Wider planks and darker stains are just two of the trends that are opening up a world of design possibilities for your solid wood floors. With new ways of laying planks and the grey floor trend refusing to quit, here are five trends worth trying for your floors this year.
The Wide Plank
Wide planks make a stunning visual impact, opening up a small space and adding real interest to a larger one, particularly when laid diagonally – another big flooring trend for this year. While wide planks aren’t going to take over from narrower planks anytime soon, they’re worth experimenting with if you want to create a different look.
Grey is the New Neutral
The trend for grey finished floors shows no signs of abating, with grey now firmly entrenched as the ‘new neutral’. A grey finish to your floor is the perfect upgrade, making your old floors feel very now without overpowering the rest of the room. Effortlessly elegant, a grey floor shows off the grain and beauty of the wood and makes a perfect neutral background that won’t clash with your wooden furniture.
Cappuccino Stain: A Bold Statement
The best dressed floors are going ebony this year, flirting with rich, dark stains for a contemporary look. Darker stains can add a real depth to more traditional decor too, when you opt for a walnut or mahogany stain for a truly sophisticated finish. Going dark can make a dramatic difference to your room so test drive the trend first by browsing solid Wood Flooring at a site like irwintiles.ie, and order some samples.
Industrial Vintage Flooring
Another trend moves away from glossy minimalist floors to the authenticity of vintage styled flooring, and the knottier and more distressed the better. Wire scraped finishes also play into this trend, and are finished with a soft oil finish rather than a lacquer, for a softly burnished, vintage feel.
Lime Waxing for a Beach Hut Vibe
If greys and cappuccinos don’t work for you and you hanker for the relaxed beach side vibe of gently bleached wood, you’ll be on board with the lime waxing trend that gives oak and ash floors a beautifully distressed, whitewashed look. Tailor made for coastal properties, the lime waxed look can work anywhere you want a relaxed, low key floor.