When it comes to home design, each choice seems crucial – each a factor in setting the tone for your home. If you’re purchasing a new home or planning to renovate – start with the floor up (get it?) – and consider some upcoming flooring trends for 2017.

We know you like to pave your own path – and have a look that’s all your own. Getting an idea of upcoming styles can give you an excellent starting point for a direction you may like to take.

Carpet: It makes a room cozy and inviting. It comes in many different styles and textures - with additional features as well (such as being stain-resistant, water-repellent, antimicrobial, and more). Carpet also helps with insulation and noise absorption. For 2017, look for carpet with plenty of visible and tangible texture (largely cut and loop style). Select a luxurious look and feel - with the added functionality of easy maintenance. Don’t forget to select the texture best suited to each room of use. View our guide here.

Hardwood: When it comes to rich color and character, no other flooring compares to hardwood. It’s also difficult for any other flooring type to match hardwood’s life expectancy. In 2017, the expected trend in hardwood leans toward gray or white-washed woods, wide planks, and/or warm colors. If your goal is to make a cozy room look more spacious – definitely go with the lighter options and wide planks – while the opposite direction will create a warmer, more traditional setting in a larger space. More and more discerning buyers are also seeking out hardwood made in the U.S. and are opting for a more natural wood look.

Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile used to be a fairly limited option, but that’s no longer the case. Stoneridge provides tile in all colors, shapes, sizes and textures, including glazed ceramic, porcelain, glass, quarry, and natural stone. Imported tile is also available. What’s new for tile? 2017 trends toward larger (up to around four feet by four feet), thin tiles that mimic the look of hardwood, brick, fabric, or even marble, with unique styles like metallic emerging.

Laminate: It’s highly durable, low-maintenance, and beautifully imitates the look of wood and stone. Even better? Laminate typically costs less than other flooring options and lasts longer. If you’re considering laminate, look for highly authentic replications of hardwood that have that lavish feel.

Need even more inspiration? View our room-by-room image gallery.