Flooring Forecast

What’s new and what’s next in hardwood flooring style.

Flooring trends are constantly changing, but one thing is constant: year after year, hardwood is the preferred flooring for most homeowners. There’s something so appealing about a product that’s naturally durable and beautiful, and adds color, dimension and value to the home.

The enduring qualities of hardwood have compelled generations of homeowners to rip out the old carpet, pass on the luxury vinyl tile trend, and see their floors—not just as a necessity—but as the perfect platform for showing off their style.

And though consumer affection for hardwood flooring remains strong, the styles and colors of hardwood that excite people are ever changing. Flooring designers and manufacturers must be innovative and nimble enough to capture consumer feedback, then deliver the products the market wants. Even at a regional level.

Here are some of the trends inspiring up-and-coming hardwood flooring introductions. Stay tuned to see more of our ideas and innovations at retailers near you.

Flooring with Local Flavor

Interior design trends are often specific to the demands of the geographic market. Look for styles that draw inspiration from colors and textures found in local scenery.

Nature’s Beauty on Display

There are many ways to bring the natural world inside. You’ll find hardwood flooring styles that embrace the raw wood look, using a practically undetectable nano-gloss finish. And you’ll find colors mimicking natural materials like limestone, rattan and straw.

Branching Out to Different Species

Classic Oak will always be in style, but you might begin seeing more of other wood species. Maple and Ash for example. Unlike Red oak and Hickory, Ash holds a stain without showing undertones of the natural wood color. It’s great for engineered hardwood products. Maple is on trend with its light tone and quiet graining.

State-of-the-Art Staining Techniques

Technology can do wonders for creating colors and visual effects that still appear natural. Be on the lookout for brand new approaches to staining.

  • Reactive staining can produce a naturally weathered or oxidized patina effect.
  • Furniture effects create a more artisanal look.
  • Double staining minimizes natural pink undertones from some species.

West Coast Influence

While recent trends had been favoring high-character designs with filled knots, streaks and lively grain patterns, the tide is beginning to shift. You’re going to see California style spreading east: cleaner and simpler designs made from higher grade lumber, warmer undertones and white-washed “faded” looks, and beachy colors like light grays, khakis and taupes.