Designers reveal top flooring trends and materials for 2022


When it comes to flooring, it’s important to choose a material that not only suits your space in terms of functionality, but style as well. There are many options, from vinyl and laminate to concrete and cork, with countless variations within each category. Needless to say, choosing the right material for your home can be overwhelming.

To help narrow the field, we’ve rounded up the types of flooring and finishes that seem to be gaining the most recognition this year (with some expert help, of course).

Read on for the top flooring trends for 2022.

#1 Brown Tones

Medium brown hardwood floors add visual appeal to this stately Barclay Butera study.


“Medium to dark brown wood floors are starting to take hold,” says Marc Bacher, founder of the Scandinavian hardwood flooring company. Stuga. While light-colored floors are prized for their ability to make a space look bigger and more open, darker brown hues have become more popular since the pandemic. “We’re seeing a consistent trend toward cozier, more nostalgic spaces,” Bacher reveals. “Brown flooring adds comforting visual warmth. He invites you to slow down. And it will forever be a classic. “It may be trendy now, but it will never go out of style,” he says.

#2 Oversized Planks

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Extra-wide planks and medium brown tones, both seen in this bedroom by LA designer Claire Thomas, are among the top flooring trends for 2022.

Claire Thomas

Extra-long and extra-wide planks are all the rage now, says LL flooring expert Jen Meska. It’s probably because they create fewer seams (resulting in a cleaner, cohesive look).

#3 Nature-Inspired Designs

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A sea of ​​blue tiles gives this Maria Crosby-designed guest bathroom its laid-back look.

Nick Sorrentino

“Nature-inspired floor tiles are very popular right now,” shares Luke Crownover, digital asset manager at The Tile Shop. “Patterns featuring whimsical flowers and organic shapes can help soften and ground a design, while coastal-inspired blues and greens instantly bring the essence of water and plants into a space for an atmospheric feel. fresh.”

#4 Oil Finishes

“One trend we’ve seen this year is homeowners embracing oiled floors,” Bacher says. Until now, the flooring industry has focused on making indestructible offerings coated with multiple protective layers that give the finished product a more artificial appearance. “Oiled floors are the antithesis of this false feeling,” he explains. “They look and feel natural and age beautifully.”

The growing craze could be because a growing number of homeowners are beginning to favor imperfect materials that come from nature over man-made materials (which are extremely tough, but more fake). “I think the movement toward oiled floors is an extension of that trend,” Bacher notes.

#5 White Oak

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Herringbone white oak shines in this master suite from The Fox Group.

Lindsay Salazar

There is always a strong demand for hardwood floors, but one type is proving to be exceptionally in demand: white oak. “It takes color so well, but it’s also beautiful in its natural state,” says Meska, who says the versatile tree species is the perfect canvas for applying all kinds of colors and sheens.

#6 Ultra-matte finishes

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Designer Jill Howard chose a matte finish for the pine floors in this cozy South Carolina bedroom.

Julia Lynn

More and more homeowners seem to be moving towards low-gloss protective coatings for wood. “Ultra-matte floors are growing in popularity, and it’s no wonder – they feel much more natural underfoot and look amazing,” says Bacher.

#7 Pattern Set

Patterned flooring is often used to increase visual interest in high traffic areas of a home, such as hallways and foyers. But lately, it’s been seen invading more formal spaces, such as living rooms and dining rooms. (Take for example this herringbone engineered hardwood Where diamond cork by LL Flooring.)

“Custom floor patterns are a big tile trend we’re seeing, from creating unique patterns with round tiles to creating a one-of-a-kind checkerboard pattern with a mix of colors or materials,” adds Crownover.

#8 Carpet Tiles

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FLOR carpet tiles add a pop of color to this home gym from Joy Street Design.

Andersen Creative

Also known as modular rugs, carpet tiles offer a great way to add style to your space without having to commit to wall-to-wall carpeting. They also make cleaning easier: if a rug gets dirty, you can easily pick it up and wash it on its own!

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