2020 Flooring Trends You Absolutely Need to Know

The decade is coming to an end, but with every ending there are new beginnings! 2020 will be full of new flooring trends that have us jumping for joy. But new year will be here before you know it, so it’s time you start considering what type of flooring, colors, and styles you want for your home. To help you kick off the decade with the perfect floors, here are the 2020 flooring trends you need to know.

Bold Colors for Soft Carpet

Last year we mentioned bold colors would be on the rise and our predictions were spot on! 2019 was full of vibrancy and carpet was slowly but surely becoming brilliantly bold. From purples to blues, homeowners started to request more flair for their floors. Next year this color trend will be even more popular! The key to 2020 carpet, however, will be jewel tones. Warm and regal? We love it!

blue carpet in the family room

Fundamental Pattern Carpet

Step Out of the Darkness with Light, Natural Colors

Carpet is going bold, but natural muted colors will be among the top choices for wood looks. 2020 will be the year of simplistic, nature inspired designs. Laminate, vinyl plank, and hardwood floor colors will be focused on the natural tones of wood, excluding the warm ones. That’s right, cool tones will remain strong even going into the new decade.

Dark tones are not completely canceled, but light tone wood looks will be one of the most prevalent 2020 flooring trends. And don’t just think of greys! Homeowners are going even lighter, focusing on blondes and white oak. These colors give the room a natural, yet modern aesthetic that can easily complement existing decor.

light toned and natural engineered hardwood flooring in the kitchen

Urban Edge Engineered Hardwood


“For 2020, the beauty is all in imperfections”

Real Deal: Wood Visuals with Authenticity

Gone are the days of perfectly polished wood. For 2020, the beauty is all in imperfections. We all know hardwood isn’t a perfect plank. Having knots, scratches, and board-to-board variation give the home a realistic style that provides a welcoming vibe. You don’t have to go full rustic to achieve this trend. Timber Falls wood-look porcelain tile is the perfect example of authentic wood styles that can still fit a modern chic design.

This isn’t a new trend by any means, but it’s growing popularity shows it will be booming in the new year.


authentic wood look porcelain tile in the dining room

Timber Falls Porcelain Tile



Area Rugs for that Extra Flair

Wall-to-wall carpet with vibrant colors and patterns may not complement your decor, but an area rug with these designs can add the perfect touch of flair. Area rugs aren’t just a way to implement audacious carpet trends. For 2020, they have a couple of fun trends of their own.

Layering allows you to mix textures and patterns. Placing a small area rug over a larger one can make any room pop! The key is to balance bold and loud designs with calm tones like a neutral.

Like hardwood, area rugs with authenticity be a popular choice for homeowners. A vintage piece with a worn feel will add an authentic vibe to your home’s design.

vintage area rug on wood look flooring in the living room

Encore Engineered Hardwood


2020 Flooring Trends Include All-American Flooring

With more chatter about American-sourced products, it’s no surprise that this trend will eventually trickle down to flooring. More homeowners for searching for floors that have been manufactured right here in the USA. This trend has especially come popular for hardwood, with homeowners searching for the top American wood species: hickory, maple, and oak. Their reasoning can be for a plethora of reasons. Locally-grown wood typically comes with a less expensive price tag. Cool tones are easier to achieve with oaks versus exotic woods. Regardless of the reason, American flooring is coming in strong in 2020.


Previous Flooring Trends that Will Remain Popular

Although everyone is excited for the new 2020 flooring trends, we still have a few trends from the previous decade that will remain relevant.

Thinking Outside the Box with Pattern Carpet

More and more homes are being designed with shapes, color, and overall flair. Pattern carpet has been popular for years and are going nowhere anytime soon. Think geometric and even floral designs.

pattern carpet in an office

Symphony Pattern Carpet


Go Big…or Small

Wide planks and large format tile is still the choice of style for most homes. It can help add space to the home and gives a modern look to the room. However, narrow planks are slowly making a comeback while long rectangular tile is climbing in popularity. We can’t promise that they will take over 2020 and wide tile and planks are still a big fuss. That’s why we suggest sticking to whatever you feel is best for your space and personal taste. 

H2O Safe: Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof flooring is here to stay, and for good reason! Homeowners want a modern wood look throughout their homes without stressing over moisture or damage from spills. Vinyl plank was the leading floor for this special feature, but waterproof laminate is starting to become more popular. Which is better? Trust your personal taste or consult a flooring professional to see the true differences.


Sustainability for Flooring with a Purpose

Just because we’re starting a new decade, doesn’t mean the important things will be left behind. Eco-friendly flooring is still extremely relevant and buyers want to be sure their flooring is at least recyclable or made from recyclable materials. HOME Fresh, 100% recyclable carpet from Empire Today, is the perfect example of modern styles combined with sustainability.

Recyclable frieze carpet in the living room

HOME Fresh’s Incomparable Frieze Carpet

No matter the trend, make sure you start your year off smooth and hassle-free. Whether it’s a carpet, wood looks or tile looks, Empire Today has the latest styles at your convenience. Schedule today to begin your shop-at-home experience. If you want to see what others have said about us, head over to our Shopper Approved page where you can find thousands of trusted reviews.


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