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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.

Click to view:  Vol.21, No.5 May 2019
Vol.21, No.5  12.74 MB pdf New!

On the Cover: Pam Rainey, vice president of product design, Shaw Floors and Anderson Tuftex, shares her kitchen remodel and career inspirations. See more on page 30

Click to view:  Vol.21, No.4 April 2019
Vol.21, No.4  10.82 MB pdf

On the Cover:
Mullican's Wexford Kiln-Aged carbonized collection of engineered flooring uses a heat-treating technique to produce a unique color variation and uncover the natural grain patterns of wood. Read more about the advances in the design and finishing techniques of wood on page 20.

Click to view:  Vol.21, No.3 March 2019
Vol.21, No.3  29.84 MB pdf

On the Cover:
In Urban Spotted Gum from Karndean's Knight Tile LVT series, the distinctive look of Spotted Gum Australian wood in its natural form is combined with an array of fresh, sophisticated gray tones. See more waterproof flooring must-haves on page 22.

Click to view:  Vol.21, No.2 February 2019
Vol.21, No.2  16.07 MB pdf

On the Cover:
Daltile's Memoir encaustic tile makes a statement in two patterns. See more opportunities for kitchen and bath on page 30.

January 2019
Vol.21, No.1  20.56 MB pdf

On the Cover: Novalis introduces Maybree, part of the NovaFloor residential line. See more TISE introductions on page 44.

December 2018
Vol.20, No.12  15.53 MB pdf

On the Cover: Hampshire Bay by Karastan is an environmentally friendly carpet made from renewable resources. Read more about Karastan's 90 years in business on page 32.

November 2018
Vol.20, No.11  13.74 MB pdf

On the Cover: Phenix Floors' Design Mix luxury vinyl tile collection empowers consumers to mix-and-match to create custom floors. See more LVT on page 26.

October 2018
Vol.20, No.10  12.52 MB pdf

On the Cover:
Modern Farmhouse captures the elegance of hardwood, while featuring the durability and strength of Shaw Floors' engineered hardwood collections.

September 2018
Vol.20, No.9  18.57 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Nutopia by Mohawk Group is a Living Product Challenge Petal certified carpet plank system inspired by the idea of "urban fabric." See more carpet technologies on page 36.

August 2018
Vol.20, No.8  18.68 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Mannington's Restoration Collection Palace Chevron laminate floor. See more laminate trends on page 30.

July 2018
Vol.20, No.7  17.77 MB pdf

The Crafted Convergence carpet collection from Durkan, Mohawk Group's hospitality brand, was created in collaboration with the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art in New Mexico. Drawing inspiration from Native American, Japanese and African artifacts, the collection celebrates handmade originals from these cultures.

June 2018
Vol.20, No.6  16.43 MB pdf

On the Cover
Shaw has paired its new Endurance High-Performance Fiber with R2X Soil and Stain Resistance and LifeGuard backing to create the epitome of beauty and durability: Bellera High Performance Carpet.

May 2018
Vol.20, No.5  15.66 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Tandus Centiva's String Theory can be found at the University of Colorado Boulder, which is the school of choice for more than 30,000 students. Boulder has been ranked the No. 1 college town in America.

April 2018
Vol.20, No.4  15.04 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Mohawk Group's Creative Mark Enhanced Resilient Tile in Algorithm features a visual inspired by the colors of nature and the rich texture of linen fabric. See more on page 38.

March 2018
Vol.20, No.3  26.37 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Old World Herringbone engineered hardwood flooring by Anderson Tuftex. Read more about Anderson Tuftex on page 16 and the hardwood category on page 24

February 2018
Vol.20, No.2  13.28 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Shaw's Bellera collection is the first to include its new Endurance high-performance fiber. Backed by Shaw's No Surprises, Worry-free Warranty, the collection's carpets feature stain resistance and waterproof protection, making them an optimal choice for active households. Read more on page 20.

January 2018
Vol.20, No.1  17.47 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Mohawk SolidTech vinyl plank flooring in the Relevance collection. See more from Mohawk on page 44.

December 2017
Vol.19, No.12  29.42 MB pdf

On the Cover:

What's gold is new again. Shaw Floors named Gold Rush its 2018 Color of the Year. See more from Shaw on page 34.

November 2017
Vol.19, No.11  14.48 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Relaxing patterns and tones define Mohawk Group's Serenity Collection of home and commercial carpet tile. See more from Mohawk on page 40.

October 2017
Vol.19, No.10  14.49 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Lineate by Mohawk Group is an enhanced resilient tile collection that is inspired by two of the hottest trends in surface visuals: ombre/ gradient and striated textile looks. See more from Mohawk on page 48.

September 2017
Vol.19, No.9  25.81 MB pdf

On the Cover:

American Driftwood in the color Westport by Anderson Hardwood Floors. See more wood coverage on pages 30 and 50.

August 2017
Vol.19, No.8  21.08 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Bentley awakens interiors with Impasto carpet tiles. Impasto's textural story paints a picture with thick strokes of color and light splashes of contrast, offering an illustrious fresco for the floor. See more Neocon coverage on page 48.

July 2017
Vol.19, No.7  13.89 MB pdf

On the Cover:

With a stormy mix of charcoal, copper and rust tones, Robigo luxury vinyl plank by Karndean Designflooring brings a dramatic impact for contemporary commercial spaces. See more on page 22.

June 2017
Vol.19, No.6  22.21 MB pdf

On the Cover:

Active by Shaw Contract uses charged patterning and bright tones to create bold energy and graphic motion. See more commercial trends on page 22.

May 2017
Vol.19, No.5  14.31 MB pdf

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
Vol.19, No.4  36.81 MB pdf

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
Vol.19, No.3  17.05 MB pdf

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
Vol.19, No.2  21.65 MB pdf

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
Vol.19, No.1  51.87 MB pdf

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
Vol.18, No.12  12.58 MB pdf


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
Vol.18, No.11  19.27 MB pdf


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
Vol.18, No.10  32.15 MB pdf


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
Vol.18, No.9  34.05 MB pdf


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
Vol.18, No.8  54.04 MB pdf


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
Vol.18, No.7  12.62 MB pdf


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

June 2016
Vol.18, No.6  22.22 MB pdf

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
Vol.18, No.5  16.79 MB pdf

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
Vol.18, No.4  32.87 MB pdf

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
Vol.18, No.3  25.90 MB pdf

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
Vol.18, No.2  22.74 MB pdf

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
Vol.18, No.1  61.29 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.12  24.67 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.11  40.88 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.10  17.39 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.9  38.24 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.8  38.84 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.7  18.42 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.6  13.17 MB pdf

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
Vol.17, No.5  18.55 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.4  20.88 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.3  25.57 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.2  17.84 MB pdf


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
Vol.17, No.1  24.75 MB pdf

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
Vol.16, No.12  21.33 MB pdf


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
Vol.16, No.11  29.06 MB pdf


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
Vol.16, No.10  13.69 MB pdf

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
Vol.16, No.9  36.61 MB pdf

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

August 2014
Vol.16, No.8  30.03 MB pdf

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

July 2014
Vol.16, No.7  19.73 MB pdf

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

June 2014
Vol.16, No.6  20.73 MB pdf

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

May 2014
Vol.16, No.5  53.33 MB pdf

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
Vol.16, No.4  25.67 MB pdf

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

March 2014
Vol.16, No.3  16.04 MB pdf

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

February 2014
Vol.16, No.2  23.33 MB pdf

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
Vol.16, No.1  22.36 MB pdf

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
Vol.15, No.12  32.37 MB pdf

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

November 2013
Vol.15, No.11  12.27 MB pdf

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
Vol.15, No.10  19.92 MB pdf

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
Vol.15, No.9  17.14 MB pdf

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

August 2013
Vol.15, No.8  18.59 MB pdf

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

July 2013
Vol.15, No.7  28.28 MB pdf

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
Vol.15, No.6  13.31 MB pdf

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
Vol.15, No.5  25.08 MB pdf

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

April 2013
Vol.15, No.4  98.43 MB pdf

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

March 2013
Vol.15, No.3  17.14 MB pdf

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
Vol.15, No.2  26.91 MB pdf

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

January 2013
Vol.15, No.1  40.83 MB pdf

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

September 2012
Vol.14, No.9  48.24 MB pdf

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

Clean Surfaces ... The Home of Continuous Clean


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