2023 Trends in Flooring Design And Materials

2023 Flooring Trends

Flooring is one of the most important elements in any home and the type of flooring you choose for your home or any interior setting can be a significant mood and comfort enhancer. Bold patterns and neutral colours inspired by nature will be trending in 2023 and if you are planning your next renovation or remodelling project, the following flooring trends will help you to decide the best flooring choice for your home or office.

Natural and Neutral Colours

Homeowners are leaning toward more natural, minimalistic, and neutral floor colours that are versatile enough to complement a variety of living spaces from kitchens to bedrooms. Shades of cream, honey, and white can be used in luxury condos and homes and these shades create a relaxing atmosphere that can be customized to each individual’s preference.

Rustic Textures

Flooring trends are not only about the colour; different textures also have an appeal. Rustic floors can be hand-scraped or wire-brushed to reveal some texture or they can be made from reclaimed material. Rustic flooring has a calming effect on the viewer with its natural texture and surface. Rustic textures can add depth to any room and they work well in lodges, farmhouses, cottages and any interior where a natural appearance and vibe are preferred.

Wide Plank Floors: Hardwood And Laminate

Wide planks allow one to see more of the grain and variation in each piece of wood and this creates a floor that is interesting yet subtle at the same time. It makes an ideal backdrop for commercial spaces and helps to create a homier environment for residential spaces. Wide plank flooring can be sanded smooth for a contemporary look or it can be rustic or reclaimed.

Wide plank laminate flooring is usually used as a substitute for hardwood floors. These planks are manufactured to imitate the look and feel of a solid hardwood board, and laminates can be altered to provide the perfect blend of unique shades and beautiful wood grain patterns. 

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl floors are available in options that look almost identical to solid hardwood and are water-resistant and their durability has made them a popular choice for many homeowners. Vinyl can be installed in a home office space, the kitchen, or even in bedrooms. Vinyl planks can be manufactured in a variety of different styles and colour choices which makes them a superb substitute for hardwood floors.


Herringbone styles in oak shades are trending in 2023, rather than grey and white tones. White oak is a popular wood species for its versatility and functionality. White oak has creamy undertones and adds a subtle warmth to spaces and it is naturally water-resistant. If you are planning to install flooring for open-plan spaces, use wide planks or oversized herringbone designs. Smaller spaces should use a smaller-sized herringbone in a light shade as it will make the room appear bigger and more spacious.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a timeless classic and still maintains its place in the 2023 flooring trends. It is functional and aesthetically pleasing and when made from solid planks, hardwood floors can be refinished with a new stain colour and sheen as trends evolve. While there are many types of flooring available, very few materials have the lasting durability and popularity of hardwood flooring. 

Our flooring experts at Smith Bros Flooring are happy to help you find exciting and new flooring options for your interiors. Contact us today to find your next floor trend.

How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors

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Life happens on top of our floors. All the spilled milk, broken glass, shifting furniture, and doggy piles tend to end up down there. So while we’re practicing our TikTok dances and training our new quarantine buddy, Rufus, our floors are taking on the day each and every day. For homes with hardwood flooring, cleaning can look a little different than with carpet or vinyl. This week we are going to share some tips and tricks on how to keep your hardwood floors strong and shining through everything you and your family can throw at it.


Daily Considerations

You don’t need to be sweeping or mopping your hardwood every single day. In fact, we recommend that you don’t! Instead, lean into these good habits:

  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen. Even an unattended ice cube left to sit can slip in between the slats and do damage.
  • Use carpets or rugs in areas with the most potential for debris. For example, if your front entrance is hardwood, put down a rug where people can step directly onto and take off their shoes. It will also ensure that the outside elements don’t get routinely dragged across the floor.
  • Use floor protectors under furniture. Not only does this protect from scuffs, but will reduce the chances of an indentation in the wood forming over time.


Weekly Tidy

  • What You’ll Need: A cleaning tool such as a soft-bristled angled broom, microfibre dust mop, or vacuum with soft bristles. If using a vacuum, make sure it will not damage your floors. In most cases, that means taking off the beater bar attachment.

Once you have your chosen tool, get to work sweeping or vacuuming that dust and debris away. When sweeping, always go with the grain so you don’t end up shoving down debris in between the wooden slats. If your floors see a lot of traffic, it may be best to double up on methods. For example, give the room a good sweep and then come in with the vacuum afterwards to clean up any remaining dog hair, dirt, or other debris.


Deep Clean

  • What You’ll Need: A trusted liquid floor cleaner. Different hardwood finishes will require different care. Using DIY cleaners like vinegar and baking soda can actually strip the finishing on some floors. Instead, check with the manufacturer or installer for specific cleaners. If you can’t reach out to those sources, make sure to use a cleaner designed for hardwood floors. Vinyl and lino cleaners won’t be as effective and may end up causing damage.


Before you get on your hands and knees and start scrubbing, grab the broom or vacuum that you use for your regular clean and give the floors a good once-over. If debris is left on the ground and you skip to the next step, you are just going to drag it around instead of really cleaning. When your floors have been thoroughly swept, saturate a mop or rag in the cleaning solution. Wring it out until it is damp but not soaking wet. Mop the floor with the cleaner. Rinse mop with clean water, wringing it out as before, then go over the floor again to soak up all the cleaner. Wipe up excess water on the floor with a clean, dry towel.

If you’ve followed all these tips and your floors are still looking dull, scratched, or stained, they may need to be refinished. After several years and the included wear and tear, cleaning will be less and less effective. This is a perfectly normal progression over time. Simply call the experts at Smith Bros to have your floors refinished and looking like new again!