Looking to install new wood flooring ? There are more looks available than ever before, so checkout these colors
Wood Flooring Colors
Overall, there’s a shift towards darks and lights (yes, the two extremes), as well as cooler and browner tones. Redder and warmer tones are less popular and more polarizing.
1. Dark and darker
Yes, dark continues to grow and grow and grow. I’ve been discussing dark hardwood floors for a few years. The most popular colors have been ebony, espresso (which is a 50/50 blend of ebony/jacobean), jacobean and dark walnut. We test these colors on our customers’ floors as the stains look different on different woods (and even different planks). And, please understand that many of the pictures on line looker darker than they do in real life.
Lately, there have been some requests for darker and darker colors. To serve this need.
2. Grays and white washes
Yes, gray is hot when it comes to hardwood floors. This cool tone has grown in popularity and we get more and more requests for gray, especially among our higher end and more fashion forward customers. We also get tons of phone calls from across the country on how to refinish hardwood for that gray look. You can read more about that here: How to refinish and stain hardwood floors gray. The best way to do this is to mix ebony with white (read more in that post).
Gray is more expensive as you need to use a higher grade water borne poly such as Bona Traffic HD. We see all sorts of mixes from light to dark gray (it’s best to test). We also have some customers that mix in a touch of gray with darker brown stains.
You can also get pre-finished gray floors. Generally gray looks best in maple and birch which are a bit more expensive than oak. But, there are now plenty of oaks in the marketplace. If you already have oak in your home, I’d recommend that you stay with the same species so that you can match the floors (even if you refinish later). Maple and birch are more challenging and more expensive to refinish as they are closed pore woods.
White wash is also making a comeback, believe it or not. But, it’s often done in a more contemporary way with a touch of gray or wire-brushed (more on that later). Or, it’s done as a steep contrast with white in some rooms and a deep ebony in others.
3. Ultra Blonde
Blonde or natural hardwood tends to be the 2nd most popular color after the darks. Natural makes the space look larger and airier. It tends to give the home a more casual look, and often costs a bit less.
4. Matte and satin finish Wood Floors
Shiny and semi gloss are out; satin and matte finishes in. Satin (with a bit of sheen) is the most popular, but now matte is starting to gain more appeal. See this article: Which type of sheen is most popular for wood floors? Some of this is driven by the increased popularity of water borne poly as well as oiled floors and wire brushed finishes. Some of it is also driven by the honed look in granite and poured concrete counter tops.
5. Wire-brushed wood Flooring
What does wire-brushed wood look like? Wire-brushed is a weathered and authentic look to your hardwood floors that’s created by using wire bristles to open and enhance the wood grain. It’s an etched look that gives subtle texture while still maintaining a smooth surface. It’s used for a cottage chic (or shabby chic) look and it helps hide dirt and imperfections more. It’s more expensive to make (as there is an extra step and often 2 colors applied with one as a glaze), and is generally only available in pre-finished hardwood. Shaw’s Castle Oak line is a perfect example of this.
Wide Plank wood flooring is becoming more and more popular these days. It is no longer th5 ” plank that is being offered. There are widths up to 12″ available on the market.