Minimalist bedroom white hardwood floors in PittsburghDoes your New Year’s resolution involve de-cluttering and simplifying your life? If so, maybe it’s time to embrace minimalism. This lifestyle trend, which encourages paring down to the basic essentials, has gained considerable momentum in the last few years. To give your Pittsburgh home a minimalist refresh, choose sleek, simple, and neutral home décor that creates a clean and airy feel. Our Floor Coverings International Greater Pittsburgh experts even have a few flooring suggestions to help you embrace the minimalist lifestyle:

Marble Tile

If you want to try minimalism without sacrificing luxury, consider installing marble tile. Marble has a beautiful, glossy look in a neutral black and white color palette, so it helps reflect light to make your space feel more open. It is very durable, so it works well in kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. However, marble tile requires a certain amount of maintenance. Regular sealing is necessary to ensure your tile repels water and other substances. Plus, marble tile can feel cold and hard on the feet, so consider adding plush area rugs to make your floors more comfortable.

Narrow Plank Hardwood

Wide plank hardwood has become a trendy choice for Pittsburgh homes, but if you want a minimalist look, consider narrow plank floors instead. Wide planks allow you to see more of the wood’s grain pattern, which can be distracting to the eye. Narrow planks break up the pattern of the wood so that your floors have a simpler, more consistent look. If you decide to go with narrow plank hardwood, look for something with a light hue and subtle grain (white oak, maple, and birch, for example). A light-colored hardwood, or one that has been stained to white or gray, will give your space a clean and open feel.


Concrete floors offer both minimal appearance and minimal maintenance. Though concrete can be stained, patterned, or painted, the classic gray variety has a modern, industrial look that’s perfect for minimalist homes. Best of all, concrete is super durable and easy to maintain. It withstands pets, water, fire, stains, bacteria, and odors, and it can be cleaned with a simple sweep, vacuum, or mop. However, concrete can be somewhat cold and uncomfortable to stand on, so try using area rugs to add comfort in your main living areas.

For more advice on minimalist flooring options, give us a call! Floor Coverings International Greater Pittsburgh provides free in-home consultations to help you find the best floors for your Pittsburgh home.

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