Designer Flooring: Types and Trends for 2020


With 2020 stretched before us, we face so many fresh possibilities when it comes to giving your home a makeover with updated flooring. Let’s take a look ahead at the flooring types and trends for the new year.

What to Expect

Hard surface flooring will continue to grow in popularity with homeowners, including hardwood, tile, and vinyl. We’re looking at hand-scraped, distressed, and reclaimed textured flooring exploding onto the scene this year. 2020 is all about getting creative, which is why you’ll also see cool geometric layouts and patterns that create an unconventional look and feel.

Newer materials, including waterproof vinyl, eco-friendly, and natural wood and stone replicating floors, are also hot for this year. And thanks to advancing technologies, we will be seeing lookalike low-maintenance flooring options, such as laminate, vinyl, and ceramic tile, that mimic the look of hardwood flooring.

Linoleum and vinyl will remain the affordable flooring of choice for installation in high-traffic areas. The average cost of vinyl flooring will range from $1 to $5 per square foot, with an average price of $3.5 per square foot. Luxury vinyl flooring (luxury vinyl tile or luxury vinyl planks) will offer more realistic, long-lasting solutions for residential customers. LVT and LVP will grow exponentially this year, taking market share from tile, hardwood, and carpet.


The hardwood and laminate floors of 2020 will feature whites, grays, and warm blonde tones, ideal for bedrooms, dining rooms, and offices. Tiles and stones are best for areas where excessive staining and spillage may occur, such as in the kitchen and bathrooms. These materials provide superior resistance against staining, fire, and water damage. And because of their longevity and versatility, you will notice more stunning patterns, tones, and textures as the year progresses – particularly in soft earthy tones, bright whites, and off-whites.

Material vs. Cost

Tile floors are generally less expensive than natural stone and wood flooring, plus they are easier to maintain. Marble tiles are costly but you can replicate the look of this authentic material with marble-textured ceramic. As a result, you get a more durable, less-porous and cost-effective solution for all your living spaces, from entryways to bathrooms.


When it comes to coveted materials, homeowners still want the real deal: authentic hardwood. In addition to its beautiful looks, hardwood has the ability to be refinished again and again over the years if you ever want to change the color and style as fashion trends grow. Plus, real hardwood boosts the property value and resale value of your home.

For 2020, there will be a shift towards darks and lights, along with cooler and browner tones. Redder and warmer tones will take a backseat this year.


  • Dark, cool tones: The trends towards dark colors has been on the rise for the last decade. Homeowners who are all about prioritizing style over maintenance tend to go darker, as do wealthier households that can afford to pay extra help to keep the floors clean.
  • Grays and gray blends, including charcoals, gray/beige and brown/gray, are a coveted look with hardwood floors this year.
  • Also back this year are whitewashes, but they’ve come a long way since the 80’s. Reinvented and modernized, whitewashes of today are more matte and more subtle in character, working best on a white oak. The mineral streaks lend the wood a more linear look for a contemporary style rather than the heavier graining present with red oak.

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