But just like with computers and cell phones, there is always something newer and greater on the horizon. Trends to watch for include:
~stains that are more brown and less red. Today's popular stain colors include saddle, mocha, coffee, provincial, special walnut, English chestnut, and early American.
~Barnwood and reclaimed visuals. This is simply old, antique wood that has been salvaged from buildings such as aging barns, factories, warehouses - all types of old buildings that are being deconstructed. Reclaimed antique wood has a beautiful and unique patina that only time can give it. (These floors are also among the more expensive flooring options.)
~wire brushed, aged looks. This technique consists of running a wire brush over wood flooring, creating a rough, hard surface. The wire brush gets rid of the soft wood on the surface, making the floor more durable, less slippery, and easier to maintain. Some have polyurethane finishes, others are oil rubbed.Wire brushed floors can withstand wear and tear, making them a great option for households with kids or pets. These floors are meant to have a rough, earthy feel.
~wider planks and matte (no shine) finishes-this is considered the European look
~white oak and American/domestic exotics like hickory, walnut, birch, and cherry
~dual stain/color washing---layers of different stains that replicate a finish found in many of today's higher end cabinetry and furniture
Out, or On The Way Out
~red stain colors like cherry and cinnamon, natural red oak
~dark stains like black, espresso, ebony