Hardwood flooring has been a popular material for years and seems to be getting more and more popular. Many people prefer hardwood flooring to carpets and tiles and even other types of hard flooring used for bedrooms and kitchens.
The reason for this is that hardwood floors look good and are easy to clean. They are also more durable than most other flooring materials. But what kind of hardwood flooring trends for 2021 are we set to see?
For context, a hardwood floor is a type of flooring that is made from the solid wood of deciduous trees. Hardwood floors are manufactured in a wide variety of species, widths, lengths, and finishes. They can be sanded and refinished many times over their useful life. They are also known for having a more traditional appearance and lasting longer than other floor covering types. Due to their many positive qualities, hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular, especially among homeowners looking to invest in a rate, long-lasting flooring option. Hardwood floors can be installed in homes with radiant heating systems, and properly installed hardwood floors can help lower heating bills by keeping rooms warm.
This type of flooring has enjoyed a surge in trend and popularity and is now the flooring choice for many households. The trend is not expected to change drastically over the next five years, with the cost of labour and laminate flooring being the two most significant factors. In 2021, homebuilders will be more likely to provide a hardwood flooring option, with the majority being installed by professional flooring contractors.
Whether you're renovating your home in the UK or you’re an architect based in Europe, you'll need to know more about exactly what types of hardwood is available.
Here are some of the key stain and colour trends for 2021:
Solid hardwood floor: involves installing a solid, utterly natural wood floor, which is left in its raw form. It's usually stained to make it darker or to match other features in your home, but it's available in a wide range of tones and shades.
Engineered hardwood floor: This type of hardwood is made from several wood layers, which are glued together in a factory.
Dark and cool tones: Which are easier to maintain and in keeping with the trend homeowners have to paint their walls grey, so think: For those looking to go darker and darker, they are generally blending ebony/dark walnut e.g a 50/50 blend.
Grey and Grey blends, including charcoal and brown greys: We’ve noted that Grey flooring has been on the rise recently. In wood, tiles that perhaps look like wood, and grey vinyl planks that look like wood. Many local customers to ask us to refinish their existing floors and turn them grey.
Whitewashed Floors: It seems that the demand for whitewashed floors is back. The current whitewashes are more matte and perhaps more subtle in colour and character, working well on white oak to provide a modern look. Mineral streaks give the wood a more linear look for a contemporary style, compared to the heavy graining on which can be seen on red oak with a more traditional look.
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