The Best 2016 Flooring Trends (That Still Look Great!)

By Craig Donofrio

Posted on September 12th, 2022

dog sleeping on hardwood floor

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The flooring you choose for your home is more than just a surface to walk on. It sets the stage for the rest of the design elements you have in your home. Your floors should make a statement, although an understated one, and should help to tie your interior design together.

These popular 2016 flooring trends may be a few years old, but they are by no means outdated.

Light and Dark Tones

Gallery 50 - Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring

Gray is the new neutral for those who prefer lighter tones, and you’ll find it being used in a variety of floor types, including distressed hardwood, concrete and inkjet-printed porcelain. This light tone goes particularly well with industrial and Scandinavian decor.

The Hampton
Photo by Blondino Design, Inc.
Consider dark wood finishes on the floors in your home. Today’s consumers are opting for rich espresso, mahogany and walnut tones to bring a boldness to their rooms. Dark wood flooring goes particularly well with contemporary and transitional styles, which are also gaining in popularity, and they can bring a touch of elegance to traditional decor.

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Au Naturel Materials

Pelham Renovation

Strategically placed area carpets made from natural materials are on trend in 2016. Today’s eco-friendly homeowners are loving rugs made from wool, sisal or other recyclable materials.

Black & White Apartment

The same is true with flooring in general. Whether it’s wood or cement, consumers are seeking out styles that show the grain and natural imperfections in the material instead of floors that look artificially smooth. To keep on trend, look for textured flooring with imperfections that add depth and interest.

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Larger Planks

Walnut Wide Plank Floor
Photo by Heritage Wide Plank Flooring

Traditionally, the planks used in hardwood flooring ranged from 2.25 to 3.5 inches wide, but the new trend is for wide planks that open up rooms visually. For bedrooms and dining areas, look for flooring with planks that are at least 5 inches wide. Great rooms and other large spaces can benefit from planks that are up to 7 inches wide.

For a more contemporary look, stay with traditionally sized widths but opt for longer planks. These planks give rooms a smoother, cleaner and more minimal look, especially if they have a light finish.

Reclaimed Wood

Lake Austin

Reclaimed wood is nothing new, but it’s certainly making a big statement recently in the world of flooring. Part of the trend can be attributed to the new eco-conscious consumer who wants to save natural resources, but there’s more to it. Reclaimed wood, which was used in at least one previous build, lets you step back in time and feel as if you’re part of history.

The trend is also being fueled by those who want a weathered, natural look on their floors and who embrace the signs of aging and weathering. To achieve this style, builders tend to mix and match wood types and tones for a look that’s both contemporary and classic.

Faux Wood

Cevisama tile trends

Photo by Paul Anater
Natural wood doesn’t always fare well with young families, and more and more of them are turning to one of the newest entrants to the world of flooring — tiles printed using digital inkjet technology. Whether the tiles are mimicking the look of concrete or wood, the technology has become so advanced that it’s often difficult to tell whether it’s the real material or printed tile, as seen in the photo above.

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