Fall is officially just a few weeks ago, you find all your favorite #Pumpkin items in the store.

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As you notice the changing levels of humidity and moisture, outdoor elements, and allergens will start to increase. These elements can easily wreak havoc on your flooring if you’re not careful.

Here are just five simple ways homeowners can keep their carpets and floors in top shape.

  • Use Blinds to Protect Floors from Sunlight. When the sun’s out, harsh UV rays can cause premature fading and discoloration to floors. Whether you have hardwood, vinyl, laminate or tile, closing your blinds or shades will help prevent your flooring from fading

  • Use Door Mats at All Outside Entrances: One of the simplest ways to prevent dirty floors in the fall is to have a high-quality door mat outside all outdoor entrances.

  • Use a Dehumidifier: Changes often bring more than just sunshine—humid weather can also make itself welcome in your home. High humidity can affect the color and shine of your flooring and can even cause warping or cracks in your floors.

  • Vacuum Instead of Sweeping: No matter what you do, dust, allergens, and dirt are sure to make their way into your home at some point this time of year.

  • Waterproof Flooring Options: Even after beach season is over, water has a sneaky way of making its way into your home. Since water can cause damage and ruin your beautiful floors, you’ll want to be extra careful here.

For more information, come into Distinctive Carpet and Tile!

Your Guide to Regency Design

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The dreams of old Hollywood, where all that glittered came out of the Golden Age of Cinema and the luxurious glamor it inspired, makes Regency design a perfect fit if you are looking for elegance. With a focus on refined taste as well as comfort, it creates an environment that is both sophisticated and inviting. Find out how the beauty of Regency design can help you elevate the glamor of your home.


What is Regency Design?


Regency design (also known as Hollywood Regency) hearkens back to the chic design aesthetics that came out of Hollywood, California in the 1930’s. With classical influences from the European Baroque and Rococo periods, the style blended the comfort of plush fabrics and luxe décor elements. This carries through to today with clean, modern visuals without sacrificing the ornate beauty that characterized this aesthetic.

Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Regency Oak, Color: Polished Platinum

What Colors to Use in Regency Design


When working with a Regency design, look for classic neutral hues and moody grey and blue tones. Whites and off-whites maintain the clean visual appeal as accents or throughout, and rosy, dusky colors can add an inviting warmth to the space.

Flooring Details (clockwise from top left): 
ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Regency Oak, Color: Polished Platinum 
ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Regency Oak, Color: Aged Bronze 
Hardwood – Provence, Color: Blanc

Types of Flooring in Regency Design


For the mix of depth and simplicity found in Regency designs, consider using floors that have a natural wood visual or go for modern geometric patterns to evoke the Art Deco feel that original Hollywood Regency emerged from.


Much like its namesake, our ADURA® Regency Oak vinyl plank flooring captures the elegant look of White Oak with a blend natural light and dark tones.

Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Regency Oak, Color: Aged Bronze

For the legacy luxury appeal of hardwood, consider Sanctuary, a beautiful European White Oak or the stylishness of Provence’s Hickory which both make for options that carry a timeless aesthetic.


Flooring Details: Hardwood – Sanctuary, Color: Driftwood

Flooring Details: Hardwood – Provence, Color: Blanc

For those looking for laminate options, Revival from our award-winning Restoration Collection® brings out the natural beauty and striking visuals of hickory.

Flooring Details: Restoration Collection® Laminate – Revival, Color: Warmth

The elegant, modern hexagonal patterns of Hexx, one of our new luxury vinyl sheet floors, is one style that helps accent the refined taste of Regency designs.


Flooring Details: Luxury Vinyl Sheet – Hexx, Color: Cauldron

How to Accessorize Regency Design


Modern and Luxe elements are some of the better accents to consider when accessorizing a Regency designed home. Try emphasizing the effect of natural light in each space by using gold and cast-iron finishes for a contrast between brightness and touches of dark. Fresh greenery will also bring a natural feel as well as a lively splash of color.


Flooring Details: Hardwood – Provence, Color: Blanc

Style of Furniture in Regency Design


When thinking of furniture in a Regency design home, consider how you can blend comfort with an elegant palette. Plush fabrics and upholstery will make the space soft and inviting. Maximize the height of a room with floor length drapes and mirrors for a more open feel. Antique furniture that blends curves with clean lines works fantastically for this style. Above all else, the feel of a Regency design should be refined and deliberate.

Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Regency Oak, Color: Polished Platinum

Take the look and feel of a home into consideration when working with a Regency design style. Find a flooring style that is luxurious and refined at your local Mannington retailer today.

Your Guide to Cottage Core Design

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Have you ever wanted to escape the constant connectivity of modern life and find a little patch of calm away from all the noise and distractions? The coziness and simplicity of Cottage Core is more than just a design trend – it’s a lifestyle option that eschews all the flash of modernity for a comfortable, rustic alternative. See for yourself how implementing a Cottage Core design in your home can change the way you see the world.


What is Cottage Core Design?


We can trace the roots of Cottage Core design aesthetics back to the Romantic Period of the 19th Century. Faced with constant the constant technological progress of the Industrial Revolution, many sought a return to a more rustic lifestyle living side-by-side with nature. Ironically, this philosophy of simplicity and self-reliance spread across the internet and social media to become an ideal lifestyle goal among Gen Z and Millennials experiencing burnout from constant technological saturation.

Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Calico, Color: Lynx

What Colors to Use in Cottage Core Design


When building a space into a Cottage Core escape try seeking out colorful, bold, and romantic tones. Rich forest greens are highly characteristic choices for this aesthetic. Bright pastels make for a vivacious and lively home, while more robust reds add the warmth and coziness of the hearth.

Flooring Details: 
Top left: Luxury Vinyl Sheet – Twill, Color: Wool 
Top right: ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Calico, Color: Lynx

Types of Flooring in Cottage Core Design


Try working with warm wood visuals or classic patterns to help develop the feel of a cozy hideaway or a rustic, pastoral farmhouse. 


Our ADURA® Calico vinyl plank is the perfect complement to the warmth and nostalgia of Cottage Core. The look of worn, weathered wood makes for a picturesque interior befitting a traditional, countryside retreat.

Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Calico, Color: Fox

Nothing adds more beauty to a home than true, hand-crafted hardwood. Sanctuary features hand-applied staining and warmth of European White Oak to help bring the outdoors in.

Flooring Details: Hardwood – Sanctuary, Color: Fresh Air

For a laminate option, Revival, from our award-winning Restoration Collection®, provides naturally rustic visual of Hickory that strikes a balance between comfort and beauty.

Flooring Details: Restoration Collection© Laminate – Revival, Color: Rain

If you’re looking to incorporate a fun and classic pattern, consider Twill. This modern herringbone luxury vinyl sheet floor features a time weathered oak visual comprised of subtle saw marks, soft color variation, and remnants of wear providing a truly distinctive visual perfect for Cottage Core styled homes.

Flooring Details: Luxury Vinyl Sheet – Twill, Color: Wool


How to Accessorize Cottage Core Design


  • Cottage Core design is all about living in harmony with nature. To that end, blend the indoor space with the outdoors as much as possible through natural materials.
  • This style promotes the need for comfort and coziness. Accent pillows, throws and rugs are the perfect accents to literally and figuratively warm up a room.  
  • Plants and flowers are the perfect addition to this style – preferably living ones! Our leafy friends do more than just brighten up a room with color – they give a feeling of care and connection to the land that can be uplifting. Plus, they truly pull together this garden inspired trend. 
  • Fill the space as much as possible with what makes you happy – the only tonal consistency you should have to worry about is what brings you joy.


Style of Furniture in Cottage Core Design


For a Cottage Core aesthetic, seek out antique and secondhand furniture. Rocking chairs from a country store, a dresser from a thrift shop, an up-cycled Boho dinner table – continuing the cycle of use in furniture makes for a sustainable lifestyle. Above all else, find things that are comfortable and comforting because at the end of the day what matters most in Cottage Core is your connection to what brings you joy.

Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Vinyl Plank – Calico, Color: Sable

Finding a connection with nature, comfort, simplicity, and sustainability is part of what makes Cottage Core design so appealing. Start your search by finding a Mannington floor at your local Mannington retailer today to begin your journey.

Top Flooring Trends You’ll See in 2022

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If you are finally ready to tackle that remodel project you’ve been dreaming of, congrats! This is an exciting time for homeowners like you who want to make your space your own.

To help you get started, we’ve outlined all of the top flooring trends you can expect to see in 2022. This overview will help you pick out a design that is both modern and stylish. Keep reading to learn more about next year’s big fashion take-aways when it comes to new floors!


Expected Trends for Flooring in 2022


The material you choose will have a direct and drastic impact on your living space. Some flooring will make a home feel cool and modern, while other products will have a warm and traditional effect. So where do we start?

Picking the best flooring material for your remodel comes down to three factors. As you shop, consider:

your style, your lifestyle and your budget.

Fortunately, 2022’s big flooring trends feature a wide range of affordable products that are also attractive. Ready to discover the industry’s most popular materials going into the new year?!

Vinyl Flooring Trends: In 2022, technology will continue to improve, so vinyl materials will look and feel that’s nearly indistinguishable from real wood or stone. Plus, luxury vinyl plank flooring is known for its affordability and ease of installation, so homeowners looking to DIY will be strongly considering LVP.

Because vinyl is warm, affordable, and stylish, we can expect the vinyl trend to continue for years, if not decades.

TILE Flooring Trends: Tile has been a classic and popular flooring choice for many years. In 2022, you can expect to see these kinds of tile products:

  • Marble-look tiles that are affordable – but look anything but cheap.
  • Decorative tiles that lean toward art deco or Moroccan styles.
  • DIY-friendly tiles that allow you to easily install them yourself.
  • Designer tiles that are hexagon, fan, or arabesque in shape.

CARPET Flooring Trends: Hard floors seem to be taking the lead for 2022’s top flooring trends. But we don’t expect carpet to take a backseat, either.

You might see more carpet tiles, area rugs, and high-plush carpets. Carpeting continues to provide a warmer, softer feel underfoot, which is why it’s often more popular in common living spaces like living rooms and bedrooms than, say, tile flooring. For homeowners who really want to make a statement, geometric carpet patterns will be on the rise as well.

LAMINATE Flooring Trends: Laminate is popular for both commercial and residential spaces, and that doesn’t look like it will change in 2022. Next year, we expect to see home and business owners gravitate toward light wood and wide-plank laminate flooring. Additionally, homeowners will be looking for features like water-resistance, stain-resistance, embossed/distressed textures, and high-variation options.

HARDWOOD + BAMBOO Flooring Trends: For homeowners who want a luxurious look and natural material, bamboo flooring and traditional hardwoods will remain the go-to materials. Nationwide trends tend to lean toward authentic looks and quality materials, so we expect these floors to remain immensely popular. 


The Best Looks for Flooring in 2022


Now that you are familiar with the industry’s most popular materials, you are ready to consider what looks are expected to see heightened popularity going into the next year. You’ll find that homeowners continue to trend toward natural and stylish aesthetics.

Natural looks are without a doubt the biggest trend going into 2022. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see some more creative and artistic floors as well. Bold patterns and colors will make their way into homes via carpet, tile, vinyl, and laminate. If you’re looking for a new floor with a little personality, decorative is the way to go.

For homeowners wanting a timeless and durable aesthetic, natural and natural-look floors will be the top choice. We expect to see an influx of purchases made for marble-look, stone-look, and wood-look floors. You may even see floors that resemble concrete, travertine, or limestone.


The Best Colors for Flooring in 2022


According to Hardwood Floors Magazine, the flooring trends for color will largely remain the same in 2022. In the past few years, we’ve seen a great demand in products and materials of these stains and colors: Gray Stains

Gray-stained flooring gives a space a more modern and contemporary feel, which remains a hugely popular aesthetic. They are also a great choice if you need to match your floors to white cabinets or modern furniture. And if you are looking to sell your home in the near future, a floor with a gray stain is sure to pique potential buyers’ interest.

Dark Stains: Dark stains look to remain popular, and it’s no surprise why. These materials are less susceptible to fading and have a warm and timeless appeal.

White Stains: Today’s homeowners lean toward a white, bright, and cheerful aesthetic. That’s why white-stained flooring is expected to remain popular in 2022.


The Best Patterns for Flooring in 2022


Once you know the color and material, you’ll need to decide what kind of pattern you want for your floor. This may seem like a straightforward decision, but in 2022, we can expect to see even greater variety in the options for patterned flooring.

Wide Planks: No matter what material, color, or texture you opt for, you can expect to see a large number of wide plank products on the market. In fact, these products will soon be so popular that they’ll begin to make thin and narrow plank floors look outdated.

In 2022, we can expect flooring planks to be available in greater widths and lengths than in years past.

Checkered Floors: Checkered flooring has long been popular in kitchens and bathrooms. In 2022, we expect the trend to seep into other rooms throughout the home as well.


The Best Textures for Flooring in 2022


You want your floors to look good, but it’s important that they also feel good. The texture you choose will play into both aspects.

For Hardwoods: As we said, hardwoods are expected to maintain (and even increase) their popularity in 2022. But not all hardwood floors are created equal. Here are some of the top textures we expect for wood floors next year.

Hand-scraped: Hand-scraped hardwoods are actually expected to decrease slightly in popularity over the next few years. But we still expect to see them plenty in 2022.

Smooth: Smooth floors will continue to grow in popularity well into 2022 and beyond. That’s because they are modern-looking and comfortable. Plus, they give a look of uniformity that is great if you want your home to appear clean and straightforward.

Distressed: Like hand-scraped floors, distressed floors may also see a minor decrease in popularity. But homeowners who are invested in a farmhouse or otherwise rustic look will still tend toward distressed bamboo and hardwoods. These floors have an appearance of age and character that fits this particular aesthetic extremely well.

For Carpets: Carpets are classic. But if you really want to make an impact in 2022, you’ll focus on texture in addition to color and pattern.

Shag/Frieze: Shag carpets are making a comeback – only this time they come under the name of ‘frieze’ carpeting. It’s no surprise that homeowners are returning to this long-ago favorite; they’re comfortable and match nearly any aesthetic.

But here’s a pro tip: Stick to the gray colors we mentioned earlier. Bold colors are not on-trend for carpets heading into the new year.

Berber: Berber carpet is extremely popular for commercial property owners. It’s less commonly used in homes, but if you’re in need of something durable, it may be worth a look.

Cut and Loop: We mentioned that creative patterns are a major trend right now. For carpets, this takes the form of cut and loop textures. Expect them to be big for 2022.


Expect to See More Sustainable Flooring in 2022


As more homeowners prioritize their environmental responsibilities, flooring trends have begun to lean toward more eco-friendly materials. In 2022, we expect this trend to continue to flourish.

In fact, we believe that eco-friendly flooring will become so popular that homes with these materials will have higher sale values and spend less time on the market.

With that being the case, there are two primary materials we expect to see increase in popularity: Homeowners are likely to buy more bamboo flooring and floors made from recycled materials in 2022.


Bamboo Flooring


Bamboo flooring is extremely popular for a variety of reasons. At the top of the list is the fact that this material is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Because bamboo is fast-growing and self-regenerating, it can be harvested yearly without any major environmental consequences.

Recycled Materials: In 2022, many carpet manufacturers will be making products created from recycled materials like natural fibers. And if you’re willing to shop around, you can also find hard flooring materials that are reclaimed or recycled. A few examples of materials that are recycled and used to create flooring include reclaimed/salvaged wood, cork, rubber, and terrazzo.

Credit to: BRIDGETT O  

Top 5 Floor Care Tips for Fall

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Fall is officially here, and winter will follow shortly. With the changing levels of humidity and moisture, outdoor elements, such as dirt, and allergens. These elements can easily wreak havoc on your flooring if you’re not careful.

Here are just five simple ways homeowners can keep their carpets and floors in top shape this fall and beyond.


Use Blinds and Shades to Protect Floors from Direct Sunlight

When the sun’s out, harsh UV rays can cause premature fading and discoloration to floors, especially hardwood flooring. But whether you have hardwoodvinyllaminate flooring, or tile, closing your blinds or shades will help prevent your flooring from fading (not to mention keep your home cooler). If it’s necessary to keep curtains open, just remember to close them before you head out to save your flooring from unnecessary sun damage.


Use Door Mats at All Outside Entrances

One of the simplest ways to prevent dirty floors in the fall is to have a high-quality door mat outside all outdoor entrances. Have all family members and guests wipe off their shoes before coming inside—or better yet, leave muddy shoes and clothes outside on the porch, patio, or right inside the entrance. Taking just a few seconds to scrape off the bottom of your shoes can keep allergens from getting inside and prevent abrasive particles from scratching up floors.


Use a Dehumidifier as Needed

Seasonal changes often bring more than just sunshine—humid weather can also make itself welcome in your home during the transitional months between summer and fall. High humidity levels can affect the color and shine of your flooring, and at worst, can even cause warping or cracks in your floors. Using a dehumidifier when humidity levels are high can help draw moisture out of the air to keep your floors looking shiny and new. 


Vacuum Instead of Sweeping

No matter what you do, dust, allergens, and dirt are sure to make their way into your home at some point this time of year. Prioritize vacuuming over sweeping—even on hard surfaces—to pick up as much grit as possible. Sweeping can spread dust and dirt around instead of eliminating it, especially tiny particles that aren’t easily visible. If you’re going to mop or sweep, make sure you vacuum first to prevent moving those itty-bitty particles and abrasives along the floor’s surface, which can scratch or damage floors.


Consider Waterproof Flooring Options

Even after beach season is over, water has a sneaky way of making its way into your home. Since water can cause damage and ruin your beautiful floors, you’ll want to be extra careful here. Make sure you have towels inside and outside doorways to prevent excess water from getting in your home, and consider using water-resistant or waterproof flooring to help protect your floors from moisture, water, and spills.

Come visit Distinctive Carpet and tile and choose from several products that are waterproof and water resistant.   

2021 Laminate Flooring Trends: 13 Stylish Laminate Flooring Ideas

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Laminate flooring trends have maintained their status as the staple go-to wood flooring alternative for residential use. Tremendous advancements are being made in flooring technology, allowing the best laminate flooring to resemble solid hardwood more closely than ever before. The laminate flooring business is booming in a big way.

To help you stay on top of the latest styles, we’ve compiled a list of laminate flooring trends and what you can expect to see in 2021.

2021 Trending Laminate Flooring Types

Laminate flooring was once considered a one-trick pony, copying simplistic wood looks and offering homeowners a low-maintenance wood flooring alternative. Statement-making laminate floors.
But with recent technological advances and laminate manufacturers stepping up their game, that’s not the case anymore. Yes, laminate is still affordable, but it offers a lot more. 

Water-Resistant Laminate

Solid hardwood can be a lot of things, but waterproof isn’t one of them. That’s the beauty of laminate flooring! You can have wood-look flooring that is budget-friendly and can handle moisture.

The waterproof flooring trend is taking the world by storm, particularly with the influx of waterproof vinyl (WPC and SPC) flooring on the market. 

Laminate handles water differently than waterproof vinyl. Laminate’s surface is waterproof, whereas WPC/ SCP vinyl is waterproof from top to bottom. If water gets spilled, and it’s not cleaned up immediately, the laminate’s locking installation keeps moisture from the subfloor. However, if moisture comes up from below, or there’s a flood, the laminate can be damaged. 

That’s right! You can have DIY-friendly laminate flooring trend that resists water. Even better – water-resistant laminate floors mimic all the current look and style trends of real hardwood and traditional laminate, giving you everything you could ever ask for in one sharp floor.

The desire for American-manufactured products extends beyond traditional items to flooring and home decor. In fact, some homeowners will pay top dollar for that title. In short, “Made in the USA” products signify support for local vendors. 

To stay on top of growing demand, many flooring manufacturers are releasing products made in the USA. 

Stain-Resistant Laminate Flooring

If you think waterproof laminate is awesome, wait until you learn about stain-resistant laminate. 

Everyone knows that spills happen. Whether they’re caused by kids, adults, or the dog, stains are inevitable. Laminate manufacturers wanted to make sure they had every base covered and created laminate planks that are stain-resistant. 

This means when accidents happen and are cleaned up promptly, your floor will not stain. It will continue to look fabulous and brand new. 

Reclaimed Wood-Look Laminate Flooring Trends

Unique, durable, and green, with each plank telling a story, it’s no wonder reclaimed wood has taken off so quickly.

Reclaimed wood simply means taking old building materials and re-using them. Essentially, recycling.

Often, reclaimed wood comes from decking, timbers, barns, etc. Although, now that it has become so popular, you will find reclaimed wood from unique sources like wine barrels and more.

Of course, laminate flooring cannot truly replicate the essence of reclaimed wood. Homeowners are not reclaiming laminate planks. Manufacturers are simply designing laminate planks to resemble reclaimed wood since it is so popular right now.

Reclaimed wood (usually) comes naturally distressed. Reclaimed wood-look laminate flooring mimics that with randomized scrapes, burns, knots, and more.

Embossed in Register Laminate Floors

For the most natural-looking laminate floor, the embossed in register surface texture is the move for 2021 laminate flooring trends. 

An embossed in register surface provides beautiful realistic wood textures by creating indentations to mimic real wood grains that exactly match the image layer of the laminate plank. Adding a warm, realistic texture to your floor, registered embossing makes your laminate floors look like completely realistic wood floors at a lower price than solid hardwood. This trend is huge in laminate flooring because of how realistic the indentions look on the plank. In 2021 the more convincing, the better. 

Distressed Wood-Look Laminate

If there is one consistency in 2021 flooring trends, it is that character is in.

Weathered and distressed looks are quite similar to reclaimed wood looks. Weathered looks often feature a more subtle wire brushed texture, while distressed looks go all the way with the appearance of knots, burns, scrapes, the works. The only difference is that distressed laminate looks are created by machines in a factory, whereas solid hardwood gets its distressed look naturally over time. This means you won’t get the unique characteristics of traditional distressed solid wood. Instead, you can get the man-made distressed look at a fraction of the cost with distressed laminate planks. So you can have the trend and the convenience of easy maintenance all wrapped into one flooring. 

Rustic and Handscraped Wood-Look Laminate

Hand scraping makes each plank appear handcrafted and one of a kind. In the past, laminate flooring trends has merely been embossed to look handscraped. Newer planks are given this realistic touch to be able to fully compete with solid hardwood floors in both looks and texture.

Long, ingrained scrapes show in the finish, leaving the floor looking unique and rare. This look is often very expensive in solid hardwood, but notably less costly in lookalike laminate.

Laminate Color Trends

The light flooring trend we saw in 2020 is still holding strong with beachy whitewashed looks. But you’ll see some warmer and medium-toned looks creeping in as well. Of course, you’ll also see the familiar gray laminate floors. Gray is in for the long haul and will continue to top the trends charts for the next decade or so. But what other color options are out there?

Whitewashed Laminate Flooring Trends

The whitewashed look is more of a west coast trend that is starting to spread across the country. Well, some parts.

As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it, and white-washed laminate is at the top of the list.

In addition to the coastal look, whitewashed floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style homes, particularly kitchens.

Now, when I saw “whitewashed.” I don’t mean a smooth, finished white wood. The whitewashed laminate typically shows signs of wear with the darker colors peeking out from underneath. It fits right in with the 2021 aged and worn trends happening across all styles of flooring.

Whitewashed floors will make your home look brighter, bigger, and more relaxed. It can give that “beachy” feel or also an upscale contemporary feel, depending on the rest of your decor.

With wood floors, many homeowners opt to whitewash the floor themselves as a DIY project. However, with laminate, we recommend buying pre-whitewashed floors. Manufacturers are selling lots of whitewashed laminate flooring options to meet the demands of this trend.

Light Wood Laminate

For years, lighter floors were viewed as outdated or inexpensive. That is no longer the case, not by a long shot!

As more homeowners embrace the light, airy feel in their homes, you will see a huge resurgence in light laminate wood floors. Blonde wood looks, in particular, can give you that light touch, with a timeless feel.

With light laminated wood, your decorating possibilities are endless. You can go for a chic, contemporary feel or a rustic, homey vibe all without changing your floors.

Also, light laminate makes any room feel larger and more open, especially if you use large planks (but we’ll get to that later on). Unlike white floors, it is less likely to appear dingy and dirty, so it basically gives you the best of both worlds!

Additionally, light wood is on the newer end of the trend spectrum, so you won’t see too many homes that have gotten the memo just yet. That means, if you jump on board soon, you will look like a total trendsetter once it takes off.

Gray Laminate

Gray wood-look flooring has grown exponentially over the last decade. Manufacturers tiptoed onto the scene, producing a few gray looks here and there to see how homeowners would respond.

Gray quickly became the most popular trend, not just for flooring, but for homes in general. Gray is just, in!

In addition to looking chic and trendy, gray laminate floors set the tone of a cool, contemporary home. They give you a neutral backdrop for decorating in virtually any color. Aquas, greens, bright bold colors or even black and white – they will all go with your sleek gray flooring.

Will the gray laminate trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Yes! Gray will probably stay in style at least until it’s time for you to purchase new floors anyway.

High Variation Laminate

With improved flooring technology, it is now easier than ever to make your floors look more natural. In nature, no two pieces of wood look alike. The colors vary from plank to plank. Now, manufacturers can replicate this on their floors.

As homeowners embrace this trend head-on, you will begin to see stores with entire sections dedicated to high variation wood-look colors.

You will see some floors that incorporate bright colors with their neutrals. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter!

Laminate Flooring Layout and Pattern Trends

Get ready to see lots of designs and patterns in 2021.

Herringbone Laminate Floors

If you are looking for something bold instead of a simple, streamlined floor, you’ll probably love this pattern. Herringbone is one of the most popular decorative patterns in homes today as it connects two planks at a 90-degree angle creating an intricate, angled design. This is the distinct difference between herringbone and the ever-popular chevron floor pattern, as shown above.

Herringbone flooring looks custom and can be as bold or subdued as you like. It can also create the illusion of a wider space, since the angle of the planks makes the layout more narrow. So you can be trendy, and give your space a major upgrade!

Herringbone patterns with longer planks are going to be super hot over the next year, especially among young homeowners. This may not be the trend to do your entire home in. However, long entryways, hallways, and bathrooms can look stunning. 

Chevron Laminate Floors

Just because it’s different from herringbone, doesn’t mean it’s not trending in 2021. The chevron pattern has been doing its thing for the last 10 years, and it looks like it only gets better with age. 

You can get laminate planks that have the chevron pattern on them to create the ultimate eye-catching floor. Pair it with light wood, and installed in a dining room or breakfast nook, and viola, you are the trendsetter. 

Wide Plank Laminate Floors

This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your room look larger, more open, more cohesive, and less busy.

While shorter, thinner, planks give more of a traditional hardwood look, they will also start to look outdated for that same reason. 

I recommend getting on board with the large and extra-large plank trend!

There’s a lot going on in laminate flooring trends right now. There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless.

Article Written by: ARI ZISKIN

Read What People Are Saying About ADURA® Vinyl Plank

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ADURA® vinyl plank floors are waterproof, noiseproof, and oops-proof, making them perfect for any room. They’re finished with an attention to detail that results in beautiful, stylish looks that have homeowners raving about them. Here’s what they’re saying:

When we researched the different products that we could use for flooring we found that this Mannington product stood up better than any other on the market. Not only for the high traffic but also for spill, etc… It is so easy to maintain and also looks beautiful in every room of our home.” 
– @lilredranch

Pet Friendly Vinyl Plank flooring
Credit: @lilredranch. Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Aspen, Color: Alpine

“It was so easy to install. We have three kids and two large dogs, and it has been so durable. And cleaning is ridiculously easy. The floors are definitely one of my favorite choices for the home renovation we did!”
– @mackenzielee.fugett

best vinyl plank flooring for pets
Credit: @mackenzielee.fugett. Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Aspen, Color: Lodge

“So if you have kids, dogs, live in the country, and are all around just tough on floors then yes I would absolutely recommend it. This specific color also hides dirt and all the stuff if you are against sweeping on the daily like me!”

Pet Friendly Vinyl Plank Flooring
Credit: @fournorthfarmhouse. Flooring Details: ADURA®Max, Color: Seaport Surf

“We wanted something that would be durable (stand up to ski boots and pets) and that would be impervious to melting snow and general messes. Low maintenance was the name of the game, but they also needed to look beautiful AND go down easily.”

Pet Friendly Vinyl Plank Flooring
Credit: @cmshepherd. Flooring Details: ADURA®Max Aspen, Color: Lodge

“It’s so realistic everyone thinks it’s real wood! The style goes perfectly with my modern farmhouse décor and I love that it can handle messes and scratches from my dog. I recommend this floor to everyone.”
– Joan J.

Flooring Details: ADURA®MaxAPEX | Napa, Color: Barrel

Do you want to install vinyl plank floors in your home? Find ADURA® vinyl plank floors by visiting a local Mannington retailer today or learn more about which member of the ADURA® vinyl plank family is right for you!

Cleaning and Care Tips for Keeping Your Floor Looking New!

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Taking care of your floors is a year-round task — and we know that it is easier said than done.

With that in mind, here are few ideas and insights to help you give your floors the love they need to keep looking great.

Seasonal Smarts (with Socks)
The holidays are approaching. That means extra foot traffic, not to mention the grime that comes with it— dirt, leaves, snow, salt and other elements. All of these are brought into your home in the treads of your and your guests’ shoes. Each of these items can take a toll on your floors, plus added time for clean-up.

For starters, don’t be ashamed to implement a “shoes off” rule at the front door to give your floors a break and let guests’ socks do the talking. And while you’re at it, be sure to add a nice welcome mat outside all external doors — we love the look of these.

Of course, runner rugs are an excellent add-on to also absorb the heavy traffic in your home. Choose runners that add style and harmonize with your floor’s color and texture. We recommend reading up on floor runners as there are plenty of styles to choose from that can blend well with all floors.

Light the Way
Another floor care tip is keeping an eye on natural light: over time hardwood floors’ color can change — or “patina.” This affect can be controlled by putting up curtains or window coverings to limit UV light exposure. And it makes sense to rearrange rugs and furniture every so often to give different areas of your floor equal time to shine in the light for balance.

Clean Up Well
When it comes to cleaning your floors, it’s most important to reference your floor care and maintenance to learn how to properly clean them. A big mistake people make with hardwood floors is using inappropriate cleansers and cleaning supplies that can leave residue and other films. Hardwood can also take a beating from abrasive steel wool or scouring pads. Before you plug in the vacuum, double-check your floor’s care guide as certain floors need certain types of bristles. With hardwood your floors should be vacuumed with a felt-brush type rather than hard bristles.

Furniture Feet and Furry Friends
As another key floor care item, always use quality furniture feet pads to avoid added floor mark-ups and wear-and-tear — especially for kitchen or dining room table chairs. And, when settling into your home office and that ergo-correct office chair on wheels, use a hard-surface, non-studded and non-rubber mat to absorb the constant rolling.

Finally, we are big fans of pets, but we cannot tell a lie: they can damage a floor. But, by keeping nails trimmed and taking them out on potty breaks when needed — disasters can be avoided. When they do have an accident, we recommend cleaning up it up right away (but we also recommend having someone else do it!)

For more information, contact us at Distinctive Carpet and Tile. Our staff is here to make sure you know all your options and pick the right flooring for your needs and your budget.  Call us today!  -Article Credit: LL Flooring


5 Homes With ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa Barrel Vinyl Plank

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Beautifully aged just like a fine wine, our ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa Barrel vinyl plank is a character oak that combines cerused, wire brushed graining with a textured surface embellished with deep knots, mineral streaks and painted edges. With its high-style look and worry-free benefits, like being waterproof, scratch resistant, easy to clean, and more, it’s no surprise that it’s one of our best-selling and most popular floors. Read on to see ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa Barrel in 5 homes. 

Jennifer M. chose ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa Barrel vinyl plank for her modern farmhouse styled home and has this to say about them: “We are absolutely loving our floors! They are so durable, have already passed the waterproof test several times & are the perfect color. I’m loving how the dirt doesn’t show & always looks amazing!”

Photo Credit: @jennifer.moffittFlooring Details: ADURA®MaxAPEX | Napa, Color: Barrel

Photo Credit: @jennifer.moffittFlooring Details: ADURA®MaxAPEX | Napa, Color: Barrel

Kowalske Kitchen & Bath used ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa Barrel vinyl plank to replace the pink tiles covering this bathroom from floor to (almost) ceiling resulting in a stunning update.

Photo Credit: Kowalske Kitchen & BathFlooring Details: ADURA®MaxAPEX | Napa, Color: Barrel

Joan J. had this to say about her new flooring: “It’s so realistic everyone thinks it’s real wood! The style goes perfectly with my modern farmhouse décor and I love that it can handle messes and scratches from my dog. I recommend this floor to everyone.”  

Flooring Details: ADURA®MaxAPEX | Napa, Color: Barrel

The long length planks of ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa Barrel are the perfect choice for this open concept kitchen and the color and texture bring just the right amount of contrast to the bright and airy cabinetry.

Photo Credit: @atlanticflooringobxFlooring Details: ADURA®MaxAPEX | Napa, Color: Barrel

Photo Credit: @atlanticflooringobx. Flooring Details: ADURA®MaxAPEX | Napa, Color: Barrel

Waterproof, easy to clean and scratch resistant, ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa Barrel is a worry-free option that’s great for homes with pets, making it the perfect choice for you and your furry family members.

Photo Credit: @mouldingmillworkFlooring Details: ADURA®MaxAPEX | Napa, Color: Barrel 

If you’re looking to incorporate our ADURA®MaxAPEX Napa Barrel flooring into your home makeover, find it by visiting a local Mannington retailer today!