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2020 Wood Flooring Trends: 21 Trendy Flooring Ideas

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 definitely do not mean boring. In fact, the wood flooring trends in 2020 are anything but boring.

As technology improves, wood competitors like laminate, vinyl and tile (yes, tile has become a competitor in this game!) 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.

Chart showing 2020 wood flooring trends

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 2020:

” 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. We all know that Grey is the new Beige and flooring colors are really showcasing that. Wood flooring has added the grey color by creating floors that have a “driftwood” appearance. Hardwood, or “hardwood looking” tiles in deep and medium tones have become very popular. Gone is yellow toned oak shades and cherry tones. Matte finish is in or a satin finish. Gone are the day of a high gloss floor. ” – Courtney Greger, My Flipping Job

“We predict that there will be three main themes in the home décor arena: exploring the possibilities of innovative technologies, celebrating alternative and organic materials, and looking to make more personalized and unique designs. In flooring this will translate with a resurgence of eco-friendly materials such as marmoleum and cork, and the use of parquet style planks to achieve more personalized patterned flooring. For hardwood enthusiast the current trend for wider planks will continue, as well as using mixed width planks which give a less uniform, more individual feel.” – Jamie Sanford, Home Flooring Pros

2020 Wood Flooring Color Trends

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In 2019, colors were all about extremes. Ultra dark, ultra light and not much in between. Except for every shade of gray. Gray is kinda special.

Dark floors are officially on the way out. In 2020, we’re moving toward the lighter end of the spectrum. In fact, 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! And manufacturers are responding with more beautiful colors than ever before.

However, of course, not all of them are trending. Here are the best wood floor colors to stay trendy in 2020.

Blonde Wood Floors

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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 home, you will see a huge resurgence in light wood floors. 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.

Also, you know how I mentioned dark wood floors can make your home seem smaller? Good news; blonde wood does the opposite! It’s true; blonde wood makes any room feel larger and more open, especially if you use large planks. But we’ll get to that later on.

For a blonde wood look, you’ll see bamboo, maple, white oak, red oak and ash. European white oak in particular is enjoying a steep rise in popularity over its red oak cousin. While you can use a stain to get the darker colors mentioned above, with a light color it’s best to purchase a wood floor that is already blonde.

Sure, you can get there with staining, but have you ever tried to bleach dark hair? I rest my case.

Will the blonde wood trend last in 2020 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.


Whitewashed Wood Floors

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And we’re back to extremes! The whitewashed look is more of a west coast / California trend that is starting to spread across the country. Well, some parts.

As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it. And white-washed wood is at the top of the list.

In addition to the California, beachy look, whitewashed floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style homes, particularly kitchens.

Now, when I saw “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. It fits right in with the 2020 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.

Also, it can be a fun, relatively simple DIY project. Better Homes & Gardens has a great article on how to whitewash solid wood floors.

But, if you don’t want to whitewash your own floors, the good news is that manufacturers are selling lots of whitewashed wood and wood-look options to meet the demands of this trend.

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Will the white-washed wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Over on the east coast, homeowners are still turning their nose up at the whole west coast look and feel. If this trend lasts, it will be regional, at best. If you’re looking for a light wood, I suggest going for a more versatile blonde wood instead.


Honey Wood Floors

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Just a step darker than trending blonde wood, warm, rich honey wood will be taking 2020 by storm. Even just the sound of the term “honey wood” as it rolls off your tongue sounds wonderful and cozy, don’t you think?

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.

Additionally, you can find honey wood floors in many popular wood species. Honey is a natural tone so it’s easy to find. It will look more realistic, how you would expect wood to look fresh off the tree.

Warm tones will be trending across the flooring market in 2020 and, if you go the warm route, I would absolutely recommend a honey wood or wood look. To be frank, the trends often drift back and forth between warm and cool tones. However, honey wood is not just a trend; it’s a color classic.

Will the honey wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I think this warm, cozy tone is definitely going to be around for the long haul. In fact, 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.


Gray Wood Floors

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Five years ago, you could have called the gray trend new or up-and-coming. But now? Is it even a trend anymore?

Well, if by “trend” you mean popular and relevant, then heck, yes! But it is definitely not a fad.

Gray flooring, particularly gray wood, has grown exponentially over the last decade. Manufacturers tiptoed onto the scene, producing a few gray looks here and there to see how homeowners would respond.

Well, they responded alright! Gray quickly became the most popular trend, not just for flooring, but for homes in general. When I remodeled my home, I went for a wood look floor with a hint of gray and then bold gray doors and baseboards. Everyone comments on both the floor and the baseboards – gray is always a winner.

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 wood floor trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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.


Greige Wood Floors

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In 2020, 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 actually taken over home design as a whole, coloring the floors and walls of virtually any room of the house.

What makes this blended color so appealing in 2020? Well, beige was a hot flooring color trend in the 90s before the charm of the modern, neutral gray look took over. Gray comes with one slight problem, though – homeowners don’t want their whole home to look like it’s made of concrete.

Enter greige, 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. In your kitchen, natural light streaming through the windows and bouncing off your greige floor gives this family-centered space a relaxing feel. The unique color adds a fresh look to bedrooms and gives living rooms and entryways a luxury feeling.

One thing is for sure, greige wood floors are a good choice if you’re looking for the best flooring for resale.

Will the greige wood floor trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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.


High Variation Wood Floors

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With soaring flooring technology, it is now easier than ever to make your floors look more natural, truer to their original state. In nature, no two pieces of wood look alike.  Now, manufacturers are able to replicate this in their floors.

As homeowners embrace this trend head on, you will begin to see stores with entire sections dedicated to high variation wood colors.

Usually, these variations occur in the same color family. As you can see above, those wood planks all look like they relate to each other; no 17th cousins sticking out like a sore thumb.

However, you will see some floors that incorporate bright colors in with their neutrals. It’s less common, but if done correctly, it can instantly elevate the look and feel of your home. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter!

Will the high variation wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

The challenge with something bold like high color variation is it’s a very specific aesthetic. Sure, they will probably be trendy for the next decade or so.

However, if you’re looking at resale value, be aware that not everyone will be too keen on this look.


2020 Wood Flooring Texture Trends

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In 2020, texture will be more prevalent than ever before. Last year, we talked about wirebrushed and handscraped wood floors. Those guys are still super hot, but you will also see more distressed wood in 2020.

As I mentioned above, high variation is in! Not just for colors but textures, as well. In 2020, you’ll see more and more floors where no two planks look the same, particularly with handscraped wood.

But what does that mean for smooth wood? Don’t worry; we’ll get to that.

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Handscraped, Wirebrushed and Distressed: What’s the Difference?

Okay, so 3 of the trends we’re about to discuss are all similar and often confused with one another. Each textured wood option comes with its own unique style and character. No 2 textured wood planks should ever be exactly the same and each of these 3 options has a distinguishing quality.

  • Handscraped wood features long, ingrained scrapes in the finish with high variation between planks, making each individual plank appear handcrafted, unique and rare.
  • Wirebrushed wood shows subtle, intentional wire scratches that leave the heart of the wood exposed to the surface. These imperfections are smoother and more consistent than handscraped or distressed wood.
  • Distressed wood is often mistaken for handscraped wood. Distressed wood, however, looks as though it’s been through a lot of wear and tear. You can expect to see scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more, giving it an aged, antique look.

Handscraped Wood Floors

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This one is my favorite! Handscraped wood instantly makes your home look timeless and expensive.

Because handscraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners, as well. In fact, handscraped wood floors are almost guaranteed to amp up your home value.

Will the handscraped wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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.


Wirebrushed Wood Floors

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Homeowners are loving the weathered look of wirebrushed wood floors. This trendy look adds character to your floor while still offering a finished look.

Another bonus of wirebrushed wood? It hides dirt really well so you don’t have to clean your floors as often! And, if you’re anything like me, that is a huge selling point.

In 2017, wirebrushed wood floors were the leading trend in textured wood floor. However, moving forward, I anticipate that handscraped and distressed wood 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.

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Will the wirebrushed wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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.

Distressed Wood Floors

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Hello, beautiful.

Okay, so the truth is, I am a sucker for floors with character and it’s no secret that distressed floors have a whole lot of it!

Wirebrushed floors are like your main “normal” character in a movie. They are individual and have their own personality. But they don’t scream individuality.

But then you have distressed wood floors, which are like that cooky best friend character with OMG-so-much personality!

I am that friend. That’s probably why I love distressed wood.

The downside to distressed wood is most of the time the distressing is done by machines in a factory. Like those distressed jeans that cost an extra $100 because they have holes in them so you try to distress them yourself and then it looks terrible and you realize why you pay for the manufacturer to do it.

The same can be said for distressed wood. It does come out looking really nice. But there is just something about intentionally destroying the wood to get your desired look that is still a little odd to me.

The entire idea behind distressed wood is that it comes with a backstory. The distressing happens naturally and the wood comes with a rich history, different than any other wood.

That’s why, personally, I’m not super into the manufactured distressed wood. I say if you’re going to find real aged lumbar that has gone through distress and finish it for your home, that will look absolutely amazing.

Manufactured or intentional distressing, though? It’s not my favorite.

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Will the distressed wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

This is a look that will divide people. Like the debate over which 90’s boy band is the best: NSync or The Backstreet Boys (obviously the latter…).

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 longterm resale value, I would choose handscraped wood.


So…Does This Mean Smooth Wood Floors Are Out?

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Surprisingly, no!

Smooth wood floors are chic, elegant and classic. I don’t think a time will come when smooth wood is 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 wood stay relevant in 2020 and beyond?

You betcha! It’s not going anywhere.


2020 Wood Floor Finishing Trends

In 2020, 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.

Satin Finished Wood Floors

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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.

As you can see, a satin finish will still make your floors shine; it’s just not that crazy 1980s shine. It’s mellow, subdued.

Will the satin finished wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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

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If you ask me, matte is the next big thing. 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 expensive. Of course, a poor quality floor can look very dull with a matte finish, but a high-quality wood floor will look gorgeous.

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Will the matte finished wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Last year I didn’t think it 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.

Site Finished Wood Floors

Site finished wood flooring in a kitchen setting

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 backwards 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. 

Will the site finished wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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 own floor, however, so this DIY renaissance might not last forever. Still, it’s good to know that you have that option!

Oiled Wood Floors

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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 sounds like it would make the wood less durable, right?

On the contrary! Oil finishes make your wood stronger and continue to improve the strength and durability over time.

Using an oil finish gives the wood that flatter, matte finish that is super in these days. It looks organic and natural – just what homeowners are looking for in 2020!

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.

Will the oiled wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I think so! It’s still pretty new, but as matte finish increases in popularity, I believed oil finishes will, as well.

2020 Wood Floor Layout & Pattern Trends

In 2020, It’s no surprise that patterned floors are still a huge hit.

Unfortunately, when people hear the word “pattern” or the dreaded “parquet” (which, BTW, just means pattern), they imagine the horribly out of date 1970’s parquet wood floors.

Don’t worry; the updated parquet looks are anything but dated. You’ll see sleek, upscale, modern patterns

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Herringbone Wood Floors

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First, let me clear up a little misconception. Chevron and herringbone are very similar, but each has their own distinction.

Chevron floors require the wood planks to be angled and come together to a point, making them more expensive to manufacture and install. Herringbone achieves a similar look by connecting two planks at a 90 degree angle as seen below.

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Herringbone is much more accessible than chevron, making it the more popular option. Longer herringbone patterns are going to be super hot over the next year, especially among young homeowners.

Will the herringbone wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.

Diagonal / Angled Wood Floors

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My favorite. Laying your wood flooring diagonally instantly modernizes your home, making it look chic and expensive.

The downside to doing diagonal wood floors is they do cost a bit more in both materials and labor. However, I think, if you can afford it, it’s worth the splurge and you’ll end up happy you did it.

In fact, the above picture is from a friend’s house who installed these floors almost 5 years ago. He is still thrilled with his decision and gets compliments on it all the time.

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Will the diagonal wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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

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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 room 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.

Now, I do think we’ll get to a point where enough is enough already and we will stay at these new traditional sizes so don’t go buying one plank of wood for your entire hallway. That would look weird.

But, I definitely recommend getting on board with the large plank trend!

Will the wide plank wood trend last in 2020 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.


Mixed Width Wood Floors

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**Note: The above photo is tile, not wood.  It’s there as a reference to give you an idea of the mixed width look.

This is another favorite. I know, I know, I’m not supposed to play favorites, but the mixed-width flooring trend is just so cool!

Adding different widths to your floor makes your home look modern and unique. It adds that little extra something to your floor, making it pop.

As you may have guessed, mixed width wood is where you lay wood planks with varying widths. This gives the eye that extra detail, drawing attention when you find something unexpected. Basically, it’s really freaking cool.

Will the mixed width wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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


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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.

You’ll notice a push for staying local and using recycled materials. Homeowners are really starting to note the kinds of materials they’re using and choosing their flooring accordingly.

Reclaimed Wood

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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 totally original that’s also environmentally responsible.

Often, reclaimed wood comes from decking, timbers, barns, etc. Although, now that it has become so popular, you will find reclaimed wood from unique sources like wine barrels and more.

Reclaimed wood is the kind of wood that (usually) comes naturally distressed. If you’re going for distressed wood floors, I highly recommend using reclaimed wood opposed to the manufactured options.

Will the reclaimed wood trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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.


FlooringInc 2020 wood flooring trends: dark bamboo in a kitchen setting

Bamboo has been working its way into homes for years, and it’s not going anywhere.

One of the strongest floors on the market with unique looks and colors including the aforementioned blonde wood look, bamboo continues to be a staple for homeowners looking for something a little different in their home. There is no other flooring option that can quite replicate bamboo’s natural, organic look.

Bamboo is highly renewable, making it one of the more eco-friendly flooring options. Environmentally responsible floors are in all around and bamboo is no exception.

Okay, so bamboo isn’t technically wood. If you want to get technical, it’s considered grass. Still, we classify bamboo in the wood family.

However, I wouldn’t call bamboo a low maintenance floor. Bamboo does best in dry, temperate climates. Too much humidity or change in temperature can wreak havoc on a bamboo floor.

If you go for bamboo, I recommend working with a professional installer rather than trying the DIY thing.

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Will the bamboo flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Yes, yes it will. High maintenance or not, bamboo has made a name for itself, boasting unparalleled durability and truly unique style. If you live in the right climate, it’s sure to be a huge hit.



FlooringInc 2020 wood flooring trends: dark cork flooring in a kitchen

Eco-friendly, joint-friendly and resilient with a totally unique look, cork has been trending for years and, in 2020, we only expect to see more of it on the market and in the home.

In fact, although we’re calling it trendy at the moment, cork is one of the oldest options on the flooring market. Durable, unique cork flooring has persevered the test of time and will likely only become more popular over the next decade.

Cork doesn’t quite look like a cork board – that’s what I expected when I first heard about it. It does, however, have its own unique look that no other flooring has been able to replicate.

Homeowners love this special softer look that cork provides. In interior design, you’ll see a lot of balancing hard looks against soft. Cork gives you a beautiful soft appearance that you can easily contrast with harder lines in your other decor.

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Will the cork flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

People are becoming increasingly interested in eco-friendly flooring, making both cork and bamboo flooring take off. These environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional hardwood will be around for years to come.


Engineered Wood

FlooringInc 2020 wood flooring trends: engineered hardwood in a living room

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, high-density fiberboard (HDF), or SPC.

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.

Even better, engineered hardwood is now available with an SPC (stone plastic composite) core. SPC cores a thin, rigid, and 100% waterproof. That’s great for you, because SPC engineered wood, also known as rigid core engineered hardwood, is extremely durable and perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.

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. I think of it as the busy homeowner’s wood flooring.

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Will the engineered wood flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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.


American Grown / American Made

2018 Wood Flooring Trends: 21 Trends You Can't Miss. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide. 

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.

Related content >> USA-Made Flooring Options: You have Freedom

Will the American-made and grown flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

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 demand for American Made (and grown) flooring will only increase with time.


In Conclusion

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.

If you’re looking to get started with new trendy wood flooring, you can start with free samples here:



About Ari Ziskin


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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November 13, 2017 10:55 am

you had me at honey wood floors

Steven B.
November 13, 2017 11:40 am

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.

Justine Janna
Justine Janna
November 13, 2017 12:20 pm

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!

November 13, 2017 2:26 pm

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!!

November 13, 2017 5:17 pm

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.

February 20, 2018 11:34 pm

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.

Riverbend Interiors
June 28, 2018 3:07 am

Wow, such an awesome post. Thanks for sharing such a great information. Keep up the work.

July 16, 2018 5:08 am

This article is very helpful for the people that is trying to change the design of their home

Taylor Anderson
August 1, 2018 12:28 pm

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.

Rachel Frampton
August 20, 2018 10:16 am

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.

Dustless Hardwood Floors
September 30, 2018 7:29 pm

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.

October 20, 2018 10:32 am

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

Alden Murray
October 24, 2018 1:53 am

Thank you for sharing. There are a few trends that have really begun to stand out.

November 30, 2018 6:59 pm

Matte flooring by far is the most modern and gives a clean look. Great article, my mind is now made up!

November 30, 2018 7:00 pm

MATTE has down is by far the most modern and clean look in my opinion. Great article!!! My mind is now made up.

Sarah Smith
December 18, 2018 5:39 pm

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.

January 1, 2019 6:31 am

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.

Kayla Haas
January 4, 2019 2:08 pm
Reply to  Marvin

Thanks for your reply Marvin!

3/4″ of an inch doesn’t sound like too noticeable of a difference. If you can get a few planks as a sample, perhaps lay it out in the new room to see if the difference in size is distracting? From here, it sounds like as long as the finish, color, etc is the same, the sizing difference should be fine!

Taylor Anderson
January 14, 2019 12:24 pm

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.

February 14, 2019 5:08 am

Thanks for sharing this article. Good job, keep going.

Daphne Gilpin
February 28, 2019 1:08 pm

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!

Michelle Barichello
March 1, 2019 8:03 am
Reply to  Daphne Gilpin

Great to hear, Daphne! Good luck with your project!

steele honda
March 1, 2019 4:13 pm

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.

Michelle Barichello
March 4, 2019 12:21 pm
Reply to  steele honda

Thank you for checking out our post. We agree, we love the chevron wood floor pattern. Good luck with your project!

Adam Cole
March 11, 2019 6:42 am

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!

Michelle Barichello
March 11, 2019 10:09 am
Reply to  Adam Cole

Glad to hear you enjoyed the post, Adam. Thank you!

Larry Weaver
May 6, 2019 9:13 am

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.

Sandra Patterson
Sandra Patterson
May 8, 2019 11:59 am

Thanks for the article!

Sandra Patterson
Sandra Patterson
May 8, 2019 12:01 pm

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!

Alden Murray
June 18, 2019 11:02 pm

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.

Russ Renna
June 25, 2019 7:05 am
Reply to  Alden Murray

Appreciating the persistence you put into your blog and detailed information you provide.

Michelle Barichello
June 27, 2019 9:41 am
Reply to  Russ Renna

Thank you!

August 13, 2019 11:38 am

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?

Chelsi Hewitt
September 20, 2019 1:02 pm
Reply to  Allie

Hello, Allie! Thank you for your question. Laminate flooring cannot be refinished, because the surface isn’t solid hardwood. If you attempted to refinish a laminate floor, you would risk damaging it, so we do not recommend that. If you have engineered hardwood flooring, you might be able to refinish it, but that depends on the manufacturer. Please consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your flooring, and make your decision from there. Like laminate, if your engineered hardwood floor isn’t designed to be refinished, you could potentially damage it by attempting any refinishing. If you find that refinishing isn’t an option, we… Read more »

October 29, 2019 9:22 pm

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.

Chelsi Hewitt
October 30, 2019 9:56 am
Reply to  Aaron

Hi Aaron!

Thank you for this great question. Solid wood and engineered wood flooring are both good options, but the best choice for you depends on a few factors. Since you’re installing flooring in a kitchen, moisture resistance might be a big factor. Engineered hardwood offers more moisture resistance than hardwood. However, if you have your heart set on refinishing, solid would could be the better option.

I hope this helps you with your decision. For more detail and comparisons, check out our guide on the differences between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood:

October 30, 2019 9:23 pm
Reply to  Chelsi Hewitt

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?

Nora Ruehle
Nora Ruehle
January 9, 2020 4:00 am

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… Read more »

Chelsi Hewitt
January 9, 2020 8:50 am
Reply to  Nora Ruehle

Hi Nora,

Thank you for this question! Unfortunately, we don’t specialize in stains. We recommend bringing these questions to your flooring contractor, who will have more experience in this area, and who can look at your floor in person. Please let us know if we can assist you in any other way.

Thank you!

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