New Shapes and Sizes Are Changing Floor Styles

Look for an explosion of design possibilities in flooring with the recent proliferation of new sizes and formats that are redefining what style looks like, particularly in hardwood, luxury vinyl and ceramic tile.


Extra-long hardwood planks are now commonplace and 7-, 8- even 9-inch widths were everywhere. And board length too has increased with planks coming in at 7 feet and longer.

Pair these longer, wider boards with more traditional installation patterns – chevrons, basket weave and even double herringbone – and you have a floor that is both thoroughly modern with an almost “old world” visual.

Luxury Vinyl (LVP, WPC, SPC)

Luxury vinyl flooring is not limited to just planks and squares anymore, new modular formats in 12 x 24, and 12 x 36 rectangles give LVT flooring lots of creative design options.

What’s perhaps even more interesting is that designers and homeowners are combining different complementary shades and colors of flooring from different color lines within the same collection for a variegated look that works especially well with today’s hardwood and stone visuals.

Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

Here again, larger formats beyond planks and squares open up the already limitless design possibilities you can achieve with ceramic and porcelain tile. Now with squares and rectangles in 12, 24, 36 and even 48 inch formats, creating modular looks is easy and a great outlet for personal creativity.

Add hexagons, chevrons and bright colors for heretofore never seen visuals.

In wall tile, an explosion of color, texture and patterns can help create customized feature walls and backsplashes that are uniquely your own. For a touch of whimsy, Crossville came out with ceramic wall tiles shaped like animals — go ahead, have some fun with it!

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