What’s Trending in Flooring?

I am sharing the following content from Elisabeth Stubbs of Enhance Floors and More. I’ve met Elisabeth and her great staff a few times over at her showroom in Marietta. But, when I keep hearing positive comments from neighbors and friends who used her for carpet, hardwood, and other home improvements, I asked her if I could share her thoughts on flooring trends for next year.

2021 is fast approaching. Thank goodness, right? Let’s leave the not-so-wonderful 2020 behind us and welcome the new year with a new look. Here’s what’s trending in flooring:


Pattern reigns supreme Today’s carpet is bolder, brighter, and more stylish. No more boring builder beige! Look for bold patterns, striations and linear designs, as well as small scale geometric looks. Most clients still choose carpet for their bedrooms and upstairs due to the desire for something soft and warm underfoot combined with the noise reduction qualities. Patterns allow for unique styling that can bring character to any room. 

The best selling loop-cut-loops (LCLs) include solids, subtle tonals and contrasting multicolor designs.  Berbers are also popular again – but not the stiff and scratchy Berbers you remember from the 90s. Soft is the word of the day.

Pet preferred Another trend within the carpet segment focuses on pet-friendly designs. These carpets are durable and easy to clean. Some loop carpets even have warranties against snagging and unravelling.  

PRO TIP: If you have pets, be sure to upgrade to a pad with a liner.
Carpet is still your most budget friendly flooring option.

Lighter colors becoming popular again

Wider, longer prevails Wide plank, long length boards are in high demand. These stylings are more in scale with today’s open floor plans, or will make your not-so-open home feel more spacious. Look for lighter colors and low or no gloss finishes.

luxury vinyl
Luxury Vinyl Plank LVP

Wonderful waterproof flooring No one is turning their nose up at vinyl anymore. The realism of the higher end products will fool an expert. Who doesn’t want a floor with commercial wear ratings, that is indentation resistant, and handles moisture like a champ? And just like with hardwoods, look for wider and longer planks. There are also great looking tile and stone looks to consider. 
PRO TIP: ask how many faces (repeats) to expect. The premier LVPs have 30+ planks before a repeat.  


Options galore Large-format tiles are in high demand (remember, more tile, less grout!), and decorative looks are a must. Even if it is just a row of a decorative tile in your backsplash, this is the “bling” you need to style up your look. 
In terms of colorways, greys and blues have moved to the top of the leader board. Black and white is also popular. 
In decoratives, look for metallics, art deco, and Moroccan influenced designs. Popular shapes include hexagons, fans, and arabesques.

Laminate is scratch, stain and fade resistant

Better than wood? Laminate never really went away, we just forgot about it as we embraced LVP. Most laminate has waterproof warranties, and the embossing techniques, screening and digital printing technologies render not only extremely realistic wood visuals but also great textures and heft. 
Today’s laminates are scratch, stain, and fade resistant and incredibly durable. Most laminate are made in the USA, thus avoiding the tariffs that many imported LVPs currently incur.
Say goodbye to your worn, tired, outdated floors and hello to beautiful floors that are so much more your style! 

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1847 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062

Thank you Elisabeth for allowing me to share your wonderful insights on flooring for 2021 and beyond.

Enhance Floors was founded by Don and Elisabeth Stubbs in 1985. Enhance Floors & More is your one-stop shop for minor to major home improvement projects, including kitchen and bathroom updates and staircase makeovers. 

Call or Click To learn more, please call Elisabeth at (770) 565-3808 or visit her website www.enhancefloors.com

Lee Ann is a member of Women’s Council of Realtors – Cobb and Cobb Association of Realtors. She is a top producer with Dorsey Alston Realtors specializing in the East Cobb market.

Lee Ann Wynns | East Cobb Realtor® 


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