Data and research from the Wood Floor Covering Association report that flooring trends for 2016 are running towards the use of wider wooden planks in richer tones, a more natural, vintage look and feel that showcases the inherent grain and texture of the wood, and reclaimed wood options. These trends are being impacted by green initiatives and human safety; they offer today’s hardwood floor consumer an entirely new arena of design possibilities and more options than ever before.
THE TOP THREE TRENDS:
- Wider, longer planks; traditionally homeowners plank size was between 2 1/4 “and 3 ½” wide compared to plank options available today in 5”, 6”, and even 7”. Wider planks are ideal for master bedrooms, living rooms and other areas of the home making a small space appear bigger. The wider plank trend is catching on in newer designs.
2. Grey tones; an emerging trend in “engineered hardwood flooring” is a process called “fuming,” this technology creates a natural grey patina
that is not a stain or glaze and does not appear artificial. Because the fuming technique takes place in a controlled environment White Oak is given a naturally aged look without highlighting the grain of the wood.
3. Reclaimed/recycled woods; these products are appealing to the environmental-friendly consumer. They are woods that were previously used and are being reused in the same form or re-manufactured into new items. Reclaimed hardwood flooring includes woods sourced from farmhouses, old barns, wood barrels and beams, as well as timber salvaged from lakes and rivers. Attributes of reclaimed wood like knots, color differences, original nail markings add to the appeal of reclaimed hardwood flooring.
There are many other hardwood flooring trends to look forward to in 2016, including wire-brushed wood, vintage style, differing stains, etc. These trends signify that you, the consumer is seeking more personality from their hardwood flooring. We at GREG GARBER HARDWOOD FLOORS are updated and able to serve you with the latest available in hardwood flooring.