Maryland Flooring Guide: 2013 Hardwood Flooring Trends

2013 hardwood floor trends

Hardwood flooring is more popular than ever in the Mid-Atlantic, Maryland in particular. You’d be amazed at the number of different types, styles, colors and options that are available in hardwood flooring nowadays. Here are some of the hottest hardwood flooring trends from 2013 and hopefully you’ll get some great ideas about how to utilize hardwood in your home or commercial space in 2014.

  • Authenticity – This is the desire that more and more people have for floors that use inspiration from the past. Some of the most popular styles are ones that replicate actual floors from years past. Some other popular styles are hand scraped, distressed floors and floors made from genuine materials.
  • Wide-Width Wood Planks – Most hardwood floors installed over the past 30 to 50 years have been made with planks that are 2 – 3” in width. However, before that, wider planks were more common amongst homebuilders. A current trend is taking inspiration from these older floors and utilizes 4 – 5” planks for a unique appearance.
  • Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Reclaimed wood floors are an excellent choice from an ecological standpoint, as builders reuse old wood and make the floors new again. Reclaimed wood also has stylistic benefits such as offering an attractive vintage, distressed look that is so popular right now.
  • Exotics – A few years ago, your only options in wood flooring were often oak and maple. Now there are several varieties of wood available, such as teak or Brazilian hardwood, as well as newer varieties of oak and maple. There are many natural-looking artificial exotics too, which can put the exotic look in nearly any homeowner or decorator.
  • Ebonized Wood – Ebonized wood is a relatively easy way to add a touch of elegance to a room. Any dark wood can be used to create an ebony look. Talk to one of our flooring experts about this option and find out if it is an option for you.
  • Harder Finishes – Wood floors are being designed with thicker glazed finishes today. These glazes not only look great, but can stand up to heavy traffic and are easier to keep clean than untreated wood. Hard finishes can be utilized with nearly any type of wood floor and may be an option to add to older floors as well.
  • Sustainable Flooring – Traditional materials like oak, pine and maple can be regrown, of course; however, it takes dozens of years to grow a tree from sapling to maturity. There has been a great interest in utilizing materials that are more immediately sustainable. Cork and bamboo are two of the more popular options. This trend is just taking off, and over the next few years there will likely be even more options available.

Now that you’ve seen some of the top hardwood flooring trends, maybe you have some ideas for your hardwood floor project. Call or contact us at Contract Carpet One and talk to our experts. We will be happy to work with you and help you decide if one of these trends is the right wooden floor option for you.

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