New Standards for an Old Favorite – Trends in Hardwood Floors
While carpet reigned supreme in the 1980’s, hardwood floors made a strong comeback and looks to be here to stay as the top flooring choice in the upcoming years. In particular, look for deeper tones in hardwood flooring and the appearance of more exotic woods for a high end appeal.
Mahogany hardwood flooring in its natural state is a reddish, warm brown color slightly darker than Cherry. Its smooth texture and straight grain has always been a favorite for fine furniture and upscale cabinetry.
Mahogany hardwood floors have always been a popular choice in hot and humid regions, such as Florida. Since Mahogany is a denser wood, it’s able to withstand moisture and heat damage better than Oak and Pine wood floors. In the past, Mahogany floors were reserved for more formal and traditional décor. Look to see Mahogany making an appearance in a more casual look, with a lighter, more natural stain.
Cherry is the hardest and most durable wood found in the United States. It has a gorgeous golden, red brown color with a straight grain. As with Mahogany, Cherry has traditionally been used in high end furniture and cabinetry, and it’s becoming a fast favorite for hardwood floors with its ability to take stain and finishes.
Cherry hardwood flooring has also been popular in more traditional and formal homes, but its durability and warm luster has made it a must-have for those looking for flooring that becomes better looking with age. Cherry flooring is unique in that as it ages, it matures to a rich, burnished color with a subtle grain. While Cherry floors have maintained their popularity through the years, look for wider planks to bring an increased popularity to this time honored favorite.
Tigerwood is a stunning, exotic Brazilian wood with a rich, deep almost orange color with a dark, vein-like grain giving it the appearance of tiger stripes. Tigerwood is also a favorite for furniture and cabinetry, as well as boat building. Tigerwood is fast becoming a favorite hardwood flooring as it polishes well and takes stain and finishes well for maximum impact.
Tigerwood flooring ages beautifully and deepens and becomes richer over time, with the background colors changing to a darker red color, making the ‘tiger striping’ less pronounced and more subtle. Tigerwood flooring will become a favorite for homeowners looking for an exotic flooring that ‘wows’ visitors. We expect to see Tigerwood becoming particularly popular in entryways and stairways.
Hardwood flooring is an excellent investment for homeowners looking for a flooring option that will become more attractive with age and withstand the test of time. We expect it to also be a timeless trend in flooring with universal appeal.