Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 2000s Flooring

November 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 44

Flooring in Phoenix homes over the decades was kept fairly simple: pretty much carpet and tile (vinyl or ceramic).  In the 2000s, Phoenix homes had a wide variety of flooring materials and styles.

Ceramic tile was the favorite floor material in the 2000s.  The 8″ tile of the 1980s and the 12″ tile of the 1990s were too small.  16″ tile was the minimum in the 2000s, with some homes going to 24″ tile.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Grout lines were more narrow in the 2000s.  And grout was lighter in color.  The effect was that you could squint your eyes, and the floor would appear as one large tile.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another Phoenix home with large ceramic tile.2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Placing the ceramic tile on a diagonal costs more money to install, but creates a more dramatic look.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Diagonal tile can make narrow areas look wider.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Travertine tile carried over from the late 1990s into the 2000s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Travertine tile is beautiful, but it is a porous tile and requires sealant.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

If you wanted to go the extra step, travertine or ceramic tile was laid in a Versailles pattern.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a 2005 Scottsdale home with a Versailles pattern tile floor.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

For those homeowners with extra money to spend, mosaic inlaid tile patterns added a “wow” factor to flooring in the 2000s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another example of inlaid tile.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Slate tile continued its popularity from the late 1990s into the early 2000s as seen in this 2000 Phoenix home.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The biggest change to flooring was the emergence and popularity of wood floors in the 2000s.  Phoenix’s weather and concrete foundations do not lend themselves to real wood plank floors, so laminate wood flooring was used as seen in this 2004 home.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

All varieties of shade and wood type were available.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Wood laminate flooring could be found in all rooms of Phoenix homes.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Different sheens were available too.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bamboo wood flooring was very trendy in the 2000s and lauded for being “eco-friendly.”  This is a 2002 Phoenix home.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bamboo flooring was still being used in 2008 and will likely continue into the 2010s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Floor tiles made of cork was used in the 1950s and made a reappearance in the 2000s.  This is a Scottsdale home built in 2000.  Cork flooring was found in kitchens and bathrooms too.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Of course, carpeting never goes out of style.  Plush carpeting was popular in the 2000s.  Carpet color trended toward darker tans and browns in the 2000s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Flooring Trends For the 2010s:  terrazzo floors and carpet tiles.  Terrazzo counter tops already showed up in Phoenix kitchens in the 2000s.  Terrazzo flooring, already found in commercial buildings and retail stores today (and many decades ago), will likely appear in Phoenix homes in the 2010s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Carpet tiles (usually 24″) have gained in popularity in commercial buildings and in hotels.  They are usually peel-and-stick or placed down with an adhesive.  If there is a spill, the affected tile square can be unpeeled, cleaned, and returned.  Expect to see carpet tile take off in popularity in the 2010s in Phoenix homes.  A few examples.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

There are hundreds of carpet tile patterns & textures to choose from.  From plush carpet shown above to a more flat industrial style seen in this modern kitchen.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

If home design in the 2000s has copied design elements from the 1950s, will homes in the 2010s take note of 1960s designs?  Will flooring in the 2010s move away from the darker tans & browns of the 2000s and include brighter colors instead?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sandra // Dec 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Where can I find the very bottom rug?

  • 2 Greeney // Mar 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I love the luxurious tiles in the first group of pics. I wish I had tile like those. Terrazzo fascinates me. Custom built homes of Italian families have terrazzo here and I’ve always admired it. The carpet squares look so practical. I hope we can find some to replace the teal carpet that came with our house. Can you use them on stairs?

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