump on board.
Additionally, you will see lots of recycled and reclaimed hardwood flooring and other hard surfaces using natural and recycled materials.
And, don’t forget about natural, renewable sources. Cork and bamboo are excellent environmentally-friendly alternatives to solid hardwood flooring.
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Will the environmentally-responsible flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
If there were ever a sure thing in the world of trends, this would be it. I predict consumers will only demand more recycled materials and environmentally responsible flooring options for the next several decades.
So much so that just putting an eco-friendly floor in your home could increase the resale value and reduce time on the market.
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Without getting too political here, American-Made is a hot and controversial topic right now. The desire for homegrown and American manufactured products extends beyond traditional items to flooring and home decor.
In fact, some homeowners will pay top dollar for that title. My brother is one of them. He searched high and low until he found a flooring that was wholly manufactured in the United States. And he’s not alone.
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Will the American-made flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Political trends do not disappear the way style trends do, and you can bet that the people who believe strongly in this movement will not be changing their minds anytime soon. We predict demand for American Made (and grown) flooring will only increase with time.
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2020 Trending Flooring Looks
This year, the trends are all about natural looks. In our other trend posts, we talk a little about some fun new looks popping up mimicking fabric, metallic, concrete and more.
But, when it really comes down to it, the flooring trends with the most longevity are traditional, natural looks, such as wood and stone. But, you know, without the sticker price and maintenance of actual wood and stone.
Okay, truly, this is nothing new. Wood and wood looks have been popular in the home for ages. They just weren’t accessible to everyone.
Solid hardwood flooring is expensive, finicky and not ideal for families, pets or areas where there will be a lot of moisture, like kitchens, bathrooms and basements. While solid hardwood is still widely sought after in the kitchen, homeowners are beginning to discover all kinds of gorgeous options that rival solid hardwood’s sharp looks.
And, no, I’m not just talking about laminate. Laminate is old news. Still popular, but old news.
I’m talking about luxury vinyl planks, specifically WPC waterproof vinyl planks. And wood-look ceramic and porcelain tile. These two little gems are perfect for the high demands of even the craziest home.
With these new durable and waterproof wood looks, you can achieve any trending wood style in any room of the house, worry-free.
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Will the wood-look flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
1,000 times, yes! Wood-look flooring is a trend across the entire home that isn’t going away anytime soon.
In fact, this trend will only increase over the next decade and beyond.
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This trend is also not really new. Natural wood and stone looks are increasingly becoming more popular due to their surge in accessibility.
For example, most people can’t afford straight up marble flooring. The truth is, natural materials are expensive. But! Now you can achieve these gorgeous stone looks without the price tag.
A few of the most popular stone looks in 2020 will be:
- Marble-look flooring. Expensive, chic and classic, the marble look will never go out of style. You’ll see lots of marble-look ceramic tile and vinyl tiles in 2020.
- Slate-look kitchen flooring. Clean, natural and edgy, slate kitchen floors are great for a minimalist decor. Just like marble, you can expect to see slate looks in ceramic and vinyl tile.
Will the stone-look kitchen flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
You betcha! Stone looks are classic and, with technological advancements, you will only see them more often over the next couple of decades.
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2020 Trending Flooring Patterns & Layouts
These trends have been pretty consistent over the last few years. Larger planks are where it’s at, along with lots of fun layout combinations and patterns.
Wide Plank Flooring
This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your kitchen look larger, more open and less busy.
Soon, short, thin planks will be seen as outdated. In fact, I would venture to guess that going with smaller planks could significantly reduce your home’s resale value. And also, they just won’t look as good.
Now, I do think we’ll get to a point where enough is enough already and we will maintain these new traditional sizes. So don’t go buying one flooring plank for your entire kitchen. That would look weird.
But, I definitely recommend getting on board with the large plank trend!
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Will the wide plank flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Manufacturers are only trending towards even wider and longer planks. This trend will soon become a classic staple and will likely last the test of time.
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Chevron & Herringbone Flooring
First, let me clear up a little misconception. Chevron and herringbone are very similar, but each has their own distinction.
Chevron floors require flooring to be angled and come together to a point. Although, some ceramic tiles and vinyl tiles are producing products with the chevron pattern in the tile itself, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me.
Herringbone achieves a similar look by connecting two planks at a 90 degree angle as seen below.
For wood and laminate floors, herringbone is much more accessible than chevron. However, the chevron ceramic and vinyl tiles allow you to achieve this look without spending extra money on materials and installation.
Long-plank herringbone patterns are going to be super hot over the next year, especially among young homeowners. But I suspect you’ll also see a surge in chevron tiles in the kitchen, as well.
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Will the chevron and herringbone flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.
And, it will probably stay trendy in kitchens and entryways the longest.
This is another favorite. I know, I know, I’m not supposed to play favorites, but the mixed-width flooring trend is just so cool!
Adding different widths to your floor makes your home look modern and unique. It adds that little extra something to your floor, making it pop.
As you may have guessed, mixed width flooring is where you lay planks with varying widths. This gives the eye that extra detail, drawing attention when you find something unexpected. Basically, it’s really freaking cool.
Mixed-width flooring is popular in wood, laminate, vinyl and even wood-look tile. It’s a strong statement that adds a little extra drama to your floor. But, the good kind of drama. Not the Jersey Shore kind.
Will the mixed width flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
As far as longevity, we predict this trend will be around for a while, but it is unlikely that it will become a flooring staple.
Laying your flooring diagonally instantly modernizes your home, making it look chic and expensive.
The downside to doing diagonal wood floors is they do cost a bit more in both materials and labor. However, I think, if you can afford it, it’s worth the splurge and you’ll end up happy you did it.
In fact, the above picture is from a friend’s house who installed these floors almost 5 years ago. He is still thrilled with his decision and gets compliments on it all the time.
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Will the diagonal wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Can it still be a trend if it’s uncommon? I think so.
Yes, expect to see these angled floors every once in awhile for decades to come. The rareness, in my opinion, means this trend won’t quickly grow old like others – I expect it to have a longer shelf life.
Checkered Tile Patterns
The checkered look has always been a classic design in kitchens and bathrooms, and now this vintage pattern is coming in full force. As trends move more toward unique and vintage styles, it only makes sense that checkerboard floors would make a comeback.
This trend isn’t just with black and white, either. You can find checkerboard patterns in a huge variety of colors, and even with designer printed tile. The checkered pattern of mosaic tiles is also known as a “patchwork” tile look.
This refreshed vintage style is a great way to update a smaller kitchen. In those days, most kitchens were half the size of the kitchens we have now and the style fit perfectly into that small, homey space.
Personally, I don’t think it would work so well with a huge open floor plan.
Will the checkered flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
I think this is a look that will be super popular with younger, millennial homeowners for several years to come. However, if you’re thinking about long-term resale value with a wealthier market, I would go with a wood look, instead.
Creative Tile Transitions
Photo by SuzAnn Kletzien Design – via Houzz
Say goodbye to boring old tile transitions with straight lines. You’ve probably seen this trend on Pinterest. Trickling floor transitions are the hottest new craze, and for a good reason. It looks super cool!
Trickled tile flooring slowly blends two contrasting flooring types (like tiles and planks) so they “trickle” into each other.
This pattern is often achieved with hexagons, but any tile shape will work to create a totally one-of-a-kind look as you transition from the kitchen to other rooms in your home. It’s the ultimate way to express your creativity.
Will the creative tile transition trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Maybe! This bold design is not for everyone, but it does add a unique modern touch to any space. My guess is that the trickling floors trend will grow more in the coming years, but never become the go-to option for flooring.
2020 Trending Flooring Textures
Another top trend this year is texture in general. Scrapes, knots, wirebrushes, you name it. People want a floor that not only gives the visual appearance of being aged and worn, but has the same unique texture and feel.
And you know what? Manufacturers are rising to the challenge.
These textures previously only available in solid hardwood, are trending across the board in hard surfaces this year.
Handscraped, Wirebrushed and Distressed: What’s the Difference?
Okay, so the trends we’re about to discuss are similar and often confused with one another. Each textured flooring option comes with its own unique style and character. No 2 textured wood planks should ever be exactly the same and each of these 3 options has a distinguishing quality.
- Handscraped looks feature long, ingrained scrapes with high variation between planks, making each individual plank appear handcrafted, unique and rare.
- Wirebrushed looks show subtle, intentional wire scratches leaving the appearance of exposed wood on the surface. These imperfections are smoother and more consistent than handscraped or distressed looks.
- Distressed looks are often mistaken for handscraped. Distressed looks, however, look as though they’ve been through a lot of wear and tear. You can expect to see the appearance of scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more, giving these floors an aged, antique look.
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This one is my favorite! Handscraped looks instantly make your home look timeless and expensive. These are perfect for rustic decor with plenty of character. They’re also a great backdrop for industrial kitchens, as well.
Because handscraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners, as well. In fact, handscraped floors are almost guaranteed to amp up your home value.
You’ll see trendy handscraped wood looks in traditional wood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl and tile. And, honestly, they’re all in! Each floor just has different advantages so it’s really up to you what you’re looking for.
Will the handscraped flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
This unique, individual, handcrafted look will absolutely stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive.
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Homeowners are loving weathered wirebrushed looks. This trendy look adds character to your floor without looking unfinished.
Another bonus of wirebrushed floors? They hide dirt really well so you don’t have to clean your floors as often! And, if you’re anything like me, that is a huge selling point. Especially in the kitchen.
In 2017, wirebrushed floors were the leading trend in textured flooring. However, moving forward, I anticipate that handscraped and distressed looks will knock them out of the running pretty quickly.
While the wirebrushed floors are cool, if the trend towards imperfections and character continues, distressed and handscraped wood will likely have more to offer in both variety and character.
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Will the wirebrushed flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
While I don’t think it will last forever in the entire home, I do think wirebrushed looks will always have a place in the kitchen. Especially with their ability to hide dirt.
However, if you want a seamless floor throughout your home, I would recommend going handscraped instead.
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I am a sucker for floors with character and it’s no secret that distressed floors have a whole lot of it!
Wirebrushed floors are like a traditional pair of jeans. While they likely have something that sets them apart and makes them different, they’re pretty average, not screaming individuality.
But then you have distressed floors, which are like your one extra special pair of jeans with OMG-so-much personality! The ones you don’t want to admit to anyone how much you paid for them. The ones that always make you stand out in a crowd.
So you can understand why I am such a fan.
Setting the tone with a floor that looks almost historic instantly gives you an envy-inducing decor. Distressed floors make a great pairing with brick walls, fireplaces, stacked stone, farmhouse kitchens, basically every other hot interior design trend going at the moment.
Will the distressed flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
This is a look that will divide people. Like the debate over which 90’s boy band is the best: NSync or The Backstreet Boys (obviously the latter…).
I do believe distressed looks will continue to be popular, particularly with younger generations. However, I don’t anticipate it will spread quite in the same way as handscraped and wirebrushed looks.
If you’re looking at longterm resale value, I would choose handscraped looks.
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Reclaimed Wood Textures
Reclaimed wood textures are meant to tell a story through your floor, because the wood has been used before as barn wood or pallets. Plenty of wood-look flooring options are also now rocking those reclaimed wood textures. That’s great for you, because you can get this trendy look without paying for the real thing.
With a reclaimed texture, you’re getting the highest level of detail. We’re talking knots, nail holes, color variations, and even more. You can expect a flooring with personality when you get reclaimed wood or wood-look flooring.
Just like distressed floors, reclaimed wood textures mesh really well with the farmhouse look, exposed brick, and minimalist styles.
Will the reclaimed wood flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
This is definitely a unique look that won’t appeal to everyone. Sometimes people want their new floors to actually look new, and who can blame them? It’s just that this flooring won’t be for them. That said, you can expect reclaimed textures to stick around for a while, especially among younger homeowners.
But Wait! What About Smooth Floors?
Don’t worry; smooth floors aren’t disappearing forever.
Smooth floors are chic, elegant and classic. I don’t think a time will come when smooth floors are ever totally out of style.
However, I also wouldn’t say they’re trending right now. They are holding strong, still incredibly popular. However, it’s the textured finishes that are starting to steal the spotlight. For the moment.
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Will smooth floors stay relevant in 2020 and beyond?
You betcha! They’re not going anywhere.
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2020 Trending Floor Colors
Dark espresso floors are officially on the way out, and in 2020 the trends are changing with a focus on light, airy looks and moving towards warmer tones.
You’ll see lots of blondes and whites, but gray is still going strong, too.
Gray (and Greige) Flooring
Five years ago, you could have called the gray trend new or up-and-coming. But now? Is it even a trend anymore?
Well, if by “trend” you mean popular and relevant, then heck, yes! But it definitely is not a fad.
Gray flooring, particularly gray wood, has grown exponentially over the last decade. Although gray tiles, particularly in stone looks, are also very popular.
Gray has quickly become the most popular trend, not just for flooring, but for kitchens and homes in general. Designers have also started mixing gray with other neutrals like beige, creating popular greige tones that go with any style. In 2020, you’ll be seeing a lot of greiges and charcoals adding depth and dimension to flooring.
In addition to looking chic and trendy, gray floors set the tone of a cool, contemporary home. They give you a neutral backdrop for decorating in virtually any color. Aquas, greens, bright bold colors or even black and white – they will all go with your sleek gray flooring.
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Will the gray flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Heck, yes! Gray will be hot and trendy for decades to come. I wouldn’t give it a second thought!
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For years, lighter floors were viewed as outdated or inexpensive. That is no longer the case. Not by a long shot!
As more homeowners embrace the light, airy feel in their home, you will see a huge resurgence in blonde wood (and wood-look) floors. Blonde floors, in particular, can give you that light timeless feel.
With blonde wood and wood looks, your decorating possibilities are endless. You can go for a chic, contemporary feel or a rustic, homey vibe. All without changing your floors.
The open, light, airy look is especially popular in modern kitchens. Homeowners are now steering away from sharper, modern, industrial looks and trending towards an updated farmhouse style. Light floors are perfect for this!
Contrary to ultra-dark espresso looks, blonde floors make your room feel larger and more open, especially if you use trending large planks.
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Will the blonde flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
If you ask me, the blonde wood look will become a trend-turned-classic before you can even think about switching it up to something new. If you like them, go for it! They’ll be a hit for quite a while.
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You’ll see sparkling marble-look pure whites and beachy, white-washed wood looks.
White-Washed Wood Look Flooring
The whitewashed look is more of a west coast / California trend that is starting to spread across the country. Well, some parts.
As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it. And white-washed wood and wood looks are at the top of the list.
In addition to the California, beachy look, whitewashed tile floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style homes, particularly in the kitchen.
Whitewashed wood floors typically show the appearance of wear with the darker colors peeking out from underneath. It fits right in with the 2020 aged and worn trends happening across all styles of flooring.
Whitewash will make your home look brighter, bigger and more relaxed. It can give that “beachy” feel or also an upscale contemporary feel, depending on the rest of your decor.
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Traditional White Flooring
Bright white ceramic and vinyl tiles are super hot in the home. In 2020, the theme is contrast. You will see luminous whites contrasting dark, espresso cabinets. Or, white tiles setting the backdrop for a bright, colorful decor.
The marble-look trend is going to be huge in 2020, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and commercial spaces.
White floor tiles instantly make your room look bigger, especially if you use large format tiles. Put these tiles in a room with lots of natural sunlight for a truly special look.
A great thing about choosing white flooring is you have so many options for furniture and decor. Is there anything that doesn’t go with white? I don’t think so.
Will the white flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Classic whites will always remain in style. The beachy, white-washed look, however, will probably be more short-lived.
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Just a step darker than trending blonde, warm, rich honey wood looks will be taking 2020 by storm. Even just the sound of the word “honey” as it rolls off your tongue sounds wonderfully rich and cozy, don’t you think?
Honey floors are still light enough to give you many of the benefits of blonde looks, making your room look larger and more open. But, you also get that nice, rich warmth that comes from a slightly darker tone.
Warm tones will be trending across the flooring market in 2020 and, if you go the warm route, I would absolutely recommend a honey wood or wood look. To be frank, the trends often drift back and forth between warm and cool tones. However, honey wood is not just a trend; it’s a color classic.
Will the honey flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
I think this warm, cozy tone is definitely going to be around for the long haul. In fact, while other trends may steal the spotlight from time to time, I believe that honey wood looks will remain classic and relevant for decades to come.
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High Color Variation Flooring
High color variation is trending in wood (and wood looks) as well as tile. Wood looks typically feature color variation between planks, whereas high variation in tile typically refers to the amount of color variation in each individual plank.
Homeowners love the natural, rustic look that higher color variation provides. In nature, stone and wood aren’t so uniform; there are all kinds of inconsistencies.
Now, with modern technology, you can achieve these more random, natural looks with laminate, vinyl, engineered wood, ceramic tile, you name it! This makes your floor more of a statement piece and tends to pair best with a simple but contemporary decor.
Will the high color variation flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
The challenge with something bold like high color variation is it’s a very specific aesthetic. Wood looks will likely be trendy for the next decade or so. Although, I predict high variation tiles will stay trendy significantly longer.
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Black and White Flooring
Speaking of high variation, expect to see more black and white flooring in 2020! This vintage look is growing more popular, especially with tile. Checkerboard looks and creative variations on the pattern are all over Pinterest as people start to prefer the old-timey aesthetic.
Black and white floors might often be paired with bright accent colors in smaller spaces. It’s a classic color choice that can work with modern looks as well as vintage. Younger homeowners especially might navigate toward this option because they enjoy the novelty feel of a black and white floor in their kitchens or bathrooms.
Will the black and white flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?
Probably for a little while. Black and white has never fully gone out of style, but it’s not the most staying look either.
If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, it might be a good idea to go with something more mainstream, like a wood look.
Did we miss anything? Leave it in the comments – we’d love to hear your thoughts!
As you can see, there’s a lot going on in the flooring industry right now. There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless.
If you want something hot that will last for the long haul, we recommend going for large plank, blonde or gray wood/wood-look.
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