2017 Wood Flooring Trends – By the Flooring Experts
3rd April 2017
Do you want to get up-to-date with what’s going on in the world of wooden flooring this year? If you’re thinking of laying a hardwood floor in your home or office in the near future read on for inspiration and to find out which flooring styles are the firm favourites for 2017. Whilst wood floors have been popular for a number of years they’re being used increasingly in make-overs and new-builds as there are so many options to choose from.
“Colours are either very light or very dark, with nothing in-between. Gone are the days of mahogany-rich reds and cherry woods – instead drama at opposite ends of the colour spectrum are the common choices we’re seeing at The Reclaimed Flooring Co.,” says Robert Henry “And we’re also seeing our clients become braver as they use bolder surfaces and shapes. Wooden flooring is the perfect solution to the creation of statement floors and walls”.
As we design and develop our homes and style of living we are consistently looking for more sustainable options for flooring and building structure, in order to minimise the impact on the environment. At the RFC we also believe in the philosophy of smart reforestation – for every 10m² of wooden flooring we sell we plant one tree.
Colour Trends in Wooden Flooring
It’s all about extremes this year and wooden flooring is making a bold statement with either strong, dark colours that are the talking-point of the room or more subtle lighter colours that complement furniture and accessories. Dark wooden flooring can be the focal point of the room – the talking point that inspires the whole décor. Whilst light flooring gives a cool feel that acts as the backdrop to eye-catching colours and decorative pieces.
For both business spaces and residential homes, dark or light wooden flooring is the trend to follow.
Light-coloured finishes give a sense of space and the fresh, crisp finishes of light-coloured flooring work well with a coordinated light room, or contrast with bold statement accents in furniture and décor. The perfect choice for light-coloured flooring is Traditional White or White Shadow, our oak Scandinavian-style wooding flooring, which present a feeling of calm to any room. Light-coloured flooring also doesn´t show the dirt as much as darker colours, which is a great benefit if daily cleaning isn´t your thing.
Whilst light colours are popular in wooden flooring we are talking whites, greys, and cool looks, rather than warm honeys and orange tones, which now seem a little dated. The feel is crisp, clean, and light, not warm and cosy any longer.
At the other end of the spectrum dark-coloured finishes provide the final touch to a room and convey a bold and grand design. Take Molasses as an example – a rich, dark engineered black wooden floor that stands out as a strong backdrop to the rest of the room and grabs attention the minute you walk in the room. The deep, earthy tones of a dark wood floor can carefully balance with the neutral colours popular today. These darker wooden floors create a sense of sophistication and opulence.
Dark flooring is practical too because as long as it´s not completely black it’s less likely to show scratches, which means less maintenance. It also contrasts dramatically with the light-coloured furniture that is trending at the moment.
For a neutral effect, grey flooring is coming into its own in 2017 and is a versatile floor option for any room, large or small, dark or light. Both light and dark grey are popular choices and grey tones in a room combined with grey wooden flooring can create a contemporary look that will finish off any design scheme perfectly. Grey specialist colouring techniques brings out the natural beauty of the wood and highlights the grains, grooves, and knots to give a genuine wood look and feel.
Grey flooring, such as Stockholm Grey, can also be used as a subtle base for bolder colours and statement furniture as it blends subtly into the background and doesn´t force itself to the foreground. Understated, cool and modern, grey is the new mahogany. Grey flooring has been gathering momentum for the last few years, and today it encompasses a sophisticated understated look that is likely to be around for a few years to come. Grey is a good choice for the business that wants to portray a formal atmosphere, or a home which wants a wooden floor to be the focal point of a room.
Texture & Effect Trends
Textured finishes are a strong choice at the moment, particularly the wire-brushed effects, which have a non-smooth but not rough finish that complements both modern and traditional rooms. Textured flooring draws the eye and emphasizes the floor.
Herringbone and Chevron parquet are wooden floorings designed to add interest due to their patterns and angles. Before we go on we must point out that when we say parquet flooring the 1970s short plank parquet style is nowhere to be seen.
Herringbone wooden flooring is a more ‘relaxed’ design, while chevron is more structured and angular. Both can be set off against different room styles and the power of symmetry of the flooring brings a sense of balance to living and working spaces. A unique style is to contrast herringbone and standard styles, by placing a section of herringbone within the standard.
Reclaimed English Oak Herringbone is an inspirational choice for a room that needs to convey depth and a blend of both old and new.
2017 is also seeing Driftwood Oak Flooring take a strong position in the wooden flooring market. This style of flooring gives the weathered look and gives the effect of a wind and rain battered wood, sourced from the coast, that has survived the test of time and outlived the elements. The RFC range of Driftwood Oak is engineered for durability and long-lasting performance and the Driftwood range captures a timeless weathered sensation perfectly.
Finishes & Styles
Wooden flooring finishes have been toned down and popular this year are satin and matte finishes that are a stylish choice for all room types. Shiny, glossy finishes are out-of-favour and are decreasing in popularity as they tend to show the dirt and are more difficult to clean, which is good news. Satin is the alternative to polished, if you like a little bit of shine, whilst matte is quite dull looking (but still attractive) and very neutral.
Salvaged wooden flooring is, and will continue to grow in popularity as homes become more eco-friendly. Reclaimed flooring tells a story, has a history, and each piece is unique. The wood is salvaged from old buildings which are no longer in use and not likely to be restored.
Engineered wood is becoming a popular choice as it’s practical and easier to maintain than solid hardwood. It’s also a good choice for floors that need durability, for example, for homes with children, pets or high-traffic office areas. Engineered wooden flooring is composed of a hardwood layer of veneer which sits on top of plywood and is suitable for use with underfloor heating. It’s also less susceptible to warping if it gets wet or is exposed to a damp atmosphere.
Oiled floors are also fast becoming a premium choice for wooden flooring as they enhance the natural beauty of the wood and age with it. The boards are supplied sanded and the oil is then applied, which sinks to the core of the wood. An advantage of oiled flooring is that if repairs are needed sanding is not required before applying the oil. This makes oiled wooden flooring a good choice for high traffic areas that will be subject to the wear and tear of everyday life. Whilst oiled flooring does have a degree of upkeep, as it will have to be re-oiled periodically, the oil is easy to apply and can be done in sections, causing minimum disruption.
Quite a special style that’s making an appearance is laying wooden flooring at an angle, so it fits diagonally across the room. Whilst unusual in the past, this style of wooden floor is being used more and more in homes with larger rooms where the owners want their flooring to make a quirky and unique statement. Laying flooring at an angle like this also gives the perception of expense and high-quality living and that serious consideration has been given to the feel of the room.
Wooden Flooring Sizes
Wide-plank flooring is also growing in popularity, with its ability to make rooms feel large and spacious and flow from one to another seamlessly. There are less joins between the planks, which makes the whole effect neater and uniform and the planks tend to be longer than standard boards, again giving the illusion of space. Wide-plank gives a sense of order and organization, which is why it is a popular choice for office wooden flooring. Wide-planks can be installed horizontally, vertically or even diagonally for a striking and look, depending on the effect the home or business owner wishes to achieve.
Combining light colours with wide-plank wooden flooring gives the overall perception of a roomy and non-cluttered area. For rather small and compact rooms wide-plank, such as Frost, which conveys a hint of frost on a cold morning, is a perfect solution and clever use of furnishings completes the picture.
Mixed width flooring portrays a sense of stepping back in time, as this was used in the past when wood was scarce and designers had to make use of the sizes of wood available. This flooring style is the perfect finish for a room to display texture and natural colours. It has a certain rustic feel to it and can both transform a room and bring it to life.
The future of wooden flooring
Along with the demand for highly sustainable and eco-friendly wooden flooring we’re seeing a desire for natural looking hard-wearing floors that will stand up to the tough demands of modern life. We work with architects, developers, contractors, and home owners on many styles of building, from traditional country cottage to high-tech London offices, and the majority are looking for the same creation: a unique wooden floor that will look good and last for years to come.