Classic Flooring Options That Never Go Out of Style

Companies and individuals often choose trendy construction materials, such as bright tiles for their flooring or a unique and in vogue paint color. However, these trends vanish as fast as they come, leaving behind the regret of choosing that trendy carpet a couple years later. Instead of going with what’s in style now on HGTV, select a classic flooring option which will never go out of style for your next renovation project.


Hardwood continues to be the most popular surface for most rooms. Many homeowners are even changing their kitchen floors and entryways to hardwood. It’s a great option for office spaces, too, as it’s easier to clean and takes less upkeep than carpet.  

Hardwood flooring offers a variety of benefits such as:

  • Classic colors that will work with almost any interior design you have in mind

  • Wide planks

  • Matte and satin finishes

  • Environmentally friendlier finishes

Hardwood Lookalikes

Hardwood floors are great, but they can be expensive. For a more budget-friendly option, there’s also hardwood lookalike materials. The popularity of hardwood floors has led to innovation in lookalike products. Two of the most popular innovations are tile planks, which look like hardwood, and engineered vinyl planks, which look and feel like hardwood.

Hardwood floor in living room

Both options are waterproof, making them a great alternative for rooms prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. They also work great as a topping for concrete sub-floors. For an even more authentic look and feel, many hardwood lookalikes have embossed grainy textures. 

These lookalike products are rising in popularity because of their aesthetics and waterproofing. More color variety is also available, including whites, grays, and espressos.

Cool-Toned Colors

Cool colors are in and will provide a classic and easy to work with floor for a variety of interior design options. Popular cool color tones include grays, blues, and greens. Other popular colors include:

  • Dark browns (without traces of red or yellow undertones)

  • Grays, concrete, and industrial looks for tiles

  • Grays over beiges for carpets and walls 

Area Rugs

The rise of the hardwood floors has led to increased demand for area rugs. Area rugs add flair and color to the room and often serve as a centerpiece. Some of the most popular colors are gray and navy.

Area rugs are also a great option because they can be easily replaced with other rugs or throw pillows, allowing you to change the interior design at a very low cost.

Whether you choose hardwood flooring, lookalike substitutes, cool-toned colors, or area rugs, you should be equipped to choose a timeless flooring option that will complement any space, even if your interior design tastes change. Your flooring is a staple of your home–choose something that’s flexible and will remain in style as trends change. 

Carlton Building Services in Hampton Roads Virginia

Carlton Building Services specializes in repairs, maintenance, renovations, remodelings and build-outs for a variety of clients in Hampton Roads, Virginia. We have years of experience handling projects in the retail, office, and healthcare space and would love to work with you on your next project!

To learn more about our services, check out past project highlights or contact Carlton Building Services to see how we can help with your next project. 

JP Carlton

J.P. Carlton

J.P. Carlton is the founder of Carlton Building Services, a Hampton Roads-based construction company.