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2021 Flooring Trends: 25+ Top Flooring Ideas This Year

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. Getting the scoop on the latest flooring trends will help you start your project the right way.

We’re here to help you find the latest, greatest flooring trends and prepare to tackle new styles in 2021. There’s nothing worse than spending your savings on a new floor only to have it go out of style in less than five 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.

Top Flooring Trends in 2021

Explore the trendiest flooring options this year!

Vinyl Flooring in 2021

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As technology advances, vinyl flooring gets closer and closer to natural wood and stone looks. Decorative patterns are gaining in popularity as well. Even better, all this beauty comes with no extra work. Vinyl floors involve less upkeep and maintenance and they’re easy to clean.

Here are some of the top vinyl flooring trends in 2021:

  • Waterproof SPC rigid core vinyl: 100% waterproof and even more durable than WPC vinyl, SPC rigid core vinyl has it all.
  • Vinyl sheets: For an affordable, DIY-friendly vinyl floor, nothing beats vinyl sheets. They also feature top-notch decorative patterns.
  • Wood-look vinyl planks: The classic wood look is even more realistic, with embossed textures and high-end visuals.
  • Stone-look vinyl tiles: Get the look of gorgeous natural stone, including marble, limestone, travertine, and more.
  • Decorative vinyl flooring: Trendy decorative patterns like stained glass, trellis, and geometric designs are becoming more popular.
Will the vinyl flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Without a doubt! Vinyl flooring is durable, warm, resilient, and stylish. This is the go-to flooring option for many people, and it will remain that way for decades to come.

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Tile Flooring in 2021

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Tile flooring is famous for its classic look, versatility, and practically indestructible composition. Because glazed tile is naturally waterproof, it is the only flooring option that you can use anywhere – bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, you name it. 

Here are some of the top tile flooring trends in 2021:

  • Marble-look tile: Get the high-end look of marble without the high price and maintenance hassles.
  • Encaustic-look tile: Enjoy the highly detailed patterns of encaustic-look tile. Popular styles range from geometrics to florals, to old-world and Victorian. 
  • Decorative tile styles: From glamorous art deco tile patterns to colorful and intricate Moroccan tile looks, there are a lot of decorative styles to choose from.
  • Designer tile shapes: Squares are out, and new, creative shapes are in. Expect to see more arabesque tiles, fan tiles, hexagon tiles, and more.
  • DIY-friendly tile: Manufacturers have come up with innovative tile flooring that you can easily install on your own – no professional needed!
Will the tile flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Definitely! Tile is durable, easy to clean, and comes with the most style options of any other flooring. There’s always something new to explore with tile flooring, so expect to see it around forever. 

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Laminate Flooring in 2021

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Made to imitate solid hardwood, laminate is one of the more popular wood-look options for busy residential and commercial spaces. Laminate flooring is attractive, easy to maintain, and durable with its multi-layer design, all at a lower price point compared to hardwood floors. 

Here are some of the top laminate flooring trends in 2021:

Will the laminate flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Laminate is going to become even more popular in the next few years. Because it’s affordable, stylish, and durable as well, lots of people will continue to choose laminate flooring for their homes.

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Carpet Flooring in 2021

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Wall-to-wall carpet is a classic for flooring, but these days you have even more options to bring the durability and comfort of carpet into your home. Choose from a wide selection of carpet flooring, ranging from tiles to traditional broadloom, from nylon to polyester. You can even explore some outdoor options for those of you looking to step up your backyard oasis.

Here are some of the top carpet trends in 2021:

  • Carpet tiles and planks: A more DIY-friendly alternative to wall-to-wall carpet, carpet tiles allow you to mix and match patterns and colors. Now you can get even more creative with carpet planks, too.
  • High-pile plush carpets: Nothing beats the plush comfort of carpet, and high pile carpets are coming back into style as more people choose warmth and comfort for their homes.
  • Area rugs: Add a splash of color and style with a decorative area rug! This way you can enjoy the easy maintenance of hard surface flooring and the warmth and feel of carpet, all in one room.
  • Geometric patterns: More and more people are using carpet to make a statement, and bold, geometric patterns are one of the hottest looks.

Will the carpet flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Carpet will still be going strong! Though hard flooring has been growing more popular in the last few years, carpet remains the top trend. That softness and comfort is unbeatable.

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Engineered Hardwood Flooring in 2021

Flooring Trends: Anderson Imperial Pecan Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is a low-maintenance, affordable alternative to solid hardwood flooring. In addition to the real wood veneer surface layer, engineered hardwood consists of man-made materials such as high-density fiberboard (HDF) to provide the look of hardwood floors, with added durability.

Here are some of the top carpet trends in 2021:

Will the engineered hardwood flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Engineered wood is going to become even more trendy in the next few years. Homeowners are starting to value authentic looks and quality materials, and engineered wood offers both. As manufacturers find ways to develop more waterproof engineered hardwood, you can expect to see this trend grow. 

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2021 Trending Flooring Features

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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 maintaining a 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 2021 flooring trends echo this with plenty of waterproof, recycled, and American-made flooring options.

Waterproof Flooring

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Waterproof flooring is in high demand this year. It makes sense! People have busy lives and they don’t want to worry about spills and constantly maintaining their floors.

It used to be that if you wanted waterproof floors, tile was your only great option. However, waterproof is the big thing right now. You can choose from waterproof vinyl, waterproof laminate, waterproof engineered hardwood, and even waterproof carpet!

  • Waterproof vinyl flooring: Over the past several years, there has been a huge surge in waterproof vinyl with WPC (wood plastic composite) cores that are 100% waterproof. Now there’s a new waterproof vinyl called rigid core vinyl, with an SPC core. SPC, also known as stone plastic composite, provides a durable, rigid core and complete water resistance. 
  • Waterproof laminate flooring: Standard laminate can warp and bubble with too much moisture, but water-resistant laminate is a different story. Waterproof laminate flooring is still up-and-coming, so it’s rare and can be hard to find. However, when you do find it, you’ll enjoy DIY-friendly laminate flooring that is 100% waterproof. This means you can install it in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, you name it.
  • Waterproof engineered hardwood: Engineered hardwood is built with a real wood veneer and an artificial base. Recently, manufacturers have developed engineered hardwood with a 100% waterproof SPC core. Finally, you can showcase the beauty of natural wood in high moisture areas.
  • Waterproof carpet: Fully waterproof indoor broadloom carpet is now a reality. Waterproof fiber coatings and protective carpet backings help to make carpets 100% waterproof. These carpets won’t soak up the water and stain or get moldy. Instead, you can easily clean up any liquids in seconds without them soaking in for the long haul.

Will the waterproof flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Of course! Waterproof flooring has changed the game in the flooring world, and it shows no signs of stopping. Why would it? Everyone wants a beautiful, low-maintenance floor that resists water damage. I predict waterproof flooring will be virtually everywhere in the decades to come.

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Eco-Friendly Flooring

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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 comprises primarily 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.

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, such as plastic soda bottles and even fishing nets. 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.

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 2021 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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American-Made Flooring

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These days, some people are choosing American-made flooring because they like knowing that their money’s going back into the U.S. economy. Lots of American manufactured products are also made sustainably, which is appealing to people who want eco-friendly flooring.

Domestic manufacturing also allows for a faster turnaround with new products. That means American-made flooring is constantly innovating to offer you the latest trends and the most cutting edge flooring technology.

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Will the American-made flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

We predict that demand for American-made (and American-grown) flooring will stay steady in the years to come.

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2021 Trending Flooring Looks

This year, the trends are all about natural looks. Some decorative styles sneaking in there, too.

But, when it 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.

Wood-Look Flooring

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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.

  • Laminate flooring: This was the first wood-look alternative to solid hardwood, and it remains the most budget-friendly option today.
  • Wood-look vinyl planks: Luxury vinyl planks and wood-look waterproof vinyl planks offer highly realistic wood visuals and textures.
  • Ceramic and porcelain tile wood looks: Tough and waterproof, tile is perfect for the high demands of even the craziest home. It looks like it’s wood, but it’s way more durable.

With these new durable and waterproof wood looks, you can achieve any trending wood style in any room of the house, worry-free.

Will the wood-look flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

1,000 times, yes! Wood-look flooring is a trend across the entire home that isn’t going away anytime soon.

This trend will only increase over the next decade and beyond.

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Stone-Look Flooring

stone-look vinyl tiles in a living room setting

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 2021 will be:

  • Slate-look flooring: Clean, natural, and edgy, slate kitchen floors are great for minimalist decor. Just like marble, you can expect to see slate looks in ceramic and vinyl tile.
  • Limestone-look flooring: With limestone-look flooring, you can enjoy the natural beauty and color variations of stone without the higher price.
  • Travertine-look flooring: Travertine-look flooring is classic. With the growing trends of unique, designer shapes in flooring, travertine is experiencing a well-deserved refresh. You can now find the gorgeous, sought-after look of travertine in more modern styles.
  • Concrete-look flooring: Concrete is a little different from natural stone looks, but it’s still worth mentioning. If you’re a fan of the industrial or warehouse aesthetic, then you’re going to love concrete-look flooring. It’s minimalist, contemporary, and oh-so chic. 

Will the stone-look flooring trend last in 2021 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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Marble-Look Flooring

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Both classic and contemporary, the marble look is a great way to pull out all the stops for a new floor. If you’re looking for a floor that says “high-end luxury” without the price tag to match, marble-look tile or vinyl is for you.

With beautiful swirling patterns, marble looks offer a one-of-a-kind appearance and the certainty that no other floor in the world looks exactly like yours.

Will the marble-look flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

The marble look is timeless, so you can expect this investment to last. If you want to modernize it a bit, you can always install your flooring in a contemporary pattern, but that might date it in a few decades.

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Decorative Flooring

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While natural looks are still big, more and more people are starting to search out decorative flooring with some fun and personality. Geometric patterns are huge in tile, carpet, and vinyl right now, and that trend will keep growing. 

Be on the lookout for decorative and graphic styles like parquet patterns and classic trellis designs. Kitchens and bathrooms are especially primed to benefit from this look. This is where creative flooring thrives.

Will the decorative flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

You betcha! Decorative flooring is in the middle of a renaissance, with bold patterns, fun colors, and lots of ways to express yourself with your floor, almost like it’s art. Of course, decorative flooring styles won’t completely overshadow natural and authentic looks. 

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2021 Trending Floor Colors

In 2021 the trends are changing with a focus on light, airy looks, and moving towards warmer tones.

You’ll see lots of blondes and whites, plus some cool tones, but gray is still going strong, too.

Gray Flooring

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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 2021, 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 2021 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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Blonde Wood-Look Flooring

Blonde wood-look vinyl planks

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 homes, 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!

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 2021 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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White Flooring

You’ll see sparkling marble-look pure whites and beachy, white-washed wood looks.

White-Washed Wood-Look Flooring

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The whitewashed look is more of a coastal trend that is starting to spread across other regions of the country. It gives your home a relaxed, beachy vibe, and honestly who doesn’t want that?

Whitewashed wood-look 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 2021 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.

Traditional White Flooring

Bright white ceramic and vinyl tiles are super hot in the home, 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 2021 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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Cool-Toned Flooring

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Cool, contemporary colors are in right now, with lots of blues and greens in tile and carpet, and lighter, airier tones for wood and stone looks. Cool tones will be trending across the flooring market in 2021, but to be frank, the trends often drift back and forth between warm and cool tones.

At this point, blue is almost like a neutral in how it’s so versatile in design spaces. A gray-blue floor adds drama without being too overwhelming. You’ll see a few cooler-toned stone looks, but the biggest place you’ll see this trend is with decorative tiles, carpets, and vinyl

Will the cool-toned flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

I think this cool, contemporary tone is going to be around for a while. As long as you stick to lighter, more muted looks, it should have some staying power. Don’t go out and buy some neon blue or green flooring. 

High Color Variation Flooring

High variation vinyl plank flooring in a living room setting

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 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 simple but contemporary decor.

Will the high color variation flooring trend last in 2021 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

FlooringInc 2020 flooring trends: black and white flooring in a kitchen setting.

Speaking of high variation, expect to see more black and white flooring in 2021! 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, retro 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 2021 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.

2021 Trending Flooring Patterns and 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

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This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your rooms 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.

I recommend getting on board with the large plank trend!

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Will the wide plank flooring trend last in 2021 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 and Herringbone Flooring

Mannington Palace waterproof laminate flat lay with decor

Herringbone pattern floors create a contemporary zig-zag pattern by connecting two planks at a 90-degree angle. This makes your floor look pretty unique, and it’s easy to DIY, so it’s a popular trend with homeowners. Meanwhile, chevron floors also feature an arrow-like design, but the planks are angled and come together to a point

You can find a lot of products with these patterns already built-in, so you don’t have to put in all that effort during installation. Sounds good to me!

chevron vs. herringbone

Will the chevron and herringbone flooring trend last in 2021 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.

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Checkered Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 flooring trends: black and white checkered flooring in a living room setting

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 for 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.

I don’t think it would work so well with a huge open floor plan.

Will the checkered flooring trend last in 2021 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

Daltile Uniform Mosaics

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 one-of-a-kind look as you transition to other rooms in your home. It’s the ultimate way to express your creativity.

Will the creative tile transition trend last in 2021 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.

2021 Trending Flooring Textures

Another top trend this year is texture in general. Scrapes, knots, wirebrushed, 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.

Carpet textures are also doing some exciting things, bringing back old classics and creating patterns with varied fibers.  

Hard Surface Flooring Textures

Handscraped

Handscraped wood-look flooring

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.

Because handscraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners, as well. 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 2021 and beyond?

This unique, individual, handcrafted look will stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive things.

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Wirebrushed

Shaw Cornerstone Oak Engineered Wood

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! If cleaning isn’t your favorite pastime, that is a huge selling point. Especially in the kitchen.

In 2020, 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.

Will the wirebrushed flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

While I don’t think it will last forever in the entire home, I do think wirebrushed looks will last longest 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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Distressed

Distressed look vinyl plank flooring

People love floors with character and it’s no secret that distressed floors have a whole lot of it! With intentional scrapes, knotholes, and even burns, distressed floor textures are meant to give your floor character, like it’s much older than it actually is.

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 2021 and beyond?

This is a look that will divide people. 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 long-term resale value, I would choose handscraped looks.

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Rio Grande Waterproof Hickory Engineered Wood

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.

Will smooth floors stay relevant in 2021 and beyond?

You betcha! They’re not going anywhere.

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Trending Carpet Textures

Frieze/Shag Carpet

Air.o Gentle Breeze Carpet with Pad

Frieze is also known as “twist” carpet and it refers to carpet fibers that are twisted many times, making them look almost curly.

The new, updated frieze carpets inspired by shag carpet texture are super cute and tremendously popular. A little time and technology go a long way and, now, carpet manufacturers have taken an outdated fad and come up with a trendy new twist. 

Will the frieze carpet trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Twisted frieze carpet is making a comeback! After shag carpets went out of style, the plush comfort of high pile carpet will probably last quite a while, as long as you don’t buy any crazy colors. 

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Berber Carpet

Masland Marquis

Also known as looped carpet, this texture is exactly how it sounds – little loops of fiber cover the whole carpet is a soft yet durable surface.

Loop Berber carpet has been quite popular in commercial areas because the loops make the floor last so long. But you’ll see it a lot in homes, too, especially busy residences with lots of traffic and maybe even some pets. This sleek, clean, modern carpet trend doesn’t just look great. It’s also practical.

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Will the Berber carpet trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Looped Berber carpet is a time-honored classic. You can count on this texture trend to last for years and years, not just because it’s stylish, but also because looped carpet is more durable!

Cut and Loop Carpet

Anderson Tuftex Mission Square

When you combine cuts and loops, you can create unique, stylish patterns and textures. You’ve probably seen this a lot in rugs. When you run your hand along the rug and you can feel the contrasting textures? That is usually cut and loop carpeting.

Patterns are super in right now across all floor types and these cut and loop patterned carpets have been going strong for several years now. 

Will the cut and loop carpet flooring trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Yeah, for a while. The cut and loop style allows you to get more style out of your carpet, but depending on the pattern, it might look dated in a decade or so.

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Conclusion

Did we miss anything? Leave it in the comments – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

As you can see, a lot is 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 planks, blonde or gray wood/wood-look.

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Ari Ziskin is our resident expert in all things fitness, dance and flooring trends. After five years of blogging at Ari’s Menu, where she was featured on sites like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, Ari decided to pursue writing full-time. Nothing makes her happier than sharing her knowledge to help people create their gyms and begin their fitness journey.

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Ascension Elevators
April 6, 2018 3:33 am

This blog provides a very updated information on the different types of flooring,its cost,texture and durability. Very helpful for those who want to refurbish their house.

Chris
April 11, 2018 1:54 pm

I’m glad you guys mention waterproof flooring. Most consumers have no idea how far this extends into flooring,even among carpet. It’s time to get the word out!

Hilton Head Hardwood
April 18, 2018 4:34 pm

Well researched article Ari. It’s a bit scary seeing how real some of these wood look-a-likes are 🙂

Deerfoot Carpet and Flooring
July 9, 2018 5:22 am

Thanks for sharing such a great information, it is really helpful. Keep up the work.

Kit Hannigan
August 17, 2018 6:57 pm

It sure is great to know that environment-friendly flooring options that are made from natural, renewable, and recyclable materials are getting more popular. My daughter is really looking to remodel her home to align with her zero waste lifestyle, and I think this type of flooring will definitely suit her. I’ll be sure to help her look for flooring contractors that could set her up with this kind of project. Thanks!

Rachel Frampton
August 20, 2018 7:58 am

Thanks for the great article on flooring trends in for homes. I’ve been looking for a style I like and really enjoyed the suggestion to angle wood flooring and using hand scraped wood to give the flooring a distressed, yet modern look. I will have to look into flooring costs for this type of flooring when we re-do our floors.

Heidi Bookenstock
August 23, 2018 11:47 am

My husband and I are remodeling out kitchen and we’re thinking we want t o replace the floor. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of floor. I really like the ceramic tile, it’s very durable which is great for our family, and it also comes in so many different designs.

Extreme Epoxy Coatings
October 23, 2018 10:13 pm

Thank you for your valuable resources keep share the information like this…

Cora Palmer
December 16, 2018 7:49 pm

I’m glad to read you blog and it’s really looking great. Keep it up.

Concrete Charlie
January 16, 2019 8:23 am

Your blog is fantastic! I can tell a lot of hard work goes into this site. I’m not huge into trends, but a lot of these floors look great. I find it hard to beat good old fashioned antique heart pine, but that’s just my Southern roots talking.

Tiffany Locke
January 28, 2019 6:26 pm

I like that you explain how you can get concrete look tiles that have the durability and are low-maintenance benefits of porcelain. This would be a great way to keep your floor looking great and in good condition while matching the style of your home. When choosing floor tiles, it might be a good idea to consider what look you want to determine which material would be best so you can then go online and find a supplier that carries the kind you want.

Eleanor Turner
March 7, 2019 12:55 am

It is useful to most of the people to maintain their wood flooring.

Michelle Barichello
March 11, 2019 10:09 am
Reply to  Eleanor Turner

Absolutely, Eleanor!

Eleanor Turner
March 23, 2019 10:13 pm

Very valuable info. Thank you for sharing this blog.

Michelle Barichello
March 25, 2019 6:39 am
Reply to  Eleanor Turner

Thank you, Eleanor!

Ben
Ben
March 27, 2019 2:27 am

Natural stone floors have many benefits, such as being cost-effective, as your blog suggests. Whilst being hard-wearing, easy to clean, natural stone floors can add value to your property. The use of natural stone has an appearance of elegance and sophistication and rarely goes out of fashion.

Michelle Barichello
March 27, 2019 10:11 am
Reply to  Ben

Thanks, Ben!

Flooring Discount Center
May 21, 2019 9:54 pm

Thanks for sharing such a great information, it is really helpful.

Michelle Barichello
May 22, 2019 8:13 am

Thank you!

Daphne Gilpin
May 28, 2019 9:52 am

Thanks for the tip to consider using distressed wood for more variety and character. My husband and I want to have the ground floor of our home remodeled soon, including new wood flooring. I’m glad I read your article because you gave me some great new style ideas to consider as we look at our flooring options.

Rochelle
Rochelle
June 17, 2019 2:12 pm

Absolutely the BEST blog/information on flooring!!! Exactly what I was looking for – Comparisons and 2019 trends. My husband and I built our last home 11 yrs ago and MY how flooring has changed in that short amount of time. We are about to start building our 3rd home and the options for flooring are amazing. So glad to know there is water-proof laminate available and affordable. Also, it’s nice to know that laminate and vinyl are not just for cheapskates anymore. Thanks for your hard work.

Michelle Barichello
June 17, 2019 3:03 pm
Reply to  Rochelle

Glad to hear you’re enjoying our blog, Rochelle! Vinyl and laminate are definitely making a comeback in a great way. Good luck with building your new home, and please let us know if we can help. We’d also be curious to know what flooring questions you have along the way!

Andrej Matic
July 17, 2019 9:43 am

Great article! A lot of our customers love the distressed look. I still think grey is fairly popular but some customers love when there is a large amount of variation from one plank to another.

TheMete Flooring
July 30, 2019 6:16 pm

That was so interesting and useful information. I personally prefer Wood flooring than others as it gives more premium look than tile or carpet. Wood flooring is really awesome looking for a home.

Angela Waterford
August 15, 2019 8:31 am

I like the idea that you suggested that I can get white ceramic flooring for my home. In my opinion, it would make my living room look bright. I’ll be sure to hire a service to install them so that it can contrast my dark furniture.

Trish Blassingame
October 28, 2019 10:22 pm

So many beautiful floors! My heart belongs to the photo of the transitional flooring between the wood and tile!

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
October 29, 2019 10:24 am

Hi Trish! Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you like the post!

Ashley
Ashley
December 13, 2019 8:02 am

Great article and very helpful. I really like the blonde color flooring and I was thinking that would look great in my basement. Do you think using luxury vinyl plank would be the best option? I have had some moisture issues in the past. Should I go with a WPC or SPC core?

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
December 13, 2019 8:10 am
Reply to  Ashley

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for your question. If you expect to have some moisture in your basement, your best bet is to go with waterproof vinyl with an SPC or WPC core. However, before investing in new waterproof flooring, it would be a great idea for you to address any ongoing moisture issues in your basement.

I hope this helps. Please get in touch if you have any more questions!

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