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Top 6 Flooring Trends for 2013

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2013 Flooring Trends - The Top 6 trends - Westchester County NY

1. Hardwood Flooring is the preferred flooring surface.

2013 flooring trends - westchester hardwood flooring in kitchensThere's no contest - hardwood is in baby! It is by far the preferred flooring surface in Westchester County, especially for the main living areas of the home (i.e. living room, dining room, family room and even hardwood in the kitchen! Many also prefer hardwood for the bedrooms,too. Hardwood looks great, lasts long and is easy to clean and maintain. And, of course, hardwood improves your home's value. By having hardwood in all/most areas, it makes your space larger, more continuous and integrated. It is the preferred choice for decorators and homeowners alike.  




2. Flooring that looks like hardwood is the next best thing

Because hardwood is so in style, anything that looks like hardwood is the next best thing.

  • laminate floors 2013 trends in flooringLaminate flooring: For those that can't afford hardwood or those looking for a more scratch resistant surface, laminate flooring is a great alternative for hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood and can go on top of concrete floors. It also tends to hold up well with kids and dogs.






  • luxury vinyl that looks like hardwood - flooring trends 2013Luxury Vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood: High end luxury vinyl planks will amaze you, as they really do look very real. They are individual planks that are usually glued to the floor. And, they feel and sound more real compared to laminate flooring. While laminate flooring is NOT waterproof, luxury vinyl will hold up to water and moisture. So, luxury vinyl is an excellent choice for areas that tend to get some water (e.g. kitchens, basements, bathroom floors). They can also work when your subfloor is not terribly even or level.



  • tile flooring that looks like hardwood - flooring trends 2013Porcelain tile planks that look like hardwood: This is a very hot trend, and these porcelain planks look so chic and stylish. They are perfect when you're looking for an upscale look and need a surface that will hold up to water. They can be used for bathrooms, entryways and kitchens. They are a great way to continue the visual looks and color of the hardwood you have in adjoining rooms.




3. Carpet runners for stairs

Stair Carpet runner for Westchester CountyWhile hardwood is the preferred surface in most Westchester homes, there is one critical area to add carpet - the steps. Carpet runners are very stylish and super important for the safety of your household - both people and pets. You can learn more about carpet runners here - everything you ever wanted to know about carpet runners. Runners are predominantly found in homes with hardwood flooring.  







4. Tone on Tone Carpet or Loop/cut carpet combos

flooring trends tone on tone carpetAmong carpets, the fastest growing segment is the tone on tone carpets (sometimes called loop/cut/loop carpets). These carpets are one color, but parts are cut and parts are looped (often different heights) to create patterns. Some patterns are geometrical (e.g squares, diamonds), some are floral/free flowing and others are abstract. These carpets add some visual intrigue to your room without adding another color. They can be used on for wall to wall carpeting, steps/runners as well as area rugs.  




5. Large format tile and rectangular tile (with a brick lay)

flooring trends - large size tileLarge tile sizes make the room look larger. At a minimum, you should be using 12 x 12 tiles. But, if your space is larger, an 18 x 18 can look very impressive and for very large spaces, 24 x 24 can have a big bold look.   Another benefit with larger size tiles is that there is less grout to clean. And, thinner grout lines are in style too...and they are easier to clean and last longer.  






flooring trends - rectangular shape and brick layThe rectangular shape and a brick layout is super stylish for Westchester homes. You'll see it in large entryways and kitchens. This trend started in upscale NYC buildings and it's stunning. More and more tiles are being made that are 12 x 24 and this longer size and shape elongates your space so it looks larger. I also love to mirror this pattern in kitchen backsplashes with a subway tile - either a classic white or tumbled/honed natural stone. Again, this makes the space look larger helping to enhance the granite and the cabinets and the shape consistency brings the kitchen together.  


6. Green flooring

wool carpet westchester - flooring trendsAs the green movement continues to grow, more and more Westchester customers are looking for environmentally friendly flooring. There are many ways to go green (or greenish) with your flooring, but the 2 types that seem to have the most staying power are 1) wool and sisal carpeting and 2) cork flooring. These types of flooring are preferred in higher end homes in Westchester county. While bamboo has been riding the green band wagon, bamboo does not seem to hold up well to scratches/dents nor water, and I continue to hear more and more issues with it, so soon, the customers will catch on to this.  



  • flooring trends - wool carpetWool and sisal carpet are natural fibers. They tend to hold up better - both to wear and tear, and to stains. They also tend to be more expensive. Sisals (and sea grass) tend to come in natural/earthy colors, and most of the wools tend to come in natural or muted colors (wool absorbs the color differently than nylons and polyesters). Wool tends to good texture retention and is naturally stain resistant.


  • Cork is a wonderful option as it is easier and warmer on your feet. It feels smoother and warmer than other surfaces. The most popular are for cork is the kitchen. Cork now comes in a variety of patterns. You can learn more about cork flooring here - how is cork flooring made?


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6 Flooring Trends for 2013


Scott Fogleman
New Home Team - Richmond, VA

Debbie- Thanks for sharing all the terns.Funny how they are also the trents around the country..

Apr 25, 2013 08:00 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Debbie great flooring information.  Not a surprise that hardwood is the preferred flooring.  At the same time there is a variety of flooring trends to choose from.

Apr 25, 2013 08:37 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I love hardwood in the kitchen.  I also love how much great information you always provide about the different types of flooring.  Keep up the great work!  

Apr 25, 2013 09:40 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Jacinda - I'm so glad you agree!  Yes, hardwood can really make a huge difference.

Ginger - So glad this will help you with your clients, and thx so much for reblogging.

Maureen - That is so cool about the cork and so glad you have hardwood floors in the kitchen.

Patricia - I'm so glad to hear that.

Judi - You are welcome.

Nancy - Thank you so much.

Tammie - Yes, the tile that looks like hardwood is a wonderful option for places where you want/need tile.

Apr 25, 2013 10:07 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie, you are always a wealth of information. I think wood flooring has always been a favorite among buyers. G+'d!

Apr 25, 2013 10:30 PM
Charlie Dresen
The Group, Inc - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

I've seen the wood-look vinyl in a high-end bathroom and was quite impressed. All we need to remember is it just needs to "look" like wood!

Apr 25, 2013 11:30 PM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

I always enjoy seeing the most recent trends, I agree that hardwood floors almost never go out of style. 

Apr 25, 2013 11:45 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Debbie, nice pictures.  I've never seen cork flooring.  That is interesting.  How about bamboo flooring?  That seemed big a few years back is is considered "green".

Apr 26, 2013 12:02 AM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
Your Real Estate Resource!

My home will need new flooring later this year. Looks like we will be going for hardwood!

Apr 26, 2013 12:08 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Debbie, your posts are always bookmarked - as it helps me help my client - this time with flooring trends of 2013.

Apr 26, 2013 12:58 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Debbie!  I included this post in today’s Last Week’s Favorites.  Please drop by and check it out, and and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Apr 27, 2013 10:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Debbie- you continue to be a great source for any kind of information on flooring, which is why you're The Flooring Girl.   I love hardwood floors, real or otherwise and would have them in every room. 

Apr 28, 2013 12:41 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Michael - Thx so much and thx doubly for the G+

Charlie - Yes, it's a great option when you need something that will hold up to moisture.

Morgan - Yes, me, too and I can't imagine them ever going out of style.

Gary - Glad you like the cork.  Bamboo is popular because it's cheap and it also looks cool.  Unfortunately, it does not hold up well, so soon it will be less popular.

Doug - Excellent choice!

Praful - Oh thank you so much.  I'm so glad to hear that.

Pat - Cool.  You're the best.  Thx.

Kathy - Thank you so much.  You are so sweet.

Apr 28, 2013 12:45 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Debbie,

Great post and you are such an expert on flooring. I fell recently on my stairs and I cracked a rib so I was not very happy and when my contractor came over, I ask him to come in and look and he said my carpeting was worn on the stairs. I had  the stairs and the downstairs bedroom replaced about 4 days later as the rest is hardwood flooring. Now I am not worried about slipping. I got a thick short looped carpet with about 4 colors of white, cream, taupe and a touch of dark brown. It matches my house and will not show dirt. 

Apr 28, 2013 01:59 AM
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate


This will be my flooring BIBLE for 2013 and a wonderful reblog opportunity!  Thanks for taking the time to post this.

Apr 28, 2013 02:07 AM
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Hi Debbie, great information. I will share this with my clients as they sometimes ask these questions when doing some remodelling projects. Thanks

Apr 28, 2013 03:15 AM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for sharing another very informative blog.

I never knew that porcelain plank tiles exist; I love the clean and classy look. I’m looking forward to more educational blogs!

May 02, 2013 02:41 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I love the porcelain tile planks! I've been needing to redo my bathrooms since I bought my house but I never could find anything I really liked. And then I saw those planks...finally something a little out of the ordinary!

Jul 18, 2013 01:44 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Debbie, this is a tremendously informative article, with answers to many frequently asked questions.  Hardwoods are definitely the flooring of choice in Dallas.  I'm intrigued by wood inspired porcelain tile planks. Every year, manufacturers are coming out with more colors. So far, I've not seen wood inspired porcelain planks adjacent to 3/4 inch custom finished hardwoods.  Have you designed a project with the two products side by side? I wish you were in Dallas!  You would be at the top of my flooring list!

Sep 01, 2014 04:05 PM
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

Carpeting the stairs is a good idea.  We have applied fabric treads.

Sep 09, 2014 08:23 AM