When choosing hardwood for a new flooring project in your Mentor home, it can be hard to figure out which styles are timeless and which are just fads. If you are picking a floor that will hopefully last for decades, you want to make sure that it won’t seem outdated halfway through its lifespan. Floor Coverings International of Mentor is here to help you separate some of flooring trends so you can make the best decision for your home.


Herringbone Pattern Hardwood MentorPattern: Fad

Chevron, herringbone, and parquet are currently having a moment. Trendy homes are playing with patterns to add visual appeal and personality in a room from the floor up. While parquet was thought of as a tacky vestige of home fashion gone wrong, it is now associated with more luxurious and stylish homes.

Hardwood is in the spotlight and homeowners have the opportunity to be more creative with their flooring. However, the flamboyant look might accentuate your own personal style, but it likely has a shorter shelf life than other trends. Be careful with patterns that are too loud, because it may decrease the resale value of your home if potential buyers don’t see the charm.


Distressed Hardwood Mentor StyleTexture: Keep Watching

This trend has gained a lot of steam in recent years. Homeowners love the weathered look with modern and rustic aesthetics alike. Styles like distressed, hand-scraped, and reclaimed hardwood highlight natural variations in the color, grain, and texture in each plank, creating an authentic and unique feel. These styles are coming from a desire to integrate a more natural tone into our homes. It pairs well with the comeback of copious indoor plants that used to trend in the 70s.

Keep in mind, distressed and hand-scraped styles require extra production steps, and you will be paying more for this look. It is bold and beautiful, but with sleek, metallic fixtures and accents on the rise, this trend may not last forever.


Wide Plank Hardwood Mentor Floor StyleWide Plank: Timeless

If you’re looking for a trending style that will likely turn into a classic, wide plank is your best bet. This trend is opting away from the standard 2 ¼” planks and stretching them to 6” or more. This dramatically opens up your space and highlights the beauty of your hardwood species. With fewer seams and segments, the natural grain patterns and markings become more prominent across the floor.

With modern aesthetics, choosing a tight-grained, uniform profile will result in a smooth-looking floor. If you enjoy the sporadic marks of oak or hickory, wide planks will showcase the unique look. This style creates distinctive and stunning floors, and is an instant classic.


To learn more about current trends and get a better idea of how they would look in your home, contact your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of Mentor. We offer free design consultations and estimates and proudly serve the Mentor, Painesville, and Willoughby areas. Call us today!


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