Updated: February 9, 2021
Wood Flooring Color Trends 2021
Whether you’re renovating your house to stay and enjoy, or are getting your house ready to sell within the next couple of years, installing new flooring in your home is a fairly big expense. You want to pick something that not only fits with your decor and family’s needs, but something that is going to be in style for quite a while and not date your house in the next few years. We’ve seen the gray flooring trend for years now. but we’re now seeing a turn in this trend towards more traditional colors of light blonde flooring, browns, and warmer greige flooring that is replacing gray.
Blonde & Whitewashed Floors
Blonde floors are back and with a vengeance! They vary in shades of color, but we see a return to the blonde oak flooring that was so popular at one time. The flooring is wider and longer planks, in matte or satin finishes. We can say good-bye to the shiny high-gloss flooring that was associated with this style. Along with blonde floors, you will see the popular white washed floors also returning onto the flooring scene.
We see above, the return to the traditional oak flooring, but the new design twist, is wider and longer planks. Photo: UptownFlooring.com
Oak flooring is also trending towards being more rustic which suits coastal or lake beach houses, Country Chic styles, and country & mountain properties.
White Washed Floors
Whitewashes floors are back but of course, look different than before. They are trending with a matte finish and wider plank flooring that is characteristic of 2021.
White washed flooring looks really great in coastal, lakefront properties, mountain and country proprieties. They may be too white for a suburban home in a traditional neighborhood. You’re better off to go with a blonde, if you’re looking for something lighter, or the light to mid-brown tones.
Flooring Color Trends by Region
Today’s hardwood flooring trends for 2021 shows different colors of flooring trends popular in different regions of the country. Brownish to darker stained products sell quite well in northern regions, reds and browns in the prairie states and mountain regions. The popularity of greige and beige browns are selling well in coastal areas or warmer regions of the U.S. In Canada the blonde, brown, and greige trend are very popular in Canada. Each region, city or town varies in popularity. It’s best to check out your neighborhood to see what is popular or not for your particular region. Go to Open Houses in your neighborhood or keep your eye on zillow or realtor to keep informed of the trends that are going in your competition’s homes and what is NOT going into their homes.
Brown & beiges has become a growing trend in the design industry over the past couple of years. We have definitely seen this trend with paint colors and furniture & accessories shifting away from grays to the brown shades. We also see this same trend in flooring with all shades of brown increasing in popularity.
Medium Brown Floors
Brown flooring is a classic that has been making a couple over the last couple of years. This flooring from Wayfair on the left, is a great example of the mid-brown flooring that is trending for this year. But the wide plank flooring makes it more distinctive than the older styled narrower planks.
Dark Floors – Dark Brown & Black Floors
Dark floors were all the rage a couple of decades ago. It seemed liked every house you walked into had dark flooring. But as with any trend, they were taking over by the new kid on the block, gray floors. After many, many years of gray flooring dominating the floor color trends, its now taking a back seat as we are starting to see dark floors coming back in style. But dark floors may not be for everyone. They are popular continue to be popular – especially in high end homes because they give a classic and contemporary look. The two most popular stains are ebony (dark and coolest) and Jacobean (a very dark brown but slightly warmer than ebony.) Some homeowners combine both types of wood on a floor to make an interesting and different design pattern. Dark floors make a powerful statement. The downside to dark floors is that they require higher maintenance than other colours. They show the dirt more (not great if you have light coloured furry friends) and show scratches more.
Red oak flooring is a timeless classic. They are still very popular in some parts of the country, but not so much in other parts. Red oak flooring suits a traditional styled home.
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Are Gray floors Still in Style?
Gray has been a hot trend for many, many years. It was the new “neutral” and not only was it popular for flooring, we saw it in paint color on our walls, kitchen cabinets and furniture. It. Was. Everywhere. But as with any trend, its had its time. Its time to say goodbye!
Greige: Gray + Beige is Taking Over for Gray Flooring
If you went on the gray bandwagon like crazy, gray flooring, gray kitchen cabinets, gray painted walls and gray furniture, phew, that’s alot of gray , it may take time to wean off the gray trend since it was so prominent for so many years.
We’re seeing the greige flooring trend showing in two different ways. We see flooring in the color greige with a somewhat uniform look like the flooring above. Photo: Wayfair.com
We also see greige flooring where brown and gray planks are mixed together to create a gredige look. This would work well if you have aot of gray in your home without having to entirely renovate your house to get rid of all the gray that you have been accumulating in your home over the past 10 + years.
Do you have a lot of gray in your home?
Gray walls, gray kitchen cupboards, gray bathroom cupboards? Greige flooring would be a good solution to slowly wean your home from the gray trend that has dominated over the past decade. It doesn’t mean you have to completely renovate your house, you can mix it up so that is doesn’t shout gray. Start with greige flooring. Some greige flooring is more predominately gray + beige with some planks being gray, and other being beige like our photo on the right. Photo: Wayfair.com
Wider & longer planks
Wider planks of 5″ + have been in style for several years now, with some flooring manufacturers offering 6″ & 7″ planks. Wider planks usually open up a small area creating a spacious look in the room. Many woods are now being offered in longer planks which produces a sleek & sophisticated looking floor with fewer seams. The longer planks is a sleek look and more traditional than a shorter plank. Photo: Wayfair.com
Distressed | Handscraped Finishes
One of the growing trends in hardwood flooring is to have more authentic looking wood. We see this look in all of the color choices that are trending this year. The looks vary from quite distressed to a slight distressing. Where you put this flooring will determine how much or how little, if at all, you want the hand scraped finished look. Photo: Wayfair.com
Satin & Matte Finishes
Low gloss hardwood have been transforming homes in Europe. This style has now hit North America and is quickly donning our homes. There are a lot of benefits to less glossy floors. Pet owners and families with small children will be happy with this option because the low-luster hides small scratches and dents. It also hides dust and the build up of footprints. These benefits make matte finishes easier to maintain and quite suitable for high traffic areas. But one of the biggest appeals of low-gloss flooring is that it offers a more authentic wood look, often highlighting the color and texture of the wood more effectively than a high-gloss finish. Photo: UrbanFlooring.com
Is Parquet Flooring Still in Style?
Parquet flooring has made a comeback but thankfully, its not the same as the orange square parquet flooring that dominated in the 70’s. To read about the latest trends in parquet flooring, click to read Is Parquet Flooring in Style?
Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Vinyl used to have a bad name in the flooring industry and looking cheap and was not highly sought. But in the past few years, vinyl plank flooring has changed this thinking to be highly desirable in many areas due to its authentic wood look that can be mistaken for real hardwood flooring, its waterproof which makes it so versatile for many uses, and its easy to install for the DIYer. Vinyl plank flooring (VPF) is giving laminate flooring a run for its money. Time will tell if VPF takes over the laminate market.
Advantages of Vinyl Plank Flooring
- High quality vinyl plank flooring can look like a real hardwood flooring.
- Waterproof: great for basements, flooring near water, kitchens bathrooms.
- Easy to install over tiles if the floor is level.
- The most reasonably priced vs hardwood flooring & laminate flooring.
Hardwood vs Laminate vs. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
As a home stylist and staging, one of the most frequently asked questions I get asked is what type of flooring should I put in my house? Hardwood? Laminate? Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring? That is a great question! The short answer is, it depends on your life style, the style of your house, what room(s) the flooring is going in, and if you’re selling your house, what is the trends in your neighborhood. The longer answer, check out my blog post: Hardwood vs. Laminate vs. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
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