wide plank flooring Monmouth CountyThere’s nothing more exciting than exploring the cutting edge of an industry, and the flooring world is no different! In the following article, Floor Coverings International® of Millstone brings you three flooring trends on the rise. These trends will hopefully give you some inspiration for your next flooring project, while informing you about what’s in and what’s out in the flooring world!

Wide Planks

Wide planks are a fresh take on hardwood that can easily add instant flair to your floors. In technical terms, wide planks refer to planks with a width greater than 6 inches. When it comes to looks, wide planks make a room feel more spacious and open compared to standard planks. They also allow more of the natural grain of the wood to shine through, which can make otherwise ordinary varieties appear unique. All in all, wide planks are a modern and trendy choice that will add another layer of depth and style to your floors.

Gray Finish

gray hardwood monmouth countyGray is the new black; it’s chic, easy to pair with other color palettes, and not excessively expensive to achieve. While the trend is exactly what it sounds like, you can play with the idea by considering different shades, spanning from jet black all the way to stark white.

One thing to note is that using a gray finish might cost you a little more than a standard finish. This is because it takes careful application of multiple layers of finish to properly achieve the gray look. However, the price difference is relatively low compared to the dramatic difference that a gray finish will have on your hardwood’s final appearance. Gray finish is sure to be a unique and stylish choice for your home, whatever your existing décor may be.

Eco-Friendly Flooring

Eco-friendly flooring is a classic design idea that has risen to the top of flooring trends in recent years. The idea behind it is why not add style to your home while minimizing its impact on the environment? By far, the two most popular types of eco-friendly flooring are cork and bamboo. Both are renewable resources which can be mass-produced without significantly harming the environment.

They don’t share much when it comes to looks, however. In appearance, cork looks similar to the cork used in wine bottles, but darker and denser. As for bamboo, these floors typically look similar to a light or dark hardwood, but possess a subtler grain pattern, greater structural strength, and a lower price point than most other hardwoods.


Floor Coverings International® of Millstone offers free consultations to all customers. With our mobile showroom, we’ll bring the flooring options to your doorstep, so feel free to book a consultation with us today. We are proud to serve our customers in the Monmouth and Ocean County areas!

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