2017 Wood-Look Flooring Trends
Don’t make the outdated choice when you update your floors – use these 2017 wood-look flooring trends to choose something durable and stylish that will stay in style the lifetime of your floor.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who has looked down in the past 5 years, but wood-look flooring is hot, hot, hot, and only getting hotter.
Once upon a time, you had to buy expensive solid hardwood to get the chic, elegant look of wood flooring. The lookalike options often looked cheap, sounded hollow, and just didn’t measure up to the real deal.
This is the biggest advancement in the flooring industry. You may think that solid hardwood has simply gotten less expensive because it seems like everyone has it these days.
The truth is, floors such as tile, laminate and, yes, VINYL have seriously stepped up to the playing field, delivering realistic, affordable and low maintenance wood looks.
You can expect to see these wood look flooring trends continue and expand well into the next few decades.
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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:
“After visiting many brands and makers at Maison & Objet in Paris, Salone del Mobile in Milan, as well as the annual design events in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco this year, I can say with confidence that faux bois is back. Wood-like patterns are showing up in unique ways in everything from fabrics to furniture to flooring. We’ve learned from our friends at such organizations as the Sustainable Furnishings Council to ask ourselves as editors, designers and consumers, What’s It Made Out Of? If it’s sustainable, healthy and helps prevent clear-cutting of forests, I’m all for it. Look for obvious wood-look treatments like knotty pine or the surface du jour, a cerused-oak look.” – Erika Heet, interiors magazine, Editor-in-Chief
“Homebuyers today are savvy and care about current trends in the homes they are shopping for. Most Buyers want a home that’s move in ready, due to lack of time for a messy remodel, or lack of cash on hand. If you want to improve anything before selling, I recommend taking a good hard look at your current flooring situation. Gorgeous and fresh floors make the biggest impact on a potential homebuyer. Cool grey tones, pieces that look like old reclaimed wood and hand scraped planks are what a lot of Buyers are looking for in today’s market. ” – Lindsay Rusk, Realtor
2017 Wood-Look Tile Trends
I wouldn’t call wood-look tile a “new” trend by any means, but it is only building momentum regarding of popularity, and it is quickly becoming a whole house staple.
I was talking to a friend recently with solid hardwood floors. He told me that he wished these tile options would have been available when he redid his floors and that, given the choice, he would switch in a heartbeat.
Will they last? You betcha. Tile is the most durable flooring option on the market and combining that durability with the look of natural hardwood is a combo that is hard to beat.
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2017 Wood-Look Vinyl Trends
First, a story.
Once upon a time, laminate was the only wood-look flooring in the limelight, the Ferrari of wood-look flooring. Then vinyl, flooring’s Lamborghini, jumped into the realistic wood-look market and gave laminate a run for its money. This has caused both flooring manufacturers to improve at lightening speed, each trying to keep up with the other.
The moral of the story is that wood-look vinyl is just as realistic as wood-look laminate. And that means, with its waterproof capabilities and ease of maintenance, vinyl flooring is on the rise. And fast.
In fact, vinyl flooring is not only mimicking traditional wood looks, but trending wood looks, such as distressed, reclaimed-look and more.
Will this last? Heck yes, it will! And wood-look vinyl flooring will only continue to impress, keeping up with all of the current solid hardwood trends, and maybe even setting some of its own.
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2017 Wood-Look Laminate Trends
Okay, so I know, like, 99% of laminate flooring looks like hardwood, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a hot trend! Laminate is only growing in popularity as a hardwood alternative, and the looks lately are top notch.
To compete with current wood flooring trends, laminate now offers hand-scraped, distressed and reclaimed-look options that will make you do a double (or triple!) take to see if they’re solid hardwood.
Laminate is the original wood impersonator and, these days, many realtors will even tell you that high-quality laminate does almost as much for the resale value of your home as traditional solid hardwood.
This trend isn’t going anywhere. Although, it is my guess that even better, more beautiful laminate planks will be available on the market, laminate is a safe bet to stay in style for decades to come.
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2017 Wood-Look Texture Trends
It’s not about a smooth wood-look photograph anymore. Manufacturers are stepping up their game and incorporating trending wood textures into wood-look floors like laminate, tile and vinyl.
In 2017, you will see these lookalikes with hand scraped, weathered, wire brushed and distressed textures. You will also feel the grooves of real wood in your ceramic tile.
It’s true. Vinyl and laminate too, but tile comes as the most surprising innovation. No more cheap feeling wood copycats; in 2017 everything will look and feel impressively realistic.
This is just the beginning for this trend. Expect to see improvements and even more realistic textures and feels for decades to come.
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, well, wood-look flooring is it! I suggest going with a trendy gray or blonde wood-look to really take your house to the next level.
If you’re looking to get started with new trendy wood-look flooring, here are a few of my favorites: