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It’s 2019, so what’s the big flooring trend? High quality hardwood of course. And from an interior design standpoint, they are as timeless and trendy as ever. If you’re looking to add value to your home, make an environmentally friendly flooring decision or create a warm environment, hardwood flooring might be the best option out there.

Want to know more about why, click here! 

Here are some of the hottest hardwood trends you can expect in 2019

#1. Let’s get wide!

 

Over the past ten or so years, people are getting wide and funky with their hardwood. Wide hardwood width trends include planks up to 7 inches wide. Yep, you heard that right, 7 inches wide. And honestly, the outcome looks pretty darn trendy. 

And guess what? It’s making a big comeback this year! These wide planks make your space appear and feel more spacious so if you’re wanting to make a space look bigger, wide is the way.               

 

 

 

#2. Not into wide, what about mixed width wood floors?

Looking to make a unique statement with your floors? Well, mixed width wood is a great way to do that. 

Talk about a conversation starter?

I’m not sure about you, but I haven’t seen these floors in a lot of people’s homes, but they are starting to really make their mark. 

And another really neat thing about mixed width?

It was originally created to utilize all the cuts of the entire tree in the most efficient way so there is less waste. Plus you get an authentic and natural feel with the added benefit of being environmentally conscious. 

Sounds like a great way to go to me! 

#3. A new day for GREY! 

Grey refinishing gives your hardwood a fresh, clean and modern take on traditional hardwood. 

Grey may be one of the hottest trending hardwood colors right now. However, it’s not the easiest to create. So make sure you take the time and research flooring professionals who specialize in this. Click here, for an article to guide you the right direction.  

                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4. White Wash more than your denim

 White washing is back in! You see this trend everywhere from your jeans to your floors. Taking it back to the 80’s–  with some upgrades. This trend is extreme to some, but for those looking for something different or that “beachy” vibe, white wash is a great option. It’s also versatile and can look classy, but also edgy at the same time. For more white wash inspiration check these out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5. Environmentally conscious decisions are trending! 

 

There are a lot of options when it comes to environmentally conscious flooring. Sealing or finishing your hardwood floors with something like polyurethanes is a quickly evolving trend of using natural oils, and it gives you all the environmentally friendly options you could want. 

For example oils such as soy, sunflower, hemp or safflower oil combined with resin waxes such as bees or carnuba wax can have a positive environmental effect, making your floors more durable with a duller finish, while leaving the texture and color untainted. Plus they look fab. For more on oil finishes check this out! 

 

#6. Wire brushing – the modern distressed look.

 Wire brushing is a modern technique that is just what it sounds like. A wire brush will be brushed over the wood which enhances its natural character and exposing the growth rings, making it easy to conceal damage throughout the life of the floor. Pretty cool, huh?

While the old school style of distressed wood was a bit rougher – bumpy with lots of grooves. Wire brushing leaves a smoother finish while maintaining some of that oh-so-wanted texture. 

Why wire brushing? Well besides its unique look, it also brushes away any soft wood, leaving behind only the hardest wood. So you can expect durable and trendy, European-style flooring for years to come.

 

#7. Finish on site

 

On-site prefinishing is proving to be the popular preference these days. It gives a cleaner more seamless look compared to the pre-finished floors which can often leave behind drips, streaks, and stripes from the wood stain. 

And no one has time for that. 

Factory finished hardwoods often leave behind less than desirable imperfections. Keep this in mind when browsing options. You may not be able to note the difference when holding a single plank in your hand, however it will be obvious once the hardwood is laid across your floor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8. Matte and Satin finish for a natural look 

Glimmer and gloss are out while satin and matte finishes are trending. These finishes are both in fashion and functional. They are also easier to clean and look newer longer, as opposed to a semi-gloss or glossy finish which doesn’t stand a chance against dust and scratches.

But for some, matte floors can look a little too dull. 

But not to worry because a satin finish will give you that perfect balance of matte and semi-gloss. 

Feel free to drool over the below picture of stunning Walnut hardwood with no stain and a satin finish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9. Contrast is trending – Dark & Light 

On one side of the spectrum, dark wood floors are trending for esthetic reasons.Hardwood floor stain color trends have been going darker and darker over the years. But…We are also seeing a rise in light flooring as well. The stark contrast of light, almost white, hardwood is really upping its game for its functional benefit of being easier to keep clean and maintain. So will you join the dark side or the light side? Both will look sharp! Your choice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#10. Choose floors that last a lifetime 

Solid hardwood is trending on the 2019 flooring scene. Not only is it the popular choice, but it’s also a smart one. While there are cheaper alternative choices, none of them offer the lasting durability of 100+ years that solid hardwood does. 

Who doesn’t want floors that will last a lifetime?         

And another benefit of going with solid hardwood is that they allow for you to sand refinish and make color changes as much you desire. Seeing that these floors will likely be with you for a long time, you might want to make some changes as your style and trends change. And with solid hardwood that’s never an issue. They make it possible to shift with the times and cater to your preferences. 

Durable, long-lasting and always customizable? Sounds like a winner to me. 

 

 

 

 

 

 11. Keep it simple, stay on trend. 

Current design trends in hardwood floors offer a simple aesthetic. Sticking to same size planks all laid in the same direction versus pattern lays or multi-sized cuts. Clean and sleek is the intention behind this current trend in hardwood. 

Simpler floors allow for an aesthetically cleaner and less distracted space, allowing you to get more creative with the rest of your decor. 

Funky floor patterns are fun but can also be distracting and even make a room look and feel cluttered. Perhaps it is best to leave the funk for your throw pillows and curtains, as those are a bit easier to change. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. White Oak is in for hardwood floor trends 2019

So just a quick note here, White Oak is actually a little bit darker with more brown and yellow undertones, while Red Oak is a little lighter with more pink undertones. 

But either way, it seems more consumers are preferring the refined and more modern look of White Oak over the former popular option of Red Oak. And for good reason. Not only does it look stellar but White Oak is more water resistant. YAY! No need to worry about spills. 

Also, going with White Oak also allows for a wider spectrum of staining options. Greys and white washes will take quite well to White Oak. 

Check out this beautiful light-washed White Oak floor. 

 And White Oak is a 1360 on the Janka hardness scale versus Red Oak being a 1290, which makes it a bit more resilient when it comes to wear, dings or dents.

 

#13. Hardwood everywhere, every room – that is what’s trending in hardwood flooring!

Over the past ten or so years the use of hardwood has spilled over all areas of the house. And this is trending because, well, it’s stylish and looks chic! 

Long gone are the days of tile and other common flooring options. 

Plus hardwood is durable, cost-effective and will open up your space. Why would you not want that in every room of your home?  So you want hardwood in every space in your home?No problem! Hardwood in hallways is also trending. Allowing the hardwood to spill into the hallway as well as other rooms creates a much sought-after uniform feel for your flooring, as well as making upkeep seamless and faster. 

 

Think about it…Less time plus easy cleaning! No need to have a closet full of different cleaning gadgets and products. Having hardwood floors throughout your house makes it a one-and-done process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#14. High Variation Wood Floors

One of my favorite trends of 2019….

I give you high variation hardwood. As you can see, it’s stunning but also unique. 

The trend comes from wanting a high variation in color like we see in nature. In nature, no two pieces of wood look the same, so now you can replicate that natural variation with your floors. 

But the really cool part? There are different types of high variation floors. 

While most high variation hardwood stick with similar color palettes, some are now starting to mix different colors and hues together. 

I personally love the beautiful photo below of high variation floors with a mix of light and grey color wood. 

It gives you a modem, yet rustic look. 

So if you are looking for something a little different, then check into high variation. They are beautiful and versatile– the perfect combo. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#15 So what’s the latest trend in hardwood floors? – The educated consumer! 

Which cut is best, or what grade do I want?

Nowadays with the wealth of information available online, consumers know that want and how to ask for it. Back in the day, most people didn’t know how to research and make informed decisions about hardwood floors without going into a store to talk to someone. 

So what’s trendy now? 

Doing your research and educating yourself, while consulting your local hardwood flooring guru.

Check out the photo below to learn about different cuts of hardwood and click here to learn more about different grades of hardwood. 

Now that you are in the know with the hottest hardwood flooring trends of 2019. You are ready to make decisions for every room. Taking the warmth of hardwood from your kitchen, through the hallway, into the living room and in any or every area of your house. Open it up with wider planks, get funky with white wash, or  keep it clean with lighter stains. 

 

 

 

Your options are endless – happy flooring! 

 

  

Hardwood flooring trends tend to go in a circle, what was in will be out of style but will be back in style completing the style circle. A couple of current trends I’m seeing are
-wide plank floors
-dark stained hardwood
-penetrating oil finish

Wide Plank Hardwood Floors
what is considered a plank? Any hardwood strip that is wider than 3in is considered a plank. People love the look of wide planks because the grain pattern really shows up in certain species of wood like Ash, Oak, Hickory.
It’s great in large rooms because there are less board lines breaking up the sight line giving it a much nicer flow . It also just looks really cool to have a very wide piece of wood down and justmarvel and all the interesting characteristics of the wood. 

New Ash Floor Oshkosh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Stained Floors
Dark stained floors have been gaining a lot of popularity over the last couple of years. One Pearson told me that floor colors follow the way people feel about the economy, when it’s not doing so well they want there floors to be dark and when it’s doing great they want it lighter, not sure how much stock I put into that but I just found it interesting.Lately I’ve stained Hickory, Red Oak, White Oak and a lot of Maple. Dark floors tend to look great when there is a contrast between the floor and the trim. One floor I did was an old Maple floor that got finished with black Magic Oil 2k and the trim was white, which really gave it a stunning contrast.

Dark Stained Red Oak Floor

 

 

Penetrating oil
It has been popular over in Europe for 20+ years. Where just a little slow on catching up with trends. Some of the benefits as to why people like penetrating oil are
-low VOC(volatile organic compound)
-color and finish all in one
-hand rubbed oil look
-fast turnaround
Low VOC
Most penetrating oils are made from natural oils which make them very low odor(voc) less harmful to people with allergies because there is no harmful smell.
Hand Rubbed Oil Look
Hand rubbed oil look looks like an older floor that has been rubbed with oil which soaks down into the grain of the wood giving it this beautiful natural matte finish

Fast Turn Around
Most penetrating oils have a very quick turn around, un-like a lot of the typical film finishes(meaning it creates a film on top of the wood and not soaking in) that require you wait 2-3 days before you can move stuff back into the area that’s been refinished. Most penetrating oils cure very fast and you can move furniture back in anywhere from 12-24hrs after the hardwood floor has been completed, making it great for people who want a fast turn around.

Oil re-coat|Oshkosh,WI

 

If you need more flooring ideas for your next project a couple of places I’d go for ideas is Pintrest or Houzz. You can find some great flooring ideas on either of those sites.

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