2018 Wood Flooring Trends: 21 Trendy Flooring Ideas
April 20, 2018
2018 Wood Flooring Trends: 21 Trendy Flooring Ideas
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Keep your home up-to-date starting with your floor. Use this guide to the hottest 2018 wood flooring trends and find stylish, durable wood flooring ideas that will stay trendy for years to come.
It’s almost 2018 and you know what that means? It’s time to take a look at trends for the upcoming year!
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 2018 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.
All 2018 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 2018:
” 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
“In 2018 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
2018 Wood Flooring Color Trends
In 2017, colors were all about extremes. Ultra dark, ultra light and not much in between. Except for every shade of gray. Gray is kinda special.
Going into 2018, those extremes are still holding strong. 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 2018.
Dark Stained Wood Floors
This trend carries over from 2017. Dark, rich colors look gorgeous and elegant, giving your room an expensive feel.
Dark wood floors are still going strong. You’ll see options in colors like espresso, Jacobean or dark walnut.
The downside to dark wood floors is they can make your room look smaller. You know how you (or some woman in your life) looooove that little black dress because it makes you look end-of-the-stomach-flu-skinny? Well, that’s because dark colors naturally make things smaller.
This is great for your wardrobe. But, maybe, not-so-great for your floor.
Additionally, dark wood is notorious for showing every scratch, speckle of dirt or imperfection. It’s the same reason we don’t drive black cars here in Arizona. They just don’t ever look clean.
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Will the dark wood trend last in 2019 and beyond?
I don’t think so. Espresso wood has been trending for quite some time and I feel it is likely near the end of its lifecycle.
I predict that in the next 5 years or so, espresso and other dark woods will be on their way out as blondes and whitewashes steal the scene.
Blonde Wood Floors
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. 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 2019 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
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 2018 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 2019 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
Just a step darker than trending blonde wood, warm, rich honey wood will be taking 2018 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 2018 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 2019 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
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 trend last in 2019 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.
High Variation Wood Floors
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 2019 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.
2018 Wood Flooring Texture Trends
In 2018, 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 2018.
As I mentioned above, high variation is in! Not just for colors but textures, as well. In 2018, 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
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 2019 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
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 2019 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
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 2019 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?
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 2019 and beyond?
You betcha! It’s not going anywhere.
2018 Wood Floor Finishing Trends
In 2018, you’ll continue to see flatter finishes. Shine is out as homeowners trend towards flatter finishes, including the usual suspects and new(ish) oiled finishes.
Satin Finished Wood Floors
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 2019 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
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, warm 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 2019 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.
Oiled Wood Floors
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 2018!
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 2019 and beyond?
I think so! It’s still pretty new, but as matte finish increases in popularity, I believed oil finishes will, as well.
2018 Wood Floor Layout & Pattern Trends
In 2017, I mentioned that patterns were hot. In 2018, 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
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.
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 2019 and beyond?
This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.
Diagonal / Angled Wood Floors
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 2019 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
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 2019 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
**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 2019 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.
2018 Trending Wood Flooring Types
You have so many options these days when it comes to wood flooring. Traditional, “new” wood flooring is out, and some new characters have joined the party.
As you’ve may have noticed, we’re steering away from the sleek and shiny and trending towards warm, inviting looks with plenty of character. 2018 wood flooring trends are cozier, less glam. Think: choosing your grandma’s mac and cheese over caviar. Also, you should always choose the mac and cheese.
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.
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 2019 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.
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 2019 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.
Eco-friendly, joint-friendly and resilient with a totally unique look, cork has been trending for years and, in 2018, 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 2019 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 is the closest thing you can get to natural, solid hardwood. You know, other than actual solid hardwood. It has a thin hardwood veneer layer on top of plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF).
Families and pet owners are leaning towards engineered wood flooring because it’s less finicky than traditional solid hardwood. Engineered wood is easier to maintain and can hold up to kids and pets.
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 2019 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
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.
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Will the American-made and grown flooring trend last in 2019 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.
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.
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