Many of us adopt the “New Year, New Me” train of thought that comes along with the arrival of a new year.
Your home is a representation of you and you want to live with what you love. While everyone has different needs and preferences, it’s worth taking a look at what trends have stuck around from 2017 and what we can expect to see more of this year. There is an incredible selection of hardwood flooring available and a variety of options – some of which you may not even know exist yet – that are gaining attention in the design community.
Here’s a preview of what’s in store for the year ahead in flooring trends.
TEXTURE – Hand Scraped and Wire-Brushed
M2 Favourite: Preverco, Ash Brushed, Komodo (Pictured)
Beautifully textured hardwood flooring can infuse style and character a home. Hand-Scraped hardwood floors have a high variation among the planks which are crafted with long, impressed scrapes. Hand-Scraped Hardwood flooring has the effect of making your floors look old when they are in fact brand new. This textured finish is paying homage to the very first pioneers who settled in North America and were using wooden planks for their floors. Since they did not have machine planers, the wooden planks they would plane for the use as flooring would never come out perfectly even and smooth. The point of a Hand-Scraped hardwood floor is to give the illusion of age, while keeping the costs friendly for every budget. Hand- Scraping is only one of the two major processes used to texturize flooring finishes and is not to be confused with Wire-Brushing which gives you a smoother weathered look. Wire-Brushed hardwood flooring exposes the grain of the wood and is more consistent than Hand-Scraped. Bonus points if you have kids or pets – because of the texture, it actually hides dirt, dust, and imperfections.
50 SHADES OF GREY – Light Greys
M2 Favourite: Fuzion, Classical Elegance, Prelude (Pictured)
Grey hardwood flooring has been a trend for the past 5-6 years. At first the greys were on the cool end of the colour spectrum and more true greys. In the recent years, designers have found that the true blue greys are too cold and limit the colour options in a given space. The new trend in the grey flooring colours is to have a natural floor with a grey or white washed effect. This way the natural warm colour of the hardwood flooring shines through and the subtle grey or greige colour on the floor becomes a more neutral backdrop for everything else that you choose to place on top of your hardwood floors. Certain species of hardwood such as White Oak hardwood floors and Hard Maple hardwood floors will lend themselves better to this process since the natural colour of the wood does not really tend towards red and are blonder in nature. Therefore, when you white wash or grey wash these species, you get a cleaner and cooler look than white washing red oak hardwood floors for example. Red Oak hardwood flooring tends to look pink, orange or purple with grey washing and it is not always the colour designers have in mind when choosing a grey floors. So choosing a blonder flooring will give you a cooler tone of colour on the floors, while keeping your colour options open for the rest of the space.
IN THE DARK – Dark Floors
M2 Favourite: Preverco, Yellow Birch, Cappucino (Pictured)
Although dark hardwood floors are not nearly as popular as they once were, dark floors are a great selection if your home has a variety of species and colours throughout. It helps bring balance and neutralize the space. This type of flooring option does come with its challenges however. First and foremost, the dark and high shine floors do tend to give a more traditional feel to your floors. If you want a more modern aesthetic in mind, the really saturated dark floors may not be your best option. However, if you have a traditional or transitional aesthetic in mind, dark brown or grey floors would fit perfectly. The second challenge comes in terms of maintenance. Darker and saturated floors will act like a mirror on your floors (especially when the shine level is high). Light or natural coloured floors hide imperfections, dirt and dust much better. If you’re looking for a dark floor but want to avoid the hassle that comes along with constant cleaning you may want to look into something slightly lighter and a lower sheen level (matte finish).
M2 Favourite: Torlys, SuperSolid 5 Hardwood, Cove Springs Oak (Pictured)
It’s no secret that neutral tones are the easiest to maintain so it’s not surprising to see that this trend hasn’t gone away. Natural floors are timelessly elegant and the easiest to maintain since the entire floor is the same colour. So if you scratch the finish the wood colour underneath is the same colour which makes imperfections on your hardwood floors much less visible. Neutral floors provide a great opportunity to add splashes of colour through paint or fun accents and accessories. Think of it as your blank canvas!
LENGTH x WIDTH – Wide Plank Floors
M2 Favourite: Mercier, Hard Maple – Elegancia Collection, Element Series, Terrain (Pictured)
Wider plank flooring has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. Today there are a variety of wide plank engineered hardwood floors available in the market. The introduction of engineered hardwood technology means wider widths and longer lengths with structural stability. For example Mercier – the Canadian leader in hardwood flooring production – is introducing a wide variety of engineered hardwood floors in 8 1/8” width with lengths up to 6’. Craft floors on the other hand, boasts widths of 7” or 8” widths with some species come in lengths up to 10’. This is the perfect solution if you’re shopping for a smaller space. Because there are less seams in the floor, the space instantly opens up and appears larger and more welcoming.
NO BONES ABOUT IT – Herringbone
M2 Favourite: Mercier, Hard Maple Herrinbone, Madera (Pictured)
We are seeing a resurgence of strong geometric lines and shapes in design and herringbone flooring makes for a beautiful application of this design trend. Apart from adding beautiful detail, Herringbone floors are timeless and suitable for anything from open concept spaces to apartments. They are great for making a smaller, narrow space look wider. The change is texture is also an easy way to separate two spaces without walls or physical separations. Think of having the herringbone hardwood installed in the dining room area with a matching plank installed in the connected living room. The change in patterns on the floors signals a separation in space without actual separation in the physical space. Colour trends may change with time, but this bold pattern is certain to stay.