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By Ari Ziskin
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Published: December 1, 2021 | Updated: January 21, 2022
Wood flooring is a classic choice, and even with the influx of wood-look flooring options, there will always be a market for solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring.
Now, when I say “classic” I do not mean boring. The latest wood flooring trends in 2022 are anything but boring.
As technology improves, wood competitors like laminate flooring, vinyl flooring, and tile are upping their game. Wood manufacturers have to keep things interesting, trendy, and up-to-date if they want to stay in the game.
In the past, wood has set the trend and other flooring manufacturers followed suit. However, these other floors are pushing the envelope and, in response, so is wood flooring. Let’s take a look at what wood flooring trends are happening in 2022.
You have so many options these days when it comes to wood flooring. Traditional wood flooring trends are out, and some new characters have joined the party.
You’ll notice a push for staying local and using recycled materials. Homeowners are starting to note the kinds of materials they’re using and choosing their flooring accordingly.
Engineered hardwood flooring 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 man-made materials like plywood or fiberboard.
Engineered hardwood has a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or high-density fiberboard (HDF) core which stabilizes and supports the plank. Even better, the layers of engineered wood planks include a premium attached underlayment making it extremely durable and perfect for all areas of the house.
Because it is technically real wood, engineered wood is extremely durable and offers looks in just about every trending wood look. With no extra finishing or refinishing required, engineered wood is out-of-the-box ready and, often, super easy to install yourself.
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Just how 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.
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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. Reclaimed wood kills two birds with one stone, giving you something original that’s also environmentally responsible.
Often, reclaimed wood comes from decking, timbers, and barns. It has a naturally distressed look. Although, now that it has become so popular, you will find reclaimed wood from unique sources like wine barrels and more.
As reclaimed wood gains popularity, it becomes increasingly rare and difficult to find, only making it that much more popular.
This will be a trend that sticks around for a decade or so until something different comes along.
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The desire for homegrown and American manufactured products extends beyond traditional items to flooring and home decor. Some homeowners will pay top dollar for that title.
Essentially, purchasing American grown wood floors is equivalent to shopping locally, which is huge right now. This means all of the material used in your flooring is locally sourced and manufactured, right here in the USA. From the wood all the way down to the machines manufacturing each plank, your flooring will be as patriotic as you are.
As far as I can tell, American made floors are just getting started, and not leaving as long as the floors stay relevant with the other wood flooring trends.
I predict the demand for American-Made wood flooring will be steady going into the future as people focus on buying more things locally.
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Whether you notice or not, there are many different species of wood out there. In flooring, some of these species, in particular, are trending BIG in 2022.
In 2022, everyone is looking for beauty on a budget, which is where white oak wood flooring comes in.
White oak flooring is extremely attainable and stylish. It has personality and a cleaner grain than your typical hardwood, creating beautiful variation and a contemporary aesthetic.
Despite having the word “white” in the title, this species of wood has a versatile color palette, as it is actually darker than maple or red oak. So you can have the warmth of medium-toned wood flooring and the style of the white oak wood species.
White oak seems to be a timeless wood species that has been around for a long time. Therefore, I do not see this species of wood going out of style any time soon.
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No, you’re not seeing double! While similar to white oak flooring, European white oak is making a splash in 2022 wood species trends.
The main differences between white oak and European white oak are the color undertones and the grain. European white oak has cooler color undertones such as gray, whereas white oak has a yellowish undertone. While the grain of each species is very clean, European oak’s grain is tighter than white oak. These differences create more modern wood flooring with European white oak.
European white oak will certainly be around for the next 15-20 years as the modern look is always in style. Beyond that, I think traditional white oak will take the cake in the long run.
In 2022, we’re moving toward the lighter end of the color spectrum. The lights are getting even more extreme with more white-washed, beachy looks.
But you’ll see some warmer, middle-of-the-road hardwood flooring ideas sneaking in, as well. Homeowners are increasingly using flooring to set the tone or feel of their home. That means, we need more options! Therefore, manufacturers are responding with more beautiful colors than ever before.
Here are the most popular wood floor colors to stay trendy in 2022.
“Oak Hardwood is still the king of kitchen flooring. The number one thing we are seeing is a throwback to lighter colored hardwood. Gone are the days of dark wood floors, now we are seeing lighter brown tones close to fruitwood. Our clients are asking for brown and gray tones over the reddish hues of the 1990s. With the popularity of modern and transitional styles in kitchen cabinets, adding textures to the floor like borders have come back in style with chevron and herringbone patterns being the two most popular.” – Bryan Sebring, Sebring Design
As more homeowners embrace the light, airy feel in their homes, you will see a huge resurgence in light wood floor colors. Blonde wood, in particular, can give you that light feel, while still feeling timeless.
With blonde wood, your decorating possibilities are endless. You can go for a chic, contemporary feel, or a rustic, homey vibe all without changing your floors. Typically, lighter wood colors go toward cooler tones, making it perfect to decorate with blues and grays.
Also, blonde wood makes any room feel larger and more open, especially if you use large planks.
For a blonde wood look, you’ll see bamboo, maple, white oak, and ash. While you can use a stain to get darker colors, with a light color it’s best to purchase a wood floor that is already blonde.
If you ask me, the blonde wood look will become the most popular wood floor color 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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The whitewashed look is more of a west coast trend that is starting to spread across the country. As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it and whitewashed wood floor color is at the top of the list.
In addition to the California, easy-going look, whitewashed floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse-style homes, particularly in kitchens. It can also give that “beachy” feel or also an upscale contemporary feel, depending on the rest of your decor.
Now, when I say “whitewashed” I don’t mean a smooth, finished white wood. Whitewashed wood typically shows signs of wear with the darker wood peeking out from underneath.
Whitewash will make your home look brighter, bigger, and more relaxed, especially because lighter wood colors are trending toward cooler tones.
If this trend lasts, it will be regional, at best. If you’re looking for light wood, I suggest going for a more versatile blonde wood instead.
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Just a step darker than trending blonde wood, warm, rich honey wood will be taking 2022 by storm.
Also known as copper-colored, honey wood floors are still light enough to give you many of the benefits of blonde wood, making your room look larger and more open. But, you also get that nice, rich warmth that comes from a slightly darker tone.
You see, medium wood often features warmer, natural tones, giving you the perfect compromise of lighter and darker wood. That’s why more and more people are adding honey wood swatches to their Pinterest boards.
Additionally, you can find honey wood floors in many popular wood species. Honey is a natural tone so it’s easy to find and it will look more realistic.
Both cool and warm tones will be trending across the wood flooring market in 2022 and, if you go the warm route, I would recommend a honey wood or wood look. Honey wood is not just a trend; it’s a color classic.
I think this warm, cozy tone is going to be around for the long haul. While other trends may steal the spotlight from time to time, I believe that honey wood is going to remain classic and relevant for decades to come.
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Gray flooring, particularly gray wood, has grown exponentially over the last decade and has quickly become the most popular trend, not just for flooring, but for homes in general.
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.
I say, if you like it, go for it – it’s not going anywhere soon! Gray will probably stay in style at least until it’s time for you to purchase new floors anyway.
In 2022, greige (gray + beige) is the new gray in terms of wood flooring color trends. This trend of brown, beige, and a touch of gray has taken off in the past year.
Greige has the minimalist feel of gray with the depth of beige. The greige wood floor color goes well with almost any other color in your home decor, complementing modern white looks or country browns and contrasting more bold colors of the home.
Greige floors work well for any room of the house. The unique color adds a fresh look to bedrooms and gives living rooms and entryways a feeling of luxury.
One thing is for sure, greige wood floors are a good choice if you’re looking for the best flooring for resale.
Absolutely! Greige wood flooring is a hot new trend that I see taking off even more in the next decade as people look to simplify their lives and homes. It’s just that right blend of neutrality that people are looking for.
As I mentioned above, high variation is in! Not just for colors but textures, as well. In 2022, you’ll see more and more floors where no two planks look the same, particularly with the handscraped wood flooring texture.
One of the more unique flooring textures is the handscraped look. This technique is used to make the floors look weathered while still looking stylish. With scrapes and knots, your floor will look like it has been in your home for a long time.
Essentially, the wood grain is more exposed, giving your floors a rustic look that still looks expensive and one-of-a-kind.
Because handscraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners, as well. The handscraped wood floor trend is almost guaranteed to amp up your home value.
This unique, individual, handcrafted look will stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive.
**Note: Be careful purchasing handscraped wood floors. Many companies will call their floors hand scraped, but they really use a machine to make each plank look similar and more uniform. It is less expensive for them, but it does not offer the same effect.
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Similar to handscraped wood floors, homeowners are loving the weathered look of wirebrushed wood flooring textures. Wirebrushed wood floors provide more texture than your typical smooth hardwood floors. This trendy look adds character to your floor while still offering a finished look.
Wirebrushed floors are somewhat of a middle road between handscraped and distressed floors, as wirebrushed textures are more subdued and streamlined but still rustic and unique. 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.
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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Distressed wood gives your flooring character, which creates a spectacle in every room it’s installed.
The entire idea behind distressed wood is that it looks like comes with a backstory. This makes your home cozier, and homey. Plus, the wood looks different than any other flooring.
Most of the time the distressing is done by machines in a factory. However, if you find real aged lumbar that has gone through distress and finish it for your home, that will look just as amazing.
I do believe distressed wood flooring 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 wood.
If you’re looking at long-term resale value, I would choose handscraped wood.
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In 2022, you’ll continue to see flatter finishes. Shine is out as homeowners trend towards flat finishes, including the usual suspects and new(ish) oiled finishes.
Now hitting the 2022 wood flooring scene, fumed wood! Fumed a.k.a “smoked” wood is wood that has been exposed to ammonia gas. The ammonia’s reaction with the natural tannins in the wood causes a darker finish, usually with a gray undertone.
This method of finish is particularly popular with white oak flooring as the ammonia brings out the color in the wood’s grain. Plus, fumed wood evenly colors each plank, providing a sleek, modern flooring.
A fumed or smoke finish will give your floors a vintage chic look. It’s simple and classic with its rich, yet subdued color.
I predict the fume or smoke-finished wood trend will stick around for years to come. Based on its evenly coated application, classic appearance, and gray undertones, you can’t go wrong with this trendy finish.
A perfect compromise in between glossy and matte, a satin finish still gives you a little shine, however, it’s muted enough to hide dirt and imperfections rather than highlight them the way gloss does.
Satin finishes are typically 40% lustrous, which means on a shiny floor scale of 1-10, they get about a 4. For the last few years, satin finishes have been the most popular among homeowners.
A satin finish will still make your floors shine; it’s just not super shiny. It’s mellow, subdued.
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 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.
Although satin has been the most popular finish for the last few years, I predict matte will steal that title sometime over the next 5-7 years.
There is a misconception that matte floors look dull or flat. I don’t think that’s the case at all.
Matte floors make your house look contemporary and eye-catching. Of course, a poor-quality floor can look very dull with a matte finish, but a high-quality wood floor will look gorgeous.
At first, I didn’t think matte floors would last longer than the next decade. However, matte is still trending up and I think this trend could last the lifetime of your floor.
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When you want the ultimate control over your style, site-finished wood floors are the way to go. With this method, raw hardwood is initially installed, then sanded and refinished after the fact.
Maybe this sounds a little backward to you, but self-finished wood gives you a more consistent and professional look than pre-finished wood. Factory-finished planks are treated individually, which can lead to color differences along the edge, giving your floor a slightly streaky look.
When you site finish your floor, you get to choose the exact look that you want. Even better, you can see how treatments will look in your own space, with your own lighting. This is a great method for getting the most accurate finish possible.
Yes! As more and more people are opting for unique, individualized looks, it only makes sense that site-finished wood will become more popular. It takes a lot of work to finish your floor, however, so this DIY renaissance might not last forever. Still, it’s good to know that you have that option!
While traditional polyurethane finishes layer on top of the wood, oil finishes penetrate the wood, seeping in and coating every layer of the wood. This makes your wood stronger and continues to improve its strength and durability over time.
Using an oil finish gives the wood that flatter, matte finish that is trendy these days. It looks organic and natural – just what homeowners are looking for in 2022!
To refinish a typical wood floor you have to first sand, then refinish. It’s a bit of a process. However, with oiled wood, to refinish, you just add more oil. Simple as that.
The drawback to an oil finish is it can exacerbate some of the challenges of wood flooring, making it more susceptible to water damage and scratches. While refinishing is easier than traditional finishes, you may find yourself refinishing more often and spending more time maintaining your floor.
It’s still pretty new, but as matte finish increases in popularity, I believed oil finishes will, as well.
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It’s no surprise that patterned floors are still a huge hit. Whether you’re looking for complex, busy patterns or more simplistic layouts, you’ll see sleek, upscale wood flooring pattern trends 2022.
First, let me clear up a little misconception. Chevron and herringbone are very similar, but each has its distinction.
While chevron floors require the wood planks to be angled and come together to a point, Herringbone achieves a similar look by connecting two planks at a 90-degree angle. This pattern can give your floor a focal point, and make the room feel larger, as the Herringbone angles are more narrow.
Longer herringbone patterns are going to be super hot over the next year, especially among young homeowners. Whether it’s in a small area, like a hallway, or a common area like the kitchen, herringbone makes your floor look custom, and unique, at a fraction of the cost.
This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here. The beauty of herringbone-patterned flooring is that you don’t need the pattern across your entire floor. If it seems too busy, you can create a focal point in a small area such as entryways, or in the middle of a large room.
This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your room look larger, more open, more cohesive, and less busy.
While shorter, thinner, planks give more of a traditional hardwood look, they will also start to look outdated for that same reason.
In 2022, I recommend getting on board with the large and extra-large plank trend!
“I always pick “trends” that I think will have longevity in the marketplace. Elongated tiles or planks have made a splash and are here to stay. Your best best is 6-8” wide and 24’-48” long. This size lends to a comfortable casual presentation.” – Courtney Greger, My Flipping Job
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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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 is plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless.
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The diagonal flooring is by far my favorite! The home displaying the diagonal flooring is picture perfect! It looks like it came straight out of BH&G all I need is a warm fire, my favorite book and a pumpkin spice latte to complete the mood. I’m just mad about fall and flooring! See you later decorator!
Oh my gosh! This post is just what I was looking for. We have gross carpet, ugly pergo and a tiny bit of actually beautiful wood art eh entry way. I have yet to find an option that matches it! Now I neeeees to find a sample of warm cork or high variation floors to see if I can get a match! Great post!!
I love all the choices. Grey is the new beige holds true for me. I will share the American made option with a friend of mine
Looking forward to redoing my bedroom in one of these super choices
Mauri. Mesa az.
We’re seeing the same trends down here too Ari. One of our most popular lately is reclaimed barn wood flooring. And yes, dark floors are making way for lighter ones for sure. Love your blog, very well researched and written.
Wow, such an awesome post. Thanks for sharing such a great information. Keep up the work.
This article is very helpful for the people that is trying to change the design of their home
I love Jamie’s advice about choosing a trend for your home that will last in the marketplace. I’ve been looking for some new hardwood flooring, though I haven’t been sure which type to get. I’ll definitely keep this article in mind as I do more research into flooring trends.
Thanks for the great examples of home flooring trends. I really loved the idea of doing engineered wood flooring in our home because it can hold up to our pets and kids, and is very durable. I think engineered wood flooring may be a good option for our home.
Awesome article Ari. Really well researched. As a pro floor guy we see lots of the same trends over here in New Jersey. And yes, Jacobean is still (and probably always will be) one of the most popular colors. It’s timeless and goes with many styles. Looking forward to your 2019 update.
21 trendy flooring amazing ideas! Thank for the blog. As per my view, the wood flooring is as affordable as durable, trending & unique in style. Along with the advanced technology, we should do follow the wood flooring as it is trending & budget friendly
Thank you for sharing. There are a few trends that have really begun to stand out.
Matte flooring by far is the most modern and gives a clean look. Great article, my mind is now made up!
MATTE has down is by far the most modern and clean look in my opinion. Great article!!! My mind is now made up.
Personally, my favorite flooring option you’ve listed is the herringbone flooring. It would look really classy with some rustic blonde wood. I will start looking into stores for the bamboo or maple or white oak flooring that you’ve mentioned will look best for a blonde floor.
I’m looking to do a living/dining room area with hardwood. the family room and foyer are already done with 2-1/4 wide. Would it be OK to use 3″ wide for the remaining area? Everything else is the same: finish, color, etc.
I thought it was interesting that dark stained wood floors were still a surviving trend. However, it makes sense, as stains wouldn’t be as easy to see. The flooring in my bedroom is quite old, so I’ve been wanting to replace it with wood. Thanks so much for explaining the different wood flooring trends for 2019.
Thanks for sharing this article. Good job, keep going.
Thanks for pointing out that wider and longer planks have been trending lately and are expected to stand the test of time. My husband and I are thinking about having new hardwood floors installed, so I’ve been looking online to get some design ideas. I hadn’t heard that longer and wider planks were in style, so thanks for mentioning that here!
I love the look chevron wood floor that you have in the picture. My husband and I are thinking about remodeling our kitchen floors to make them a little bit easier to clean, and I think that would be a great option to keep in mind. I like that it looks stylish but is also practical.
I like the wood interior for my home because wood is excellent looking. Like a royal home. You sharing the wood flooring design and your flooring suggestions are really nice. I am impressed with your flooring designs. Great blog. It’s very helpful for new trending designs for flooring. Thanks!
Thanks for the tip that different widths of wood planks can make your home look modern and unique. I would like to renovate my living room and install some timber flooring. Because I want my home to have a modern flair, I’ll look into different panel widths that’ll hopefully impress my wife.
Thanks for the article!
I love the picture of the dark engineered wood, with the white walls and white or light colored furniture. My sister is planning on putting new flooring in her home, but she isn’t sure about what kind of furniture she should use with it. I will be sure to forward his article to her, maybe this picture will inspire her as much as it did to me!
Thank you for every other magnificent post. If you choose it right, your wood flooring will last you for years to come. Decorating your home will be a lot easier as well since beautiful floors make for an excellent base for truly outstanding interior design.
Appreciating the persistence you put into your blog and detailed information you provide.
Great article!! Can you sand and restain engineered hardwood or wood laminate floors? We have high gloss, skinny plank, cherry colored floors, which is pretty much the opposite of everything “on trend”. We thought about making changes to wall paint colors, kitchen cabinets, etc, but the red color of the floor limits us quite a bit. And with two full sets of stairs for a <1500sqft condo, the cost of new floors feels prohibitive. Any tips for changing/working with our floors?
Thank you so much. Very helpful! We have a Eurosawn white oak solid in mind, but only comes in 5inch. Do you suggest going with engineered 7inch instead? We know the solid has more value due to the number of times it can be refinished, so we are torn. Our open room is not that large. 22×25 ft and includes entry way, living room, dining table, and kitchen. Any help would be much appreciated.
Thank you! For our space would you suggest engineered 7inch plank or solid 5inch plank? Prices we are finding are very similar to one another. We think solid will bring more resale value, but 7 inch wide planks would make our 22ftx30ft open room appear larger?
I have a site finished red oak flooring. I’ve had hurricane damage and will be refinishing. How can I get the “blonde” coloring with mixing minwax colors? My wood floor professional is coming and he only uses minwax. He is fine with mixing, but the red oak has a pink hue making it tough to get the lighter stains not to bring out more pink. What is your experience on more of a blond mix? I had thought about a white wash, but same pink bleed through. Also, I have a lot of gray in my home, and I need a warmer blonde feel. Thank you for any assistance.
Thank you for sharing! Gray hardwood floors are popular among modern homeowners to bring calming effects and a sense of serenity into the room.
you had me at honey wood floors
I was searching for flooring for a remodel in my home and I’m glad I came across this article! I have so many ideas and inspiration to move forward with my project.
Great read and very informative.