This time of year many homeowners are thinking of ways to spruce up their living areas before friends and relatives visit for the holidays. One big-impact upgrade is new flooring. Visitors to your home will instantly notice if you get rid of tired carpets or scratched hardwoods. Once you decide to take the plunge, you may be stumped on what you should replace your old flooring with. We’ve gathered together some of the most stylish trends to help you to decide what you want your home to look like:

Light Colored Woods

Grey floors have been a popular choice for designers and homeowner for awhile now and that doesn’t seem like it will change soon. But blonde wood is gaining in popularity. Light and airy, blonde flooring works with almost all design styles.

Patterned Wood Floors

Patterned wood floors are no longer just for kitchens and the Boston Celtics. Take a look at social media and you’ll see that more and more people are jazzing up their living areas with patterns, in particular herringbone and chevron. What’s the difference between the two, you ask? The folks at the home design website MyDomaine do a good job of explaining. 

“Green” Flooring

While hardly a new trend, flooring made from renewable materials such as bamboo or cork remains popular with home owners. Carpeting made from recycled materials is also becoming more and more common. These types of flooring solutions are environmentally friendly, while still being aesthetically pleasing.

If you’re hoping to get new flooring installed before the upcoming holiday season, act soon. We recommend that you budget at least three weeks for carpet and four weeks for hardwood, laminate, tile or engineered flooring.