As we saw in Part 1 of this two part series on wood flooring trends in 2014 so far, historical trends are dominating flooring at the moment. The emphasis is on distressed styles, with hand-scrapes, wide-width planks and various other worn looks coming to the fore.
But if that worn look is not for you, don’t worry: it’s not the only show in town. The world of wood flooring has also seen an ironic double adoption of exotics from across the world, as well as a range of environmentally-conscious products.
Sense of authenticity
Exotic hardwoods appeal to a certain sense of authenticity, mirroring the overall wood flooring trend of getting back to basics. The art of nature is paramount here, with the bold stripes of tigerwood, the beauty and depth of Brazilian cherry and the strength of teak all featuring heavily.
These woods are attractive because they represent both solidity and something different; they are unusual and exciting in a world of mundane familiarities. They offer both the dependability and style that you want from a floor. For example, the natural Brazilian cherry Mazama hardwood is particularly strong and combines deep colors with attractive fine grain patterns.
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Counter-trend on the rise
These exotics have also been mimicked plenty of times by intrepid designers around the world, enabling the same look and feel of a traditional hardwood while staying true to the environment. Indeed, a counter-trend to exotics is also on the rise, whereby sustainable options like cork and bamboo are also rapidly gaining in popularity.
Flooring of the future
These flooring products are just as effective as hardwood, yet crucially do not necessitate the felling of a tree. After all, bamboo is a grass that regrows after being cut, and cork is made from tree bark, which regenerates after being stripped. BuildDirect’s Appleton Cinnamon Yanchi Bamboo floor, for example, combines that green ethos with the general distressed trend, showcasing hand-scraped, antique patterns.
This emphasis on sustainability is a long-term trend, and the quality of these floors has reflected that. They are as strong as any traditional wooden floor, and designed for all kinds of busy surfaces. This is the flooring of the future.
So, whether your preference lies with old-style, worn wooden floors or environmentally-conscious alternatives, there is a viable option out there. Wooden flooring trends of 2014 may seem at times to be at odds with each other, yet the strength and style underpinning their quality can never be in doubt.