The Top Hardwood Flooring Trends of 2020

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The Top Hardwood Flooring Trends of 2020

Are you building a new home or remodeling your current home? If so, hardwood flooring installation is one of the best decisions you can make. It will not only make your home more attractive, but it will raise your resell value as well. Before you schedule your project, make sure you’re not using outdated styles in your home. Here’s what you should know about the top hardwood flooring trends of 2020.


Grey has been one of the most dominant hardwood colors over the last several years, but it's reaching the end of its popularity. Now, buyers are favoring more natural wood colors over obviously manipulated greys. Here’s what you should know about hardwood color trends that are likely to dominate home design in 2020 and beyond.

  • Neutrals: Naturally finished hardwoods are making a huge comeback in 2020. Neutral wood colors that haven’t been manipulated in any way add a classy, understated appeal to any home. The authenticity of natural wood colors is very attractive to homeowners and buyers who love warmth and down-to-earth stylistic elements.

  • Greige: Although dramatic grey is no longer "en vogue", a combination of beige and grey is revealing itself as a popular choice for 2020. Commonly referred to as “greige,” this lovely color combination is both unique and versatile. It can blend in with a wide variety of home styles and décor color palettes.

  • Light Wood: Hardwood flooring made from light wood, such as white oak, is becoming highly popular. It gives a light, airy look to any home and has a beautiful wood grain. European or French white oak is now more popular than regular French oak.

Whichever of these colors you use in your hardwood flooring installation, you're sure to be on-trend for 2020.

Types of Hardwood

As we already mentioned, white oak is taking the lead in popularity as we head into 2020. However, hickory is not far behind. It’s most popular in homes that favor the rustic style. Those who desire a cutting-edge contemporary look still gravitate toward birch and maple.

Factory prefinished wood flooring is by far the most preferred choice since it comes with faster completion schedules and doesn’t require finishes to cure after installation. Manufacturing warranties on prefinished wood flooring is also very favorable.

Plank Styles

Gone are the days when thin hardwood planks were the norm. Now, plank width has increased to as much as 7 ½ inches. Wider planks mean easier installation for the most part. In addition to wider widths, hardwood planks are also becoming longer. Longer planks can make rooms appear larger than they really are.

Another popular trend is to install mixed-width or random wood planks. Usually, these include planks that are 3 ¼ inches up to 8 ¼ inches in width and may include a variety of wood types as well. Though the look may appear haphazard to some, it is charming and unique to others.

Finish Types

Natural oil finishes are becoming increasingly popular because they are more environmentally friendly. However, they do have their drawbacks. They’re easier to repair than low matte or satin finishes, but they do tend to experience premature color wear (especially in areas that see a lot of traffic), and they are also more prone to grease and water spots. When deciding whether to opt for a natural oil finish or a low matte or satin finish, make sure you consider all the pros and cons carefully.

Schedule Hardwood Flooring Installation Today

Blue Ridge Floors offers many different hardwood flooring options that are popular in 2020. To schedule a consultation, fill out our online form or call us at our Asheville, NC, Charleston, SC, or Nashville, TN, locations.