Flooring Trends for Living on the Coast


If you live in a beach community, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of coastal living, especially when you consider your home décor. As a general rule, colors should be kept light to maintain that beachy look and your furnishings should be water and sand resistant.


When it comes to flooring, hardwood and other hard flooring options are a good choice as opposed to carpet. Carpeting can stain easily and that will be a consideration for times when you accidentally drag wet sand into the house. With that in mind, here are some great flooring trends for living on the coast.

  1. Wide Plank Hardwood

Wide plank hardwood flooring is a great choice for your coastal home because it weathers over time, feels warm underfoot and is long lasting. Sand that trails into the house tends to collect in the floor grooves making for easy cleaning. It is one of the strongest woods, is less porous than other wood flooring and is scratch resistant. It does well with refinishing which should be performed every 10 years.



Bamboo is another great hardwood flooring surface for coastal homes. It is harder and more durable than most surfaces. It’s ecofriendly and it comes in a variety of shades allowing it to match the style of any room you are decorating. It also has the ability to replace itself every few years as compared to other hardwoods that replace themselves every few decades.


3. Engineered Hardwood

Engineered wood is an ideal choice for coastal living. It features dimensionally stable base layers, that allow it to stand up better to moisture than other hardwood options. Its surface will feel relatively warm, a treat for bare, wet feet. If damaged, it can be refinished to maintain a lovely appearance, however, the amount of times it can be refinished is limited.


4. Stone Tile

Choices in stone tile can include granite, marble or limestone making for a variety of looks that can make the perfect complement for your beachy décor. Stone tile is easy to clean and requires little maintenance. Add a great looking area rug to help absorb sound!


5. Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is another ideal coastal home choice because it is easy to maintain, durable and easy to clean. It is available in planks, squares, rectangles and mosaics and can even look and feel like real wood when installed as planks. This type of flooring is very affordable and maintains cooler temperatures in hot climates.


If you live on the coast, I’m sure you enjoy your proximity to the beach and the terrific views just outside your window. Keeping your home waterproof and free from sand can be challenging, but the right type of flooring can make cleaning and maintenance easy. Which type of flooring will you choose for your coastal location? 

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