All vinyl itself is a trend these days. Manufacturers, more and more, are coming up with realistic wood looks and stone and ceramic tile echoes.

The floors all have micro beveling and embossing for depth and dimension. Here are some of the latest trends.

Wood looks:


Luxury vinyl plank mimics hardwood planks. The vinyl is cut into strips and mounted on boards.

Like all luxury vinyl, there are hundreds of photos from which to choose. In addition, you can find anything for any decor, from farmhouse to contemporary, coastal, mid-century, etc.

Textured looks include embossed-in-register (EIR): Little indentations match the image's grain.

Brushed looks have subtle scratches to give the appearance of exposed heartwood. Hand scrape has color variations between planks.

Distressed floors look worn, with scratches, scrapes, and burn holes.

Stone look vinyl


Here, many use tile-sized pieces. Others prefer vinyl plank, called LVP flooring, because of the large format and fewer seams.

The looks you can achieve are marble, known for its unique veining and translucence. Others include limestone with beautiful natural patterns and earth-toned colors.

Natural travertine exists in ancient architecture and is versatile, with neutral colors and distinct veining. Slate has an almost chalkboard look with its charcoal gray palette. It's sharp, contemporary, and very trendy.

Decorative patterns


Art deco, colorful geometrics, encaustic styles, and even 1970s-themed designs are the rage in genuine tiles. So it only makes sense that they’d be available in luxury vinyl tile (LVT)

The Mankato area’s premier flooring company


At Independent Paint & Flooring, we believe in three things: Floor shopping shouldn't be overwhelming. Everyone deserves the best from us, and working with experts minimizes the possibility of mistakes.

So come to us when shopping for luxury vinyl flooring. You'll see brands like Armstrong and Pergo Extreme. If you live or work in St. Peter, New Ulm, Eagle Lake, or Nicollet, visit our showroom in Mankato, MN.