Fall is upon us, and as we begin to hear the crunch of fall leaves under our feet as we walk, it’s time to get home interiors up to date with the new season. Flooring trends change year to year due to homeowners acquiring new tastes and technology allows a larger variety of flooring designs for their remodeling project. Below are some flooring trends for this fall:
Fumed Wood Flooring:
Almost all types of wood flooring undergo some kind of staining to given them the desired final finish. Fumed wood flooring gets its rich color and grain without having to get any sort of staining. Instead, the wood is put through a process called fuming. This involves placing the wood in a chamber where airborne ammonia is then released.
The wood reacts with the ammonia and undergoes a color change. The reaction does not always result in the same changes. The final look depends on a number of factors including: the type of wood, the outside environment, and the atmosphere itself. Generally, fuming gives the wood rich dark tones and enhances the natural grain of the wood. The final look is much more appealing and feels deeper than what you would get with stained wood flooring.
The distressed floor style has been around for quite some time, but has become even more popular just recently. Next year, it is expected to see more homeowners opting for that aged look in their flooring. Distressed flooring undergoes artificial aging and styling processes that give it a slightly worn finish. In preparing distressed wood flooring, carious actions are taken depending on the degree and style of “distress” desired.
The edges of each wood plank are hand scraped, swirl and kerf markings are added to imitate historic wood and the planks are brushed to remove glossing and give them a soft worn texture. If wood flooring isn’t your style, you can opt or the increasingly popular distressed concrete flooring.
The distressed concrete floor style will begin to receive more attention as homeowners begin to look at alternatives to traditional wood flooring. As with distressed wood, distressed concrete goes through artificial processes to minimize the highly polishes look and produce an enhanced worn at patina. Distressed concrete flooring can be integrated into most types of decors but works best in industrial and contemporary home styles.