We really have started to see that a tug pull off from the super dark spots that have taken over the past few years and everything is leaning towards lighter and neutral tones. We can not tell you exactly how many floors we’ve sanded and sanded with the Jacobean or Ebony stain color – it’s countless. While those colors are bold, timeless and beautiful, lots of our clients have recently been asking for lighter stain colors or a pure finish for their hardwood floors.
Gray and White-washed floors have become increasingly popular within the past couple of decades. A couple years ago, every once in a while a client would call in asking for a grey stained hardwood flooring. We get at LEAST two calls a day with a client needing their flooring stained gray. Gray is a good stain shade because it’s so flexible. Any shade cloth, paint or fashion of furniture belongs with grey. It is a universal finish! It’s possible to stain a floor grey, paint a wall turquoise, purchase a brown couch and the look is slick and stylish! A Gray stain is unlike any other stain color because there are a lot of variants of it. One Gray floor may look completely different than the other gray floor. It is all dependent on the mix used, and the species of flooring it is applied to. There are readymade gray stain colours that you can use as-is, or you could have a unique colour created to meet your specific taste. A custom gray stain is made by mixing parts of ebony and county white to achieve whatever degree of light or dark grey you want.
White-washed hardwood floors:
White-washed hardwood is just another style-trend we see that is beginning to come back. Together with the super-light, ultra-matte flooring trend coming out of Europe, we are sure there is going to be increasingly more white-washed hardwood flooring in the entire year to come. The look is totally neutral; think “beech house,” or “vac
ation getaway.” We are not talking about the standard 2 1/4″ white-washed flooring… Think more along the lines of wide-planks, lots of character, even distressed or hand wrought hardwood with all the white-wash finish. It’s the old-school white-washed floor, with a contemporary twist, and it is really stunning! The light color floor makes any room look a lot more open and inviting. Comparable to a Gray flooring, you can virtually put any color on the walls, and it is going to get the job done! If you wish to go modern, and contemporary, you can place a bold, dark color wall as a high-contrast to the mild flooring, which will produce the floor pop more… or you may go with hot neutrals such as beiges, creams, light blues, etc… There are just so many possibilities you can’t go wrong.
Reclaimed hardwood flooring; we really can not say enough about it. This is a fad which recently started and isn’t slowing down any time soon. If you’re looking for a unique, yet completely eco-friendly floor, look no further! “Reclaimed” means that it has been recycled out of something different, such as old beams, antique flooring, older logs, or even old torn down barns. This recycled wood is actually unique in appearance, and because of where it comes from it’s in very short supply and might be hard to discover. A reclaimed hardwood flooring is one which is from wood originally used for a different structure. I mean, any structure that you could imagine that’s hardwood can be turned into wood flooring. Its normal character comes from the fact that this wood has been through all kinds of weather and use. Often times, reclaimed hardwood has great history behind each and every bit and usually includes a fantastic story to tell. Additionally, it’s fantastic for the environment because rather than throwing away these bits, we’re using material that has been recycled for a new function! Reclaimed wood features all of the character and gorgeous imperfections found in wood. A good alternative would be something called “machine stressed wood.” It’s not recycled timber, but it holds the same kind of rustic, worn look. Think of it like lace jeans… they look fantastic brand new, but to be “in style,” they’ve got to have the tear and wear, rips and scuffs, even pockets… fundamentally character. And that’s exactly what these floors are in high supply of… character.
Engineered flooring is somewhat multi-dimensional. There are 3 main varieties of textured flooring: 1. Wire brushed 2. Plate. Distressed. In the previous article we touched on solid hardwood floors with these types of tiled surfaces… but what if you want the textured-look but aren’t able to install wood flooring? Well do not worry, the flooring industry has been coming out with some really fantastic material the past few decades, and it’s just getting better! At this time you can find that textured-look at a luxury vinyl. Luxurious vinyl has come a very long way. There are whole lines that seem like real hardwood floors. However, it gets better… they’ve added texture to the surface of the vinyl! Not only does it really seem like desperate, hand scraped or wire-brushed hardwood floor planks, but you can actually feel the texture on the surface also! It is truly amazing what they have come out with. Now, what about a material that has all of the benefits of vinyl, but without the annoyance of gluing down it, and is softer on your toes…. I am confident you’ve heard about this great, reasonably new material called COREtec by now. It hit on the flooring business by storm a few years ago and, like luxury vinyl, it’s coming out with some really beautiful options. COREtec not only has all the advantages of a vinyl floor, meaning that it is practically water-proof, but it can be installed as a floating floor system, and is a whole lot softer to walk. We have installed this substance in countless homes within the last couple of years, and every one of our clients really loved the look and the feel of it. COREtec Plus’s lineup of wide-planked flooring even has options that mimic hardwood flooring planks, with [what looks like] natural timber character and even saw marks. It is the textured surfaces of those vinyl floors that will make you wonder whether it’s wood or not. Therefore, if you would like the appearance of reclaimed hardwood flooring, or simply, hardwood floors with some feel, but either do not want real wood, or can not install it because of the region or subfloor of the house, these vinyl alternatives will surely suffice.
They’re amazing and elegant and will surely make any space in your house feel like you just walked into the White House. Together with their stately uniqueness, these floors will be the conversation starter of any get together. Many state and national buildings have this style of floors and do everything possible to upkeep and restore them. However, we’ve definitely seen a shift into residential installations of these flooring.
Parquet flooring has become super couture. While the original type of parquet is present, we’ve been diligently working on new layouts and layouts. Together with the technology that exists in the flooring industry today, any layout, pattern or design is possible.
These are the Flooring trends of 2018, thus far. We always tell our clients that they do not necessarily have to adhere to these trends, they need to do exactly what THEY want with their flooring because trends come and go and more often than not, trends will come whole circle (hey, even bell bottoms are making their way into vogue!)