Hardwood Is Still the Popular Choice
Hardwood flooring continues to grow in popularity, and is far and away the preferred flooring choice for homes. While there is an expanding array of flooring materials that attempt to imitate the appearance of wood, most homeowners still want the timeless, classic beauty of the real thing. Man-made materials simply can not replicate the warmth, style and natural comfort that a wood floor brings to your home. It doesn’t hurt that wood floors add value to your home, last a very long time, and can be refinished as tastes or style trends evolve.
What’s Trending for Hardwood in 2020
Color trends for 2020 are interesting in that they represent opposite ends of the spectrum, depending on your personal taste and design goals. Grey tones of the past few years have been slowly transitioning in hue towards beige and lighter earth tones. So much so, the “greige” has actually become a color used to describe this transitional palette spectrum. By and large, the color palette is moving toward light and natural wood tones. Floors of light blonde or warm honey lend a warm, open and airy feel that make spaces feel larger, yet welcoming. These lighter natural tones are easily the most notable trend for 2020 and the foreseeable future.
On the opposite side of the color spectrum, dark and rich tones are very hot right now. Think along the lines of chocolate or deep espresso. These luxurious dark tones are rich and elegant, setting the state to create striking interior design contrasts.
Regardless of color choices, wider planks for strip flooring are extremely popular. Planks, 5 inches or wider, show off the beauty of the wood and helps make rooms look larger.
Beyond Strip Flooring
At the close of 2019, there was a noticeable increase in the popularity of parquet flooring. The coming years should show an even more significant increase in this versatile wood floor option. The beauty of parquet lies in the almost unlimited number of choices available to homeowners today. Parquet comes in a vast array of patterns and woods, and can be laid in a number of ways to increase your design options even more. Depending on how you design it, parquet flooring can be used to create traditional classic styles, or stunning modern interiors.
The final notable trend in flooring is really a reflection of a wider trend in American consumerism. More and more, homeowners are seeking out products that are manufactured right here in the USA. For hardwood flooring, this is especially true when it comes to our domestic species: oak, maple, hickory, etc. Consumers know that when they are buying 100% American made flooring, they are getting the finest materials, construction and craftsmanship available. Also important, is that they are very likely supporting companies who believe in ecologically responsible manufacturing, and producing safe, healthy, green products that will last a lifetime in their home.
For a myriad of reasons, hardwood flooring continues to grow in popularity, with no signs of slowing down. The only question is, which style is best for you?