Trending Towards 2012: Hardwood Flooring Trends in the Coming Year

Eco-Friendly Flooring: Sustainability has moved beyond recycling and green practices to encompass an entire type of lifestyle. Flooring design choices that reflect sustainable practices will be increasingly popular in 2012, with a strong focus on natural floors and neutral, earthy wood tones.

Affordable Luxury: In 2012, color will be a source of added luxury. The current conservative atmosphere has customers focusing less on conspicuous consumption and looking for more practical options that provide added value. Color is a simple and cost-effective way to enhance the luxury of your home, and rich and vibrant color s are being seen through the 2012 palette options. Choosing the right color carpet or shade of hardwood flooring can drastically transform the aesthetic of a room.

Timelessness: In the coming year hardwood flooring trends will revert back to a classic and more traditional look. This includes a wider plank and deep, richer colors. These type of classic hardwood types include: Oak, Cherry, Pine, Maple Hickory, Pecan, Walnut, Birch, and Beech.

New Types of Hardwood Flooring:

  • Bamboo presents a variety of new color options and eco-friendly solutions for hardwood flooring. New streamlining processes can now affect the color of wood without requiring the use of dyes and other environmentally harmful materials.
  • New hardwood flooring colors include: cinnamon, cherry, and caramel.
  • Different wood cuts allow for an updated and modernized approach to hardwood flooring. Slicing and rotary cutting creates new face patterns and produces unique hardwood planks.
  • New types of wood are being imported from Asia, Germany, Russia, and South America, producing a wider variety of hardwood options and colors.

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