By jordansflo26761441, Jul 10 2017 05:23PM
Hardwood floors continue to gain popularity across the country this year. The biggest trends include polar opposites: extremely dark or light, a smooth finish versus distressed, dark drama (including this year's hottest color- gray) or a more authentic, natural look.
Always keep in mind that your floors will last a whole lot longer than any of the current trends.
We've talked about gray in previous posts, but even darker stain colors are coming out of the woodwork (get it?). In 2015, Duraseal launched a new stain color they call "True Black", which is darker and more opaque than Ebony.
On the other side of this, we have many people becoming interested in the light, light, even white washes. For this look, a water borne poly must be used, otherwise the floors will turn yellow. Bona Traffic HD is the best option for this, and it can be found here.
Moving on to to layout and stlye trends, in the last decade or so we have seen about an inch increase regarding planks- from 2 1/4" being standard in the early 2000s, to now 3 1/4". Even wider options (4", 5", 7", etc.) are becoming available, as a wider plank will make the space look larger. 7" planks offer a more rustic, antique look, as does utilizing different widths. Keep in mind though that your flooring will last a lot longer than any current trends and, while easy to change the color of your floor, the patterns and styles will last a lot longer, and these styles can date your home.
Many homeowners are opting to pay a higher cost for a higher quality, American-made, sustainable floor. At the end of the day, what is important is that you love your floors, because they are in your home.
For more details and other trends for hardwoods this year, check out this blog post from The Flooring Girl.