BEYOND THE BASICS: Top 5 Flooring Trends to Consider

IDC welcomes guest blogger David Decker of The Affordable Companies to the blog to discuss the latest flooring trends outside of the standard offerings.  David shares 5 different flooring materials that can offer more creative choices for your next project.

If you are like most people you are familiar with the basic flooring options for your home: carpet, hardwood, laminate, or vinyl flooring. These are all fine options, but these days, many people are getting more creative with their flooring choices. If you’re ready to go beyond the basics, we think you’ll love these flooring trends. They’re unique, durable, and beautiful.

Top 5 Flooring Trends

1. Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that is as hard as many hardwoods when dried. Its popularity is growing, and today there are hundreds of style and color choices, from traditional thin bamboo strips to wider bamboo planks that mirror the style of traditional hardwood.

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Medium plank bamboo with the hand-scraped look of wood.


2. Cork

Cork has long been used in places like radio stations and recording studios for its acoustic benefits, but its popularity in homes is growing. Cork provides a softer and more comfortable surface for walking, and like bamboo it has become available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Cork works best in cool dry areas that are protected from the sun – cork will fade with prolonged sun exposure.

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Cork is often overlooked as a flooring option, however, it provides several benefits with the right application.


3. Luxury Vinyl

Want the look of hardwood without the high price tag? Many people are choosing luxury vinyl flooring over hardwood floors. Luxury vinyl flooring is more durable and stain resistant than wood, and is a great choice for families with pets or young children. We like the Floorte product from Shaw for its style and durability. It’s even waterproof!

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Luxury vinyl flooring by Shaw.


4. Large Tile

Tile flooring has always been popular, but these days homeowners are going beyond the traditional 12” x 12” squares. Larger tiles are a gorgeous look, with more of the beautiful surface and less grout. This choice works well in a kitchen or bathroom.   Consider using tile from Ergon to create a floor you will love.

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Oversize tile can create a beautiful, seamless look.


5. Matte Finish Wide Plank Hardwood

If you like the look of hardwood floors, but want to do something different, consider wider planked hardwood with a matte finish. The smooth finish of a matte floor adds character to your home, and like traditional hardwood, this style of flooring is available in several colors and finishes to match your décor.

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Wide plank hardwoods in a matte finish don’t show scratches as easily and add more warmth to the space.


Whether your tastes or traditional or trendy, The Affordable Companies can help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Contact us today to begin your project, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our favorite projects.

Guest Blogger

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David Decker
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The Affordable Companies
1000 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 120
Carmel, IN 46032

As a full-service kitchen, bathroom, and flooring dealer, the Affordable Companies can deliver a custom solution that meets all of your needs. We help customers make informed decisions by providing advice and consultation and bringing passion, an exacting eye for detail, and extensive experience to every project.

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