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Floor Trends is the premier resource for flooring contractors; contract dealers; retailers; distributors; architects and other professionals involved in the distribution and sale of floor covering materials. From hard to soft surfaces -- and the products used to install them -- Floor Trends covers the whole flooring industry. We focus on the influences and inspirations driving design, development and style in both the residential and commercial markets. Floor Trends showcases today's hottest looks while forecasting the trends of tomorrow.

May 2017

Volume: 19 Issue: 5 14.31 MB (PDF) Updated: May 13th, 2017

On the Cover:
Patcraft's Mid-Century Pop Collection features an accent stripe that is manufactured to gradate through the length of the pattern repeat. The multi-level pattern loop is constructed of Eco Solution Q Nylon.

See more about fiber on pages 8 and 28.

April 2017

Volume: 19 Issue: 4 36.81 MB (PDF) Updated: May 13th, 2017

On the Cover:

Featuring a scraped texture that accentuates the wood's natural grain, Epic Plus Freemont Hickory by Shaw is available in six colors and is built with a Stabilitek core for high performance and durability. See more on page 28

March 2017

Volume: 19 Issue: 3 17.05 MB (PDF) Updated: March 6th, 2017

On the Cover:
A stylish blend of color, texture and form, Hive by Mannington is a linear limestone look with rectified grout lines in a honeycomb pattern. This reinterpretation of classic hexagon tile makes a chic statement in transitional and modern interiors. See more on page 32.

February 2017

Volume: 19 Issue: 2 21.65 MB (PDF) Updated: March 6th, 2017

On The Cover:
Mohawk SolidTech is a new generation of vinyl plank flooring that combines the strength and rich visual of hardwood with the fashion, durability, and cleanability of a luxury vinyl tile or plank. See more on page 34

January 2017

Volume: 19 Issue: 1 51.87 MB (PDF) Updated: March 6th, 2017

On the Cover:

Shaw Floors announced Lush as its 2017 Color of the Year. Described as an array of greens inspired by nature, Lush speaks to today's desire for heath, well-being and renewal. See more color trends on page 26.

December 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 12 12.58 MB (PDF) Updated: March 6th, 2017


Lakir Collection’s 15 luxurious patterns explore the technical capabilities exclusive to Durkan’s Definity manufacturing technology. Designed especially for the hospitality market, Lakir brings elegance and sophistication to a variety of public spaces. Photo courtesy Durkan. See more high- performance carpet on page 26.

November 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 11 19.27 MB (PDF) Updated: November 22nd, 2016


Inspired by industrial concrete, Ragno Boom is a new porcelain tile suitable for interior and exterior applications in residential and commercial settings. Photo courtesy of Ragno. See more Cersaie tile trends on page 35.

October 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 10 32.15 MB (PDF) Updated: November 22nd, 2016


The Shaw Cut-A-Rug program gives retailers the opportunity to offer area rugs without taking up a lot of showroom space or investing in inventory. Photo courtesy of Shaw. See page 30

September 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 9 34.05 MB (PDF) Updated: September 12th, 2016


The Artistic Timbers TimberCuts collection delivers the history and heritage of distressed solid hardwood with rustic charm and distinctive character. Photo courtesy of Armstrong. See page 26.

August 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 8 54.04 MB (PDF) Updated: August 22nd, 2016


Earthwerks presented Sherbrooke, a new wood-plastic composite flooring collection, at NeoCon. The vinyl planks are engineered to be waterproof yet look like typical wood flooring. See page 42.

July 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 7 12.62 MB (PDF) Updated: July 11th, 2016


Ecore's flooring for healthcare applications is durable, easy to maintain and created to support patient mobility. See page 22

June 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 6 22.22 MB (PDF) Updated: June 15th, 2016

ON THE COVER: Floor coverings like Configure from Shaw Contract are enhancing the architecture and design of workspaces. Photo courtesy of Shaw Contract. See page 26

May 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 5 16.79 MB (PDF) Updated: June 15th, 2016

ON THE COVER: Hospitality designers are going for the "wow" factor with flooring to create a memorable experience. Pictured is Shannon Specialty Floors' Tuf Stuf Classic Cut and Fancy Free commercial resilient sheet flooring. Photo courtesy of Shannon Specialty Floors.

April 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 4 32.87 MB (PDF) Updated: June 7th, 2016

ON THE COVER: Pictured here in Silver, Mannington’s Mercado Oak is a wire-brushed, subtly distressed and hand-crafted hardwood floor. The 7” wide plank features a hand-applied staining technique to create character and variation from plank to plank.

March 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 3 25.90 MB (PDF) Updated: June 7th, 2016

Amarela Heartwood in Tuscan Sun, part of Armstrong's "Best" collection of Vivero LVT.

Vireo features Diamond10 technology, a diamond-infused coating designed to make the product extremely durable and resistant to spills and stains, according to the company.

February 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 2 22.74 MB (PDF) Updated: March 13th, 2016

Part of IVC's Moduleo Collection, Brookwood LVT features unique graining and rich character that can offer either a hardwood or stone visual depending on the color, according to the company.

January 2016

Volume: 18 Issue: 1 61.29 MB (PDF) Updated: February 9th, 2016


Featured in this room are a variety of neutral, beige and brown tones, paired with Caress by Shaw carpeting in the style Brush Stroke, to make for a truly tranquil area. Brush Stroke, made of 100% nylon, is available in 23 colors.

December 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 12 24.67 MB (PDF) Updated: December 28th, 2015


Hardanger, from Milliken, is inspired by
a Nordic form of embroidery that is traditionally stitched with layered threads to form geometric patterns. With this carpet, Milliken has created a patterning technique that mimics this stitched aesthetic, the company says.

November 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 11 40.88 MB (PDF) Updated: December 10th, 2015


Armstrong's American Scrape hardwood flooring in Hickory. Made in America, American Scrape hardwood features hand-scraped textures in rustic or refined looks and more than 90% domestic content, according to the company.

October 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 10 17.39 MB (PDF) Updated: October 19th, 2015


Subfloor preparation is an essential part of any flooring installation. For resilient flooring, sloppy prep can lead to subfloor imperfections telegraphing through the substrate and into the surface of the floor itself. Pictured here is Tarkett's Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet, which recently achieved Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certification.

September 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 9 38.24 MB (PDF) Updated: October 19th, 2015


There was a time when reclaimed wood floors were only available to luxury, high-end customers, as well as coming in styles that pretty much highlighted the distressed nature of the product. Not so today, as companies such as Goodwin Co. are offering a variety of styles and finishes that are helping to make this type of product affordable to more people as well as giving specialty dealers the ability to differentiate themselves from the boxes and mass merchants.

August 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 8 38.84 MB (PDF) Updated: October 19th, 2015


LVT has been all the rage in recent years but the fact remains, resilient sheet flooring is still a very important product for both residential and commercial jobs. This is especially true in applications such as healthcare, where products like Shannon Specialty Floors' TeknoFlor, shown here in Rainscapes, not only perform under these tough circumstances, they require no waxing or buffing, making them easy to clean and maintain.

July 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 7 18.42 MB (PDF) Updated: July 23rd, 2015


Right after the "60 Minutes" story about certain laminate products carried by Lumber Liquidators containing high levels of formaldehyde specialty retailers and most of the category's manufacturers jumped into action to ensure consumers their products are safe and meet or exceed all legal requirements. One of those mills was Shaw, pictured here is its Vintage Painted product in Boardwalk.

June 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 6 13.17 MB (PDF) Updated: June 24th, 2015

From healthcare to hospitality, companies are designing their places to look and feel more like home, as can be seen at the 39 Rainbow Healthcare Facility, an acute rehabilitation center by The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Ks.

Flooring contractor Interior Surface Enterprises received a Gold award in the Healthcare category of the recent Starnet Design Awards for this renovation.

May 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 5 18.55 MB (PDF) Updated: May 29th, 2015


Main Street opportunities can come in all shapes and sizes and can cover any type of flooring material. The important thing for retailers to realize is these hometown commercial jobs can provide excellent opportunities to diversify yourself and gain both additional sales and clients. (Photo courtesy of Mohawk's Aladdin Commercial division)

April 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 4 20.88 MB (PDF) Updated: May 29th, 2015


It may not look like` it, but this a porcelain tile floor by Mannington and represents how far both technology and the sophistication in styling has come in the tile industry. As the economy grows tile is regaining its pre-recession popularity with end users, making it a hot item for specialty dealers to carry. In this issue, retailers who have found success selling tile explain why.

March 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 3 25.57 MB (PDF) Updated: May 29th, 2015


Carpet construction and patterns may be getting more sophisticated
but when it comes to this year's color trends, manufacturers say neutral tones, especially grays, will continue to rule the day. These colors not only bring a feeling of sophistication to a room setting, as can be seen by this month's cover shot of Tuftex' Madrigal, they allow consumers to add colorful accents, not to mention transitioning well with other materials such as wood and stone.

February 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 2 17.84 MB (PDF) Updated: February 19th, 2015


When it comes to hot products, there is little argument luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and the many formats it has spawned is the hottest selling item in the industry today, such as can be seen by this FloorFolio product used in the Surf Shop. With so much competition, how is a retailer or commercial contractor supposed to be competitive yet profitable? This issue's feature on page 24 offers some advice on the subject.

January 2015

Volume: 17 Issue: 1 24.75 MB (PDF) Updated: January 27th, 2015

ON THE COVER: The days of placing displays wherever they
will fit and having merchandise all over are long gone -- at least if you want to be, and look like a successful retailer. The art, or science of store layout is just as important in flooring operations as it is in supermarkets. Just ask the folks at Flooring America/ Flooring Canada who transformed their stores using the buying group's Vision system. They are seeing both their sales and profits increase at faster rates than those who haven't made the switch.

December 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 12 21.33 MB (PDF) Updated: December 9th, 2014


Shaw's Timberline laminate graces this month's cover, which spotlights the category through the eyes of retailers who continue to have success despite competition from the boxes and mass merchants.

November 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 11 29.06 MB (PDF) Updated: December 9th, 2014


Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the industry's fastest growing product type. A key reason for this is the technological advancements made in the printing and surface texturing capabilities of manufacturers, such as can be seen by Mannington's Adura line, shown here in Oasis Spring Water

October 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 10 13.69 MB (PDF) Updated: November 21st, 2014

Green Issue: Find Out What the Industry is Doing to be Sustainable Napa Retailer Cultivates Success Through Family, Knowledge Exclusive Look Into a Designer's Home Remodel Project

September 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 9 36.61 MB (PDF) Updated: November 21st, 2014

2014 Flooring Industry Study Retailers Discuss Rustic Wood Trend Wood Floors Starting to 'Click'

August 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 8 30.03 MB (PDF) Updated: November 21st, 2014

The Benefits of Using Certified Installers Don't Get Stuck Using Just One Glue Tips on Preventing Moisture Related Probems

July 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 7 19.73 MB (PDF) Updated: July 25th, 2014

Why Brands Matter
Retailers Discuss Successful Branding Strategies
Area Rugs Make Great Add-On Sales

June 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 6 20.73 MB (PDF) Updated: June 25th, 2014

Why Carpet Tile is so Popular
Contractors Discuss Commercial's Hottest Segments
Don't Forget About Main Street

May 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 5 53.33 MB (PDF) Updated: May 24th, 2014

Special Series: Made in the USA & Flooring
Howard Olansky Awards Given to Industry's Best Associations
Why Color Knowledge Can Lead to More Sales

2014 Flooring Buying Guide

April 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 4 25.67 MB (PDF) Updated: May 2nd, 2014

U.S. Market Moving to Larger Tiles Thinner Tiles
Don't Compromise Performance
Learning to use Social Media for Business

March 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 3 16.04 MB (PDF) Updated: May 2nd, 2014

Surfaces Showcases Industry Optimism Engineered Hardwood Continues to Gain Popularity Cork Presents Tremendous Selling Opportunities Bamboo Flooring Keeps Evolving

February 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 2 23.33 MB (PDF) Updated: March 10th, 2014

Why LVT Continues to be a Hot Product
Fiberglass vs. Felt: Who's Winning and Why
Sheet Vinyl Still Important in Residential and Commercial Environments

January 2014

Volume: 16 Issue: 1 22.36 MB (PDF) Updated: March 10th, 2014

Carpets Continue to Get Softer, More Luxurious
Retailers Weight in on Soft Carpet
Nylon Still Rules but Polyester Now King of the House

December 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 12 32.37 MB (PDF) Updated: December 5th, 2013

Surfaces Preview: What to Expect at Industry's Main Event
Laminate Technology Continues to Evolve
News: Invista Unveils Stainmaster PetProtect

November 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 11 12.27 MB (PDF) Updated: December 2nd, 2013

Green Issue: Everything You Need to Know About Every Category
Industry Comes Together to Help FCIF
News: Mills Continue to Invest in Anticipation of Growth
New Column: Contractor's Corner

October 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 10 19.92 MB (PDF) Updated: December 2nd, 2013

CFI Celebrates 20 Years with P-R-I-D-E
Being a One-Stop Shop: Retailers Give Their Opinions
News: Hanley Wood Launches East Coast Trade Shows
Floor Trends Welcomes Kelly Kramer as New Columnist

September 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 9 17.14 MB (PDF) Updated: December 2nd, 2013

Selling hardwood's natural characteristics
Summer conventions show business getting better
Wood Resource Guide

August 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 8 18.59 MB (PDF) Updated: December 2nd, 2013

Healthcare's continued growth spells multiple opportunities
Industry unveils riskier designs at NeoCon
Hardwood floors getting wider and longer

July 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 7 28.28 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

What's Hot in Area Rugs: Simpler Patterns, Deeper Textures
An Update on Grouts: New Looks, More Features
Build Consistency Into Your Flooring Business

June 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 6 13.31 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Resilient Market Study: LVT, Resilient Replacement at the Top
Hardwood Flooring Adhesives: Know What's Right for the Job
Running Your Commercial Business During Natural Disasters

May 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 5 25.08 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

A Q&A with WFCA CEO Scott Humphrey
The Commodity Side of Hardwood Flooring
Selling the Right Product and Creating Realistic Expectations

April 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 4 98.43 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

A Script for Sales Success
Large-Format Tile Offers Both Opportunities and Challenges
2013 Market Trends Report: Tile & Stone

March 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 3 17.14 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Are You Afraid of the Technology Boogeyman?
Insights from InSight 2013
What Are Your Customers Saying, and What Are You Doing About It?

February 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 2 26.91 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

The "Fascination Factor" of LVT
Hedging Your Bets in the Commercial Market
What Makes Bamboo the Right Choice for Your Customer?

January 2013

Volume: 15 Issue: 1 40.83 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Put Real Pizzazz in Your Hardwood Floor Merchandising
Curiosity: Cat Killer? Or Category Killer?
Selling Summer's Commercial Business in Winter

September 2012

Volume: 8 Issue: 1 48.24 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Finding Commercial Opportunities in Education
Defining Moisture's Cause and Effect
2012 Wood Flooring Resource Guide