You’ll notice that, in 2017, flooring is all about texture. In fact, companies are going through so much trouble to add texture to smoother surfaces to give homeowners the rustic, earthy feel that is so in right now.
There are many options when it comes to flooring texture – all those scrapes and marks are not always the same. Here’s an idea of what to look for.
Rustic, natural and unique hand scraped hardwood floors are making a statement in a big way!
Hand scraping makes each plank appear to be handcrafted and one of a kind. Long, ingrained scrapes show in the finish, leaving the floor looking finished, classic and rare. This is quite the process, and the sticker price shows!
This unique, individual, handcrafted look will absolutely stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive.
**Note: Be careful purchasing hand scraped wood floors. Many companies will call their floors hand scraped, but they really use a machine making each plank look similar and more uniform. It is less expensive for them, but it does not offer the same effect.
Often mistaken with hand scraped wood, wire brushing gives floors an aged, distressed look. These intentional scratches not only give the wood a unique style but also hide new scratches, dirt and dust, making them a popular choice for families and homeowners with pets.
Remember when those distressed, holey, ripped jeans were the thing? Like, actually spending1 extra money to have someone damage your jeans?
It’s like that trend, but for wood flooring. And actually cool.
I mean, it’s the same idea – you are literally paying extra to achieve that distinct rustic look. But, it looks beautiful. And (often times) it’s worth it.
How will this trend survive? I believe there will always be a market for this type of flooring. However, it will likely only be a hot and trendy choice for the next 5-7 years.
2017 Wood Floor Finishing Trends
Gone are the days of ultra glossy finishes. Homeowners are now choosing understated, flat finishes with less shine.
Just like photos, glossy is just that – glossy; reflecting light, shiny, lustrous and practically unignorable. Matte finish is that flat finish that your fingers don’t stick to. It can look dull, but it looks much more natural and is often a stylistic choice for both flooring and photos.
Satin Finished Wood Floors
A perfect compromise in between glossy and matte, satin finishes are (typically) about 40% lustrous (i.e., shiny). As the trends change and homeowners are beginning to prefer less polished flooring, satin is not such a drastic step. It’s a practical step back and was the most popular flooring finish in 2016.
The great thing about this middle-of-the-road option is you can be (almost) certain that this finish will never go out of style. I believe trends will go more and more towards matte finishes as the years go on, but eventually, that trend will change and we will be moving back towards the glossier looks.
This means satin finishes will stay current through all of that, making them the safest choice for the longest life of your floor.
Matte Finished Wood Floors
Previously thought of as dull and boring, matte finished wood floors are stepping into the spotlight. While people are still leaning towards satin finishes, this trend is in the very early stages and hasn’t yet reached its prime.
Personally, I am all about the matte look. Just a personal preference, but I do not like my floors shiny. Unless it’s bathroom tile.
While I don’t predict matte finish will be the thing forever, it will likely continue to grow in popularity over the next 5-10 years.
2017 Wood Floor Layout & Pattern Trends
People are getting ultra creative when it comes to the layout of their floor. Patterns, angles, you name it. Of course, not all patterns are created equal.
There are plenty of dated pattern looks or patterns that only work in specific situations. However, there are plenty of hot looks going on right now that anyone can rock with the right modern decor.
Let’s look at what’s hot right now.
Herringbone Wood Floors
We’re not talking the 1970s short plank parquet flooring. New, trendy herringbone flooring layouts typically use longer planks and add interest and depth to the eye.
This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.
Diagonal / Angled Wood Floors
My favorite. Homeowners are changing things up by laying their wood flooring at an angle rather than straight on. This gives your floor (and home) a unique, modern and expensive look.
It does cost more in materials (and often installation), but the outcome is dreamy, yet still uncommon enough to maintain its luster.
Can it still be a trend if it’s uncommon? I think so.
Yes, expect to see these angled wood floors every once in awhile for decades to come. The rareness, in my opinion, means this trend won’t quickly grow old like others – I expect it to have a longer shelf life.
It’s no secret that larger planks make your room look bigger. These large planks look modern, elegant and expensive in any room in the home.
Are you thinking about jumping on board? Well, you should!
Manufacturers are only trending towards even wider and longer planks. This trend will soon become a classic staple and will likely last the test of time.
Mixed Width Wood Floors
**Note: The above photos are vinyl and tile, not wood. They are there as a reference to give you an idea of the mixed width look.
Our eyes love detail and the unexpected. That is why it is no surprise that mixed width wood floors are in demand.
Mixed width hardwood floors (unsurprisingly) combine multiple width planks to make the flooring pop. This can be done in a pattern or randomly for more variety.
As far as longevity, we predict this trend will be around for a while, but it is unlikely that it will become a flooring staple.
2017 Trending Wood Flooring Types
You have so many options these days when it comes to wood flooring. Traditional, “new” wood flooring is out, and some new characters have joined the party.
As you’ve probably noticed, we’re steering away from the sleek and shiny and trending towards warm, inviting looks with plenty of character. These types of wood flooring are less Hollywood glamor and more your grandmother’s home cooking if you get what I mean.
Unique, durable and green, with each plank telling a story, it’s no wonder reclaimed wood has taken off so quickly.
Reclaimed wood simply means taking old building materials and re-using them. Essentially, recycling. We all want something different that doesn’t look just like our neighbor’s house and reclaimed wood offers just that unique look.
As reclaimed wood gains popularity, it becomes increasingly more rare and difficult to find, only making it that much more popular. My guess is that this will be a trend that sticks around for a decade or so until something different comes along.
Want to learn more about reclaimed wood? We love this post from Bob Vila.
Bamboo has been working its way into homes for years, and it’s not going anywhere.
One of the strongest floors on the market with unique looks and colors including the aforementioned blonde wood look, bamboo continues to be a staple for homeowners looking for something a little different in their home.
There is no other flooring option that can quite replicate the natural, organic look of bamboo. Although it can be temperamental to weather, it will surely be a conversation starter in your home – something guests look at and say “where did you get that?!”. And that’s why it’s here for the long haul.
Eco-friendly, joint-friendly and resilient with a totally unique look, cork has been trending for years and, in 2017, we only expect to see more of it on the market and in the home.
That’s right. Contrary to popular belief, cork is one of the oldest flooring options on the market. Its current surge in popularity likely explains why you may be hearing about it for the first time.
People are becoming increasingly interested in eco-friendly flooring, making both cork and bamboo flooring take off. These environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional hardwood will be around for years to come.
Engineered wood is the closest thing you can get to natural, solid hardwood. You know, other than actual solid hardwood. It has a thin hardwood veneer layer on top of plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF).
Families and pet owners are leaning towards engineered wood flooring because it’s less finicky than traditional solid hardwood. Engineered wood is easier to maintain and can hold up to kids and pets.
Just like laminate and other solid hardwood alternatives continue to thrive, engineered wood flooring is no different! Expect to see engineered wood in homes for decades to come.
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