Where approaches to flooring have all too often erred on the side of caution, it has become increasingly de rigueur to embrace statement flooring. Regardless of the medium, the design message is the same: bold, unconventional and uncompromising.
Classic hardwood floors remain a perennial favourite – grey tones are still most dominant, but blonde and white woods are gaining in popularity – however, there are new alternatives that present equally sustainable options.
Bamboo is the word on everyone’s lips; it’s durable, cost effective and provides a sleek finish. Similarly, cork has come to the fore as an unexpected but reliable, and resilient, option for more unconventional spaces. Luxury vinyl and wood-look tiles are yet another avenue that can be explored for the homeowner that wants the panache of wooden flooring without the price tag. In terms of layout, chevron and herringbone patterning will add interest to a space, though given a modern interpretation with the use of oversized planks. These longer, wider boards do well in playing up the raw materiality – the knots and ridges – of the wood.
House & Garden spoke to owner of Oggie Hardwood Flooring, Nick Gluckman about the latest trends in the hardwood flooring industry.
What are the most popular options in terms of hardwood flooring?
There’s been a move away from narrow, pale wooden planks in favour of darker woods with distinctly handcrafted finishes. Wider planks are very popular and, as a rule, they make an interior look bigger and more unified thanks to their generous size and fewer joins. However, it’s important to remember that smaller planks make a smaller space appear bigger. In terms of finishes, hand chiselling around the knots gives a textured, rippled effect to the plank.
What is the best way to care for hardwood floors?
About once a year, or after an accident or spill, you might want to apply penetrating, hardening oil that will rejuvenate the floor’s protective coating and fill tiny scratches. Hardening oils are better than wood varnishes because they don’t require you to strip the floor and re-varnish. Remember that real wood ages gracefully, so embrace the odd scuff.
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