Many changes and innovations in flooring have led to an unprecedented selection of designs and styles to choose from. It’s no surprise that we’ve seen a number of trends emerge across the board as a result, with bold patterns and minimalist designs alike gaining traction in the world of home fashion. We’re even seeing the beauty of nature make a comeback in the home. Here, we’ll take a look at the defining trends taking off now as well as a quick look at what we can expect to see ahead.

Hardwood Flooring: Back to Nature

Speaking of nature’s beauty, hardwood flooring manufacturers have recently begun using lighter stains and more pattern variations to highlight the natural beauty of real wood panels. For this reason, matte finishes are also beginning to pull ahead the traditionally more popular gloss counterparts to further underscore the natural tones.


Although patterns seem to have stood the test of time, they’ve begun to take on new life in modern design. They can be used to reflect traditional styles, contemporary aesthetics and even customized to suit very specific tastes. They can also be segmented to define smaller areas within a room (similar to area rugs). This is especially true for photogenic patterns in light of social media’s visual appeal.

Vintage: Still Going Strong

Vintage has been trending for some time now, and flooring is no exception. Cement encaustic tiles are becoming particularly popular, and a variety of budget-friendly options are available for it. We’re also seeing increased popularity among hardwood and wood-look selections featuring classic aesthetics. So if you’ve been eyeing a particular flooring line but are afraid that it’ll seem a little dated, you’re in luck!

The Painted Floor: Adding a Personal Touch

DIY is all the rage right now, and flooring/interior design is no exception. For families who still can’t quite find the right flooring despite the many options available, this means customizing their own patterns. It’s a trend that began right here in Pennsylvania, and one that we’re seeing spread like wildfire. Of course, you’ll want to review the manufacturer’s specifications before painting your floors, particularly ensuring that it wouldn’t void the warranty.

Looking Ahead

We’ve noticed that artisan designs in both hard surface and soft surface are beginning to rise in popularity. It’s easy to see why: artisan style flooring invokes a personal touch. And although it’s often considered a more traditional style, we’re seeing more artisan selections offer a modern twist. It also comes in a variety of colors and reflects the influence of various cultural styles. Needless to say, artisan flooring truly offers something for everyone, and we expect to see it continue to make waves in new and exciting ways.

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