The Latest Trends in Hardwood Flooring

These designs are the most popular in 2016

If you are changing the flooring of your home or building a new home with flooring, you must be aware that selecting the design and style can be a difficult thing. Flooring designs are also changing like fashion, however not as much. This article provides some new and latest color and design trends in hardwood flooring in homes which you can use according to your own choice, preference and taste.

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Hardwood Stain Colors


Overall, there’s a shift towards darks and lights (yes, the two extremes), as well as cooler and browner tones. Redder and warmer tones are less popular and more polarizing.

Dark and darker


Yes, dark continues to grow and grow and grow. I’ve been discussing dark hardwood floors for a few years. The most popular colors have been ebony, espresso (which is a 50/50 blend of ebony/jacobean), jacobean and dark walnut. We test these colors on our customers’ floors as the stains look different on different woods (and even different planks). And, please understand that many of the pictures on line looker darker than they do in real life.


Lately, we’ve had more requests to go darker and darker and darker. To serve this need, Duraseal has now added a darker stain than ebony…it’s called true black. It’s just about to hit the marketplace. Another solution to get the floors darker is to open up the pores with a water pop. This extra steps costs more, but it helps the wood absorb the stain more for a darker and super contemporary look.

Ultra Blonde


Blonde or natural hardwood tends to be the 2nd most popular color after the darks. Natural makes the space look larger and airier. It tends to give the home a more casual look, and often costs a bit less.

But, lately, I’ve been seeing a new twist on this, especially among those with white oak floors. Rather than using an oil based poly (which makes the floors a bit darker and more amber), many are opting for water borne poly, especially higher end Bona Traffic HD for a lighter and less yellow look. The finish is more matte, too. This option has some other benefits, too including that it dries faster and smells less (but it does cost more).

Hardwood in kitchens (and everywhere on main floor)


Hardwood continues grow in popularity for kitchen floors, especially as open concept floor plans are on the rise. Hardwood has surpassed tile as the preferred surface, especially here in the Westchester and NYC Metro area. Everywhere you look, you’ll find hardwood being showcased in kitchens – home magazines, and pinterest.

Why is this? In a nutshell, hardwood is easier on your feet, warmer, easier to clean and makes your space look larger. It’s generally less expensive and improves the value of your home. It ultimately lasts longer, too.

Site finished solid hardwood


Here in the NYC Metro area, there is a strong preference for solid and site finished hardwood. Most homes here have hardwood already, so this is the look customers are accustomed to, especially mid to higher end customers.


Pre-finished hardwood looks more fake here, due to the micro-beveled edges, which often show the underlying color of the original wood underneath. Also, dirt tends to get caught in the edges. When hardwood floors and sanded and refinished on site, the floors are smoothed out and you have the ability to test and customize the stain colors.

Author: The Flooring Girl

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