The Top Five 2023 Flooring Trends
Jan 11, 2023
With the new year underway, many of us are eager to start on those new years resolutions! If some of your resolutions include making home improvement projects a top priority, then you're probably wondering what's trending in the world of modern design?
Let us look into our crystal balls and see what trending styles will be making their way into our homes in 2023. When it comes to predicting flooring trends for 2023, Flooring America is looking forward to a flooring future filled with style influences that have trickled down from the catwalk to the carpet.
The Top Five Flooring Trends for 2023 are...
1. Going Gucci
Design by Margarita Bravo, Photography by Tia Curran
Interior design trends take a hat tip from style that originates on fashion runways. That’s exactly what’s driving the “old with the new” trend of combining throwback vibes with modern graphic design inspired by the Metaverse.
“Based on the 2023 Gucci collection, interior design will follow suit in creating retro atmospheres paired with a futuristic aesthetic, creating new designs and settings with an interesting new style,” said Margarita Bravo, a luxury interior designer based in Denver and Miami. “Think embellished and tactile wallpaper, crystal embellishments, floral appliques, Victorian ruffles, leather adornments, and velvets as accessories in a contemporary home. Now infuse these accessories with bolder choices for colors and shapes and use them as accents in furniture.”
Translating the Trend to The Floor: For the retro part of the trend, look for flooring options with hand-scraped hardwood flooring, wood-look laminate, or luxury vinyl tile. Hardwood floors provide the look and feel of tradition and history, so they're the ultimate in retro flooring.
Incorporate futuristic flair with sleek modern texture and material in your flooring, eco-friendly options, natural textures, and fashion-forward prints like leopard, tiger stripe, and other animal prints mixed with traditional old-world hardwood flooring to follow the top flooring trends for the upcoming year.
2. Embracing Curves
Design by Lisa Kooistra, Photography by Blynda DaCosta
When it comes to predicting style for “below your feet” fashions, look around at other styles in interior design for your home decor, like furniture. Curves are in for 2023 from furniture to the floor.
“We’re moving away from crisp, straight lines and are adding curved furniture pieces and interior archways. We have seen this trend in Europe for a while now,” said Lisa Kooistra, of Kooistra Designs in Ontario. “Curved furniture has the same effect because these pieces add interest and can be placed organically in an interior. This style was made famous by mid-century modern furniture designer Vladimir Kagan, who created the iconic Serpentine sofa in 1950. These sofas are largely referred to as conversation sofas or crescent sofas. They are not only meant for snuggling and watching TV, but also for cultivating aesthetic pleasure and conversation.”
Translating the Trend to The Floor: To mimic the twists of serpentine-shaped furniture in flooring, sculpted and tufted pattern carpet can create a sense of movement and give a room flow with your flooring. Vintage hardwood floors can do the same by showcasing the natural curved lines and knots of the hardwood flooring.
3. Much Ado About Hues
Design by Kandrac & Kole, Photography by Emily Followill
The naming of Pantone’s “color of the year” is always a harbinger of style trends to come, and 2023’s bold Viva Magenta is no exception. Look for punches of vibrant color in interior design for your home decor – including flooring solutions.
“Trending for 2023 is color. As we emerge from the pandemic, people are energized and ready to jump back into a life of travel, entertainment, and social events. This energy translates to color,” said interior design duo Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole of Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs in Atlanta. “The colors trending for 2023 in home furnishing will be ochre, persimmon, tobacco, moss, and other staples such as blush and navy. We will also see color brought into homes through biophilic design, aka bringing nature indoors to foster a feeling of health and wellness. We will continue to maximize big punches of color in our designs through art, lamps, rugs, and pillows.”
Translating the Trend to The Floor: Look for consumers to embrace the rainbow when it comes to carpet flooring with vibrant shades of yellow, red, blue, green, and more; while tile comes in shades ranging from cobalt to cadmium. Even wood flooring features contrasting shades from dark to light. Combine multiple flooring options in a room to make your space even more vibrant and visually interesting.
4. Tactile Textiles
Design by Kate Davidson, Photography by Mike Chajecki
There’s a pattern to the 2023 design trends, and one is that patterns themselves will flourish. Beige, plain, and vanilla aren’t in the “floorcast”, but pattern and texture are firmly planted in the latest trends.
“Floor patterns are trending—from herringbone flooring to patterned tile. The herringbone is incorporated into tile or wood, sometimes throughout a main floor or in smaller spaces such as an entryway. The eye-catching patterned tile is created in a geometric style and is used primarily in powder-room floors, mudrooms, and laundry rooms. Terrazzo tile gives a nod to the hugely popular European vibe for interior spaces—one of my favorite looks. It’s available in both muted colors and vibrant tones,” according to Kate Davidson, the lead designer at Toronto-based Kate + Co.
Translating the Trend to The Floor: Terrazzo, graphic patterns, marble inlays, and boldly colored slabs and tiles are several flooring options that will be a hit in luxurious interiors. Look for herringbone flooring incorporated into luxury vinyl tile or wood floors, sometimes throughout a kitchen floor or in smaller areas such as an entryway.
Hardwood flooring in patterns like herringbone, checkerboard, and chevron are increasingly popular flooring choices and can provide an interesting contrast to existing –or new –tile, carpet, or other wood flooring choices. From carpet and wood floors to laminate and tile flooring, mixing and matching patterns of flooring can add character and visual interest to any room.
5. The Pull of Vintage
Design by Patti Wilson, Photography by Mike Chajecki
Following a few years spent mostly hunkering down at home, many homeowners have really turned to the comfort of vintage home décor. “We are introducing more vintage and repurposed elements into contemporary and transitional spaces, and clients are embracing it big-time,” said Patti Wilson of Patti Wilson Design in Ontario. “Lovingly cherished, repurposed furniture, antiques, quilts, and artwork invoke childhood memories at grandma’s house and can be seamlessly integrated into redesigned spaces that feel thoughtfully curated and gathered over time.”
Translating the Trend to The Floor: Everything old is also new again for flooring trends in 2023 with laminate, luxury vinyl flooring, natural stone, and the rustic look of hardwood flooring designs giving off serious vintage vibes. Embossed dark stain laminate and sliced black hickory hardwood are just two examples of distressed, repurposed flooring looks for your room that will be big in the new year. Plus, this rustic look of the flooring is a cost-effective way to create your next project for new flooring to elevate your room and stay on trend.
Read more about top design trends for 2023 and discover what interior design experts have to say in our latest issue of Design at Home magazine. For more inspiration on design, floor care, and the latest in flooring technology, read our blog.
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