With its warm tone and natural textured grain, there is really no other material comparable with wood. Wooden floors never go out of fashion, but the range of styles and finishes is always changing. It would seem that you can’t add anything to the decor created by nature. But, as with all luxury goods, customers have their own preferences. So let’s take a look at the trends leading the way and examine how this traditional material is being brought up to date using modern processes, treatments and approaches.
Traditional and Reclaimed
- Current trends indicate that customers are moving towards authentic options in traditional wood floor coverings, including handcrafted rugs and reclaimed hardwood flooring
- Traditional solid wood flooring made from hardwoods such as oak or elm has a timeless aesthetic with plenty of character
- Reclaimed flooring is attractive because of its sustainable credentials, use of quality materials and aged look and feel
- Techniques such as hand scraping can be used to give a new floor more texture for an aged look
Eco-Friendly Materials: Bamboo and Cork
- Marketed as an eco-friendly choice, Bamboo flooring has seen a recent surge in popularity.
- Sustainable bamboo and cork flooring are available in a variety of colors and unique grains, and are an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. Bamboo grows fast after it is cut, while cork is made from tree bark that regenerates, giving eco-conscious consumers peace of mind without sacrificing style.
Experiments with Colored Boards and Stripes
- Consumers are favoring extremes, such as black stains or bleached boards
- Floors made from varying cuts and colors of reclaimed wood or bamboo are increasingly popular
- Squiggly wooden floors can morph into walls or even provide new surfaces for storage
- Floors made from various cuts and colors of reclaimed wood create a striped finish
- Curved-length boards have uneven edges that follow the natural grain of the wood
- The technology used to measure and define how the boards are cut means less wood is wasted
- These boards have a more natural appearance, with each one unique
- Manufacturers produce solid wood and engineered curved-length flooring with beveled or unbeveled edges
- Larger formats in size and patterns are embraced across floors and have become a popular flooring option.
- Wide boards in a dozen types of wood in widths of up to 450mm and lengths of up to 15m show off the texture of the wood, creating a dramatic sense of perspective, allowing for long, seamless surfaces and offering more authentic beauty than thinner planks.
Light and Airy Colors
- Livid and pale wood flooring adds an instant light and airy feel to any room
- Existing floorboards can be bleached or painted white to create a distressed, rustic finish
- Extra wide boards in widths of up to 45cm create a smooth seamless effect
- Parquet floors are made up of geometric blocks of wood and are a visually interesting alternative to standard boards
- The classic herringbone and chevron patterns add a textural dimension, particularly when wood with a variety of tones is used
- Modern parquet designs create a strong geometric backdrop in a room
Engineered Wood Flooring
- Engineered wood flooring is the most common type of a wood floor nowadays and is a durable alternative to genuine hand scraped wood planks, which are more susceptible to temperature changes.
- It is more universal because of the possibility to be installed over different types of subfloors (above, below or on grade) and is environment-friendly because only the top layer is made of real expensive prized wood.