Posted by aihw on February 19th, 2020

Up-to-date starting with your floor. Use this guide to the hottest 2020 laminate flooring trends and find stylish, durable laminate flooring ideas that will stay trendy for years to come.

With the rise of other wood-look flooring options, like vinyl and ceramic tile, some people are starting to question whether laminate flooring will stay current and trendy.

Laminate flooring has maintained its status as the staple go-to wood flooring alternative for residential use. Tremendous advancements are being made in flooring technology, allowing the best laminate flooring to resemble solid hardwood more closely than ever before. The laminate flooring business is booming in a big way.

In fact, real estate experts are calling laminate flooring one of the top options for increasing home value, preceded by solid hardwood, stone and tile. Laminate flooring offers homeowners an affordable way to achieve their dream wood look.

In the 80s, when laminate first gained popularity, it looked and sounded cheap and unrealistic. The planks sounded hollow and echoey. The designs were…uncompelling.

Times have changed.

Laminate floor is going stronger than ever with exceptionally realistic looks mimicking the current flooring trends in solid hardwood. Technologies now allow us to even replicate hand-scraped and reclaimed wood looks in affordable, easy-to-maintain laminate flooring.

And wood looks aren’t all you’ll see in 2020. Manufacturers are taking laminate flooring and thinking outside of the box with never-before-seen laminate looks.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see in 2020.

FlooringInc 2020 laminate flooring trends

“There are so many amazing options in the laminate flooring world that were not available to us even ten years ago. The hottest styles that we are seeing in our firm are lighter colors, wider planks and styles that look like wood with a rustic texture. Laminate has come a long way since it first came out and most people can’t even tell it isn’t real!

As far as what to expect in 2020, without a doubt lighter wood styles are on the rise, along with planks that look and feel like wood. Texture in laminate flooring is also improving greatly and I find that homeowners love the look and feel of laminates with depth and groove. We also love that as the process of laminate becomes more streamlined and sustainable, many homeowners will opt out of real wood options and choose the more eco friendly option of laminate.” – Amanda Gates, Gates Interior Design

“Elongated planks have made a splash and are here to stay. Your best bet is 6-8” wide and 24’-48” long. This size lends to a comfortable casual presentation. Hand scraped, wire brushed are just a few of the new options in flooring. These textures lend to a more natural look in flooring. Personally I find them far more forgiving when it comes to wear and tear and showing dirt. 

2020 Trending Laminate Flooring Types

Up until recently, laminate has been kind of a one trick pony, copying simplistic wood looks and offering homeowners a low-maintenance wood flooring alternative.

And that was cool. I mean, it served its purpose. But it didn’t offer homeowners a ton of variety. In this age of technological advancements, people have come to expect options and possibilities.

Laminate manufacturers found themselves in sort of a ‘sink or swim’ scenario, and over the last decade, if you ask me, they have learned to swim.


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