Similar to the fashion scene, the entertainment businesses and the automotive world, a new year brings a new crop of trends to the hardwood flooring industry. The past year is looked back upon, forecasts are made and the future is predicted by those in the know. To give potential buyers an idea of what the upcoming year will bring we’ve compiled the top 2020 hardwood flooring trends.
Oiled wood floors give off a natural and organic look while improving the durability and longevity of the planks. Oil finishes are able to seep into the gaps between the floorboards and penetrate the wood in ways that other finishes can’t. This brings out the wood grain while making the wood stronger. Topped with a polyurethane layer the oil is sealed and protected for years to come.
Grey has been trending for several years now and there seems to be no reason to believe this trend is abating. Although early examples of grey floorboards were factory made, there has been an upgrade in the techniques of floor refinishing. This has meant that many people could make the transition without having to replace their floors entirely. If you want to make the move to grey, refinishing may be an economical alternative.
Whitewashed floors may have been popular back in the 1980s, but the look is coming back. That said, today’s whitewashed floors are more understated than they were 30 or 40 years ago. This allows the planks to retain their natural look but with a slight white tint.
Matte And Satin Finishes
Matte and satin finishing are becoming more popular in contrast to the shiny gloss and semi gloss finishes that are so difficult to maintain. Matte and satin finishes hide dirt, scratches and dents much better than gloss making them easier to keep clean. If you’re looking for a long lasting, modern looking finish, look into mattes and satins.
Wire Brushed Floors
Wire brushed floors have been popular for a few years and they’re still on point for 2020. Wire brushing gives the planks some texture and complements the wood grain. This also works to hide dust and scratches making maintenance much easier.