2021 Hardwood Flooring Trends for Your Renovation Resolution

by | Jan 7, 2021 | Remodels

For 2021, many of us are eager for a fresh start. 2020 was the year of DIY home improvements as many of us were staying at home.

This year, you may be ready for a more major home project. If you are planning on embarking on a home renovation, you should keep these trending flooring options in mind:

Natural and neutral

Coming out of a chaotic year, you may be seeking some tranquility and balance in your life.

Natural flooring and finishes can help you to feel grounded, no pun intended.

Some great options in this category would be:

  • Light brown tones
  • Stained finishes
  • Paler shades

To stay in line with the natural theme, some homeowners are opting for organic stains using items such as black tea and pomegranate juice. Depending on the product you use, you can save some money as well.

By choosing a more neutral floor palette, you have free range to change your wall and cabinet colors as you please.

Select grade hardwood

Hardwood flooring goes by a grading system. This means flooring is graded on a scale based upon how many variations, knots, and graining are visible in the wood.

“Select-grade” refers to flooring that has less of these patterns which creates a more minimal look.

Select grade flooring is predicted to become more popular this year.

Rift-cut flooring

This style of hardwood flooring is when the grain of the wood is perpendicular to the plank length. The look this creates is clean and uniform.

This style is very pleasing to the eye and stops the room from looking too busy.

It is suggested to use rift-cut flooring when you know you will be decorating with mixed patterns and textiles.

Board length

Lastly, longer boards are being favored over the previously shorter plank trend.

This trend elongates a room and makes it feel wider.

Longer boards also provide fewer breaks in the plank sequence, which creates the sense of uniformity we so desire this New Year.

Now that you have an idea of popular flooring trends, make sure to research the difference between engineered vs. solid wood floors.