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Here is the scoop on the latest flooring trends and new styles that you can include in your projects this year:
Hard surfaces such as vinyl, tiles, laminate and engineered hardwood are trending, but carpet remains popular.
Natural styles and textures such as stone and wood are also extremely popular. Options include stone-look, wood-look, marble-look and decorative styles.
Colours that are trending include greys, blondes and whites as well as black and white and high variation.
It is all about patterns, uniqueness, and the bigger the better.
Carpet textures trend towards twists and patterns, but also authentic, aged hard surfaces. The trendiest flooring options for this year by category include:
As technology advances, vinyl flooring appears closer to the natural looks of wood and stone. Decorative patterns are becoming popular too. The top vinyl flooring trend includes waterproof SPC rigid core vinyl, vinyl sheets, wood-look vinyl planks, stone-look vinyl tiles and decorative vinyl flooring.
Tile flooring is famous for its classic look, versatility and practically indestructible composition. Because glazed tile is naturally waterproof, it is the only flooring option that you can use anywhere – in bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms and more. Top flooring trends include marble-look tile, encaustic-look tile, designer tile shapes and DIY-friendly tiles.
Made to imitate solid hardwood, laminate is one of the more popular wood-look options for busy spaces. It’s attractive, easy to maintain and durable, all at a lower price point when compared to hardwood floors. Top trends this year include water-resistant and waterproof laminate, light wood colours, wide planks and high variation wood looks.
Carpets in 2022
Wall-to-wall carpet is a classic flooring type, but these days you have even more options to bring durability and comfort into your home. Choose from a wide selection of carpets, ranging from tiles to traditional broadloom, and even outdoor options. Current trends include carpet tiles and planks, high-pile plush carpets, area rugs and geometric patterns.
Engineered hardwood flooring
Engineered hardwood is the best in luxury flooring, offering real wood veneers with the highest level of detail and quality. Choose from several popular wood species to elevate your home. Top engineered hardwood trends include water-resistant and waterproof engineered wood, light wood colours, hand-scraped and wire-brushed textures.
The great focus this year is on easy maintenance and quality products. The 2022 flooring trends feature waterproof, recycled and American-made flooring options.
Waterproof flooring is in high demand this year. It makes sense: people have busy lives and they don’t want to worry about spills and constantly maintaining their floors. Waterproof flooring options include tile flooring, vinyl flooring, waterproof laminate flooring, engineered hardwood and waterproof carpet.
The recycled flooring trend is highly popular too and carpet is at the forefront of this movement. Because “green” or eco-friendly flooring is so big at the moment, almost all carpet is now being made from recycled materials, such as plastic soda bottles and even fishing nets.
This year, the trends are all about natural looks, decorative styles and even some throwbacks.
’70s Style Flooring
The ’70s are making a comeback and bringing with them a relaxed, bohemian style. Natural, understated looks and fabric textures have a lot of appeal with this trend. In other spaces, flooring is making a bold statement again. Expect to see nostalgic looks, pops of colour (especially greens and oranges) and playful patterns.
While solid hardwood is still widely sought after in the kitchen, homeowners are beginning to discover more low-maintenance options that rival the look of solid hardwood. With these new durable and waterproof wood looks, you can achieve any trending wood style in any room of the house, worry-free. Popular options include laminate flooring, wood-look vinyl planks and tile wood looks.
Natural stone looks are becoming more popular because of their surge in accessibility. Genuine slate or Travertine can be pricey, but now you can achieve these gorgeous stone looks without the price tag. A few of the most popular stone looks in 2022 are the slate look, pebble look, travertine look and concrete look.
Both classic and contemporary, the marble look is a great way to update your home. With beautiful swirling patterns, marble looks offer a one-of-a-kind, luxurious appearance.
While natural looks are still popular, more and more people are seeking decorative flooring. Geometric patterns are huge in tile, carpet and vinyl, and that trend will keep growing. Be on the lookout for decorative and graphic styles like parquet, trellis and designer shapes. Kitchens and bathrooms are especially primed to benefit from this look.
In 2022, there is a move to focusing on light, airy looks and moving towards warmer tones. You’ll see lots of blondes and whites, but grey is still going strong.
Grey flooring, particularly grey wood, has grown exponentially over the last decade; although, grey tiles, particularly in stone looks, are also very popular. Gray has quickly become the most popular trend, not just for flooring but for kitchens and homes in general. Designers have also started mixing grey with other neutrals like beige, creating popular greige tones that go with any style. In 2022, greiges and charcoals are adding depth and dimension to flooring.
Vintage black and white flooring
Expect to see more black and white flooring this year. This vintage look is growing more popular, especially with tile. Checkerboard looks and creative variations on the pattern are all over Pinterest as people move towards the old-timey, retro aesthetic.
This year larger planks, parquet patterns and creative layout options will feature.
Wide plank flooring
This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your rooms look larger, more open and less busy.
Parquet wood flooring
Parquet pattern floors like herringbone and chevron are a big trend in wood. These more detailed patterns will make your floor the centrepiece of the room.
As trends move more toward unique and vintage styles, checkerboard floors are making a comeback. You can find checkerboard patterns in a huge variety of colours, and even designer printed tiles. This look is especially popular in kitchens and bathrooms.
Creative tile transitions
Trickled tile flooring slowly blends two contrasting flooring types (like tiles and planks) so they “trickle” into each other. This pattern is often achieved with hexagons, but any tile shape will work to create a one-of-a-kind look as you transition to other rooms in your home.
Another top trend this year is texture: scrapes, knots and wirebrushed.
Rustic floor textures
Handscraped looks instantly make your home appear timeless and expensive. These are perfect for rustic decor with plenty of character. They’re also a great backdrop for farmhouse and industrial kitchens.
Wirebrushed looks add character to your floor without looking unfinished. While still popular, handscraped and distressed looks are quickly overtaking this trend.
With intentional scrapes, knotholes and even burns, distressed floor textures are meant to give your floor character – as if it’s much older than it is. Setting the tone with a floor thatlooks almost historic instantly gives you an envy-inducing style.
Smooth floors are chic, elegant and classic. They won’t ever be completely out of style. While still incredibly popular, textured finishes are starting to steal the spotlight.
Frieze/shag carpet: Frieze is also known as “twist” carpet as it refers to carpet fibres that are twisted many times, making them look almost curly. Inspired by shag carpet texture, this look is casual and comfortable.
Berber carpet: This trend is practical as well as stylish. Berber carpet is popular in commercial areas because it lasts so long. It is also prevalent in many homes, especially busy residences with lots of traffic and pets.
Cut and loop carpet: Cuts and loops can create unique, stylish patterns and textures. This style can be subtle or bold, so it fits every look. Patterns are popular right now across all floor types, and these cut and loop patterned carpets have been going strong for several years.
There are many unique styles trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless. If you want something hot that will last for the long haul, we recommend going for large planks with a blonde or grey wood look.
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