Innovative Trends for Bay Area Wood Floors

Casual observers might think that the world of hardwood floor installation is a pretty unexciting and unchanging world. But our industry is subject to trends, just like any other.

So what are all the “hot trends” in the hardwood flooring industry for 2014?

1. Deep brown and ebony colors are IN.

Dark wood floors obviously look aesthetically appealing, but traditionally they can be challenging to maintain, because they’re easier to scratch, and oils from pets or bare feet can show up on the floors. So more maintenance is needed. But more and more people seem to think that the extra care is worth the benefits. The ironically named “white oak” is a fantastic dark wood. A technique called “water popping” can also be used to get the “dark wood” look.

2. Red-orange is out; and gold is IN.

Perhaps it’s the influence of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but hardwood floor owners are going gaga for gold and shying away from the more autumnal colors, like amber, red and orange. Why? Industry watchers suspect the trend reflects a desire for ease of decorating. It’s just simpler to pair gold and brown floors with furniture than it is to pair up red and orange floors – leaving less chance for clashing.

3. Pre-finished floors are not as popular – “finished on site” is the New Black.

Pre-finished hardwood floors have a lot going for them – easier installation, for instance – but they can lack some character and fall short, aesthetically. Finished on site floors generally offer better sealing, smoothness, and simplicity than do bevel-edged pre-finished hardwoods.

4. Hardwoods > tile for kitchens.

Hardwood floors in kitchens? Shouldn’t you opt for tile or linoleum or some other “practical” material? The reality is that anti-staining technology has made hardwood floors a great choice for many Bay Area kitchens.

Contact the Sunnyvale Hardwood Flooring Pros Today

To find out more about what flooring is right for your needs, call the Elegant Floors team at 650-961-1339 or 408-773-8624 immediately for a free estimate. You can also fill out our online contact form here on our website!

4 Exciting Hardwood Floor Trends for 2014