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We’re just over 2 months into 2021, and already new interior design trends are emerging. Floors play a crucial role in interior design as they set the foundation for your home’s style. In this post, we’ll discuss a few of the top flooring trends taking 2021 by storm.

Natural Looks

Carpet with floral patterns

Stone and hardwood flooring have always been popular, and that’s set to continue in 2021 and beyond. However, there’s an interesting new take on both. Stone tile is expensive, and traditional solid hardwood planks are delicate.

New innovations are bringing alternatives to both. Modern luxury vinyl planks can perfectly mimic the look and texture of hardwood floors. They are also completely waterproof, durable, and often more affordable.

Luxury vinyl tile flooring is also able to perfectly match the aesthetics of stone. They can be designed to resemble any type of stone, from marble to concrete. They are also available at a much lower cost than stone.

In both cases, luxury vinyl floors can achieve colors and designs that aren’t possible with their natural counterparts. So, it’s easy to see why they’re gaining popularity.

Even carpet is benefiting from the natural look trend. Patterns have already been trending, and floral patterns bring the look to a new level. New designs repeat floral arrangements in a series of patterns, as seen above. Some newer trends are also incorporating textures for a look that you can feel.

Minimalist Hardwood

Minimalist hardwood flooring in a dining room

Hardwood has always been a popular choice (especially with natural aesthetics trending), but now, minimalist visuals are gaining steam. More homeowners and designers are moving away from hardwood panels that rely heavily on knots, grains, and color variations. Now, hardwood planks with a more uniform appearance and minimal features are growing in popularity. This is surprising as the variegated look has been trending for some time, although we don’t expect to see it fall completely out of relevance just yet.

If you still prefer the rustic aesthetic, consider rift-cut floors. These wood panels still feature wood grains. However, they are cut in the same direction as the grains, making their design more uniform. Rift-cut better highlights the natural beauty of wood planks.

Large Planks and Tiles

Large tile stone flooring

Each segment of our flooring is getting both longer and wider. Hardwood planks are increasing in length, and stone tiles have more width. This trend began surfacing last year and has gained popularity quickly. Larger planks and tiles increase our perception of space.

Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof patterned carpet in a living room

2021’s flooring trends are about more than just looks. Waterproof floors have been trending for the past couple of years, and we expect to see that trend grow in 2021 and beyond. It’s easy to see why: waterproof floors are easier to clean, last longer, and help protect your home’s subfloor. They are also available in more styles than ever. In fact, we’ve seen a drastic increase in the waterproof carpets on the market.

Hygienic Flooring

Microban carpet in a bedroom

Hygiene and cleanliness become top concerns in 2020. We’re all looking for more ways to keep our homes cleaner and healthier. What many homeowners don’t realize is that the floors you choose will directly impact your home’s indoor air quality.

Fortunately, there are many flooring lines designed to help. One that’s quickly gaining popularity is Microban carpet. These carpet fibers have the Microban antimicrobial treatment built into them. They are designed to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. They still have to be cleaned regularly, but Microban keeps carpets fresher between cleaning and fights odors. It’s also designed to last the life of the carpet.

Porcelain tile has also gained popularity for its natural hygienic properties.

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Whether you’re looking for the latest designs in interior design or ready to make an informed choice for your home, visit Wichita’s top flooring experts at Design Network today!