5 Flooring Looks for Any Lifestyle and Budget

May 13, 2021

5 Flooring Looks for Any Lifestyle and Budget

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to style. Where some may opt for opulent materials and patterns, others find value in choices built to stand the test of time.

Divine Flooring Showroom Manager Ashley Scott knows the power of choice firsthand. Since joining the Divine team 10 years ago, Scott has helped countless homeowners, builders and designers find the perfect flooring to fit a wide array of aesthetics, budgets and lifestyles.

Here, Scott helps break down five popular styles that can help you find your flooring match.

Light and Bright

Engineered white oak flooring in a white stain in a dining room in the private townhouse of Karin Bohn with a large map on the wall
Rome from the Divine Flooring Cosmopolitan Collection. Photo courtesy of Karin Bohn.

The Look: Bright finishes in light colours have emerged as a versatile flooring trend, only reinforced by the effects of the past year. “We’re wanting that sense of peace, harmony and brightness in our lives where we’re spending more time at home,” explains Scott.

Divine Picks: Champagne from the Louis XIV collection; Naked, Scantily Clad, Rome and Chateau from the Cosmopolitan collection; Cincinnati Kid from the Voyage collection; and The Natural from the Voyage II collection

Expert Tip: Worried about dirt and stains visible on lighter floors? Consider an easy-to-clean, budget-friendly luxury vinyl option, such as Divine’s Voyage II – The Natural.

Posh Patterns

Chevron hardwood installed in a modern farmhouse ensuite designed by MartinLee Design of Calgary
Photo courtesy of Michelle Johnson Photography.

The Look: Flooring arranged in a parquet, chevron or herringbone pattern can up a room’s visual interest while maintaining an elegant look. The storied histories of patterns like the chevron — first appearing on ancient Greek artworks and often associated with Parisian luxury — create a timeless look for any space.

While previously limited to higher-budget hardwood options, Divine now offers chevron patterns in luxury vinyl options.

dry back vinyl flooring in chevron format in an upscale condominium

Divine Picks: Louis XIV in parquet patterns; Vernazza in herringbone from the Farmhouse collection; The Natural in chevron from the Voyage II collection

 Expert Tip: Apply patterns alongside straight plank counterparts to increase the visual interest of certain areas, such as foyers and dining rooms. Also, don’t limit the look to flooring. “Some other cool things that we’ve been seeing is the parquet tiles going on the ceiling as well as on a master bedroom headboard or feature walls to add texture and warmth,” says Scott.

Faux Natural Stone

faux marble look in waterproof luxury vinyl tile in a minimalistic bathroom


The Look: There’s no denying the warmth and beauty of natural options like marble and limestone can lend, though pricing and required upkeep can be a major deterrent. However, Divine’s vinyl tile options offer all the benefits and beauty of going natural without the associated maintenance or cost.

Divine Picks: Bombshell, Cleopatra, Havana, Sitting Pretty, Millionairess, and Calamity Jane from the Passage collection

Expert Tip: Divine’s vinyl alternatives are warmer to the touch than other tile options, allowing homeowners to forgo in-floor heat upgrades common in spaces like ensuite bathrooms.

Playful Planks

Luxurious dining room in an estate home in Vancouver with gold plated chandelier, floral wall paper and parquet de Versailles


Louis XIV Champagne in both parquet and plank format. Photo courtesy of Provoke Studios.


The Look: Laying planks in multiple patterns isn’t the only way to step away from the norm – Divine has options which incorporate various widths, as well as extra-wide planks. “It’s all about doing something different than a typical straight plank in one size,” says Scott. “It adds a playfulness and that fun aspect.”

Divine Picks: Cincinnati Kid (random width) from the Voyage collection; XL options from the Cosmopolitan collection and the Farmhouse collection and mixing coordinating plank and parquet from the Louis XIV collection.

Expert Tip: Mixing it up with plank widths, extra-wide planks, and plank and parquet formats can make large rooms feel less expansive, lending particularly well to wide-open floor plans.

Water, Kid and Pet Proof

Open space, modern farmhouse designed by Alykhan Velji Designs with random width luxury vinyl plank


Cincinatti Kid in multiple width planks. Photo courtesy of Klassen Photography.

The Look: While natural hardwood offers unique character to a space, its susceptibility to scratches, dents and water damage means it’s not a fit for every lifestyle. For a nearly identical look, Divine’s luxury vinyl options can stand up to everything life throws at it.

Divine Picks: Willow XL from the Quest collection; Cincinnati Kid from the Voyage collection; The Natural (in both plank and chevron) from the Voyage II collection; Cleopatra, Millionairess and Bombshell from the Passage collection.

Expert Tips: Divine offers a plethora of luxury vinyl options, so finding the right one for your space is easy.

Stop in at a Divine Flooring showroom and speak with its knowledgeable team to track down the right look for you.

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