The new year is a great time to do a bit of remodeling. Take that old, scratched, cracked, and broken floor and replace it with something new and up-to-date. You have a lot of options. What’s in style right now that will still look great in years to come? Here are some flooring trends to watch for in 2022.

Material Trends

Wood floors are very popular right now. They’re durable, they look great, and they’re more eco-friendly than synthetic flooring materials. However, staining and finishing is less popular. Instead, smoking the wood, by exposing it to ammonia, gives it a rich, dark color that’s more textured and more interesting. Or if you’d rather have a lighter floor, you can get bleached wood instead. Treating it with certain chemicals removes staining to give the wood a more natural look.

The rustic and natural look is definitely in right now. Many floors are being made with reclaimed wood—particularly barnwood. Not only is the material itself eco-friendly, but reusing old materials instead of making new ones reduces deforestation. Even floors not made with reclaimed wood are being given a worn and weathered look. Worn concrete tile is popular right now as well. Not only does it give your floor a rustic aesthetic, it helps to hide the everyday wear and tear that accumulates over time.

If you want something a bit more elegant, porcelain stoneware is experiencing a surge in popularity. Durable and luxurious, the one drawback is that it can be cold, particularly in winter. If you’re going to go with this look, consider either laminate flooring printed to look like porcelain stoneware, or install a radiant floor heating system underneath. 

Aesthetic Trends

Just as important as the materials your floor is made of, are the colors and design patterns you choose. One rising trend right now is a merging of vintage and modern aesthetics. Black and white tile, which was popular a few decades ago, is coming back—but with more detailed designs and graphics, rather than just ordinary black tiles and white tiles.

Hexagonal tiles are also becoming popular, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. They allow for a wide variety of unique tessellated patterns that you can’t get with traditional square-shaped tiles.

As far as color goes, a more natural look is preferred in today’s designs—particularly unstained wood, as discussed in the previous section. Wood can actually make a very versatile aesthetic, particularly combining different colored woods into specific patterns.

You can even use multiple flooring materials or designs in the same floor. Elegant black and white tile near the stove area slowly gives way to reclaimed barnwood by the kitchen table. Look at different aesthetics that you like and see which ones go together.

These are just a few of the flooring trends you’ll see in 2022. If you’re thinking of redoing your floors, talk to a professional and see which material types and which aesthetics are best suited to your home décor.

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