Hardwood Floor Trends

Hardwood floors never go out of style. They are the epitome of class and elegance; the warmth and charm they infuse into homes is unmistakable. At the same time, these surfaces are versatile and adaptable to your personal aesthetic and style. There are intriguing trends that can help you narrow down your selection and choose the right flooring for your home.


If you want the style, versatility, and durability of hardwood flooring, consider:


White oak is enjoying quite a renaissance in the hardwood flooring world, and for good reason. This species is exceptionally durable, and its tight, smooth grain makes it a great fit for modern and contemporary decors. Additionally, it is more resistant to water than red oak. (Though no hardwood floor loves moisture so be sure to use proper care and clean up any spills immediately to avoid staining and damage.)

White oak refers to the tree, not to the color of the floor. Flooring planks can be stained along a spectrum from ultra-light to nearly black.


Gray has been dominating the hardwood floor market for the past few years, and we’re also seeing “greige” – a portmanteau of grey and beige – coming into its own. However, classic light brown is catching the eye of more and more homeowners. Its versatility is one of the big reasons why it’s enjoying renewed popularity; many consider it more classic and more “European.”

There is no doubt that the lighter shades do provide a great foundation for an endless variety of wall colors and other design elements. Plus, they tend to hide scratches and imperfections more effectively, so win-win. Another check in the “Pro” column is that you also have the option to stain your floor darker if you choose.


While there is a clear trend towards lighter flooring options, we are also seeing more homeowners embrace dark hardwoods. The rustic look works beautifully with modern farmhouse designs. When done well, dark floors do not dominate; rather, they draw the eye towards walls, furnishings, and other elements.


These hardwood floors get their weathered look by a process that involves scraping a brush across the surface. This pulls softer parts of the wood out, highlighting the heart grain. And no, it does not ruin or damage the surface. Instead of glossy, ultra-smooth finish, you’ll find the planks a bit grainy underfoot. Many prefer the more natural feel. Even better: wire brushed hardwood floors can help hide minor imperfections, dents, and scratches.


Wider planks create drama in your design and bring out the character of hardwood floors, showing off the knots, grain, and unique patterns in each piece. If you are going for a more rustic vibe, they can help your space feel more authentic, especially when you use a variety of alternating widths. Using all the same width of plank offers a cleaner, more linear look and can elevate a more modern space creating an impressive visual with 12” wide boards.


Are you inspired by these hardwood floor trends? We know we are! Hardwood floors truly never go out of style, and with proper installation and care, they stand the test of time. But if you’re going to be living with these floors for years to come, you want to make sure you love them! Connect with ACo for a free in-home design consultation to see how you can transform your home with exceptional hardwoods from top manufacturers.