Wood is a time-tested, classic choice in home flooring. It’s come a long way since the basic untreated planks of centuries gone by, and hardwood styles continue to evolve. The following are some of the hottest trends in wood flooring that the experts at Floor Coverings International West Houston expect to continue to see going forward.

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1. Neutral to Gray Tones

There has been a wide range of wood tones to choose from in recent decades – literally every shade of blond, tan, brown, and mahogany you can imagine. However, current wood color trends are moving toward grayish-brown and in some cases full gray hues for wood floors. From rich warm grays to cool gray, this trend brings compelling style to kitchens, living rooms, and playrooms.

2. Matte and Low-Sheen Finishes

High-gloss finishes have been on trend in recent years, especially on dark or black stained wood floors. However, the current trend in flooring finishes is much more subdued, ranging from a light eggshell sheen to entirely matte wood floors. This look gives the room a more lived-in and inviting look than the more formal and finished appearance of high gloss.

3. Wide Planks

Wider plank sizes for wood flooring have been trending in recent years, and this preference is showing no signs of slowing down. Wider planks allow for fewer breaks in the flow of the room so that the grain and character of the wood take center stage.

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4. Reclaimed Wood Looks

Eco-friendly consumers continue to be drawn to sustainable choices, and this is reflected in the flooring industry as well. Reclaimed wood from barns or old warehouse buildings is being repurposed in homes and businesses. However, this look is also available in new flooring in the form of artfully distressed, wire-brushed, and hand-scraped wood that’s designed to offer the look of reclaimed wood.

5. Engineered Wood

Engineered wood offers a viable and more affordable alternative to solid hardwood, and homeowners are gravitating toward this option in increasing numbers. Engineered wood features a thin layer of hardwood as a veneer on top of a more affordable wood type such as pressed fiberboard or plywood. In some cases, this wood veneer proves more durable than solid hardwood finishes.

6. Bolder Color Tones

For 2017 wood flooring color choices, expect extremes with not much that’s bland or boring in between. From almost-black espresso tones to light blond wood that’s nearly white, flooring designers are pushing the envelope. However, colored stains in bright orange, yellow, and red are taking flooring hues far beyond traditional expectations.

As styles and technologies change, options in wood flooring evolve in exciting ways. If you plan to redo your home flooring this year, consider these top trends for 2017. Schedule your free in-home design consultation to go over this and more. We proudly serve the greater West Houston and Sugar Land areas and look forward to working with you!

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