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How to Choose the Right Flooring: A Guide to Materials and Trends

By Gina Thompson

So, you’re ready to switch up the floors in your Colorado home. but where should you start?
There are so many decisions to make, from material and finish to your budget and installer. By
the end of this article, you’ll know more about the latest flooring trends and what materials are
best for you.

Flooring Trends

photo of a neutral living room

Brighten Up the Room

Brighter wood colors can open a room and make it feel like more light is coming in. Lighter wood finishes, combined with neutral colors, make for a modern home look.

Gray Vinyl

In many newly renovated homes and apartments, you’ll notice that gray, faux-hardwood floors
are in nearly every space. This chic color provides the perfect blank canvas and doesn’t clash
with bright colors in the home. Plus, it’s easy to clean spills and messes on vinyl floors, making
them a great choice for families with pets or children.


Wide wood planks, large tiles, bold colors, or ornate details add a maximalist touch to the home.
Chunky floors widen spaces while large format tiles create a contemporary look in the room,
especially in kitchens and bathrooms.

Play With Patterns

Don’t be afraid to play with colors and patterns. A black and white checker-board style in the
kitchen gives the space a sleek feel, while white tiles with pops of color are fun in the bathroom.


photo of a living room with wood flooring


Hardwood flooring is a tried and true classic. For a more lived-in and homey feel, look for rustic
or distressed wood to use in your home. Hardwood is on the pricier end of flooring, but worth it.
Oak wood is popular in Colorado homes thanks to its natural look that complements the nature


Vinyl is a cheaper alternative to hardwood and comes in many styles and colors. It is available
installed as a sheet or by planks. Luxury vinyl planks are more durable and easier to clean.
Vinyl flooring is great to put in places that get wet, like the bathroom or kitchen.


Laminate floors look like hardwood without having to splurge on the real deal. The floorboards
feature a printed wood pattern. However, a downside to laminate floors is that they are not
waterproof, so keep this flooring out of high-moisture areas.


There are many types of tiles you can choose from. Porcelain tile is a staple for a classic home
feel, but natural stone tile can elevate a room. For a broader range of colors and patterns, look
into ceramic tiles.


Carpet floors are a cozy choice for cold Colorado winters. If you choose carpet, it’s best to
vacuum often, so dirt and crumbs don’t collect and attract unwanted pests. Since there are no
tiles to grout or planks to lay, carpet floors are easy to install and can range in cost depending
on the size of your room and the materials.


Concrete is perfect for garages and carports, but now people use this material inside their
homes. The sleek look and its cool touch are perfect for homeowners who favor the brutalist
trend. Concrete floors are durable, making them a great choice for families with pets and a lot of
foot traffic.


Floor installation costs vary depending on the size of your home and the materials you choose.
The average cost for new floors in a 330-square-foot room, including materials and labor, is

Choosing the right flooring for your space is a decision that impacts the aesthetics, functionality,
and overall feel of your home. Select a material that fits your lifestyle and increase your
aesthetics by selecting an on-trend option.

Gina Thompson is an experienced multimedia journalist, producer, and content writer born and raised in
Texas. In her spare time, she loves catching a live band, dancing, and finding the next big taco spot. As a
writer, she is passionate about making a positive impact on her community by elevating the voices and
stories that need to be heard.
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