2016 Trends in Hardwood Flooring
Just like clothing, cars, furniture and pretty much everything else in our lives there are trends in flooring. These trends may or may not be what you expect but if you want to stay current with your flooring choice, or you are looking to do some renovations this year you might just want to keep in tune with what is hot for 2016.
The biggest trend for 2016 seems to be an all out quest to find the darkest flooring possible. Over the last few years the most popular colours have been ebony, espresso, jacobean and dark walnut. These colours are stains though, so the flooring has to be stained before it is actually installed in your home. It is highly recommended if you are selecting one of these stains that you test it out on the wood type you selected as these colours can look vastly different on different kinds of wood.
There has definitely been a downward trend in floors redder or warmer tones. Overall the shift is toward cooler toned floors that provide a clean, fresh and inviting look. Warmer tones tend to give a more traditional feel and home renovations just are not going in that direction, especially flooring.
This goes directly against the first trend listed, but another up and coming trend in flooring is gray floors. This is normally among the higher end (both in cost and look) but many people are also undertaking the task of refinishing previously installed hardwoods to that gray look. This gray finish looks the best in maple and birch wood, which can be a lot more expensive than something like oak.
The natural hardwood look is, reportedly, the second most popular look of 2016 after darker. Going with an ultra blonde finish tends to make your room, or home, look larger and much more open while providing a more casual look and a smaller bill at the end.
Matte or Satin Finishes
Gone are the days of shiny or semi gloss finishes, so say hello to matte or stain finishes. Satin has been more popular than matte, but that does not mean matte should be discounted: it is gaining in popularity in 2016.
What, exactly, does a wire-brushed floor look like you may ask? Well, you have probably seen it and did not even know it. Wire-brush is the rustic or authentic look that looks like it has a texture to it, but the finish is actually smooth. It’s a little more expensive to achieve this look but it comes with an added bonus: it hides dirt or imperfections in the wood easier than most other finishes so potentially less cleaning, or you won’t notice that small nick made when you were walking around with your shoes on.