What is a French Bleed?

French Bleed

Vanier Engineered Hardwood – Handscraped Mixed Widths Collection, available at BuildDirect.com

A natural question and one that deserves an answer. A French Bleed is a blackened bevel. This dark colour usually draws a contrast between the color of the planks and the bevel serving to outline each board. This style is incredibly popular right now. Lots of folks love the French Bleed bevel but few know where it comes from. Essentially, a French Bleed is intended to give the look of a very old wood floor that has collected dust and dirt between the boards that no amount of sweeping will remove. Not a pleasant thought but I think you’ll agree the results are stunning…

Often, but not always, a French Bleed is paired with a Hand Scraped surface, a feature we’ll go over soon.



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