The popularity of wood originates from its rural visual aspect together with its ability to create instant warmth, especially when used with the right curtains and blinds. If you are new to wood flooring, the various types and trends might seem confusing at first. Often the process of sourcing floors is done concurrently with other interior design changes, which your preferred designer will be able to explain. If you do decide to brave the waters and source wood flooring yourself, here is a simplified version of the different flooring you are likely to come across and the most recent interior design trends in wood flooring.
Types – you may find it strange to hear, but not all wood flooring are made from wood alone. There are two types of hardwood flooring on offer. The traditional solid wood (also known as real wood floor) and the newer engineered wood. Both look the same, and your choice of one instead of the other should be based on the room’s surface. Solid wood is strong, but may shrink or expand under certain temperature changes (a natural property of timber when exposed to hot or cold conditions), while engineered wood is resistant to this condition.
Solid wood – strong, made from 100% wood and the ‘original’ floor.
Engineered wood – resistant to temperature changes and considered the more advance of the two.
Wood species choice – there are many wood species which can suit flooring. First and foremost the wood has to be strong as the floor is expected to last for 30 years. It should also be available from managed sustainable forests. Rightfully so, most customers insist that the wood is sourced from managed habitats and sourced using ethical means. The two more popular woods are Oak and Walnut which are very durable and could be sourced ethically. Trends – you already know that one trend is to use sustainable wood. The second trend is more to do with the visual side of the floor. Each hardwood flooring is coated in a layer of protection. In the past, this top layer was used for protection alone against minor scuffs and in order to increase the longevity of the floor, however interior designers are now using the flooring coating to colour match the floor to their interior decor theme. Although the species of the wood will have some say as to the colour of the floor, modern technology allows you to achieve these fantastic shades you see below using coating technologies.
I hope you enjoyed this guide. Your comments are welcome.
Guide by the team at flooring vendor Wood & Beyond. An FSC accredited flooring company offering ethically sourced flooring, from solid wood flooring to engineered floors.