Whether you’re looking to install hardwoods, carpet the bedroom, add a rug to the dining room or give your bathroom a makeover, there’s a farmhouse flooring option that will work for the space and your budget Includes DIY farmhouse flooring ideas, as well as sources for new flooring options that will give you that authentic timeworn look that is so popular.
We’ve all watched TV renovation shows where the budget-strapped homeowners peel back horribly stained carpet or worn-out linoleum to reveal… original hardwood floors in pristine condition.
A little sanding and a little stain, and they’ll be good as new. If only real life home makeovers were like TV ones.
But never fear, I’ve got some great farmhouse flooring inspiration for you — whether you’re looking to refresh the floors you already have, DIY your floors or purchase new flooring to get that authentic, timeworn look.
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When I originally published this post in partnership with Shaw Floors, I included only new flooring. But I’ve updated this post with lots of other farmhouse flooring inspiration from real homes to show you how you can get the look, no matter your budget.
In this post, you’ll see beautiful new hardwood, laminate and tile floors, as well as rugs and carpeting. You’ll also learn how to give existing floors a brand new look with paint, stain, stencils and other unexpected materials. And you’ll learn about low-cost DIY alternatives to traditional hardwood floors.
My goal is to provide you with lots of different farmhouse flooring options to consider as you plan your renovation. I’m including ideas for the bedroom, dining room, kitchen, living room and every other room in the house.
Different Types of Farmhouse Flooring
And here’s the thing: there are so many different ways to get that vintage, timeworn, cozy farmhouse look we all love, even if your home isn’t blessed with original hardwoods. The great thing about this particular style is that perfection isn’t the goal. Imperfections, like dents, dings, uneven surfaces and chipping paint, are desirable. They add to the charm and the overall farmhouse look.
Big budget or small, you can get that coveted farmhouse flooring look in luxury vinyl, laminate, carpet, tile, engineered hardwood and custom rugs. Many of the new flooring products are designed for durability and today’s lifestyles, which is why so many homeowners are choosing them over more expensive refinishing and refurbishing their existing flooring.
Of course, if budget is an issue and DIY is more your style, you can paint or stain existing flooring or embrace materials like plywood.
DIY Farmhouse Flooring
The homeowners featured below all chose the DIY option. Look at how gorgeous their “new” farmhouse floors look:
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Hardwood
Hardwoods are the classic choice for farmhouse-style floors and homes. Natural wood has so much character, and you have so many options when it comes to stain colors and types of wood.
Make sure you check out my tutorial for how to maintain and clean hardwood floors to keep yours looking good for years.
Nothing says farmhouse flooring quite like pine. I love the look and antique finish on of these Cumberland Pine hardwoods from Shaw Floors.
The distressed, dark Twilight finish on these Wildwood hickory floors give them that farmhouse feel. These are from Shaw’s Epic+ collection, the most durable, impact-resistant hardwoods on the market.
The Fairbanks Maple hardwood floors are heavily scraped and come in three different plank sizes, which are mixed to achieve a vintage look.
Updating Existing Hardwood Floors
If your home has hardwood floors that are in good condition, you may be able to refinish them or refresh them.
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Laminate
As much as I love hardwood floors, they’re not always in the budget or the most practical option for high-traffic areas. We had wide-plank laminate flooring in our last house, and I found them much easier to care for and more forgiving than our current hardwoods.
You definitely don’t have to sacrifice style with laminate flooring.
True to their name, these Reclaimed laminate floors look like wood reclaimed from a centuries old building. The matte finish and wire-brushed texture makes them a great farmhouse flooring option.
It’s not unusual to find whitewashed or painted floors in a farmhouse. These Vintage Painted laminate floors certainly look the part.
How to Install Laminate Floors
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Vinyl
Clean, all-white interiors are a hallmark of farmhouse style. This Stone Fusion flooring looks like whitewashed wood planks or marble tile, but it’s really vinyl, making it perfect for the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.
This Atlantic Station floor looks like authentic rustic hardwoods, but it’s really high-quality vinyl. It would be perfect for a traditional farmhouse kitchen.
This Bella flooring reminds me of wood reclaimed from an old furniture factory or textile mill. It’s from Shaw’s Floorte line of resilient luxury vinyl that mimics the look of
wood, stone and tile, and it’s waterproof.
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Tile
I love the combination of a clawfoot tub and a marble floor in a farmhouse bathroom. These Maximus glazed porcelain tiless offer the look of Carrara and Calcutta marble without the steep pricetag or the issues with staining and wear.
One of the things I love most about farmhouse flooring is the character of it. This Fired Hickory tile floor has the worm holes, cross-sawn marks and scraping you expect from old wood.
This Rockwood tile would be a great option for a modern farmhouse. While it looks great in the bath, it’s one of those designs you could use anywhere — including basements and outdoor settings — because it is freeze and thaw stable. Its durability makes it a great choice for a playroom or game room.
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Carpet & Rugs
When I think of carpeting and rugs that fit with the farnhouse look, I’m usually drawn to neutrals, subtle patterns and soft texture. In a word: cozy.
The subtle Morrocan tile pattern on this Elite Touch carpet is subdued enough to use wall-to-wall. Or it would make a great custom area rug. (With Shaw’s Cut-A-Rug program, you can choose the style, color, size, border and shape you need for your space.)
Durability is also a concern with farmhouse flooring. When we replace the stained carpeting in our house, we’ll likely choose a style with Shaw’s new LifeGuard backing that makes carpet waterproof, meaning spills and pet accidents can never seep through to the padding or subfloor.
As much as I love hardwood flooring in the rest of the house, I love the feel of carpet underfoot in the bedroom. This So Keen carpet has a nice tone-on-tone color and texture.
While color certainly has its place in farmhouse design, neutral tones, like beige and gray, are great options for carpeting and rugs. The three swatches above — Join Me, Smooth Operator and Soft Breeze from Shaw Floors — are great go-with-everything choices.
I hope I’ve provided you with lots of inspiration. Do you have a space in your house that needs new flooring? What’s your favorite farmhouse flooring look?