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

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

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, depend