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Flooring trends that homeowners love

Published: October 11, 2018

Having been in business for over 97 years, flooring is our passion. Through the decades, Kermans has seen many flooring fads come and go. (Orange shag carpet, anyone?)

Our in-house team of design consultants stay up-to-date on all the latest flooring trends to provide homeowners, like you, with expert help to find the right flooring for your house. From modern to classic and everything in between, we carry flooring options for every budget.

light hardwood floor in living room

Hardwood is here to stay

When it comes to which type of flooring most homeowners are looking for when shopping for a new house, hardwood beats carpet as the first choice almost every time. Although it is often more expensive up front than other types of flooring materials (like carpeting), with proper care hardwood stays beautiful and lasts for decades. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, more than 80% of real estate agents prefer selling houses with hardwood floors because they:

  • Are easier to sell
  • Sell for more money
  • Sell more quickly

Advice from a flooring design consultant:

“The number of customers who come in and ask for hardwood increases every year,” says Kermans’ Jessica Dault. “Its popularity will only continue to grow. The most sought after type of hardwood flooring right now is light and dark, wide-plank hardwood. It comes 4- to 6-inches in width. White-washed (also called limewashed) finishes and grey tones are extremely on-trend for homeowners seeking both minimalist and farmhouse styles, while dark woods are great for people looking for a modern and luxurious look.”

Get high style at low cost with resilient flooring

Resilient, or luxury vinyl flooring, is a durable and budget conscious option for those who want hard surface floors. Resilient comes in a variety colors and styles, and it’s water resistant, making it a great option for kitchen remodels or bathroom updates. While not known to directly impact a home’s resale value, updating old flooring to durable resilient hard surface flooring will make your home more appealing to future buyers.

Advice from a flooring design consultant:

“Given its affordability and attractiveness, resilient flooring will only continue to increase in popularity and demand,” says Kermans’ Nichole Hansen. “The resilient styles that mimic wide-plank hardwoods, in light greys and rich, dark browns that we’ve noticed customers ask for in hardwood, are some of the most popular resilient flooring homeowners want today.”

Versatile tile is always in style

Tile is a perennial classic flooring that homeowners love. Tile comes in endless colors, sizes and styles, making it a versatile flooring option for almost any home and aesthetic. A great flooring choice for high-traffic areas and bathrooms, tile will last for many years and stay looking great.

Advice from a flooring design consultant:

“Porcelain tile that mimics the look of wood or stone is becoming increasingly popular for seasoned homeowners and new buyers alike,” says Kermans’ Lori Nash. “Wood-look tile in particular allows homeowners the best of both worlds: the durability and easy maintenance of tile with the elevated, warm look of wood. Today many homeowners are also thinking big when they choose tile. That interior design strategy especially pays off because installing larger tiles is a great way to make smaller spaces, like half baths, feel more open and spacious.”

If you’re planning to sell your home soon…

Determine your goals and your budget before you make any updates to your home, flooring or otherwise. Predicting what flooring will add resale value to a home is not an exact science. Likewise, any home renovation project should be considered and weighed for its potential to increase resale value.

If you are getting ready to put your house on the market, take your home’s current value and current market conditions into consideration. Ask your realtor for recommendations, then decide which upgrades you want to make.

In short, almost all buyers love a home that has new flooring. So, even if it’s not in your budget to put hardwood floors in the whole house, replacing old and worn carpet with new carpet can be a big improvement that helps you sell your home more easily and for more money.

Timeless flooring tips

Do you want flooring that withstands the test of time, whether you’re renovating your forever home or you’re about to put your house on the market? Here is a rundown of some of our consultants’ top recommendations on how to pick new flooring that you’ll love for a long time.

  • Pick neutral colors
  • Choose a flooring type that enhances your home’s architectural style
  • Keep to three different types of flooring materials (or fewer) throughout your home
  • When in doubt, you can’t go wrong by making timeless choices; go for hardwood for common living spaces and pick carpet for bedrooms for flooring

Get the Ultimate Guide to Choosing New Floors by Kermans Flooring

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