What’s trending in wood flooring this year? Our wood flooring experts at JD Enterprise in Denver can help you make a great choice for your home. You want your new wood floors to look beautiful, durable, and stylish, so trust the experts to take your project from demolition (floor removal) to completion and work with your schedule. First, let’s start by deciding what kind of flooring you want. Below are some new ideas that you might want to consider.
According to a Home Flooring Pros article, wider and longer hardwood flooring planks are in, along with a more informal layout using different width planks. Wider planks give a unified look with fewer joint lines, which highlights the beauty of the knots and grain. There is a desire for hardwoods that have distinct hand-crafted finishes, such as hand-scraped and wire-brushed finishes. Gray tones are still popular, but there is a swing back to more natural and dark wood tones. Herringbone and chevron parquet designs are in for 2017.
From a Hardwood Floors Magazine article, the word is wider planks with gray tones and low sheen finishes are going to be popular. Advice on flooring from The Flooring Lady includes using affordable, local, sustainable flooring products. Local wood reclamation, like from old barns or found underneath old and outdated carpeting, is going to be sought after in 2017 as well as the choice of lighter wood flooring, like pine and cork, and lighter stains on wood flooring, because lighter color flooring goes with the bolder paint and wallpaper colors being used today.
The 2017 trend is away from traditional natural wood floor colors and more to the extreme bolder colors. Dark stains are popular, particularly in a home design with contrasting whites like in cabinets. However, be careful, sometimes very dark stains make your room look smaller and can show a dirty floor easier. Some colors you will see are espresso brown, almost black. In addition to the very dark, the very light, like extreme blonde wood floors, like in bamboo flooring will be popular. These lighter shades of wood make your rooms look bigger, brighter, and more open, and they can help hide the dirt.
But don’t think that gray is going to go away yet. Gray floors are the one except to the bolder is better trend for this year. Gray has almost become that go-to color classic that everyone likes and goes with everything. Now you will even see a lot of gray cabinets and gray walls, doors, and trim.
The texture of the installed wood flooring is an important design choice, in fact, in 2017, texture is a rather big deal. The popular earthy and natural hand-scraped hardwood floors show off the handcrafted and unique texture. Long, ingrained scrapes show in the finish, giving the floor a classic individual look. The process involved to get this hand-scraped look increases the flooring price but the look is exquisite and the floor will look like a million bucks. Some scraped wood flooring is not hand-scraped but instead are made to look that way from a machine. This is cheaper but the boards look similar and they do not offer the uniqueness of hand-scraped flooring.
Another type of texture for wood flooring is wire brushing to get that aged, rustic, and distressed look. This wood has been intentionally scratched to give it a cool, interesting style but it also hides new scratches and dings, and dirt and dust. The wire-brushed wood is a great choice for families with kids and pets.
Glossy finishes are out, so get ready to sand and recoat those existing floors. The new thing gaining fans is the matte finish. It has less shine and a more flat finish which can look more natural. A satin finish is somewhere between glossy about 40 percent and flat about 60 percent. It was the most popular flooring finish in 2016 and will continue to be a favorite in 2017. Satin is a safe choice to stay with a trending style for many years to come.
Layouts and Patterns
Yes, even the layouts and patterns of hardwood floors have trends. Two popular floor layout designs homeowners are having installed are herringbone and diagonal (angled) patterns. Today’s herringbone layouts use longer planks. The diagonal pattern is laid at an angle rather than straight on, offering a different, modern, and expensive looking design.
Size of Planks
Wider and longer planks are in. They make your rooms look bigger, modern, and elegant. This size seems to be the new classic. Another new trend is to mix the widths of the planks in the floors. This uses mixed widths, either in a pattern or randomly to give a visually unique but pleasing design.
Now we come to the types of flooring you can choose. The trend seems to be towards the warmer woods with character. For example, reclaimed wood flooring is in. It’s durable, unique, beautiful, and a great environmental choice because it uses old building materials being reused or recycled. Of course, the more popular it gets, the harder this type of wood is to find.
- Bamboo is on trend and is one of the strongest floors you can find. It has beautiful blonde colors and an interesting, unique look.
- One of the oldest flooring choices, Cork, has been a favorite for several years, making a resurgence because of it’s eco-friendly, joint-friendly, and resilient qualities.
- Engineered wood has a thin hardwood veneer layer on top of the plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF). It can be easier to maintain and is a tough flooring for people with kids and pets but it still has a beautiful appearance.
It should also be mentioned that many homeowners are increasingly seeking out American grown and manufactured flooring instead of imported flooring.
So, what’s trending in wood flooring this year? Well, as you can see, are a lot of stylish choices right now. Come visit us at JD Enterprise and we can talk you through choosing new wood floors, whether you go with something trendy right now or a more timeless look. JD Enterprise opened in Boulder in 2000 but we’ve grown to serve the entire Metro Denver, Boulder, and the Front Range of Colorado. We’re owner-operated, so you’ll know that you are receiving the attention you deserve.