4 Flooring Trends for 2021 with Champion Flooring

If you follow me over on IG stories you may have heard me mention that we are planning to do a major home reno in 2021.  One of the areas we will be focusing on is our flooring.  I’ve teamed up again with Champion Floor Company to talk to you about 4 flooring trends for 2021 that you don’t want to miss!  If you’re in the Saint Louis area and looking for help with your home flooring needs, check out Champion Floor Company! 


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As we start to think through our home reno for 2021, I chatted with the girls (Kim + Kristen) from Champion Floor Company here in Saint Louis, MO to get an idea of what some of the flooring trends for 2021 look like.  I’m so excited to share their feedback with you in case you’re in the market / need ideas for 2021 like I do!

Kristen from Champion Floor Company


Kim from Champion Floor Company in Saint Louis, Missouri


Flooring Trends for 2021:  Color

Question:  What are some of the colors you see trending in flooring for 2021?

Kim:  I think grey is on the way out, and warm tones are coming back in, gold undertones and even exotics. There’s a color that sort of looks like light 90’s gunstock, but with better character and a matte finish that I think will be a good seller. People are picking more natural looks, low gloss, light shades. Mercier has a new line called “naked” that I think will do well. If customers go dark, it’s with a shade variation.

Flooring Trends for 2021: Pattern

Question:  What are some of the trends you’re seeing with patterns for the upcoming year?

Kristen: Patterns are still trending upwards and I don’t see that slowing down. More patterned carpets, hand painted (or faux) tile, and wood parquet. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)  is coming out with more herringbone options, even floating HB. I think parquet and HB will take the place of the super wide hardwood/LVT, as the trendiest style. Even the sheet vinyl looks are including painted look patterns.

Herrinbone tile pattern example

Example of herringbone pattern in flooring

Hand scraped is done, but I still do a lot of wire-brushed, which helps give the floor dimension. To be honest, I won’t be sad to see the wide plank or the hand scraped looks go away. St Louis is unique in a lot of ways with our older homes and the original hardwood and tile floors they tend to have…. Classic 2” or 2-1/4” wide boards that will NEVER trend out; Herringbone (HB) and parquets that have come full circle (again) into the trend; and beautiful mosaics and penny tiles in the kitchens and bathrooms that have stood the test of time.

What’s the coolest new thing in flooring?

Question:  What’s the coolest trend in flooring right now?

Kristen: The new cool thing in flooring that I’ve seen is probably floating ceramic. Also a lot of concrete polishing, or LVT that looks like concrete. Cleaner looks are on the rise.

Concrete polishing floor example

Example of polished concrete flooring

What’s the most surprising flooring trend for 2021?

Question:  Most surprising flooring trend for the new year?

Kim:  The most surprising thing is probably that I’ve recently bid out some expensive wool shags, I didn’t see those coming back any time soon since frieze styles just recently fizzled out.  I’m in favor of a cleaner cut pile.

Overall, I think the big thing is that people seem to be less afraid to pick something that speaks to them, instead of what the “trend” is. I’m sure it’s due in no small part to pinterest, houzz etc. where you can see any and every style right in someones home on the internet.

I’m so excited to bring you along in 2021 to share our flooring choices during our reno!  I personally am loving the idea of a penny style tile in our master bath. Stay tuned!  Also, be sure to check out this post to learn more about how to choose a runner for your stairs!  We worked with Champion Floor Company on selecting and installing ours and it made a BIG difference that we are so happy with!  Also, the crew at Champion Floor has been kind enough to offer my audience free Dustfree Sanding on any sand and finish project ($275 value) you book in 2020/2021! All you have to do is mention you saw it here on Emmy Lou Styles!

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