Hardwood floors are a great addition to any space. Not only do they create a warm, inviting and visually appealing environment, but they can also add value to your home. Picking the right floor isn’t an easy task, so here are the hottest trends in hardwood flooring for 2015.

 

Pattern (herringbone and chevron)

Parquet floors are making a major comeback in the world of interior design with herringbone and chevron patterns leading the pack. Parquet refers to any repeating geometric patterns created by strips of wood. Herringbone and chevron are not only the original versions of parquet flooring, but also some of the most appealing and enduring styles.

  • Herringbone is created with traditional rectangular panels that are uniform in size. The panels are arranged in a way that creates a zigzag pattern. They are believed to have originated in France as far back as the 16th century.   
  • Chevron is very similar to herringbone in appearance, but its panels are cut at a 45° angle on both ends. The angles meet to create a perfect point and sharper zigzag effect. Created in the 17th century, chevron can be seen in classic French architecture such as the Queen’s Guard Room in Versailles.

Colour

Monochromatic colour schemes have become increasingly popular over the past few years and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Whites, blacks and every shade of gray in between can create a chic, contemporary space with a sophisticated look.

  • White floors are set to be very on trend in the upcoming year. Whether it’s a lightly whitewashed oak or an opaque high gloss finish, white allows for your other décor elements to take centre stage. White floors also offer versatility: they can look great in a soft country-inspired room or give a super fresh edge to a contemporary minimalist one.
  • Black or ebonized hardwood floors are a great way to contemporize your space while adding drama and luxury. If you’re not ready to take the plunge into opaque black floors, try a very deep natural wood with a cool-toned stain or opt for a gray instead.
  • Gray wood planks are not just for your cottage porch anymore. Gray has quickly become one of the most popular and widely used neutrals in recent years. Its cooler tones create a fresh appearance that can still be rich and luxurious. One of the most appealing aspects of this trend is its versatility. Gray floors work with various styles and don’t compete or clash with other colours in your room.

Texture: distressed and vintage

Recently, people have been moving away from the more pristine look of new and perfect floors and opting for a more rustic, lived-in wood texture. Distressed, textured and reclaimed woods have been blowing up in a variety of styles, colours and sizes. Distressed wood adds character to your space and the look of patina implies a history and a story that adds interest and personality. What’s even better is that floors that are more matte in finish and rich in texture hide imperfections, dust and scratches better than other finishes. This style has become increasingly popular in more urban settings, especially since it brings an element of nature indoors which creates warmth, comfort and richness.

Size and scale

Wide plankhardwood floors have been growing in popularity for several years and are definitely here to stay. Larger slabs of wood mean less joints and seams, making your space appear larger. Typically wide planks range from 3’ to 7’ in length with random sizes in between 4″ up to 12″ in width. When choosing which size is best suited for your space, be sure to consider the size of room and the desired effect in mind.

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