Our predicted 2021 hardwood floor trends are all about varying degrees of contrast and rich color, which is exactly what the organic reactive process brings to life by naturally darkening and highlighting the grain patterns of each plank. There’s a reason our reactive hardwood floors were featured as one of the top 20 best new home building products by This Old House. The process pairs old world knowledge about tannins with new techniques to pull out truly unique colors from the wood and bring a stunning, sophisticated look to any design.
2021 DESIGN TREND: LIGHT BROWN HARDWOOD FLOORS ARE IN
Designers are turning to light brown engineered wood floors for a more European look. This 2021 hardwood floor trend can work to balance out darker paint colors and design elements—like the deep navy Sherwin Williams’ named as their 2021 color of the year—or serve as a foundation for light, bright colors more in line with a French countryside or apartment feel. We expect to see more of this use of an authentic wood aesthetic to really level up the sophistication of home design.
DESIGNERS TURN TO WIDE-PLANK ENGINEERED FLOORING
Wide-plank hardwood floors have been on trend for a few years now, and we expect this to continue in 2021. The wide plank wood floor trend makes rooms look larger and more open. No matter your design sensibility, wide planks offer something for everyone. In modern homes, they can lend a contemporary feel, and for older homes they can complete a rustic, authentic look.
A BIG YEAR FOR WHITE OAK FLOORS
When it comes to hardwood species, we predict oak floors are going to be big in 2021. Not only does oak offer durability and affordability, but European white oak especially offers a smoother grain for a more modern aesthetic. Smaller growth rings combine with the wavy grain patterns to allow for better contrasts between shades for floors that really standout.
STUNNING MAPLE HARDWOODS RING IN THE NEW YEAR
Right up there with oak hardwood floors are Maple hardwoods, a species we expect to see a lot of in 2021. With a fine grain made up of both curly patterns and uniformly straight lines, it offers a distinct, sophisticated look. Plus, North American maple scores the second highest of non-exotic species on the Janka Hardness scale at 1450, making it a great long term investment.
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