Flooring Trends in 2023 | Flooring HQ

Flooring Trends in 2023

Here are the flooring trends to know for 2023
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Jan 30, 2023

With another year comes new flooring trends to watch out for. Whether you’re getting inspiration for your home remodel or simply want to know what’s in style, we’ve rounded up the best flooring trends for 2023.

Hardwood Floor Trends

A handyman installs planks of a hardwood floor.

Hardwood floors continue to be the most popular choice for homeowners due to their clean look, versatility, and long life. Here are the hardwood floor trends that are bound to remain big in 2023. These trends can also be applied to luxury vinyl plank flooring that’s made to look like hardwood.

Subtle Wood Graining

Floors with a subtle wood grain are coming into style as the more textured, grainy wood grains take a bit of a backseat. These cleaner wood options create more of a minimalist look, according to designer Sarah St. Amand.

Chevron and Herringbone Patterns

A pale wooden floor with planks arranged in a herringbone design, with an armchair and a sideboard on top.

While normal, straight up-and-down flooring will always be welcomed, designers and homeowners are gradually becoming more creative with their hardwood floor patterns. In particular, chevron and herringbone patterns are coming back in.

Very Pale Hardwood Floors

A close-up of very pale hardwood floors.

Although hardwood floors are always in, the colors that are the most popular tend to vary. Very pale hardwood floors are a popular choice right now, as they add a bit of a Scandinavian and clean look to any space. Great choices include bleached oak and pale pine, according to designer Kaitlin Madden.

Deep and Rich Wood Tones

A kitchen outfitted with very dark hardwood floors.

On the other end of the spectrum, some designers and homeowners are leaning into dark, rich, earthy tones for their floors. These deeper tones are typically on the warmer side, such as espresso or chestnut.

Mid-Tone, Classic Browns

A family room without furniture with neutral, mid-tone brown hardwood floors.

Madden shares on her website that mid-tone brown hardwood floors are also making a comeback, and for good reason: they’re incredibly neutral and tend to fit any kind of home decor. They allow you to change up your style from minimalist bliss to maximalist chaos all while looking great.

What’s Out?

While many hardwood floor tones are in right now, yellow and orange-toned tones are significantly less popular. On the other end of the spectrum, very cool-toned gray hardwood floors are also on their way out. Sticking with a more neutral tone seems to be the way to go lately.

Tile Flooring Trends

A handyman installs tiles on a floor with grout.

Tile remains a popular choice for many rooms of the house, including the kitchen, bathroom, mudroom, entryway, and laundry room. Here are some of the biggest tile trends you can expect to see in 2023.

Checkerboard Floors

A foyer with white walls and a grand staircase with black and white checkerboard floors. Alternatively, if you want a horizontal: A kitchen with blue walls, white cabinetry, and black and white checkerboard floors.

If you’ve opened any interior design magazine lately or pursued Pinterest and Instagram, you’ve undoubtedly seen the resurgence of checkerboard floors. They’re popular in monochromatic looks like white and black, but you can use any colors you like to create this retro look. Wood flooring in checkerboard shapes is also coming back in.

Large Scale Tile Flooring

Large-format tiles are decidedly popular, no matter what kind you like. Natural stones like limestone and sandstone are in, but you can opt for any kind you like. These large-scale tiles can help your room look bigger and create less grout to worry about cleaning.

Fun Shapes like Hexagon, Penny, and Basketweave

An image of a white penny tile, straight-on.

Tile floors don’t always have to be square. Shapes like hexagons and narrow rectangles are also in. Penny tile, or very small tile laid with lots of grout, is also a popular look. Or using lots of tiles to create a pattern like basketweave is also fun.

Bold Colors

A bathroom with muted red and orange tiles along the floor and walls.

Netural and earthy tones may be in, but that’s not stopping lots of designers and homeowners from installing brightly colored tiles. Using bright tiles can instantly add a pop of color to your house. Popular choices include jewel tones, blues, and greens.

Stone and Natural Tiles

Gray and dark gray tiles of varying sizes in a geometric arrangement.

Natural tiles are definitely having a bit of a moment. Colorful tiles like Morrocan Zellige tiles are definitely in and can add a fun yet rustic feel to your space. On the other hand, black slate tiles and gray stone can help your room feel extra-modern. If you don’t want to pay for the markup that natural tiles often bring, you can always use laminate or vinyl tiles.

Encaustic Floor Tiles

Vintage tiles that display a pattern of white, red, yellow, and green.

Encaustic tiles are ceramic tiles that display a pattern. True, classic encaustic tiles are made from porcelain or clay, and the patterns are made using different colored materials rather than just paint. However, there are more budget-friendly alternatives available. These tiles allow you to create beautiful patterns on your floor, which can be a fun addition to your room.

Carpet and Rug Trends for 2023

A man unrolls carpeting to install it on a floor.

Carpeted floors are great choices for many houses. They can help keep rooms warm and comfortable for small children. This makes them a great choice for bedrooms and family houses. Here are the carpeting and rug trends you should know.

Warmer-Toned Neutrals

An image of an all-neutral, beige bedroom with warm beige carpeting.

Like wood floors, carpet colors are leaning warm rather than cool right now. Pale beiges are always a good route to go with your carpets. However, you can also lean into darker, bolder colors like rust or gold to make a space even warmer.

Wool Carpets

Wool carpet is having its moment. This natural, sustainable option comes in lots of different styles. Plus, it’s incredibly soft and insulating. If you’re considering getting carpet replaced or installed in your home, it’s certainly worth looking into.

Is It Worth Following Flooring Trends?

A man lays dark brown laminate flooring.

At the end of the day, what you choose to do with flooring trends is up to you. If you’re looking to redo your floors, looking at the trends can give you a sense of what you might want to do for your own house. However, switching up flooring quite often can be quite expensive. So it’s often best to choose flooring that you know you’ll like for a long time, not just a trendy style that might be out of fashion in a few months. Make sure you choose something you know you can work with for years. Not sure where to get started. Talk to a professional at Flooring HQ.

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