Getting to Know the Top Flooring Options

Floor covering is a $26 billion industry. How do you keep track of what’s popular in such a large industry? 

Many of the popular flooring options, including tile, hardwood, vinyl, and laminate, remain strong year after year. What typically changes is the specific styles of each option. Some of the newer engineered materials also undergo improvements to make them more durable.

A growing flooring trend is recreating the look of one material in another flooring material. Hardwood is often used as the inspiration for designing other floorings, including tile, vinyl, and laminate.

Check out these popular flooring options and the trends they’re experiencing.

Tile Flooring

A tile floor is a durable option that makes it popular throughout the home, especially bathrooms and kitchens. It’s easy to maintain and holds up well in damp areas.

What separates today’s trending tiles from the options that have been around for years is the appearance. Floor tiles that look like wood flooring are particularly popular, giving you the durability of tile with the look of wood. 

Another trend is installing tiles with patterns or designs on them. Black and white mosaic tile installations are common, especially in powder rooms. Even in living rooms, some people are choosing large-format tiles with patterns integrated onto the floor.

Vinyl Floors

If you’re having flashbacks to your grandma’s vinyl flooring, rest assured that the trending options today are much more upscale. Vinyl flooring comes in many luxury looks, often designed to mimic other materials. 

Vinyl designed to look like hardwood flooring is a popular option. Since vinyl is waterproof, it’s a much more durable option than actual hardwood, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood remains a classic flooring option for rooms throughout the home. What makes your hardwood floor selection trendy is the specific style, color, and look you choose.

Bleached and blanched hardwood options give the floor a seaside or farmhouse look, creating a whitish or grayish color. Distressed hardwood is also popular to get a similar look. Lighter tones and grays are strong contenders for hardwood floors.

Another way designers are changing hardwood floors is to install them in different patterns. Planks in chevron or herringbone patterns are examples.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate continues to be a popular flooring option. You’ll see many of the laminate options mimicking the other trends in flooring in color and style. That includes the lighter wood tones and cooler tones, such ss gray.

Laminate is a popular option because it’s economical and easy to install. It also comes in many different style options and is durable.

Eco-Friendly Floors

Going green is going to the floor with trending eco-friendly flooring options. Cork flooring is sourced from cork tree bark and is biodegradable. It’s cushioning, insulating, and noise reducing.

Bamboo flooring is another sustainable flooring option because bamboo grows so quickly. It’s a very durable, low-maintenance flooring option.  

Explore Flooring Options

Understanding your flooring options helps you pick a new floor covering that fits your style and holds up in your home. With so many options, you can find a look you love with durability to handle your busy home. Check out our sections on flooring types to learn more about the different options.