Wooden flooring has always been popular in the colder, Northern parts of India. Not only does wood warm up the house, it is also a practical option in colder areas where winters are long and drawn out. However, wooden flooring is making a huge comeback for modern city dwellings too. Rustic and classic, wooden flooring is timeless and because it’s high in quality, it is also a sound investment.
You will find a lot of rustic homes use end-grain flooring that looks completely natural and is extremely durable. With the unique texturing, end-grain cut wood can help ensure traction where footing is so important. This is probably one reason why certain older, prestigious industrial sites have used this type of flooring.
This time round, the modern flooring options are laminate wooden floors. These flooring panels are made from wood with a smooth laminate finish and have an interlocking design such that each panel locks into another seamlessly, making installation a breeze. What’s better, wooden flooring is super-easy to maintain. It doesn’t crack like ceramic tiles and looks far more sophisticated than carpeted floors or cheap linoleum.
These floors are smooth and easy to clean, making them perfect for modern families who want maintenance-free flooring. It looks good and it feels nice when you walk on it as it's warm on your bare feet. They may be a little more expensive compared to tiles, but the fact that they last for years makes luxurious hardwood floor a true winner.
The new trends that are emerging in 2016 favour wider and longer wooden planks that are up to 7 inches wide and 5 to 6 feet long. While textured hand scraped wooden planks are still in vogue, flooring manufacturers are beginning to see a move towards more restrained and delicate wood textures, as opposed to the heavily distressed look of the past.
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However, the distressed look is far from dated. The advanced technology of laminate can mimic the look of distressed, reclaimed wood easily. Many people might have a hard time telling the difference between real barn wood and laminate. Layers are fused together during a lamination process of heat and pressure to give a highly realistic look of distressed, reclaimed look of a laminate flooring. Hand scraped laminate flooring is made with a texture that resembles the natural look and appeal of worn hardwood flooring. Its rustic and bold, yet timeless look simulates the impeccable workmanship of century-old finishing techniques.
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New colour tones have emerged in wooden flooring too, with modern homes being fitted with black and grey floors. While brown and natural blonde colours are still popular, wenge and walnut colours are trending too. Lighter wood flooring is favoured wherein the homeowner wants to make a statement elsewhere within the room design, wherein dark wood floors become a statement in themselves. Gray wooden floors look elegant and sophisticated, while also having an unexpected design appeal, making them a sure-shot favourite amongst those who prefer a trendier decor.