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New design trends in traditional hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is becomingly increasingly popular, but unlike a lot of trends, it’s not one that will be completely new to you. Hardwood floors have been around for centuries, and that’s not surprising when you consider the durability and natural good looks of hardwood. In the past few years, the way in which hardwood flooring has been used has produced some exciting results and shown that there’s life in the old wood yet. Here are some tips to help you really maximise the benefits of this stunning flooring.

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Mix it up

Mixing up different varieties of hardwood in a room used to be a bit of a no-no in the flooring world, but we’re now discovering just how exciting a bit of experimentation can be. Putting together contrasting tones can create some striking results that create really individual décor. Essentially, dare to be different and you could have a truly special look in your home.

Wider planks and natural vintage styles

Wider planks give a more contemporary feel and are great for creating a sense of increased space in a room. Planks from 4″ to as wide as 12” can provide a look that is much more rustic and much smoother, due to fewer seams. This antique style is updated by combining the wider planks with modern colours and cool tones. From those finished vintage looks come a more distressed presentation that is scoring big points with designers and architects alike. The distressed style is all about celebrating the scratches, notches and wear and tear of solid wood flooring.

Additionally, hardwood has great environmental benefits, so it’s just as good for the planet as it is your home.

More examples of the types of hardwood available can be found online, at reliable suppliers, such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/solid-wood-flooring.

Dark, grey and white tones

Dark colours such as ebony and dark walnut have always been especially popular as hardwood flooring. However, people are daring to go darker still, with even darker shades constantly being added to the market. Grey is a colour which has really boomed in sales, as it’s a natural tone which brings out the woods character. White washes are also climbing the charts, although they are usually wire-brushed or mixed with grey for a more modern look.

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