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What is a Floating Floor?

Mar 09, 2020

The term "floating floor" refers to the construction of flooring material to lock together using a system similar to a puzzle piece where the material locks together creating a tight bond. With this tight bond, the floor is stable without any attachment to the sub-floor.

Floating floors are beneficial for a multitude of reasons, including ease of installation.  Read on to find out whether a floating floor installation is right for your home or apartment.

What is a Floating Floor?

Types of Floating Floors

Look down at the floor you’re standing on right now. It might look like a single sheet, but it’s actually made from three separate layers: flooring material you walk on; a layer of subflooring; and finally, a strong network of joists that provide support like a skeleton. 

Other installation methods of flooring are firmly nailed or glued to the layers below, creating a permanent attachment that lasts until the floor is torn out and replaced. Floating floors are technologically advanced to lock together so they are placed atop the subfloor without fixation. 

Laminate, luxury vinyl, and engineered wood are available in floating floor applications. These floors have the technology to click together to create a seal that locks the planks together, creating an immovable bind. Before you choose a favorite, here’s what to know about each type: 

  • Engineered Wood— Engineered wood flooring is specially constructed using multiple layers of wood with a finished layer of solid wood. This construction creates a lightweight, durable, and easy to care for wood flooring.  The bottom layers are sometimes comprised of recycled or pressed wood making it an excellent sustainable option. Engineered wood floors are available in a floating “click-lock” option as well as glue-down and nail down. 
  • Laminate Laminate flooring is an extremely popular option for floating floors. Floating laminate planks are usually connected using tongue-and-groove “click-lock” systems, which use simple tongue-and-groove arrangements instead of nails or adhesives. Laminate is a durable option that comes in wood and tile looks.   
  • Luxury Vinyl Luxury vinyl flooring is available in two categories: luxury vinyl plank (LVP), which is meant to imitate wood, and luxury vinyl tile (LVT), which is meant to imitate stone or ceramics. Like floating laminate planks and floating engineered wood planks, floating vinyl planks and tiles use tongue-and-groove or “click-lock” systems to snap together. An alternative to floating is glue down.

Bedroom filled with natural light that has a soft grey floating floor.

What Are the Advantages of Floating Floors?

Floating floors are an excellent option because of their ease of installation.  The “click-lock” system in floating floors has evolved to be efficiently installed, making it easier to update your floors without long term disruption to your everyday life. Also, these products have evolved with more durability for long-lasting life.

Bright living room that has a floating floor in a light brown.

Install Wood, Laminate, or Luxury Vinyl Floating Floors in Your Home or Apartment Today

If you’re interested in a floating floor for your home, ask the friendly home design experts at Flooring America how to get started. Whether your project is small or large, we’re here to help make sure it goes smoothly. Contact us online to chat with one of our knowledgeable team members, or visit a retailer near you today.

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Distressed grey herringbone tile floors in a cozy bedroom.

What are the Top Tile Trends for 2020?

Mar 02, 2020

Tile is a versatile type of flooring with uses for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. If you’re planning on upgrading or replacing the floors in your home or apartment, tile might be one type of flooring to consider. But what styles of tile are available, and which are considered the “best” or most popular? We’re here to help answer those questions by breaking down some of the hottest tile flooring trends of 2020. 

From faux stone to herringbone, we’re taking you on a tour through seven styles, designs, and patterns that are dominating the new decade. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect tile for your 2020 home makeover. 

Tile Trends for 2020

2020 Trending Tile Designs & Styles

The Wood Tile Look

Want the look of a hardwood floor, but don’t quite have the budget? Consider wood-look tile as a durable, low-maintenance, trend-friendly alternative to explore in 2020. A timeless favorite whose popularity continues year after year, wood-look tile offers a visually elegant solution to challenges like high moisture, heavy foot traffic, and pet-related wear-and-tear.

Wood-look tile flooring is available in three basic categories: wire-brushed wood-look tile, distressed wood-look tile, and hand-scraped wood-look tile, which has the most handmade, artisanal appearance.

Grey luxury tile floors that look like real wood in the office and dining room.

A Concrete Look for a Modern Feel

Driven by increased demand for exposed, industrial architecture, concrete is enjoying a boom right now, making it one of the hottest materials for construction and flooring. However, concrete floors can be hard and uncomfortable, especially for people (or pets) with joint problems. They can also be chilly underfoot, which may become an issue for homeowners in colder climates. Tile offers the sophisticated, industrial look of concrete — without any of the drawbacks.  

Faux Stone Tile for the Rare Stone Look

Tile flooring that imitates wood, tile flooring that imitates concrete… Are you noticing a pattern here? (And is there anything tile can’t beautifully mimic?)

Faux stone tile is another hot trend in flooring to watch out for this year. Thanks to finely detailed tile imitations, any homeowner can now enjoy the sparkle of rare and precious “stones” — without paying exorbitant costs to import heavy slabs from overseas.

Faux stone tiling isn’t just for floors, either. It also makes an elegant backdrop to showers, bathrooms, and accent walls.

A bright and clean kitchen that has faux stone tiling on the floor.

Popular Tile Patterns for 2020


From geometric patterns to nature-inspired looks, speckled tile is definitely trending for 2020 and beyond. An appealing alternative to terrazzo flooring, speckled tile adds an exciting dash of contrast to any patio or indoor space.  


No list of 2020 floor tile trends would be complete without herringbone. Simple yet striking, herringbone tile will make a bold statement in any room in your home. Herringbone tiles are arranged in alternating, braid-like rows, creating a crisp geometrical look that leads the eye around the space. For extra visual drama, consider shades of dark grey or black.

A living room that he multi-colored herringonbone tiled floors.

Mixed Width

Who says tiles need to look the same? You can mix tiles of differing lengths and widths to achieve a more handcrafted, custom-made look. Mixed width tiles add visual interest to a room and give you a chance to get creative!


Multi-tile combines multiple colors, shapes, and dimensions, hence the nickname. With its widely varied, hand-crafted appearance, multi-tile makes a beautiful artistic statement — and it’s one of the biggest floor tile trends for 2020. 

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Close up picture of a 2020 themed flooring design that utilizes a natural look and herringbone style design.

Popular Interior Flooring Trends For 2020

Feb 24, 2020

A new year is here. Is your home up to date for the decade? If the answer is no, don’t worry: we’re here to help, and your floors are the perfect place to start! Follow along as we explore some of the most popular trends in flooring for 2020, this year’s hottest colors, materials, patterns, and more. Stay current and impress your guests with these stylish flooring ideas for every room in your home or apartment.

Interior Flooring Trends for 2020

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) & Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Flooring Trends Rise in 2020

You’re already familiar with traditional flooring materials like hardwood and wall-to-wall carpeting. Now, get ready to meet two of the newest (and most popular) products to hit the consumer market: luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP). These durable, cutting-edge products are waterproof, easy-to-clean, and scratch-resistant, which makes them ideal for: 

  • Busy professionals who don’t have time for heavy-duty maintenance
  • Families with pets or young children
  • Use in damp environments like bathrooms
  • Use in areas with heavy foot-traffic 

With so many versatile uses and features, it’s no wonder LVT and LVP flooring brands are both smash design hits for 2020.

A picture highlighting a 2020 themed luxury vinyl tile flooring design that incorporates a dark wood look.

Engineered vs. Hardwood Flooring in 2020

Hardwood floors, or engineered wood? That question is shaping up to be one of the biggest design battles of 2020. Fortunately, both sides are so stylish there’s really no way to lose. The question is, which product is right for your home? 

Sustainably harvested hardwood floors are gorgeous, eco-friendly, and in perpetual demand; but some varieties can be costly. Engineered wood is a cost-conscious alternative, ideal for budget makeovers! Read more about the uses and benefits of engineered flooring, or just ask one of our team members.

A modern living room with a 2020 theme that incorporates a brown leather couch and a white chair on engineered wood floors.

2020 Flooring Trends For Colors, Stains, Shades & Tones

Contemporary flooring is available in virtually any color you can imagine, from understated earth tones to bright and funky electric hues. The real challenge isn’t finding a color — it’s picking out your favorite! 

Having trouble whittling down your top few choices? Here are some 2020 flooring color trends that might help you make a decision: 

  • Grey shades
  • Light, blonde stains and tones
  • Warm, honey-toned shades
  • White and off-white shades

A 2020 themed kitchen with off white cabinets, grey countertops, and backsplash subway tile on trending luxury vinyl floors.

Grain Pattern Trends for Floors

“Grain pattern” refers to the random assortment of lines, knots, streaks, and whorls that appear in wood planks. Grain patterns are just as important as the colors and materials you choose, since different patterns can radically alter the appearance and visual “texture” of the wood. 

Of course, grain patterns aren’t only found in natural products. They can also be designed, giving engineered floors an earthy, hand-crafted look that’s virtually impossible to distinguish from the real thing. 

Whether you choose hardwood or engineered wood, here are some popular wood grain patterns trending this year: 

  • Distressed patterns, which are meant to look rough and rustic
  • Handscraped patterns, which offer a high level of craftsmanship and variation between planks
  • Wire brushed patterns, which are slightly smoother and less irregular than the other two options

Trending 2020 themed luxury vinyl plank flooring that incorporates distressed patterns for a rough and rustic look.

Installation Pattern Trends for Your Floors

Not to be confused with grain pattern (which refers to the markings on each plank or board), “installation pattern” describes the physical arrangement of tiles or planks. For example, tiles or planks can be arranged in a square grid, or, for a bolder and more modern look, a zig-zagging chevron pattern. 

One of the hottest installation patterns for 2020 is herringbone, which simulates a woven or braided look by adjoining a series of planks at 90-degree angles. If you like the look of wicker furniture, handwoven baskets, or handmade quilts, herringbone will be perfect for you.

Close up picture highlighting the trending 2020 themed herringbone flooring installation pattern.

Shake off the old year and ring in the new year with a fresh, revitalized look for your flooring. From the bathroom to the bedroom to the kitchen and beyond, Flooring America offers it all, from hot new innovations to classic, timeless best-sellers. 

Find the perfect floors for your home with My Design Finder, or simply ask one of our friendly, knowledgeable team members for a recommendation. We’re on a mission to transform your house into your home, for 2020 and beyond. Contact us online today, or visit one of our retail locations to browse thousands of products in person.

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A 2020 themed kitchen with a large with island, stainless steel appliances, and overhead hanging pendant lights.

Kitchen Remodel & Design Trends For 2020

Feb 17, 2020

For most Americans, food plays a huge role in our new year’s resolutions. Whether your goal is to get fit, sharpen your chef skills, or simply make family dinners a bigger part of your weeknight routine, you need a kitchen that excites and invites you — not just in January, but all year long. Reach your goals, wow your guests, and make your kitchen a space you love with these hot kitchen trends for 2020, from designs for your countertops to the hottest “must-haves” in home appliances.

Kitchen Design Trends to Inspire Your 2020 Remodel

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas for 2020

When it comes to 2020 kitchen designs, incorporating backsplash is essential. But what is backsplash tile, and what styles are available? 

The word “backsplash” traditionally describes the space between the countertops and the bottoms of your cabinets. While its original purpose was simply to guard against splatters from cooking or washing the dishes, modern backsplash also has an aesthetic purpose, letting you showcase your personal style through all types of colors, designs, and patterns. 

When used creatively, backsplash does for your kitchen what a statement wall does for your bedroom or living room. So what are some of the biggest kitchen backsplash trends dominating 2020? Forecasts include: 

  • Bold, mosaic-like patterns, such as tiles in alternating colors or textures
  • Dark colors (which are also useful for making small kitchens look bigger)
  • Ceramic and porcelain tiles 

Explore our blog for more backsplash tile ideas, or contact us to start chatting with one of our helpful team members.

Trending 2020 themed kitchen with dark wood cabinets, white countertops, and grey-green backsplash.

Trending Kitchen Countertops in 2020

Countertops are more than just surface area for cooking; they can also complement your backsplash, walls, floors, and cabinetry. Continuing the all-white kitchen trend that’s burst onto the design scene in recent years, light-colored countertops are expected to be hot in 2020, especially varieties like marble and quartz. 

Not only do these products look sophisticated — they’re also ideally suited for kitchen use. Materials like stone and marble stay cool, resist moisture and resist physical wear-and-tear, making them both elegant and functional. 

2020 themed kitchen that incorporates a white design style with white marble countertops, white cabinets, and tile floors.

2020 Color Trends for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Spa-like, minimalist white? Striking, sophisticated black? A funky patterned wallpaper that’s energizing and bright, or a solid pastel color that’s soothing and serene? 

There are truly limitless options when creating a palette for your kitchen, depending on your personal style preferences, pre-existing color schemes, and the mood or tone you’d like to set for the space. To help you narrow down your style choices, here are some hot and emerging cabinet and kitchen color trends for 2020: 

  • Bright, lemony yellows
  • Turquoise and similar aqua blue shades
  • Various shades of green, including hunter green and avocado green

Modern 2020 themed kitchen that incorporates contrast between the turquoise green walls, white cabinets, and wood floor look.

2020 Appliance Trends for Your Kitchen

Appliances make your chores faster and more efficient. They can also make your kitchen more beautiful, simplifying your life while bringing your style up-to-date. 

Realtors, retailers, and researchers anticipate an upsurge in demand for environmentally-friendly appliances, which have gained popularity over the past decade. Other hot products to watch next year include mini dishwasher-sink combos, self-drying dishwashers, and appliances that connect with increasingly sophisticated “smart” devices (such as Google Home or the Amazon Echo). 

You should also be on the lookout for stainless steel appliances or brightly colored appliances, which are expected to be major trends next year.

Modern 2020 themed kitchen that incorporates stainless steel appliances and contrasting white and espresso stained cabinets.

Kitchen Flooring Ideas Trending in 2020

Since they’re used for cooking and baking, kitchens are prone to spills and accidents. Kitchens also tend to receive heavy foot-traffic, especially if they double as dining rooms. 

You need a kitchen floor that will stand up to these challenges, but you also want something that looks and feels great. Fortunately for homeowners, most of the upcoming trends in flooring offer the best of both worlds. Consider one of these beautiful yet durable kitchen flooring ideas for 2020: 

  • Longer, wider planks are becoming “the norm” for both hardwood and engineered wood products
  • Light colors are also growing in popularity, like shades of blonde or honey (instead of mahogany or Brazilian cherry)
  • Herringbone (i.e. woven) floor patterns are a major design trend to watch
  • Waterproof flooring, like luxury vinyl, is an anticipated best-seller

A 2020 themed kitchen with off white cabinets, grey countertops, and backsplash subway tile on trending luxury vinyl floors.

Use My Design Finder to Explore Trendy Kitchen Remodel Ideas for 2020

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Explore our kitchen products online, tour hundreds of unique virtual kitchens using My Design Finder, or visit one of our 500+ convenient locations in person. If you’re ready for a kitchen makeover, we’re ready to bring your plans to life.

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Modern 2020 bathroom with white washbasin sink on a free-standing cabinet, silver fixtures, and hexagon-shaped floor tiles.

Home Decor Ideas & Trends For 2020

Feb 12, 2020

With a new year comes a new you, and doesn’t the new you deserve a new space, too? Kick-off 2020 in style with a trendy, updated look for your home or apartment! To help you get inspired, we’ve put together a collection of fun and fresh home decor ideas for 2020. From the bathroom to the bedroom and beyond, these 2020 decorating trends will help you create a beautiful home to enjoy throughout the year.

Home Decor Style Ideas to Keep Your House Trending in 2020

How to Spot Home Decor Trends in 2020

Ready for an inspired new look, but not sure how to pick something trendy? Don’t worry: there are plenty of great resources to help you stay current, making it easy to spot the hottest home decor trends for 2020. Some great examples to help you get started include: 

  • Interior design magazines
  • Home makeover TV shows
  • Interviews with style experts
  • Professional design blogs 

You can also watch trends develop in real-time by browsing hashtags or communities on social media, like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, which make it effortless to follow the hottest fashions. While it takes a little more “detective work,” you can even spot trends by browsing websites or discussion groups for industry professionals, such as realtors and interior decorators. 

Now that you know how to spot design trends, let’s take a closer look at some of the trendiest movements in home decor for 2020, one room at a time. 

2020 Decorating Ideas for Your Living Room

According to realtors, homeowners are moving away from formal, polished living rooms and toward designs that are cozier, comfier, and more inviting. Here are some easy ways to make your living room look trendier and feel more relaxing: 

  • Use soothing, serene color schemes, such as shades of green and blue.
  • Use texture in your home decor to make your living room softer and more inviting. For example, add faux fur pillows or plush, high-pile carpet, such as shag carpeting.
  • Decorate with natural elements, such as shells, wood, or stone. For example, hardwood floors bring an elegant touch of nature into your living room.

Modern 2020 living room designed with natural elements including a fireplace utilizing slate stone and wood planks.

Kitchen Decor Trends for 2020

They call it the “heart of the home” for good reason! Full of warmth (and scrumptious smells), your kitchen is the perfect gathering place to spend time with friends and family. Dazzle your guests and showcase the space by incorporating these trendy kitchen decor ideas for 2020: 

  • Have a professional help you install a kitchen island, which is just as practical as is trendy!
  • Design experts forecasted that warm, rustic tiles, such as terracotta, are trending. The more “hand-made” it looks, the better.

Modern 2020 kitchen featuring a large white freestanding island and stovetop with a large induction hood.

Bedroom Decor Ideas for 2020

Your bedroom is a retreat, your own private getaway from life’s pressures and stresses. Shouldn’t it be a space that you want to escape to? Give your bedroom a trendy transformation by putting these 2020 style forecasts into action: 

  • Minimalism is hot — but getting it “right” is all about knowing when to add personal touches! Style experts recommend balancing clean, minimalist lines with whimsical, personal statement pieces, such as large artworks, patterned accent walls, or vibrantly colored pillows. 
  • Neutral colors are another major bedroom style trend for 2020. More and more homeowners are choosing to decorate their bedrooms using hues of charcoal, eggshell, khaki, clay, espresso, and slate, which are unobtrusive and easy to blend with other colors.

Modern 2020 bedroom designed with a minimalism technique and neutral colors to include a slate grey wall and beige carpet.

Bathroom Decor Trends for 2020

A bathroom is more than just a practical necessity — it’s a space to refresh, revitalize, and rejuvenate. Elevate your bathroom to spa-like levels of luxury with these simple yet elegant bathroom decor ideas for 2020: 

  • Design experts are forecasting that high-contrast themes, like white contrasted with black or espresso, will be trendy in 2020. With help from the right lighting, a splashy, confident color scheme can even help to make tight bathrooms feel bigger.
  • Sophisticated yet surprisingly durable, marble never goes out of style, appearing on “hottest looks” lists year after year. Seize the trend by installing marble flooring, or using marble slab for your shower. Since marble is water-resistant, it’s a natural choice for many bathroom setups.

Modern 2020 bathroom designed with a high-contrast theme utilizing dark painted walls and cabinets, on white tile floors.

Find Trendy Home Decorating Styles for 2020

With My Design Finder, a world of exciting style trends is literally at your fingertips. Simply select your preferences to browse thousands of on-trend examples and get inspiration for 2020. Then, talk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable flooring experts about how we can help. Contact us online today, or visit one of our 500+ convenient retail locations.  

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Modern home bathroom with large white soaking tub, a white washbowl sink on a grey countertop, and tiled floor and walls.

Bathroom Remodel Ideas & Trends For 2020

Feb 03, 2020

Say goodbye to boring bathrooms in 2020! The New Year has brought new styles with it, so we’ve put together some helpful design tips to help keep your home up to date. Follow along and find your remodeling inspiration as we explore some of the hottest 2020 bathroom trends that are coming our way this year, from flooring and fixtures to sinks, cabinets, colors, and more.

Bathroom Design Trends to Inspire Your 2020 Remodel

2020 Color Trends for Your Bathroom and its Cabinets

Color is one of the first details you notice when you enter a room. Since the bathroom is intended to be a space for relaxing and rejuvenating, it’s important to choose a color palette that will set a calming mood. 

According to design experts, trending bathroom paint colors for 2020 include pastel yellows, golden shades of champagne, and rich orange hues like clay and pumpkin. Incorporating these or other warm colors into your walls, cabinets, or decor will make your bathroom look more modern and feel more inviting, especially on those chilly winter nights!

Bathroom with walls painted in trending 2020 paint color, a large white soaking tub, and white cabinets on tile floors.

: Shower Ideas: What Tiles & Designs Are Trending in 2020?

Some design elements, like pieces of artwork or sheets of wallpaper, give you opportunities to experiment with bold and “crazy” decor. But when it comes to shower tile ideas for 2020, design experts recommend sticking to basics, trading extravagant patterns and colors for subtle, stately classics. Neutral colors are on-trend, which means you should look for shower tiles in colors like grey, white, tan, or black. 

For a more modern and contemporary look, consider shower tiles that have a matte (non-reflective) finish, instead of the traditional glossy finish. A matte finish can also be a stylish choice for your bathroom cabinets — not just your shower tiles. 

For homeowners who have adequate space, “open shower” and “open bathroom” concepts have become increasingly popular as shower designs for 2020. These unique layouts do away with added doors and walls, creating a more spacious and airy feeling. However, before constructing this type of bathroom in your home, it’s important to plan for drainage and ventilation issues to avoid the accumulation of mold, moisture, or slime.

Modern bathroom designed with an open concept, a Jacuzzi tub and neutral color tiles with a matte finish.

Bathroom Sink & Fixture Trends for 2020

Most of us think of sinks and fixtures as boring, practical features — but that’s only half the story. These “bland” basics also double as unsung design heroes, with tons of style potential just waiting to be released! By putting care into these minor details, you can give your bathroom a major upgrade. Here are some of the biggest bathroom sink trends for 2020 that style and design experts are forecasting: 

  • Natural materials, like stone and marble
  • Standalone designs, which can be positioned in corners to save space, or placed in the center of the room as a dramatic focal point
  • Use of terrazzo, which features a mix of flecks of stone, glass, and other materials beneath a smooth, glazed finish

Close up image of a trending 2020 bathroom sink with a tile backsplash, bronze fixtures, and a mirror.

2020 Bathroom Floor Trends

Bathroom conditions can be tough on your flooring. Between the steamy showers, the damp footprints, the dripping towels, and the splashing tubs, bathroom floors face a lot of moisture — and most of them aren’t up to the challenge. 

Stay on-trend and avoid unnecessary home repairs by choosing a waterproof material that’s as stylish as it is durable. Terrazzo is a clear winner in both categories, but might also have the potential to become costly. Another option is luxury vinyl tile (LVT), one of the most attractive yet most affordable bathroom floor trends of 2020. Look for products like Downs® H20, which offer waterproof protection and are available in a wide variety of custom styles, patterns, and colors.

Close up image of a trending 2020 floors utilizing luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and a large white soaking tub.

Get More Trendy Bathroom Remodel Ideas for 2020

Hopefully, these bathroom design trends for 2020 have helped give you a clearer idea of how to start your remodeling project. For even more decorating ideas, explore My Design Finder, where you can tour thousands of unique virtual bathrooms in styles that range from coastal to classic to contemporary and beyond.

No matter what your style is, we’ve got the bathroom flooring you’re looking for. We can help you compare and install thousands of top-rated products, including eco-friendly, waterproof, and luxury bathroom flooring options. Contact us online to learn more, or visit one of our 500+ convenient retail locations across the United States.

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