What’s Trending in Hardwood?

Hardwood flooring is added to the modern home to help create a classic and elegant interior. From changes in traditional sizes to embracing wood’s natural texture, both solid and engineered hardwoods are being incorporated in new ways to create fresh looks and trends.

Plank Size: Longer and Wider

Perhaps no recent hardwood flooring trend has been more influential than the use of wider and longer planks. While traditional plank widths between 2 1/4 to 3 1/2 inches, are still popular, today’s homeowners are gravitating toward widths between 5 and 7 inches, and even up to 10 or 12 inches. With fewer boards needed, a covered area will have fewer visible joints, creating a larger and more modern looking space.

Texture: Rustic and Distressed

The trend of longer and wider planks helps to showcase another trend in hardwoods, texture. The popular look of rustic and distressed hardwoods highlighting or incorporating the natural characteristics of wood adds character to the planks and the space where it is installed. Knots, tone variations, mineral streaking, nail holes, notches, and other signs of wear and tear are embraced or have been carefully applied, often by hand, to create an authentic and less uniform look.

Colors: Going Gray

The classic neutral, gray, remains the favorite color among consumers and shows no signs of falling out of favor any time soon. Ranging from light, pale hues to deep, dark colors, gray brings out any wood’s natural grain and texture, making it a hand in hand choice to showcase the textured hardwood trend.

Pattern: New and Unique

Taking the next step beyond color and design, there is an emerging trend of mixing and matching planks to create a random and unique layout. There is also a renewed growth in both traditional and modern herringbone designs.

Today, consumers are educating themselves about flooring products and trends before they are even coming into a flooring showroom. They gather ideas and become inspired from television and social media sites like Houzz, Pinterest, and HGTV, but still rely on the experts to help them decide which hardwood is the best fit for their home. That’s why homeowners come from miles around to Flack’s. We ask questions about your lifestyle and take into account your design vision, then show you the multiple flooring options suited for your home. Come to Flack’s today and together we can find the perfect hardwood for your home.