Hardwood Flooring Color Options & Finishes
For the majority of floor shoppers, the number one factor impacting purchase is color. Is it the right shade of brown? Is there a darker gray? How about a grayish-brown wood floor? When it comes to hardwood flooring, there is not a one-size-fits-all color or style that suits everyone. Every person has different taste in color. The wood floor color options don’t stop there; there are also a variety of finishes and textures to choose from as well.
Wood Flooring Colors
Black-Brown Wood Flooring
Black-brown wood flooring is an excellent choice to install in your home due to its richness in color. It provides a powerful contrast to bright wall paint or cabinetry. The boldness of black-brown hardwood will effortlessly add elegance into any space. Dark wood floors will also reflect the quality of your upkeep and maintenance, however. Pet hair, dirt, and scuffs will stand out more on a dark floor. Because of this, dark floors require more attention and maintenance.
If you are considering a black-brown wood floor, consider your current furnishings, wall paint, and any other décor that you own. Although the black-brown wood floors do not have to match exactly with other wood tones in your home, you should avoid having stark contrast between wood color choices.
Dark Brown Wood Flooring
Dark brown wood flooring lends itself well to the rustic design aesthetics. For some, dark brown wood floors may seem unwelcoming (depending on how dark the shade is) and may be even too bold. However, with the right colors and elements, you can create a room that complements your style. As a rule of thumb, we encourage people to not match their wood floors with other wood pieces of the house. That dark brown wood dining table of yours does not have to match dark brown wood floors. If dark brown flooring appeals to you, build around it with complementary wood tones.
Medium Brown Wood Flooring
If medium brown wood flooring is in your inspiration boards, you’ll be happy to know that it is a great foundation for a variety of design styles. Don’t go too far down this color path just yet, though. Assess the room you’ll be installing in. Is it a living room? Kitchen? Office? Also, take into consideration the different elements of the room; cabinets, furniture, paint color, etc. It’s important to step back and consider the big picture. Not doing so might leave you with a final result you’re not as in love with as you should be. If medium brown flooring is something you have in mind, build around it with lighter woods tones, and maybe even throw in a pop of color here and there to accentuate the tone of the floor. Medium brown floor coverings, and the wood specifically, can help to create a warm and inviting environment.
Golden-Brown Wood Flooring
The color of your floors will set the tone of your entire room, and can either renew your space or go horrifically wrong. Light gray and white tones will evoke light and fresh vibes, while brown and yellow tones will make you feel cozy and snug. Golden-brown wood flooring will definitely take you back to the classic countryside and make any space feel like home. Be sure to look at flooring colors to complement your wall paint, furnishings, cabinets and overall color scheme. Also, Keep in mind that the wood floors you choose do not have to exactly match your other wood furniture or cabinets. Choose tones that are similar, but not exactly alike.
Golden-brown wood floors are a great choice if you want to have a classic look in your home. We have several options of golden-brown flooring to help you determine which best fits your home. Pair golden-brown wood floor coverings with neutral colored furniture and succulents for the hip desert look. You can also utilize rich wood accent furniture to bring the winter cabin ambiance into your home. Golden-brown wood also mixes well with bright colors like red and orange to help add vibrancy to your home.
Grayish-Brown Wood Flooring
Grayish-brown wood floors have been an increasingly popular color to modernize homes, without making a room feel too cold. Grayish-brown wood planks are an excellent choice for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether you prefer modern or rustic design, we have several options of grayish-brown wood floors to help you determine which best suits your space. Pair grayish-brown planks with furnishings that have rich chocolate-brown accents. Light-gray furniture also complements well with grayish-brown flooring.
Wood Texture & Finishes
Artisan Hand Scraped Wood Flooring
Before hardwood flooring was mass-produced, artisan hand scraped wood flooring planks were smoothed and scraped by hand. It is the cherished technique of using a wood scraper to shave a plank smooth. Hand scraped wood floors have become a popular trend. Also known as “hand sculpted wood flooring,” artisan hand scraped wood floors are contoured to show off wood’s natural textures. There are two ways to achieve this look: by man or by machine.
Artisan hand scraped wood floors tend to be expensive since the process requires manual labor. No two planks will be the same.
Flooring that is machine-scraped will cost less, but will have a repetitive pattern across planks. Choosing the right flooring contractor to install this type of flooring is essential to ensure that the pattern is installed correctly for a more natural look.
Don’t confuse artisan hand scraped wood floors with “distressed” wood flooring. Although they both have similar manufacturing processes, hand scraped hardwood flooring will always have more variation than distressed hardwood. Distressed hardwood will almost always have a more weathered look.
Distressed Wood Flooring
As time has shown, flooring trends have evolved and homeowners are looking for unique features, colors, and even materials to make their space a knockout. Distressed wood floors have a distinct character that lends itself well to creating a room with unique character and style.
Distressed wood flooring is categorized as such due to the processes the wood goes through during the manufacturing process to give it that added “character” most people seek. These processes often include:
- Aging the wood: the aging process typically involves some sort of staining and/or sanding. Certain stains make the wood look older and used, while sanding with rough sand paper adds more texture to the grain. These two elements are also considered “weathering.”
- Wire brushing: As the term implies, this process simply means a wire brush is run along the wood planks to accentuate the grain of the wood.
- Sculpting: A technique that is similar to hand scraping, but focused on sculpting around raised knots to give it even more natural quality.
A quick Internet search will show that you can attempt distressed wood floors on your own, but that will take time. DIY distressed flooring can be accomplished with a variety of materials that you’re likely to have on hand, such as tea (for staining), hammer or mallet, nails, steel wool, and sand paper.
From an interior design perspective, distressed wood and distressed wood floor coverings can be used to create so many different rooms that are far from the typical rustic-cabin interior design style that typically pops into most minds.
10 Coats UV-cured Aluminum-Oxide Wood Flooring
When you hear us talk about a finish such as 10-coat UV-cured aluminum-oxide wood floors, that means it has been finished by the manufacturer.
What is Aluminum-Oxide Polyurethane? Polyurethane is a type of finish used in pre-finished floors, other finishes include acrylic-urethane, ceramic, and acrylic impregnated. With our 10-coat UV-cured aluminum-oxide wood flooring, the polyurethane is the clear, durable finish that is applied as the wear layer. These coats yield a smooth satin finish. The toughness and increased abrasion resistance of 10-coat aluminum-oxide wood floors come from the aluminum-oxide particles added to the finish. In our engineered wood products, we use two coats of aluminum oxide layered among the other eight polyurethane layers. This process dramatically increases the life of the floor.
A floor that is UV-cured means the coating applied (in our case, the aluminum-oxide polyurethane finish) to the floor instantly hardens when exposed to UV light rather than heat. UV curing is a process that is common within the flooring industry and others, such as automotive, electronics, graphic arts and more. This type of curing also reduces VOC emissions, making it safer for you and the environment.
Hard Wax Oil
As the name suggests hard wax oil is an oil finish. It penetrates the wood, but also creates a durable layer that helps protect the face of the plank. Hard wax oil finish floors will not yield a high-shine or high-gloss floor. A hard wax oil finish leaves wood floors looking unfinished and natural. Since floors with a hard wax oil finish are not sealed like floors with lacquer finish, extra care and maintenance is required.