Hardwood Flooring Trends
Flooring plays an important role in the overall look of a space as it can define the feel and create a “wow” factor. The color and texture of a floor can bring a room to life, and form a natural backdrop.
Hardwood floors, specifically, have long been one of the preferred flooring types for home owners. It’s timeless, natural, comfortable, stylish and it also adds value to real estate. To create a whole new look or change the color palette, it can also be refinished.
Like everything else in life, wood flooring is prone to trends. In this post we will discuss colors, textures, finishes, patterns and types of hardwood flooring.
In the last decade, we have seen a high demand for grey hardwood flooring, and it doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. However, it is evolving into a mixture of other colors. Even while grey blends are still on trend, greige is the new kid on the block. Rising in popularity, greige is a mix of grey and beige tones.
The white wash finish is also a big one to consider. This lighter trend started on the West Coast and has extended across the country. It’s the perfect look for farmhouse style and coastal beach homes. It helps to make spaces look bigger, brighter and more relaxed.
Heading into the dark and cool tones, these colors have become increasingly trendy. They tend to be really well received in larger spaces. This trend shies away from the warm color scheme of yellows, reds and oranges. In the cool tone family opposite of the dark colors, we have the light and natural tones that do not have yellowish hues.
So, don’t be hesitant to go with what you are drawn to. The trend is going in opposite directions, with dark and light equally attractive, but leaning toward much cooler tones.
There’s a vast selection of different floor finishes, and lots are popular these days. Let’s break down the variations:
Hand-scraped: planks are painstakingly scraped by hand to capture the appearance of timeworn flooring.
Brushed: Surface is slightly wire-brushed to remove any softer fibers and expose the grain.
Sawn: Wood is sawn with a rough blade to recreate the look and feel of freshly cut lumber.
Distressed bevels: Each plank is hand distressed on its edges to produce small grooves and undulations that are reminiscent of a naturally aged floor.
Planed: boards are finally sanded using up to six careful processes for a delightfully smooth finish.
Shiny finishes are slowly fading out, giving way to satin, matte and oil. The preferred finishes each have their own qualities, it tends to boil down to personal preference when choosing the finish.
Satin: Finish is 40% lustrous, meaning that your floor will have shine but it won’t be glossy.
Matte: a dull satin sheen. The surface is smooth and hardwearing, as is true to a lacquer, but has the appearance of an oiled floor.
Oiled: Oil finishes are very trendy, both residential and commercial spaces are embracing this option. It enhances the natural look of the wood and also has a matte finish that is easy to re-coat.
Patterns have their own trendy niche right now. They are a luxurious melding of formal and informal style, perfect for practically any space. We are seeing a significant increase of interest in our Goodrich collection, especially the herringbone pattern.
Wide plank: Thin planks are moving towards being outdated. Homeowners and designers are now opting to use wide, long planks that make the space look bigger and more open.
With eco-friendly options becoming increasingly popular nowadays, it is no surprise that bamboo tends to be a good option for home owners. Bamboo is actually a type of hard grass, which has similar characteristics to hardwood when made into flooring. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, renewable and extremely durable.
Nothing beats solid wood for a timeless natural texture and that robust feel beneath your feet. It suits both contemporary and traditional interior design, and is long-lasting with each board precision machined from a single section of lumber.
Each engineered board is made from multiple layers of wood pressed together. Engineered flooring is available in a wide range of wood types, finishes and thicknesses. Depending on the wear layer, engineered wood can be more durable than solid and can even be refinished.
Wood flooring is timeless and there are plenty of options for each and every taste. If you are looking for beautiful and naturally inspired design, have a look at our hardwood flooring collections. If something catches your eye, don’t hesitate to order complimentary sample boards. Be inspired!