Today’s hardwood flooring boasts an exciting array of options featuring the latest in technology as well as a nod to the beautiful aged looks of the wooden floors of yesterday. Wider planks. Darker colors. Richer tones. And more natural looks that showcase wood’s inherent textures and grains. These are just a few of the latest trends in hardwood flooring that are opening up a whole new world of design possibilities – and offering today’s hardwood flooring fans more choices than ever. At Country Flooring, helping you find the perfect hardwood flooring to perfectly express your unique personal style is our passion – and our specialty. Here is a list of eight of our favorite trends in today’s hardwood flooring. Enjoy!
1) Wider, Longer PlanksWhen choosing new hardwood flooring, homeowners can now choose from wider planks, such as 5”, 6”, or even 7” planks over the traditional 2-1/4” to 3-1/2” wide planks. Wider planks visually open up a small space and can create a more spacious visual, making them an excellent option for living rooms, master bedrooms, or any section of the home. Many wide planks are now also available in longer lengths – up to as much as 6 feet, producing an even smoother-looking floor with fewer seams. Wide planks can be installed horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally – for a more dramatic look. While there is still a strong market for more traditional narrower planks, the wide-plank trend seems to be on the rise, with some newer products offered in planks as wide as 10 and 12 inches.
2) Gray TonesGray has gained popularity in recent years as the perfect “neutral” tone for walls, carpeting, tile, and almost everything! So it only makes sense that gray tones are now one of the hottest options in hardwood flooring. Gray hardwood flooring is the perfect way to modernize an outdated room. Gray tones can range from soothing light doves to deep saturated charcoals.
So why are grays so popular? Gray tones bring out the beauty of natural wood, highlighting the grains and texture, which adds visual interest to a room, allowing the flooring to be a true statement piece. At the same time, neutral gray tones won’t overpower a room and will compliment many decorating styles.
3) Darker WoodsWant to make a bolder statement? Consider the trend toward darker stain colors, such as ebony, for a rich and contemporary look. Or for a more traditional feel, consider a deep, warm Jacobean or dark Walnut. Or maybe go with a Royal Mahogany stain to combine the richness of ebony with the warmth of a red wood – for a truly sophisticated look. Hardwood floor lovers are no longer limited to selections of varying shades of brown only. Today’s hardwood flooring is all about color – and the deeper and darker the color, the bolder the design impact. Dark hardwoods, such as oak, cherry, and walnut, are perfect choices for creating this sleek, dark look.
4) Lime-Washed WoodsOn the other end of the color spectrum is an old white-wash technique that originated in high-end European flooring but has been embraced in the U.S. Known as lime-wash or pickling, the original technique used a mixture of lime and water, applied to the wood to soften the natural color and create a white-washed effect. Today, similar techniques use a much less-caustic liming wax to fade and age the appearance of woods such as oak and ash, giving them a more coastal feel. A great decorating option in coastal and lake homes, lime-washed wood flooring is also used in a variety of decors ranging from formal to rustic.
5) Differing Gloss LevelsWhile many traditional high-gloss wood flooring options continue to be popular, the latest trend on the market represents a definite shift toward less-shiny, lower-gloss floors, which offer several benefits. Woods with low-luster hide small scratches and dents better than higher-gloss flooring – a real plus for pet owners and those with small children. Low-gloss flooring also does a better job at masking dust and buildup from footprints, making it much easier to maintain and clean and a perfect option for high-traffic areas. But one of the biggest appeals of low-gloss flooring is that it offers a more authentic wood look, often highlighting the color and texture of the wood more effectively than a high-shine finish. Low-luster flooring is continuing to gain popularity in North America, where many wood products are now offered with gloss levels as low as 30%.
6) Vintage StyleOld is new again – and one of the strongest trends in hardwood flooring continues to be the move toward more authentic-looking wood. Think of the rustic feel of homes built in the 1700s, 1800s, and the early 1900s with the knotty pine, maple, and hickory that reveals wood’s natural graining, color variations, and true character. For the niche market looking for that antique vibe, we will continue to see domestic hardwoods that are intentionally distressed to provide an aged look. Aging techniques such as handscraping, which as the name implies, involves literally using a tool to scrape the wood by hand, will continue to be a popular. But as distressing technologies evolve, expect to see softer textures emerge.
7) Wire-Brushed WoodsWire-brushed textures are also a leading trend in today’s hardwood flooring. This technique uses a wire-brush to scrape off the soft top layer of the wood, leaving only the hardest wood and exposing more of the wood’s natural grains and texture. Wire-brushed floors (also referred to as wire scraped) are generally much harder and less likely to show chips, scratches, and scrapes. Accidental scratches from pets’ claws or furniture legs are more easily camouflaged on these floors since they tend to blend in with the natural wire-brushed patterns. Wire-brushed woods have particular market appeal in coastal areas, where the technique is often applied to white and light-gray woods for a more “beachy” feel.
8) Reclaimed/Recycled WoodsEven more distinctly aged and eco-friendly is flooring made from reclaimed or recycled woods, a trend that is especially appealing to today’s green homeowners. The term “reclaimed wood” covers all previously manufactured wood products that are now either being reused as-is or are remanufactured into new products. Reclaimed hardwood flooring may include solid wood sourced from old barns, farmhouses, beams, and wood barrels, as well as logs salvaged from rivers and lakes. Variations in board lengths (typically longer and wider planks), knots, heavy graining, original nail markings, and color differences all add to the charm of this one-of-a-kind flooring.
AtCountry Flooring Direct, we look forward to introducing you to the wide array of hardwood flooring styles available today. We also provide installation, sanding and refinishing all throughout Middle Tennessee. For more information,click here or call us at (615) 646-0366 or (615) 587-9604.We offer you the convenience to shop at home, or visit our showroom at 552 Hwy. 70, Pegram, TN 37143. We look forward to hearing from you!