Flooring Colors And Styles In 2021 (Our Top 50 Customer Questions)

Updated: Oct 6

Flooring Colors and Styles In 2021

As customers think and plan about remodeling their flooring in 2021, we have compiled a list of some of our most common questions. We are dividing the article up by types of flooring, so you can easily scan the article, and proceed to the type of flooring that you are most interested in researching. The types of flooring that we will be discussing in this article include:


Flooring Colors and Styles In 2021

As customers think and plan about remodeling their flooring in 2021, we have compiled a list of some of our most common questions. We are dividing the article up by types of flooring, so you can easily scan the article, and proceed to the type of flooring that you are most interested in researching. The types of flooring that we will be discussing in this article include:

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Flooring Colors And Styles - UPDATE 1/26/21:

With the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic, many manufacturers are behind in their shipping. Likewise, transportation from the manufacturing warehouse to the store location has been shaky at best. If you are planning on purchasing flooring, make sure you order your material way ahead of time. We have seen products taking 2-3 months to arrive. This advice goes for carpet, luxury vinyl plank, ceramic, hardwood ,and laminate products. Consult with your flooring professional before scheduling your project.

UPDATE 10/06/22: Shipping is starting to get back to normal. However, make sure you leave plenty of time, just in case.

2021 Carpet Flooring Trends - Top Questions

#1 Is carpet going to be a trending product in 2021? In recent blog articles, we have made a point of talking about how popular vinyl tile and plank products have become with consumers. Having said that, many customers are wondering if carpet is still a good purchase. We think the answer to that question is...yes! Carpet will continue to be a wonderful and popular purchase for your home.

In one of our recent articles, Home Flooring Trends, we talk about how carpet manufacturers are coming out with cutting-edge technology, in an attempt to get that competitive edge. Manufacturers have realized the importance of warranties and performance.

The calendar year 2021 will be no different. Manufacturers are not only producing very durable products, but also products with flashy colors and unique designs.

Flooring Inc has a great article, "2021 Carpet Trends," that also discusses this product prediction. In the article, Jamie Sanford, from Home Flooring Pros, quotes:

“Carpets and rugs are already seeing a resurgence in popularity, and this will become even more the case as they offer homemakers the chance to really showcase strong design statements – especially in vibrant colors – with the ideal being handmade rugs that are truly one-of-a-kind.” – Jamie Sanford, Home Flooring Pros

If you are looking at purchasing new flooring for your home, and you can't decided on what type of flooring to get, we think carpet will still be a good purchase in 2021.

#2 Should we purchase one color of carpet, or different colors for different areas of the home? We will answer this question in a few different ways. If you are trying to sell a home, we would recommend buying one color of the carpet and using the same carpet throughout the project. Realtors have told us it is much easier to sell a home with one color of the carpet, preferably with a neutral color and one that has no design.

If you are living in a home in which you have no plans of moving, then we would say the color option is whatever makes you happy. The bottom line is: there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Pick the carpet that is going to best suit your project goals.

#3 What color and style of carpet are trending in 2021?

Customers with a flair for color might not like our answer, but "gray" seems to be the hot color. We have noticed more and more carpet styles being introduced with an entire line of grayish colors.

While the word on the street is consumers are wanting flashy, vibrant colors with big patterns, at the end of the day, most of these customers end up picking out a neutral color.

We have found that foot impressions on thecarpet seem to be a big deal. Customers don't like to look at their carpet and see a bunch of foot marks. Therefore, they are looking for tight woven yarn or carpet that has a pattern. Frieze carpet continues to be trending. While customers like the neutral colors, they also like two-tone carpets that will hide dirt and spill marks.

2021 flooring trends in the carpet will also focus on warranties and performance. Customers are willing to spend money on remodeling, but they don't want to spend money on products that won't last. Manufacturers recognize this and are using some incredible cutting-edge technology to introduce products that meet this criterion.

#4 Will area rugs be popular in 2021? With hard surface flooring (mainly vinyl tile & plank flooring) taking more and more market share, we think area rugs will be extremely popular in 2021.

The affordable, everyday area rug (that costs between $75 - $200), we predict will be a very hot item in 2021. Customers will be looking for those unique designs and colors in all different sizes and shapes.

It's very interesting that a few years ago, retail stores moved out of the area rug business. If you try to find an area rug in your city, these days, it can be somewhat of a challenge. Most everyday area rugs are purchased online.

We would not be surprised to see more and more floor-covering stores offer an area rug program on their website. Competition in the area rug business is fierce, and this makes it a great situation for buyers. If you are at ease with buying items online, you can find a very nice area rug, at a very affordable price.

#5 Is it better to purchase carpet at a retail flooring store or at a large box store? Surprisingly, we get asked this question all of the time. Products that you find in the large "box stores," are quality products, usually priced extremely well. These stores buy in bulk and get some incredible deals from the manufacturers. However, one of the downsides is: once their inventory runs out, you might find it extremely difficult to get more of the same product.

Installation on your flooring from the large box stores can also be a challenge. It is common practice for large box stores to employ local sub-contractors to do their installation work. Many times, these sub-contractors are just individual installers that work on their own, many times on a cash basis. While many of these installers do outstanding work, others do not. As a customer, you never really know what sort of workmanship you will get.

The other installation concern at the box stores is with the installation warranty. If you hire an individual sub-contractor to install your carpet, what happens when that installer moves out of town?

With local floor-covering retail stores, you will find different products (as compared to the box stores), that will usually be a little more expensive. Depending on the store, they will either have in-house installers, or they might also employ local sub-contractors.

The local store is going to give you more of a "personal experience," and more than likely, they will sell products that you would be able to re-order. Likewise, the local store will do a better job of handling any warranty issues.

At the end of the day, there is no clear-cut answer to which type of store is best. Customers should buy based on whether or not they like the product, price, and their comfort level with the salespeople and store.

#6 Will residential carpet tiles be popular in 2021?

As a brief explanation, the broadloom carpet that you get for your home comes in 12' wide rolls. Many years ago, for commercial applications (schools, hospitals, offices, etc...), carpet mills started making carpet tiles. These tiles came in either 24" x 24" square pieces, or 12" x 24" rectangle piece shapes.

Fast forward to 2021, carpet mills have started making residential carpet tiles for DIY home projects. You will find many stores stocking these types of products for cash & carry sales. The carpet tiles are installed with a peel-and-stick method. This makes it a very easy installation.

While in commercial spaces, carpet tile is the future, for residential use, we don't think this type of product is going to be trending in 2021. These products are limited in style and colors, and we don't think consumers are ready for residential carpet tiles.

#7 Is stain-resistant carpet a 2021 flooring trend?

As mentioned earlier, consumers are willing to spend money on home remodeling projects, they just want the products they purchase to last. Stain-resistant carpets will be extremely popular in 2021. For example, Mohawk SmartStrand carpet and Shaw R2X will be in high demand. We have some great blog articles that discuss these two different types of carpets:

Pet-friendly carpets will remain popular with the consumer. As households get more and more pets, carpet that offers easy clean-up from "accidents" is an important carpet benefit.

You will find product stain-resistant warranties and information on the back of most carpet samples.

#8 Will carpet costs go up in 2021?

Most stores never really know the answer to this question. Carpet mills usually announce price increases once or twice a year, depending on their costs for raw goods.

The question that most consumers should be asking is: how do I go about getting the best price for my carpet? We have a great blog article, "I Need To Buy New Carpet," that does a wonderful job of walking you through our recommended buying process.

As companies try to recover from a horrible sales year in 2020, our prediction is the competition in the marketplace will keep prices somewhat stable in the calendar year 2021.

Customers always ask, "when is the best month to buy carpet?" The answer to that question is: there is no best month to buy carpet. Follow our buying process procedure, and you will always get a fair market price.

#9 Is there a trending carpet manufacturer for 2021?

No. Shaw Floors & Mohawk Flooring are the two U.S. companies that dominate the marketplace. However, there are several other carpet mills in stores that offer wonderful products.

Our advice for shopping in 2021 is to make a buying decision based on color, style, price, and project goals. Each project is different. Each project has different goals. Base your buying decision on what you are trying to accomplish, along with the price of the product.

Keep in mind that not all stores will sample the same products. In fact, stores go out of their way to sample unique items (so customers can't price shop).

In 2021, the products that will sell, are those products that are competitively priced, and that have good colors with excellent warranties.

#10 Will stores offer big "free installation," and "no finance charge" sales in 2021?

Yes. But, keep in mind, whenever you see these big sales being advertised, they are not really good deals for the customer. For example, it is very easy for a store to offer you free installation when they are hiding the costs somewhere else in the purchase.

If it costs a flooring store $1.00 a square foot to purchase a carpet, and they sell it for $10 a square foot, they can offer you all sorts of stuff for "free." These promotions are simply sales gimmicks to get customers into their stores.

Likewise, it is very easy for a store to offer you a great "no finance charge" planinto when they are simply adding the costs associated with the financing in to the overall carpet price. The costs are there, the store just shows it in a different line item of the purchase.

In 2021, the best way to buy carpet is to follow our buying process, as outlined in our blog article: I Need To Buy New Carpet.

2021 Flooring Trends - Luxury Vinyl Tile & Plank

#11 Are luxury vinyl tile & plank products trending in 2021?

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) have become the hottest-selling products in the floor covering world. Go in any retail flooring store and look at the sample space dedicated to these products. LVT & LVP will take up a huge percentage of a store's retail space. Why? Because these products sell!

Customers want products that are realistic to hardwood styles and colors. They want clear and distinctive looks. Wide boards and longboards are extremely popular.

“Better technology is constantly being created and used to make vinyl flooring look more like real hardwood. Whatever you see trending in engineered hardwood, whether it is a rustic oil-finished Oak or a more contemporary smooth maple, the vinyl flooring industry will be quick to create a visual that will be nearly impossible to tell apart from the real deal. ” – Carly Notcha,US Floors Taken from FlooringInc article

LVT & LVP products are going in all types of homes, ranging from the starter home to the multi-million dollar mansion.

We believe this product line will continue to grow in 2021 and will continue to gain floor-covering market share.

#12 What are the hot colors in vinyl plank for 2021?

As we look ahead, the lighter tone colors seem to be popular with consumers looking for hard surface flooring. Lighter colors tend to make rooms look bigger and brighter, and they hide scratches and dirt.

The warm, lighter color browns and grays continue to gain popularity. These products complement trending paint and furniture fabric colors.

The hand-scraped and distressed-looking vinyl planks continue to be popular with customers. Manufacturers will be introducing more and more of these patterns in 2021.

#13 Is luxury vinyl plank a good product for kitchens in 2021?

LVP is being made as a waterproof product. More and more homes are installing plank flooring in their kitchen.

In 2021 look for this trend to continue. Luxury vinyl plank is a wonderful choice for homeowners looking for an easy-to-clean and durable kitchen floor.

#14 Which manufacturer in 2021 will have the best LVT & LVP products?

There is no "best" manufacturer of vinyl products. There are many manufacturers in the marketplace that makes quality vinyl tile and plank flooring. Each manufacturer has its good, better, and best products.

Unlike 15 years ago, when there were some issues with the quality of several hard surface products, in today's marketplace, quality is extremely important. With the cutting-edge technology that is being used to produce both LVT & LVP, products are extremely well-made and durable. For this reason, we can not recommend one manufacturer over another for the calendar year 2021.

Customers should pick a vinyl product based on their project goals, style/color, and price.

#15 Will vinyl tile or vinyl plank hurt or help my home value in 2021?

As we stated earlier in this article, vinyl tile & plank products are the fastest-growing products in the flooring covering business.

You can find quality vinyl products for homes at every price level. Certainly, these products will not hurt your home value.

In fact, installing a nice vinyl tile or plank floor in a home just might help you sell your property. Unlike laminate products from many years ago, that was made cheap and had limted colors and styles, vinyl tile and plank is a very attractive product that sells.

#16 Should I purchase a 12 mil wear layer product or 20 mil wear layer vinyl plank product?

What is a "mil wear layer, and why should you care?" Vinyl tile and plank flooring come with a factory finish. This helps protect the floor from dents and scratches.

A "mil" is described as one thousand of an inch. The thicker your mil layer is, the more protection you will have with your floor.

In residential environments, both a 12 mil and a 20 mil wear layer are perfectly acceptable products. The 20 mil product is going to give you better protection, however, it is also going to cost you more money. Customers should make their buying decision based on the amount of foot traffic in the home, as well as the price of the product.

For example, if you have a house that is full of little kids and pets that are running around, you should probably lean toward a 20 mil product. On the other hand, if you have an empty nest home, and your foot traffic is light, a 12 mil product should hold up just fine.

Many flooring stores will stock certain colors/styles of vinyl planks as promotional sales items. In some cases, you can get a great deal on a 20 mil vinyl plank floor, just by purchasing an in-stock item.

#17 Are large format vinyl tiles trending in 2021?

The most popular size of vinyl tile sold is either an 18"x18" tile or a 12"x24" tile. Both sizes will continue to be popular in 2021.

Many customers worry about putting a large tile size in a small space, like a bathroom. In fact, larger tiles work great in small spaces, as they make the room appear larger in size.

The choice of tile size is simply a personal decision. However, we will say the larger format tile sizes are currently trending upward, and we feel they will continue to be popular in 2021.

#18 We are building a new home. Should we put vinyl tile and plank flooring in our main living areas?

Home builders in general who work in new construction (and that build spec homes) are using more and more vinyl tile and plank products. It is very common to see vinyl tile in entryways, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, and vinyl plank flooring throughout hallways, kitchens, and family rooms.

Most home builders are using a 20 mil wear layer product that has an attached pad. These products have a click-together installation method and are usually a mid-range price point items.

Vinyl tile and plank flooring is very popular in new home construction. This trend will continue in 2021.

#19 Are consumers putting vinyl plank products on steps?

Yes. However, installing vinyl plank on steps can be a tricky situation. Steps can be a high-traffic area, so using a click-together installation method on steps is not recommended. Installers will need to glue down the planks on both the step and step riser.

Another issue that needs to be addressed with steps is the nose of the step. Most vinyl plank manufacturers will make a matching color stair nose piece. Customers should be aware these stair nose pieces are not cheap. If you have several steps, all of a sudden your project price tag could take a beating.

If you feel uneasy about putting vinyl plank on your steps, it is perfectly acceptable to put carpet on your steps, and vinyl plank on the main floor.