Flooring Trends Explained by Interior Designers - Wesenberg Homes
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July 1, 2019
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Flooring Trends

Looking for flooring design inspiration for your new construction build or home remodel project? Well look no further. Part of the Wesenberg Homes process includes homeowners working with our interior designer to decide which flooring type is best for each room of their home. To give you a head start, we’re going to spill the beans on what the latest and greatest flooring trends have been.

Engineered Hardwood

While dark hardwood is still a timeless, rich staple, light-colored wood floors are making a comeback and it is all thanks to the homeowner’s growing desire for an airier and more open look and feel. People are trading those dark browns and gray floors in for the softer, white-washed look of bleached or even natural wood floors. Blonde colored wood planks offer that welcoming vibe and they tend to work with many different colors and types of decor. We’re still seeing gray wood planks continue to trend, but just in a much lighter or white washed form – adding a cool, subdued, modern feel to any room. People are also steering away from those glossy stains and finishes and opting for a more satin or matte finish.

When deciding on hardwood flooring options, most homeowners are going the direction of engineered hardwood. This product has a real hardwood surface, but often with a plywood backing to it. The benefit of this is that with less hardwood, it’s less prone to moving, cupping, and so on. It provides the real wood look and feel but minimizes some of the movement concerns with solid hardwood of years past.

Luxury Vinyl Plank & Laminate Plank

Alternatives to hardwoods have been a light-colored Luxury Vinyl Planks or Laminate Planks. These types of flooring have been in high demand - especially here in the Midwest. More homeowners are opting for this look-alike wood due to its durability, low maintenance and the fact that it offers more bang for your buck. These two options each have an advantage over the other though and here a quick 101 that can help you decide which is best for you.

Luxury Vinyl Plank has a high-density core layer that is moisture resistant, making it a good option for bathrooms, lifestyles with young children, or any situation where water could happen to pool on the floor. On the other hand, Laminate Planks have a high-density fiberboard or MDF core that if water were to sit on the floor or not get wiped up, some bubbling or bucking could happen. Laminate however has a stronger scratch resistance due to its durable wear layer (think laminate countertops and how we even those old green tops in your grandparents’ house have held up). Luxury Vinyl Planks offer a strong durable wear layer as well, but the low-cost options won’t be able to hold up to dents and scratches like a Laminate could – so opt for that high-quality plank.

There you have it, the most notable flooring trends happening today. If you’ve been to a Parade of Homes, you’ve undoubtedly seen all these floor types. As trends change, our interior design time will remain on the cutting edge to help guide homeowners in picking the perfect flooring for their homestyle and lifestyle! You can see some of these floors in action by seeing the photos and virtual tours of our Ready Homes for sale as well as in our custom home photo galleries.

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