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The season of renewal is underway, and after the crazy year we’ve had, we’re all looking for a fresh perspective in our lives. As people spent more time inside working from home, they began looking for ways to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. So, it’s no surprise that natural aesthetics are trending – and hardwood floors are at the top of that list. However, modern wood planks come in a variety of styles and colors. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the most popular trends for one of the year’s most popular floors.

Lighter Tones

Lightly-toned hardwood flooring

Bright colors are naturally calming, and after the kind of year that we’ve had, it’s no surprise that lighter tones are becoming a popular choice for homes. Blond planks are especially popular right now. In addition to providing a more relaxing space, pale tones make rooms appear larger. These colors also offer more balance for the room’s decor.

Uniform Designs

Hardwood flooring with a uniform design

While hardwood floors are known for their design features (such as grains, knots, and color variations), a growing trend is opting for a more minimalist look. This means that intricate details and stains are being traded for simpler, toned-down designs.

Another trend is making use of uniform designs: rift-cut panels. Rift-cut means that planks are cut along the wood’s growth rings, for a more linear aesthetic.

Rustic and Distressed Wood

Rustic hardwood flooring in a living room

If you still prefer hardwood floors with more character, consider the rustic look. Distressed planks offer a unique style that just can’t be matched. They serve as a centerpiece for the room’s style and play into several other interior design trends currently taking off. Hand scraped visuals also add a personal touch.

Larger Planks

Hardwood planks are getting wider and longer in 2021. This approach, like pale tones, also helps the space appear larger. However, bigger planks also provide a more uniform appearance since the grain patterns stretch for a longer length.

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To find the latest trends in flooring, or to get expert advice on the best choice for your home, visit Bloomington’s top flooring experts at Hoosiers CarpetsPlus today!