Hardwood Flooring Classics: old is new
For more than a decade, one of the hottest looks in flooring trends was the sleek, clean look that came with engineered wood floors. Cabinets without door handles and slick countertops made of acrylic and other highly synthetic materials completed this artificially smooth fashion trend. However, like all trends, this one is beginning to wane in favour of a much more natural appearance inside the home. The “country kitchen” look is heavy with wood that is finished to a condition close to its natural state, and many people that adopt this look even prefer wood floors that have the “lived-on” or antiqued look.
One way to get this look is to contact a London floor sanding company. Such companies can take a hardwood floor and sand it off to get back to the natural wood. Whether you already have a hardwood floor installed or you plan to obtain one as part of an effort to have a more naturalistic feeling in your home, proper floor sanding and finishing is a must. Talk to a representative of the company about what floor finishes are available and express your interest in an antiqued look. There are stains that can impart the appearance of aged wood, and in some cases, firms may be able to recommend a craftsman who can perform hand scraping to help achieve the appearance of wood hewn by hand.
Another design feature that makes floors look more old-fashioned is to use flooring with wide planks, since it was not unusual in the old days for planks to be as much as a foot across.