Interior Design & Flooring

Hardwood flooring trends for 2013

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 15:41

It's not a surprise - homeowners love the look of hardwood. The material has been steadily growing in popularity for years now. However, there's more to choosing a flooring material than just selecting hardwood.
Hardwood is a popular flooring option because of the warmth it provides the interior design of a space. It is also easily paired with radiant floor heating technology. The utility option allows a homeowner to reduce the operational expenses associated with heating a house. 
Exotic hardwood floors
For the homeowner who wants a bit of flash, using non-traditional hardwood flooring options will show character and make a space standout. These woods include Brazilian cherry, teak and tigerwood. However, these woods are often found in very short supply and can get pricey. Floor Covering News reports that many flooring manufacturers are currently working on new dying and stamping processes that can be applied for more common types of wood to decrease the cost associated to the look of these hardwoods and the environmental impact of harvesting them. 
Distressed hardwood floors
In the current do-it-yourself and recycling-centric culture, a distressed hardwood floor is very in. According to the news source, today's distressed look is less like the 1970s bash and gouge style and more about replicating the authentic look of aged wood. Many suppliers of this style are actually reclaiming wood from old warehouses and commercial buildings that have been left abandoned or empty for years. 
Wide-width plank hardwood floors
Anyone who has walked through a building built in the 1800s knows that the hardwood floors of that time features wood planks that range in five to eight inches in width - and sometimes even more. This is in contrast to the two to three inch planks that are often found today. Homeowners looking to recreate the old-world charm of the 1800s may have to pay more for a manufacturer to recreate the wide-width plank style because modern tree farms don't supply or grow the source long enough to create the wide plank.