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2017 Wood Flooring Trends: 16 Trends to Watch This Year
By Ari Ziskin
Published: October 2, 2016 | Updated: January 21, 2022
2017 Wood Flooring Trends
Don’t make the outdated choice when you update your floors – use these 2017 wood flooring trends to choose something durable and stylish that will stay in style the lifetime of your floor.
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Can you believe it’s already almost 2017?! It seems like just yesterday we were chatting about the 2016 flooring trends.
Well, it is (almost) a new year and we have some new styles. Many things have stayed the same, but we’ve got some fresh, new wood flooring trends heading your way that you may not have seen out in the world just yet.
Wood flooring is a classic choice and, even with the influx of wood-look flooring options, there will always be a market for wood flooring.
That doesn’t mean it has to be boring or the same old, same old! Wood flooring trends are still constantly developing, offering a new and stylish twist on an old classic.
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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 2017:
“For 2017, we don’t see any slowdown of the current preferences for wide plank in gray tones with extremely low-sheen finishes.” – Kim Wahlgren, Wood Floor Business, Editor
“I anticipate an increase in the demand for affordable, local, sustainable flooring products. Local wood reclamation, whether that wood is being salvaged from old barns or rescued from underneath old and outdated carpeting, is going to be popular across the country. I also imagine we will see an increase in popularity of lighter wood flooring, even softer wood like pine and cork, and lighter stains on wood flooring, as lighter color floors pair well with trendy bright and bold paint and wallpaper colors.” – Cindy Weinstock, The Flooring Lady
“For 2017 we’re seeing a continued desire for wider and longer hardwood planks, and also a more informal layout using different width planks. Wider planks have the advantage of creating a more unified look – with fewer joint lines – which also highlights the inherent aesthetic of the wood, that is to say the knots and grain.
Because texture is going to be important this year, we are expecting to see increased popularity for hardwoods that have distinct hand-crafted finishes, such as hand scrapped and wire-brushed finishes.
Whilst gray tones are still going to be hugely popular, we might also see a growing return back to more natural and dark wood tones. And one key trend that is certain to hit consumers in 2017 is herringbone and chevron parquet designs which are being heavily featured on trend-setting home décor and renovation shows and websites this year.” – Jamie, Home Flooring Pros
2017 Wood Flooring Color Trends
Typical, predictable and neutral wood flooring is out this year. Instead, homeowners are looking for bold looks that make their home stand out above the rest.
Expect to see colors at each end of the spectrum with much less of the traditional wood coloring.
Dark Stained Wood Floors
Talk about making a statement! These dark stained wood floors are (often) contrasting bright whites, particularly with the huge white cabinet trend going on right now.
While these dark floors are beautiful, they can tend to make your room look small and show dirt/dust more easily.
Will they stick around for the long haul?
Eh, I’m not so sure. The more “extreme” color trends tend to come and go on their own cycle. However, you can certainly expect to see espresso brown, almost black floors throughout 2017 and probably for a solid 5 years beyond.
Blonde Wood Floors
Extremes. Super dark and super light, and not much in between.
Light, blonde wood, often found in bamboo flooring, is gaining steam. Light colors make your space look bigger, brighter and more open. They also hide the fact that you haven’t cleaned your floor in 2 weeks a whole lot better than their darker counterpart.
I have to admit, I used to turn my nose up at these lighter varieties. I was a total dark wood gal, but recently, I’ve seen the light. <– see what I did there?
In all seriousness, seeing the new gorgeous blonde woods coming onto the market has completely changed my mind. You’ll see how the lighter flooring brightens up the entire space. It’s even better with natural light!
If you ask me, this new, unique wood look will become a trend-turned-classic before you’re even thinking about switching it up to something new.
Gray Wood Floors
A few years ago I might have claimed that this was a fad; a trend that would soon be on its way out. However, these gray floors are still going strong, and we don’t expect that to change anytime in the next decade.
I know, I know. I just told you 2017 is all about extremes and gray is anything but. Gray is the exception. Gray is special.
This neutral, calming color has been picking up steam for years and is quickly becoming a staple in the modern household.
Gray appears to be here for the long haul, and it is even accompanied by trendy new gray cabinets and other decor. In fact, in my home, the baseboards and interior doors are all gray and we are constantly getting compliments on our color choice.
I say, if you like it, go for it – it’s not going anywhere soon! In fact, gray will probably stay in style at least until it’s time for you to purchase new floors anyway.
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2017 Wood Flooring Texture Trends
There are so many factors that make up the look of a gorgeous wood floor. Color is often the first thing people think of, but texture can make even more of a statement. Both good and bad.
You’ll notice that, in 2017, flooring is all about texture. In fact, companies are going through so much trouble to add texture to smoother surfaces to give homeowners the rustic, earthy feel that is so in right now.
There are many options when it comes to flooring texture – all those scrapes and marks are not always the same. Here’s an idea of what to look for.
Hand Scraped Wood Floors
Rustic, natural and unique hand scraped hardwood floors are making a statement in a big way!
Hand scraping makes each plank appear to be handcrafted and one of a kind. Long, ingrained scrapes show in the finish, leaving the floor looking finished, classic and rare. This is quite the process, and the sticker price shows!
This unique, individual, handcrafted look will absolutely stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive.
**Note: Be careful purchasing hand scraped wood floors. Many companies will call their floors hand scraped, but they really use a machine making each plank look similar and more uniform. It is less expensive for them, but it does not offer the same effect.
Wire Brushed Wood Floors
Often mistaken with hand scraped wood, wire brushing gives floors an aged, distressed look. These intentional scratches not only give the wood a unique style but also hide new scratches, dirt and dust, making them a popular choice for families and homeowners with pets.
Remember when those distressed, holey, ripped jeans were the thing? Like, actually spending extra money to have someone damage your jeans?
It’s like that trend, but for wood flooring. And actually cool.
I mean, it’s the same idea – you are literally paying extra to achieve that distinct rustic look. But, it looks beautiful. And (often times) it’s worth it.
How will this trend survive? I believe there will always be a market for this type of flooring. However, it will likely only be a hot and trendy choice for the next 5-7 years.
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2017 Wood Floor Finishing Trends
Gone are the days of ultra glossy finishes. Homeowners are now choosing understated, flat finishes with less shine.
Just like photos, glossy is just that – glossy; reflecting light, shiny, lustrous and practically unignorable. Matte finish is that flat finish that your fingers don’t stick to. It can look dull, but it looks much more natural and is often a stylistic choice for both flooring and photos.
Satin Finished Wood Floors
A perfect compromise in between glossy and matte, satin finishes are (typically) about 40% lustrous (i.e., shiny). As the trends change and homeowners are beginning to prefer less polished flooring, satin is not such a drastic step. It’s a practical step back and was the most popular flooring finish in 2016.
The great thing about this middle-of-the-road option is you can be (almost) certain that this finish will never go out of style. I believe trends will go more and more towards matte finishes as the years go on, but eventually, that trend will change and we will be moving back towards the glossier looks.
This means satin finishes will stay current through all of that, making them the safest choice for the longest life of your floor.
Matte Finished Wood Floors
Previously thought of as dull and boring, matte finished wood floors are stepping into the spotlight. While people are still leaning towards satin finishes, this trend is in the very early stages and hasn’t yet reached its prime.
Personally, I am all about the matte look. Just a personal preference, but I do not like my floors shiny. Unless it’s bathroom tile.
While I don’t predict matte finish will be the thing forever, it will likely continue to grow in popularity over the next 5-10 years.
2017 Wood Floor Layout & Pattern Trends
People are getting ultra creative when it comes to the layout of their floor. Patterns, angles, you name it. Of course, not all patterns are created equal.
There are plenty of dated pattern looks or patterns that only work in specific situations. However, there are plenty of hot looks going on right now that anyone can rock with the right modern decor.
Let’s look at what’s hot right now.
Herringbone Wood Floors
We’re not talking the 1970s short plank parquet flooring. New, trendy herringbone flooring layouts typically use longer planks and add interest and depth to the eye.
This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.
Diagonal / Angled Wood Floors
My favorite. Homeowners are changing things up by laying their wood flooring at an angle rather than straight on. This gives your floor (and home) a unique, modern and expensive look.
It does cost more in materials (and often installation), but the outcome is dreamy, yet still uncommon enough to maintain its luster.
Can it still be a trend if it’s uncommon? I think so.
Yes, expect to see these angled wood 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.
Wide Plank Wood Floors
It’s no secret that larger planks make your room look bigger. These large planks look modern, elegant and expensive in any room in the home.
Are you thinking about jumping on board? Well, you should!
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.
Mixed Width Wood Floors
**Note: The above photos are vinyl and tile, not wood. They are there as a reference to give you an idea of the mixed width look.
Our eyes love detail and the unexpected. That is why it is no surprise that mixed width wood floors are in demand.
Mixed width hardwood floors (unsurprisingly) combine multiple width planks to make the flooring pop. This can be done in a pattern or randomly for more variety.
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.
2017 Trending Wood Flooring Types
You have so many options these days when it comes to wood flooring. Traditional, “new” wood flooring is out, and some new characters have joined the party.
As you’ve probably noticed, we’re steering away from the sleek and shiny and trending towards warm, inviting looks with plenty of character. These types of wood flooring are less Hollywood glamor and more your grandmother’s home cooking if you get what I mean.
Unique, durable and green, with each plank telling a story, it’s no wonder reclaimed wood has taken off so quickly.
Reclaimed wood simply means taking old building materials and re-using them. Essentially, recycling. We all want something different that doesn’t look just like our neighbor’s house and reclaimed wood offers just that unique look.
As reclaimed wood gains popularity, it becomes increasingly more rare and difficult to find, only making it that much more popular. My guess is that this will be a trend that sticks around for a decade or so until something different comes along.
Want to learn more about reclaimed wood? We love this post from Bob Vila.
Engineered wood is the closest thing you can get to natural, solid hardwood. You know, other than actual solid hardwood. It has a thin hardwood veneer layer on top of plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF).
Families and pet owners are leaning towards engineered wood flooring because it’s less finicky than traditional solid hardwood. Engineered wood is easier to maintain and can hold up to kids and pets.
Just like laminate and other solid hardwood alternatives continue to thrive, engineered wood flooring is no different! Expect to see engineered wood in homes for decades to come.
American Grown / American Made
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.
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 that the demand for American Made (and grown) flooring will only increase with time.
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 wood 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.
36 Comments on “2017 Wood Flooring Trends: 16 Trends to Watch This Year”
Thanks for the information
Alongwith satin matte finished hardwood floors, Cork and bamboo hardwood floors have always been in trend and they are eco-friendly too.. Thank you for such information !!
Nice blog, I particularly like bamboo flooring. My customers are beginning to ask for this more and more.
I am a flooring Glasgow contractor.
I also like your pics… really nice photos of all the different types of flooring.
Thanks for the blog, nice one.
My floor are Parque squares…I can’t afford to change them yet, so I’ve sanded them. I need help deciding what stain to use on this type textur. Dark or light stain??
Nice blog. I love hard surface flooring for its beauty, elegance, and longevity.
What about vinyl plank floors? The local big box hardware stores are selling them like crazy. They look beautiful, come with a lifetime warranty, are scratch resistant and waterproof. They are also supposed to be more forgiving of less than perfect subfloors. I’m thinking this would be a better option for my family of six and two dogs than hardwood, which scratches and is less forgiving of spills.
In Canada, I see a lot of prefinished white oak. Having visited a friend in NY, we fell in love with his random width sapele floor and decided to do something similar. We are scared of it being too different and how to stain it to fit with our black, Grey and white transitional style living and dining room. I heard it can get too red ponce stained. We are leaning towards a 7″ plank floor as random width seemed too different here and we would hate to be caught with a trend. Is this a mistake in sticking with the 7″ or should we mix it with a 4.5″ planks? Also we don’t want to go too dark, as we have a small open concept living and dining room (620 sq ft) that we need to match with black doors, Grey walls and a modern white 3 sided room divider belfire fireplace. Is there a safe stain choice to all the sapele beauty to show withoout clashing or over-powering?
Very nice detailed post Ari. Over here in Delaware we’re seeing the exact same trends. Dark floors are being overtaken by lighter shades and greys. Be interesting to see where we are in 5 years…
Thank you for all the tips! Have you heard of Rubio Monocoat? We’re seriously considering this as an eco-friendly stain rather than traditional stain with 3 coats of polyurethane. Do you have any related comments on this product?
My wife and I have been debating a home improvement project for a while now. You may have finally convinced us!
I have those old blond cabinets in my kitchen and the people before stained the wood floors to match the cabinets. I understand you don’t work with stains, but if I stained my floors a grey color would you have any ideas what kind of cabinets people are putting in to compliment the grey floors ? I’m thinking of painting my cabinets but am scared like crazy. Ill do all the research, but I’m still scared. I will be painting them as it seems easier to change colors when the cabinets are not stained. Painting over paint seems easier. I would love to do a total redo, but that is the champagne on a beer budget. I ‘ve learned so much Thank you
Thanks for a very helpful article. We have a 2 1/4 natural color wood floor in the kitchen and
now in the process of having the living and dining rooms plus the foyer change
to hard wood, too. We couldn’t decide if we will choose the Red Oak 2 1/4 width
to match the existing kitchen floor or choose the 3 1/4 width. There’s going to be
a transition wood in between the kitchen floor and the other rooms where they’re
going to join. Do you think going this route of going to a wider width is good instead
of matching he existing size/width?
All are really nice and trendy. Personally, my favorite was cork flooring.
Is it within design parameters to have narrow hardwood floors on one level of the house and another width on the stairs and on the second level?
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My dad wants to replace our flooring because it looks worn out and obsolete. You mentioned in this article that wood flooring is a classic choice. Moreover, experts advised that texture is going to be more important and when we decide to install wood flooring, it will be best hire professional contractors.
Did you miss anything, you ask? Why yes, you did. The biggest concern of all, as far as I’m concerned, is the toxic off-gassing, This is something I refuse to have in my environment any more than it already is from all other sources. Which choices are the greenest, most environmentally friendly?
Thanks for talking about some of the current trends in hardwood flooring. I actually haven’t seen any floors that have mixed width floorboards, but I really like the way it looks in the picture you used. I would have to see if I could find someone who has experience installing something like this. It would look good in my rustic-themed living room if I ever replace the carpet.
Redoing a kitchen and will use 5 inch wide plank flooring. My “problem” is, in a couple of areas, the kitchen floor abuts a den and a dining room, both which have natural oak parquet flooring. (the parquet is newly refinished, is beautiful and has alot of color striations but it’s not a design pattern that you can ignore). I’d love to find a kitchen flooring color that compliments the parquet-dare I say, makes the parquet make sense! Any suggestions?
All of these trends are definitely making it hard to choose the floor I want! Thanks for sharing. So many great choices.
All the flooring trends are awesome but I like Gray Wood Floor most. Thanks for sharing..
Satin Floor wooden floors are looking quite trendy and Engineered hardwood floors look quite natural and less finicky . Thanks for this amazing blog !!