2019 Hardwood Flooring Trends – Colors

Trends in hardwood flooring colors, and flooring colors in general, are cooling off.  2019 is all about darks and lights (yes, the two extremes), as well as cooler and browner tones. Redder and warmer tones are less popular and more polarizing.

  1. Dark colors and cool tones

Darker colored flooring’s popularity has been on the rise for the last decade or so, especially with those who prioritize style over ease of maintenance (think pre-kid households, empty nesters, and those who can afford to have cleaning help.) Not that other households don’t love the look of dark flooring – we’ve seen that too! But households with high traffic pets and kids often will choose a lighter color flooring to offset the appearance of dirt and debris.
Either way, one thing is consistent:  Cool tones are strongly preferred.  There is a strong move away from warmer tones (e.g. reds, red/brown blends or yellow undertones) and a preference toward pure browns that are cooler.

  1. Light, natural and muted

On the opposite end of the spectrum from dark, light floor coloring is still extremely popular, with cool light colors winning out over light colors with yellow undertones.

  1. Shades of gray

Gray has been a part of the popular crowd for most of the decade. You see it everywhere you go – in wood, tile that looks like wood, and gray vinyl wood-look planks.
Most recently, we’ve been seeing more variations on gray, both with a brown blend to create “greige” and black/dark brown blends for a cool, deep gray.

  1. Whitewashed floors

For those of you who remember whitewashes from the 80’s, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve been reinvented and modernized. The whitewashes of today are subtler, with more of a matte finish. They work best on white oak for a more contemporary style, as opposed to the more traditional red oak heavy graining and pink undertones.