Whitewash Flooring: The Many Shades Of White

January 14, 2019


Wood floors that have been whitewashed have a modern appearance and add a clean soft look that fits in many interior design styles. From a modern farmhouse to a refurbished industrial loft and almost anything in between, utilizing one of the many shades of white to enhance the looks of the wood is a smart way to set the tone for a dramatic and clean space.

The whitewashed look is a mainstay of Scandinavian design style, where they are used extensively. In contrast to dark or natural colored wood floors types, whitewashed hardwood flooring brightens the entire floor and gives the appearance of a larger room than actually exists.

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When considering a site-finished floor or when using a pre-finished product, there are several factors that should be considered. First and foremost is uniformity, hardwood flooring that is prefinished in a controlled environment will be more consistent and will not require time to cure before use. Another important factor is the type of finish that is used and how it is applied. When choosing a solid hardwood floor always make sure the topcoats are durable and repairable and do not contain excessive chemicals that can be harmful.

While homeowners can find information online that suggests using paint to diy whitewash wood floors, this is not recommended or a good idea. The best products are ones designed to work in conjunction with the wood and are designed with whitewashing in mind. Another important factor is penetration. Paint will sit on top of the wood grain and will not penetrate. A proper stain will soak in and allow the topcoat finish to adhere to the wood grain creating a strong finish that will last for years to come.

Whitewashed Hardwood Flooring Styles

White Wash Floor

White Tones Let The Wood Come Through

Whitewashed Floor

Classic Chevron Pattern White Washed Finish

In homes with many different design styles, white tones compliment almost any decor. The clean whitewash look is enhanced by the natural wood grain patterns creating a muted look. Depending on the solid hardwood used, this can range from pure white to a dark wood contrasting the finish. With many different wood floor looks available, it is possible to use whitewashed wood flooring in a wide variety of settings and achieve the wood look you desire.

White Washed Oak Flooring

White Washed Oak Flooring

Prized for its durability and handsome wood grain patterns, white oak is a very popular wood in the United States and throughout the world. Elmwood carries both European white oak and American white oak varieties. White oak is a cornerstone wood used throughout history and has a slightly less coarse surface than red oak. The light undertones of white oak floors and its ability to absorb stains well make it a great choice for whitewashed floors. Our reclaimed oak white washed option is a prime example of a lighter wood floor option. 

White Washed Heart Pine Flooring

White Washed Heart Pine Flooring

Bold wood grain patterns that contain both vertical and cathedral figuring, as well as rich undertones. The whitewashing process mutes the color of the heart pine making it feel modern and fresh.

White Washed Grey Flooring

White Washed Grey Flooring

Combining hints of light grey with the overall appearance of a white floor adds a lot of character to this reclaimed oak whitewashed floor. The rustic texture is softened and makes the reclaimed oak feel more modern. Whitewashed finish with grey and brown undertones complement the original surface texture of the reclaimed rustic oak planks. Rich with great depth and tons of built-in character, this is a floor that will not be missed.

White Washed Walnut Flooring

White Washed Walnut Flooring

With dark undertones, the rustic grade walnut is enhanced by a light whitewashing. The white color hangs up in the rustic areas of the floor adding to this already fun floor.

White Washed Reclaimed Oak Flooring

White Washed Reclaimed Oak Flooring

Reclaimed oak muted with a very light white stain is a gorgeous option. It’s no secret that reclaimed oak can be used very effectively in modern spaces, however, when the color is enhanced with a light color, it is truly timeless.

White Washed Elm Flooring

White Washed Elm Flooring

Already a light wood, reclaimed elm is a perfect candidate for a white treatment. With reclaimed character from small nail holes and other traces of a past life, this wood has really lived.

White Washed Pine Flooring

White Washed Pine Flooring

Deep brushing adds to the contrast in colors in this heart pine flooring. The whitewashed finish is stronger in the valleys, leaving the peaks more exposed and natural feeling, which gives the appearance of being more time-worn.

White Washed Rustic Oak Flooring

White Washed Scandi Flooring

Classic Scandinavian style! European white oak muted with a whitewash stain and matte finish combination from Denmark creates a beautiful look. Wide plank widths and long lengths are an essential part of completing the look of our Scandi White wood flooring product.

With many hardwood floor styles to choose from, as well as custom options for creating a bespoke whitewashed floor. This makes your options for flooring almost limitless. Whether you choose a wood floor with contrasting dark and light colors or a more uniform whitewashed flooring product, you are sure to enjoy the beauty of white for years to come.

White Washed Scandi White Flooring

White Washed Scandi White Flooring

Picking Out Your New White Washed Flooring 

There are many options when it comes to picking the right whitewashed wood flooring. All the flooring choices may be overwhelming to sift through on your own. At Elmwood, we’re happy to make the process easier for you by answering questions and providing guidance for your next home or business remodel. Contact us to learn more about whitewashed wood flooring, today!

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