Hardwood flooring plays a significant role in setting the overall tone, look and feel of a property. While high-end fittings and ornate architectural flourishes command attention, durable hardwood floors add warmth, elegance and charm, which can boost your home’s value. While you can’t go wrong with any type of hardwood flooring, a few types emerge as trends each year.
In 2024, the most popular hardwood flooring trends will lean toward natural reclaimed wood and unique patterns and designs that draw the eye. Here are 2024 flooring trends to help you get inspired for your next remodel project.
1. Charming Wide-Plank Flooring
Wide plank wood can create a more spacious feel in any home, making it highly sought-after for 2024. The planks are cut to lengths far beyond the typical factory size, typically around 4 inches wide, showcasing more of the wood’s natural grain and variation. Valued for its historic charm and warmth, this flooring is especially popular in traditional interiors, elevating a vintage or antique interior design style while creating a spacious and expansive look in any room.
Some wide plank flooring is reclaimed from farmhouses or old barns and factories, while many manufacturers offer new boards that imitate the look of the distressed, rough-hewn textures of the original milling process. Even when not reclaimed, wide plank flooring gives a natural and inviting charm to any home, looking especially great in dining rooms, front entrances, living rooms, hallways and bedrooms.
You might finish wide plank flooring with a smooth and contemporary look or leave the rustic, reclaimed finish for more richness and depth. At Superior Hardwoods of Montana, we offer classic wood species like chestnut, fir, oak, pine and walnut to help you create a glowing atmosphere in your home. Regardless of the style, wide plank flooring can make a significant impression and help you achieve a timeless look that stands the test of time.
2. Elegant Cool Tones
Minimalist and cool tones are among the 2024 flooring trends carrying over from previous years. Examples of cool tone flooring colors and styles include:
- Whitewashed: Whitewashed hardwood is a versatile flooring choice that can complement various design styles, including beach and rustic farmhouse looks. While you can whitewash your existing floor, investing in engineered hardwood with a whitewash finish can provide more durability.
- White oak: White oak hardwood flooring is an ageless option that offers a blend of cool and warm tones that pair with any design element. With its consistent brown and tan tones, our prefinished White Oak Select and Better flooring is a great choice that provides minimal knots for a cleaner look.
- Gray: While gray has declined in popularity for certain interior trends, it is a color of wood floor that goes with everything — giving it staying power among flooring. Light grays especially make a great color for modern homes and are ideal alternatives to carpets. They can accent lighter-color furnishings and fixtures, making them a versatile and stylish choice for your next flooring project.
- Light wood: Light natural wood continues to be among the most popular hardwood flooring colors, complementing smaller spaces and rooms that lack natural light. That’s because these colors can provide the illusion of more space, making rooms feel brighter and more open. Common choices include blonde and beige, which pair well with boho, Scandinavian, casual or coastal styles.
Minimalist cool tone colors can upgrade your home and create an elegant space, whether it’s placed in the dining room, kitchen, living room or bedroom. And with pre-finished solid hardwood flooring, you get a more durable finish that’s installed, sanded, stained and sealed before installation, eliminating guesswork about the final product.
3. Authentic Reclaimed Wood
In 2024, the trend toward sustainability and natural hardwood is stronger than ever. Reclaimed hardwood showcases the natural textures and grains in hardwood, and installing it in your home can promote a greater connection to nature. Found in old buildings and structures like warehouses, barns, farmhouses and factories, reclaimed hardwood is often more stable, offering longevity, increased value and look compared to new wood.
Sourced from structures dating back over 100 years, you can appreciate reclaimed wood’s aesthetics while it serves as a dazzling reflection of the past. The imperfections in natural hardwood add more authenticity to any living space, especially enhancing the charm of farmhouse-inspired interiors. Reclaimed hardwood floors also pair well with other sustainable design trends like repurposed vintage furniture and barn doors. These materials add character and history while also lending to the farmhouse style’s love for nature.
Our Heirloom series features Old Faithful Antique Oak, Buffalo Jump Antique Oak and Geyser Basin Oak, reclaimed from turn-of-the-century buildings and carefully crafted to look spectacular in any home. By opting for reclaimed wood, you rescue a piece of history while inviting eco-friendly materials into the home, making it one of the most popular hardwood flooring options of 2024.
4. Warm Tones and Luxurious Finishes
Flooring trends show homeowners shifting toward warm tones and luxurious stains and finishes. These changes can add depth and character to living spaces, and you can customize hardwood floors with unique, bold and luxurious finishes that make a statement. Plus, warm tones pair well with cool colors like blues, greens and off-whites that are becoming popular in home decor. Examples of popular warm luxurious finishes and tones include:
- High-gloss options: These finishes can create a polished, upscale look, enhancing the beauty of your hardwood flooring and giving living rooms, dining rooms and entryways a rich look that is sure to impress.
- Hand-scraped textures: Homeowners are also drawn to the charm of hand-scraped textures. The rough texture can enhance your hardwood’s natural beauty and complement a rustic style popular in upscale homes today.
- Warm tones: Rich floor stains can create a cozy ambiance in any home. To achieve the look, opt for warm tones and shades like espresso and ebony. The Wilderness Series offers warm-toned hardwood options like cherry, walnut, maple, hickory, oak and fir that make elegant and eye-catching flooring choices to elevate your space.
Stains and finishes allow you to personalize your flooring and select the colors and textures that complement your home’s design. You’ll find an array of popular hardwood floor colors in warm tones that can transform your home into a luxurious space that reflects your style and preferences. At the same time, warm, pre-finished solid hardwood flooring offers a touch of drama and warmth to any interior design style.
5. Rustic Dark Hardwood
Rugged and rustic dark hardwood is a 2024 flooring trend that can make a bold statement in your home. The rich tones of dark wood species like cherry, hickory and mahogany invite sophistication and warmth to dining areas, bedrooms and living rooms. Darker woods also hide wear and tear better, making them the best hardwood floor for high-traffic areas. Our Mountain Grade Series offers timeless floor colors like:
- Ash: The Mountain Grade Ash color brings out the beautiful grain and textures of hardwood to elevate any rustic interior.
- Maple: Our Mountain Grade Maple offers a lighter, more uniform color while showcasing rich knots and chocolate character streaks. As a result, it is a color of wood floor that goes with everything while offering a distinct look to your home.
- Hickory: Hickory offers graining, knots and color variation, showcasing the beauty of this rustic wood. Our Mountain Grade Hickory enhances the rustic calico color variations in any hardwood, bringing a wild look to your space.
- Red oak: Mountain Grade Red Oak showcases a reddish, pink tone in a bold grain pattern, offering a rugged, eye-catching look.
Rustic hardwood flooring is rooted in the pioneering history of the United States. Early settlers relied on natural materials to build and furnish homesteads, ushering in a design style that celebrates the authenticity of the American frontier. With Superior Hardwoods of Montana, you can choose from several rustic flooring options to harness the rugged, untamed beauty of Montana.
6. Smokey and Aged Processes
Smokey and aged hardwood are two trends emerging in the new year, providing a richer flooring color and texture. Smoking the wood gives it a darker tone while enhancing the natural grain of the wood. In the end, you get a final look that is more luxurious and inviting than traditional painted floors. Aged wood provides a slightly worn look best suited for beautiful rustic rooms. The processes to get these unique looks include:
- Smoked floors: For the smoking process, the wood is placed in a chamber where a concentration of ammonia vapor is produced. As the wood reacts with the ammonia, it changes color, causing varying changes to make each piece unique. The resulting patina will depend on factors like the type of wood, the atmosphere of the chamber and the outdoor environment. In that sense, even two similar pieces of wood can look completely different and differ dramatically in shade.
- Aged flooring: To give the wood an aged appearance, various measures are taken depending on the degree and style of wear desired. First, the edges of each wood plank are hand-brushed. Then, cuts and swirl marks are added to mimic antique wood, and the boards are brushed to remove shine. As a result, you get a smooth, aged texture that looks beautiful and antique.
Smokey and worn flooring can add a more dramatic flair to your home’s design. Incorporating darker timbers, hand-brushed wood, cuts and swirl marks can make a daring statement, inviting polished elegance to both casual and formal settings alike.
7. Unique Rough-Sawn Planks
Bold patterns and unique rough-sawn wood planks make exciting alternatives to carpets. In 2024, we’ll see more circular saw marks in wood flooring, showcasing the character-filled surfaces of the wood found in rustic floors of the past. Despite the old-fashioned approach to flooring, circle-sawn floors are now used in current home styles, including mountain modern, industrial and traditional-styled homes.
At Superior Hardwoods of Montana, we offer rough-sawn planks cut with a unique 60-inch circular saw. The unique approach used during the classic milling process leaves a “true” circular saw mark, giving your flooring a rough and rugged look distinctive of the Montana wilderness. We choose only the highest quality woods to make our circular-sawn flooring. From there, time is taken to dry, grade, plane and end-match for a look that is unmatched in both quality and appearance.
Circular-sawn flooring is highly durable, making it great for high-traffic areas and pets. With this style of hardwood, you get unique flooring that adds unmistakable beauty to any space. Our species include walnut, oak, hickory, fir, cherry and maple, with wide planks available in lengths of 2 to 12 feet. Widths can vary depending on the plank, allowing more versatility with your desired pattern.
8. Bold Patterns and Designs
The top 2024 flooring trends will be bold and adventurous parquet patterns like chevron and herringbone. Like other types of hardwood, you can choose from various colors and styles with these designs, including classic, rustic or modern, and their striking features make wonderful living room flooring options. Choose from classic white oak or rich, dark wood species to add style and luxury to your interior design. Here’s a breakdown of these modern flooring ideas:
- Chevron: You’ll find Chevron design elements everywhere. The pattern makes a wonderful modern flooring idea, though it has been around since ancient times. Chevron is a zigzag pattern, though it can also be seen as an upward “V” pattern. Chevron wood flooring is distinguishable for its wood planks cut at a traditional 45-degree angle. As a result, chevron designs form an exact point, lending a dynamic and energetic look to any space.
- Herringbone: Newly interpreted herringbone wood flooring undergoes a special laying pattern, making both sides of the “herringbone plait” appear different when exposed to light. Herringbone’s distinct diagonal appearance adds sophistication and visual interest to dining rooms, living rooms and even bedrooms. The pattern looks especially beautiful with wide plank flooring, as the wider the floor, the more rustic it appears.
Despite their similarities, chevron and herringbone are often used to achieve different effects. Chevron can provide a more modern, lavish look and make your rooms appear larger. At the same time, herringbone is often used for classic design styles, making rooms appear smaller.
Overall, these flooring types can provide traditional and basketweave looks to modern and daring designs, adding artistry and individuality to any space. Choosing Chevron or herringbone flooring allows you to express your creativity and make a bold statement, serving as eye-catching focal points in your rooms.
Choose Superior Hardwoods of Montana
From warm and cool tones to bold and dramatic patterns, you’ll find plenty of exciting 2024 flooring trends to take inspiration from for your next design project. When it comes time to renovate your home or business, choose Superior Hardwoods of Montana. We have been in the lumber business since 1977 as antique pioneers of the green movement. We can install flooring for your specific style, needs and budget.
Choose from an extensive inventory of reclaimed and antique materials to add more history to your home. Whatever your aesthetic or needs, our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right materials for your next project. To request a free sample or quote, contact us today. Let us guide you through the woods and bring the spectacular beauty of Montana straight to your home.