You know what they say: new year, new you. I would like to add this: new year, new you, NEW FLOORS! Now is a wonderful time to get started on the flooring project you have been putting off. Although flooring trends have leveled off in recent years, we are seeing some interesting colors, textures, and patterns finding their way in to 2020. Let’s review the top trends Freed’s Floors expects to see. 1. Wood-Look Luxury Vinyl Plank Luxury vinyl plank isn’t necessarily a new trend for 2020, however, it’s a growing trend that is still on fire. To review, luxury vinyl plank is a man-made, synthetic product that looks like wood. It has many benefits: it’s very water resistant, slip resistant, scratch resistant, is warm, quiet, and is less expensive than hardwood floors. The product can be installed by clicking planks together with a tongue and groove system or it can be glued down. Luxury vinyl plank is truly an incredible substitute for wood floors and the characteristics that make it realistic are getting better and better. The high-resolution, graphic images used for luxury vinyl plank are getting sharper and more lifelike. In addition to better graphics, many luxury vinyl planks even showcase hand-scraping and distressing, which is a trend we are seeing on real hardwoods. 2. Blonde Flooring Blondes have more fun and they are making an impact in the world of flooring. Coming from a lifelong blondie, this is music to my ears. Don’t worry, if you installed brand new, gray floors just last year, gray floors are still on trend, however, you can expect to see blondes make a splash in the flooring world in 2020! Expect to see blonde colors find their way onto hardwoods, luxury vinyl plank, laminates and ceramic tiles. Blonde flooring is a great way to add easy, breezy, light looks to your space. Blonde floors help make small spaces seem larger and big spaces seem larger than life. 3. Environmentally Responsible Flooring More environmentally sustainable flooring will make its way onto the scene in 2020. This is a trend that is not only good for the overall environment, it’s good for your home environment. Natural, renewable, and re-usable resources will be used more and more often in the materials that go into your floors. 4. Textured Flooring Textures on floors is a new characteristic we are highly anticipating for 2020. Specifically on hardwoods, we expect to see many wire-brushed and hand-scraped options. Traditionally, wire-brushing and hand-scraping lends itself to more rustic looks, however, when these textures are combined with the blonde tones of flooring we noted earlier, dreamy, antiqued, aged looks result. Beyond looks, I’ve always been a huge fan of distressed hardwood. It makes it much easier to live with because the scratches, bumps, and scrapes that happen from everyday life blend in beautifully with hand-scraped features. Heavy textures are also present on ceramic and porcelain tiles. Lineal waves, basket weaving, and three-dimensional, geometric shapes are all super fun options available on tiles. Textured tiles make excellent backsplashes, accents in tubs and showers, and statements behind wet bars. As you can see, 2020 is going to be an extremely exciting year for flooring! The time is now to get started on your project. We invite you in to our 23,000 square foot showroom at Freed’s Floors. We have thousands of samples for you to see, touch, feel, and take home so you can see how they work with your space. Of course, our friendly Flooring Experts are around to help you every step of the way, with product selection, free inhome measurements and estimates, and guidance on professional installation. We hope you make this the year of new floors! See you soon!