White Washed Wood Floors: The Many Shades Of White

January 14, 2019


Wood flooring that has been whitewashed adds a clean soft look that fits in many design styles and has a modern appearance. 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.

Whitewoods are a mainstay of Scandinavian design style, where they are used extensively. In contrast to dark or natural colored wood floors, whitewashed hardwood floors brighten the room and give the appearance of a larger room than actually exists.

When considering a site-finished floor or using a pre-finished product, there are several factors that should be considered. First and foremost is uniformity, flooring pre-finished 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 floor always make sure the topcoats are durable and repairable and do not contain excessive chemicals that can be harmful.

While you can find information online that suggests using paint to whitewash wood flooring, 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 and will not penetrate. A proper stain will soak in and allow the topcoat finish to adhere to the wood 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 white appearance is enhanced by the natural grain patterns of the wood below creating a muted look. Depending on the wood used, this can range from pure white to a dark wood contrasting the finish. With many different looks available, it is possible to use whitewashed wood flooring in a wide variety of settings and achieve the look you desire.

White Washed Oak Flooring

White Washed Oak Flooring

White oak is a very popular wood in the United States and throughout the world. Prized for its durability and handsome grain patterns. 

White Washed Heart Pine Flooring

White Washed Heart Pine Flooring

Bold grain patterns that contain both vertical and cathedral figuring, as well as rich undertones. The whitewashing process mutes the color of the 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 whitewashed floor. The rustic texture is softened and makes the reclaimed oak feel more modern.

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 is 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 Rustic Oak Flooring

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 Scandi White Flooring

White Washed Scandi White Flooring

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

With many styles to chose from, as well as custom options for creating a bespoke whitewashed floor, the options are almost limitless. Whether you choose a 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.

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