From the artwork on the walls to your furniture, you likely already have a plan for putting a personal touch on the living spaces of your new home. So go on and let your personality shine through the flooring too, by embracing an emerging trend like maximalist patterns, which Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend & Design for The Home Depot, says is swelling in popularity.
“Maximalism can be translated into flooring by incorporating more contrast and variation,” she explains, “like geometric patterns in wood planks or whimsical patterns in tile and area rugs.”
With flooring options that run the spectrum from “a breeze to DIY” through “you should probably get a professional,” the best place to start is by evaluating your budget, desire to get hands-on and vision for the overall space. Then, with rented tools for your project or flooring professionals able to manage the work for you, you can transform your living space in a way that suits your lifestyle.
As you start your search, here are a few jumping-off points for inspiration:
Transitional Trend: Herringbone Vinyl-Plank Flooring
This herringbone flooring sets the perfect stage for a living room filled with transitional-style furniture and decor. Picture it with some breezy curtains, poured acrylic artwork and an oversized linen sofa. With just the right blend of personality and function, the vinyl planks make it simple to create an interesting, maximalist pattern.
When you’re just moving into a home, it can take a while to decide where furniture looks best. With these vinyl planks, you don’t have to stress about scratching the flooring while pushing a chair from corner to corner. If you want to play it extra safe, try using The Home Depot’s Augmented Reality tool through the app to find furniture to complete the look. It’s a simple (and fun!) way to visualize how furniture will look in your new space that requires no heavy lifting.
Traditional Trend: Wide-Plank Engineered Hardwood
There is no living room flooring material more timeless than hardwood—but even it can stand an update every few decades. With wide planks, this richly colored hickory flooring is a classic selection to complement detailed rugs, antique sideboards and tufted armchairs.
Engineered hardwood gets you an authentic hickory top layer with high density fiberboard underneath, making it a great fit for both your vision and your budget. As an added bonus, this style of engineered hardwood uses the click-lock installation method, one of the most popular choices for DIYers.
Modern Trend: Gauged Slate Tile
Modern, meet maximalism in the form of these large slate tiles. By tying in with monochromatic decor, well-placed colorful accents and interesting design lines, tiles like these can take your living space from “we just moved in” to “we made it our own.”
If you don’t have time to take on another project, The Home Depot can take over once you’ve made your flooring selection. This starts with a no-commitment, in-home measurement appointment with a flooring professional who can then provide a quote. The Home Depot also guarantees the lowest overall price, so you can feel good about moving the project along.
Eclectic Trend: Vibrant Peel-and-Stick Tiles
If you gravitate to an eclectic design scheme, you are probably already familiar with maximalism. Maximalism is the opposite of minimalism—leaning toward generous use of color, bold art and collections. You're never one to fear mixing patterns and showing off your favorite treasures, and your living room flooring can also be a canvas for showcasing your style. With these Moroccan-inspired vinyl tiles, DIY installation is simple. And The Home Depot makes it even easier to keep your project on track with scheduled home deliveries.
If you're someone who values adventurous design choices, another benefit of these tiles is that you can swap them out for something new in another year. Or keep them! Even though they are simple to install, these vinyl tiles don’t skimp on durability. In other words, your options are wide open.
Midcentury Trend: Pet-Proof Textured Carpet
Even if you love midcentury modern style, we bet you don’t want your grandma’s wall-to-wall shag—so you’ll be glad to discover that carpet design has come a long way in the past few decades. While most carpet is neutral, it will complement anything else you want to incorporate in your living room, from an egg chair to a wooden coffee table to a graphic print on the wall. Choose a neutral shade for your wall-to-wall and layer on patterned area rugs to help create smaller zones in a large living space.
With free carpet installation through The Home Depot available on most carpet purchases, all you have to do is make your flooring selection and schedule an in-home measurement. The licensed installers from The Home Depot will even move furniture and discard old carpet—because we bet you’re over moving things for the moment.