There are few materials that have the lasting popularity of hardwood floors. Hardwood has a timeless appeal that allows it to work well in nearly any setting from commercial to residential. Wood also has an added appeal that brings warmth and a natural feeling to interior settings, allowing occupants to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
No matter how much appeal nearly all forms of hardwood have, however, there’s always a few standout floors that emerge each year. These hot trends capture people’s imaginations and grow quickly in popularity once introduced.
In 2019, numerous hardwood flooring trends have emerged that are a continuation of the trends seen in the past. This includes colors and styles that are designed to have more staying power, so you can be sure that the floors you install this year, will still be on-trend a decade down the road.
Check out these hardwood flooring trends for 2019 to get inspired about what you may want to include in your next project.
1. Rich, Varied Colors
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Floors are getting bolder in terms of color and style, and that includes hardwoods. While many hardwood floors have some amounts of subtle variation in them, newer trends are turning this up a notch. This means either utilizing a hardwood that has a naturally wild and bold grain, or that features a blend of different colors and hardwood species together.
One way to get this look is to use a reclaimed wood blend. Blends pull differently sized planks and different wood tones, then finish them together for a cohesive look.
Use a blend with rich variation like this one in sunny areas that can really let the colors show. Or, use it in an area where the colors can get shown off – this isn’t a floor that you’ll want to cover with a throw rug.
2. Gray Wood Floors
The color gray swept through the interior design world a few years ago, and no area of the home or office has been left untouched. This includes the hardwood flooring.
Gray wood floors have a unique look to them that’s very appealing. They still have the warm undertone that hardwoods are known for, but they also have the cool, neutral that’s made gray so popular. The blend between the two lets the flooring bridge a number of gaps, filling in areas where a solid gray floor or a warmer hardwood might have looked out of place.
The best gray wood floors are the ones that let the natural grain of the wood show through. They have character and dimension, and can bring the best that wood has to offer to this color trend.
3. Light Floors
For contemporary spaces, you can’t go wrong with a smooth, light, wide plank hardwood floor. Hardwoods naturally darken and develop a patina as they age. But, a floor that’s been sanded takes on an entirely new look that’s very appealing in a modern home.
This white oak floor has a light color and a smooth texture that’s complemented by the wider planks. This also makes for a less busy floor, which in turn lets it work better with minimalist spaces. This floor can become the backdrop for a busy and vibrant room, or it can be the subtle complement of a quieter, more subdued space.
4. Rustic Textures
Rustic floors have a lot of allure. They call to mind nature and natural textures and surfaces, which in turn have a calming effect on the viewer.
Rustic flooring can be styled in a number of different ways. The floors may be brushed to bring out their texture, or they may be made of reclaimed material that has had another life before being put into use as a floor. Reclaimed floors in particular feature nail holes, saw marks, and patina that add character to the floor.
All rustic textures, however, can add a lot of depth to a room. They work well in cottages, farmhouses, lodges, and any home where a natural appearance and vibe are desired.
5. Wide Plank Floors
The sizing of the planks that make up a hardwood floor seem to change every few years as different widths go in and out of fashion. One floor that’s had an enduring popularity and a recent resurgence is the wide plank floor.
Wide plank hardwoods are less busy than other wood floors, with fewer pieces going into the construction. This lets you see more of the grain and variation across each individual piece of wood. This creates a floor that’s more interesting and more subtle at the same time. For commercial spaces, it makes the ideal backdrop, while for residential settings, it helps create a homier atmosphere.
Wide plank floors can be sanded smooth and contemporary or they can be rustic or reclaimed. No matter what style you opt for, they’re sure to make a big impression on your decor.
6. Unusual Flooring Species
Most people are familiar with what a maple wood floor looks like and nearly everyone has seen both white and red oak in residential and commercial settings. But more unusual exotic hardwoods are beginning to make a big splash in 2019. This includes domestic floors like old growth ash, which have a color and grain pattern that are subtly different from the norm.
Floors that have their own unique color and texture make them stand out from the crowd. But, because hardwood has such massive appeal, the floors still blend in, even while standing out. This makes them a good choice for transitional and contemporary spaces that need a little something different to make them pop.
Follow the Hardwood Flooring Trends of 2019
Hardwood floors will never go out of style. Built to last, these floors can survive a lot of use while retaining their beauty and charm. Opt for a floor that’s growing in popularity in 2019 to get these benefits, along with the interest and character that is sure to set these floors apart for years to come.