Wood flooring is famous for its classical beauty and ambience, versatile style, and durable structure. Hardwood floors keep growing in popularity across the country, and customers are ripping off their carpet and refinishing the wood floors underneath. Almost every person seems to prefer hardwood. Even the non-hardwood surfaces (luxury vinyl, tile, and laminate), are all imitating the wood look. And wood has now become the most popular flooring surface in kitchens. However, there are trends to consider when installing a new wooden floor or refinishing an existing one.
Color TrendsDarker tones like deep cherry and mahogany, remain popular and also create a sense of opulence and grandeur related with classic comfort. Lighter colors provide a more casual and natural appearance. However, there are different color trends in wood flooring some of which include;
• Ultra dark
• Ultra light
• Cooler tones over warmer tones.
Below is a list of finish trends in hardwood flooring
Oiled floors are a fairly latest phenomenon, and they have turn out to be well-known in the last couple of years. They don’t use polyurethane to coat them. Instead, they use oil that penetrates into the wood. It has a more natural look and a dull finish.
Satin and matte finish
Satin has a lower sheen and has a tendency to cover imperfections. With the increase in water based poly, along with grays and white washes, matte finishes are beginning to gain more popularity.
Wire brushed floors
Wire brushing pulls the soft grain from the growth ring making the heartwood exposed to the surface. It is stylish and helps to cover everyday wear and tear (and dirt).
Wider planks create the illusion of more space, and they make the room look larger. The look is particularly nice for cozier rooms.
Chevron parquet flooring is a more recent version of zig zagged wood. Chevron is more angular and action oriented, providing a more contemporary look
Over the last year or so, I've noticed an uptick in the use of multiple widths for hardwood flooring. It seems to be a return to ancient and more authentic flooring. Historically, floors have been multi-width to make the maximum use of the trees cut.
Trend towards high quality and more sustainable wood
As more cheap products are being exposed, more owners prefer to pay a bit more to get a timber flooring that will last longer and avoid the inconvenience and future fee of refinishing or replacing the wood sooner.
Farmhouse and Weathered planks
The farmhouse style gives a rustic and time worn appearance. This provides a sense of style and also presents an easier way to maintain floors. It is usually wide plank and mostly uses a multi-width plank as they imitate the look of ancient floors.
Checking the quality of the wood is very vital when choosing a wood trend. Wood grade determines how durable and reliable the floor will be. You can inspect the plank through thorough examinations. It must look strong and sound solid when you drop them or knock on it. Additionally check for the V-joints, when the board is placed together the V-joint should not be too deep or it will later cause problems and will shorten the life of the floor.