One of the key features in any interior design plan is the flooring. The floor is the literal foundation for your design, and the color and style you select will anchor the rest of the design elements you add to your space. Hardwood floors are as popular as ever, and for good reason: They are durable, elegant, warm on the feet and add a classic look that is hard to beat. If you’re able to install new wood floors or replace the old ones as part of your remodel, go for it!
But before you do, know that wood floors have come a long way in recent years, and there are more options to choose from than ever before. If you’re considering hardwood flooring, make sure you give some thought to these three wood floor trends:
1. Floorboard Patterns
You no longer have to settle for floorboards that simply run the length of your room in a straight line. A fun trend is to orient the floorboards on the diagonal, which will make your room look much larger. You can also use smaller boards to create herringbone for a more contemporary vibe or parquet for a mid-century modern feel — I especially love this look in the center of an open room or foyer when it’s outlined with long boards to emulate a defined zone. No area rug required!
Today’s wood flooring comes in a whole host of colors and finishes that run the gamut from pale birch to deep walnut and ebony tones. The hottest color today? Gray. I’m seeing gray-stained floors everywhere, usually with a modern, matte finish. While it’s always possible to stain natural wood floors to your taste, engineered floorboards provide more consistent coloring, particularly in hard to achieve gray colors, because they’re created in highly regulated factory conditions. I also recommend them for durability, especially in areas where furnishings may scrape or in high traffic areas.
Choosing the right flooring also means that you should think about your overarching goals and personality. For example, if you’re committed to sustainability, you can use reclaimed wood for your floorboards: it’s the ultimate in recycling, and reclaimed floorboards guarantee a one-of-a-kind look full of character that can’t be emulated by new materials. On the other hand, if you’re choosing flooring for a quick update, engineered boards can get you any look you want. These are ideal for jobs that need to be complete in a few days vs. a few weeks for full plank wood. They’re also an easy renovation product because you won’t have to worry about raising the level of your floor or adjusting doorjambs. Full plank wood is always a trusted choice, if you have the time to invest. It can be resurfaced many times, have a customized level and pattern of scraping, not to mention an endless finish spectrum.
The bottom line is that no matter what the intention or style of decor you have in mind, there’s a wood floor to perfectly suit the look.
Here at Nicole Arnold Interiors we stay on top of the latest trends, have access to the best materials and work with you to ensure your room is designed uniquely for your purposes.
Call us at (214) 326-1160 to discuss your project with us!