Keep your home up-to-date starting with your floor. Use this guide to the hottest 2018 wood flooring trends and find stylish, durable wood flooring ideas that will stay trendy for years to come.
Wood flooring is a classic choice, and even with the influx of wood-look flooring options, there will always be a market for solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring.
As technology improves, wood competitors like laminate, vinyl and tile (yes, tile has become a competitor in this game!) are upping their game. Wood manufacturers have to keep things interesting, trendy and up-to-date if they want to stay in the game.
In the past, wood has set the trend and other flooring manufacturers followed suit. However, these other floors are pushing the envelope and, in response, so is wood flooring.
2018 Wood Flooring Color Trends
In 2017, colors were all about extremes. Ultra dark, ultra light and not much in between. Except for every shade of gray. Gray is kinda special.
Now, in 2018, those extremes are still holding strong. In fact, the lights are getting even more extreme with more white-washed, beachy looks.
But you’ll see some warmer, middle-of-the-road hardwood flooring ideas sneaking in, as well. Homeowners are increasingly using flooring to set the tone or feel of their home. That means, we need more options! And manufacturers are responding with more beautiful colors than ever before.
However, of course, not all of them are trending. Here are the best wood floor colors to stay trendy in 2018.
Dark Stained Wood Floors
This trend carries over from 2017. Dark, rich colors look gorgeous and elegant, giving your room an expensive feel.
Dark wood floors are still going strong. You’ll see options in colors like espresso, Jacobean or dark walnut.
The downside to dark wood floors is they can make your room look smaller. You know how you (or some woman in your life) looooove that little black dress because it makes you look end-of-the-stomach-flu-skinny? Well, that’s because dark colors naturally make things smaller.
This is great for your wardrobe. But, maybe, not-so-great for your floor.
Additionally, dark wood is notorious for showing every scratch, speckle of dirt or imperfection.
Blonde Wood Floors
For years, lighter floors were viewed as outdated or inexpensive. That is no longer the case. Not by a long shot!
As more homeowners embrace the light, airy feel in their home, you will see a huge resurgence in light wood floors. Blonde wood, in particular, can give you that light feel, while still feeling timeless.
With blonde wood, your decorating possibilities are endless. You can go for a chic, contemporary feel or a rustic, homey vibe all without changing your floors.
Blonde wood makes any room feel larger and more open, especially if you use large planks.
For a blonde wood look, you’ll see bamboo, maple, white oak, red oak and ash. While you can use a stain to get the darker colors mentioned above, with a light color it’s best to purchase a wood floor that is already blonde.
Whitewashed Wood Floors
And we’re back to extremes! The whitewashed look is more of a west coast / California trend that is starting to spread across the country. Well, some parts.
As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it. And white-washed wood is at the top of the list.
In addition to the California, beachy look, whitewashed floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style homes, particularly kitchens.
Now, when we say “whitewashed”, we don’t mean a smooth, finished white wood. Whitewashed wood typically shows signs of wear with the darker wood peeking out from underneath. It fits right in with the 2018 aged and worn trends happening across all styles of flooring.
Whitewash will make your home look brighter, bigger and more relaxed. It can give that “beachy” feel or also an upscale contemporary feel, depending on the rest of your decor.
Honey Wood Floors
Just a step darker than trending blonde wood, warm, rich honey wood will be taking 2018 by storm.
Honey wood floors are still light enough to give you many of the benefits of blonde wood, making your room look larger and more open. But, you also get that nice, rich warmth that comes from a slightly darker tone.
Additionally, you can find honey wood floors in many popular wood species. Honey is a natural tone so it’s easy to find. It will look more realistic, how you would expect wood to look fresh off the tree.
Warm tones will be trending across the flooring market in 2018 and, if you go the warm route, I would absolutely recommend a honey wood or wood look. To be frank, the trends often drift back and forth between warm and cool tones. However, honey wood is not just a trend; it’s a color classic.
Gray Wood Floors
Five years ago, you could have called the gray trend new or up-and-coming. But now? Is it even a trend anymore?
Well, if by “trend” you mean popular and relevant, then heck, yes! But it is definitely not a fad.
Gray flooring, particularly gray wood, has grown exponentially over the last decade. Manufacturers tiptoed onto the scene, producing a few gray looks here and there to see how homeowners would respond.
Well, they responded alright! Gray quickly became the most popular trend, not just for flooring, but for homes in general. When I remodeled my home, I went for a wood look floor with a hint of gray and then bold gray doors and baseboards. Everyone comments on both the floor and the baseboards – gray is always a winner.
In addition to looking chic and trendy, gray floors set the tone of a cool, contemporary home. They give you a neutral backdrop for decorating in virtually any color. Aquas, greens, bright bold colors or even black and white – they will all go with your sleek gray flooring.
High Variation Wood Floors
With soaring flooring technology, it is now easier than ever to make your floors look more natural, truer to their original state. In nature, no two pieces of wood look alike. Now, manufacturers are able to replicate this in their floors.
As homeowners embrace this trend head on, you will begin to see stores with entire sections dedicated to high variation wood colors.
Usually, these variations occur in the same color family. As you can see above, those wood planks all look like they relate to each other; no 17th cousins sticking out like a sore thumb.
However, you will see some floors that incorporate bright colors in with their neutrals. It’s less common, but if done correctly, it can instantly elevate the look and feel of your home. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter!
2018 Wood Flooring Texture Trends
In 2018, texture will be more prevalent than ever before. You will also see more distressed wood coming popular.
High variation is in! Not just for colors but textures, as well.
Handscraped, Wirebrushed and Distressed: What’s the Difference?
Each textured wood option comes with its own unique style and character. No 2 textured wood planks should ever be exactly the same and each of these 2 options has a distinguishing quality.
- Handscraped wood features long, ingrained scrapes in the finish with high variation between planks, making each individual plank appear handcrafted, unique and rare.
- Wirebrushed wood shows subtle, intentional wire scratches that leave the heart of the wood exposed to the surface. These imperfections are smoother and more consistent than handscraped or distressed wood.
Handscraped Wood Floors
Handscraped wood instantly makes your home look timeless and expensive.
Because handscraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners, as well. In fact, handscraped wood floors are almost guaranteed to amp up your home value.
Wirebrushed Wood Floors
Homeowners are loving the weathered look of wirebrushed wood floors. This trendy look adds character to your floor while still offering a finished look.
Another bonus of wirebrushed wood? It hides dirt really well so you don’t have to clean your floors as often! And, if you’re anything like me, that is a huge selling point.
While the wirebrushed floors are cool, if the trend towards imperfections and character continues, distressed and handscraped wood will likely have more to offer in both variety and character.
So… Does This Mean Smooth Wood Floors Are Out?
Smooth wood floors are chic, elegant and classic. I don’t think a time will come when smooth wood is out of style.
However, I also wouldn’t say they’re trending right now. They are holding strong, still incredibly popular. However, it’s the textured finishes that are starting to steal the spotlight. For the moment.
What hardwood flooring trends are you thinking of trying out? Let us know! We love to hear your thoughts!
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