While hardwood flooring never goes out of style, the colors and designs change with the times. One trend goes out and another one comes in. Anyone looking to add or update their floors will want to know what’s currently in style.
Light and Dark
Sometimes light hardwood is popular and other times it is dark shades. For 2017, both extremes are in style. Light shades are ideal for small rooms that need to look bigger or those that have a modern design. However, the trend is moving away from tans and yellows to cooler colors.
Dark shades hide flaws or scratches in the wood. They also disguise dirt and dust until you have time to clean. However, if you go too dark, like with ebony, it may actually accentuate the dirt or scratches.
Gray has become a well-loved shade for hardwood floors and other design elements. It doesn’t show any sign of stopping yet, and it adds a contemporary flair to a traditional flooring option. The trend for this year is a warmer shade, which blends in well with other pieces in the room. You can easily re-stain the floor if trends change without the expensive task of installing new floors.
Matte vs. Gloss
In recent years, you’ve probably seen countless homes with hardwood floors that look brand new with that high-gloss finish. It has such a high gloss that it looks wet. Well, that trend is going out of style in favor of a more matte finish. The matte look hides imperfections more easily and it just looks more practical. The upkeep isn’t as difficult either. If you don’t want to go all the way in the opposite direction, you can choose a satin look.
The new planks don’t look a whole lot different than older versions, but they are about an inch wider. This difference isn’t all that noticeable, but it does mean fewer joints to join, and it creates a more unified look.
One of the newest trends for hardwood flooring is a patterned look. Large geometric patterns or herringbone give a different sense of style to a room. Often, the pattern doesn’t cover the whole floor but creates interest in the center or along the border. Many times, the pattern is made of variations of color in the wood. However, they may also showcase more vibrant shades, even primary colors to turn the floor into a focal point.
So, how do you know which of these color and style trends is right for you? You start with the look you like, but you also consider what works in your home as part of a complete design rather than just an individual style option. You can always talk to a design professional or hardwood flooring expert who will talk to you about current trends, home value and all of the design choices available to you. Take your time with the decision about what to put on your floor. It’s an investment that will last for years and even decades.
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