There’s just something about wooden floors that refuses to go out of fashion. Despite many alternative flooring options available today, we are still enamored by the exquisiteness of wooden floors. And what better way to enjoy the beauty of wood – without the disadvantages of the material – than with engineered wooden floors?
It’s no surprise that engineered wood floors are finding their way into homes and offices all across the UK. They are, after all, far more versatile and flexible when compared to real wood. And they don’t burn a hole in your pocket.
If you are looking at elevating your space with this flooring option, here are the top 5 Engineered Wood Flooring Trends to inspire you.
Expanding your horizon
Extra-wide or extra-long is the recurring trend currently, especially meant for those with a minimalistic design eye. Experimenting with the width and length of your planks allows you to play with the scale of a room, creating a striking visual impact. This also lends a starkly cleaner, more elegant aesthetic, since there are fewer seams that show up.
Besides, the wideness helps accentuate the natural beauty and grains of the wood, giving the room a more organic and cosy vibe.
If you have a large room, lighter coloured wide planks can amplify the size even more. However, if you wish to tone down the largeness of the space, opt for darker coloured planks. Slim, elongated boards on the other hand, lend an edgy, modern vibe. Long planks are being favoured for adding a sense of expanse. Some go a step further by combining wide and narrow engineered wood planks to ‘zone’ different spaces in the same room
Parquet engineered wood floors are on another level altogether. From the visual artistry of Herringbone to the fluidity of Chevron, these floors can give your space that ‘X factor’.
The interest in parquet floors has been revived in recent times – and they are a current hot favourite amongst homeowners and interior designers alike. In fact, recent research has shown that a parquet floor could significantly increase the value of your home or rental space.
It’s no wonder then that this luxury engineered wood floor is so much in demand. The best part is that it fits beautifully into any décor – whether it’s a period house or a swanky corner office.
Wood with a story
For all the environmentally conscious customers out there, reclaimed engineered wood floors are a go-to option. Besides the fact that they are sustainable and good for the environment, since old boards are simply recycled – these planks lend so much character since each one of them has a story to tell.
Reclaimed engineered wood planks can be made from anything – a quaint heritage building’s floorboards to oaken wine barrels. All of this backstory makes these floors that much more interesting. Plus, by virtue of being vintage and re-used, they have a naturally distressed patina that adds to its appeal.
Brown is the new black when it comes to engineered wood floors. While light coloured floors were previously preferred to make a space appear larger, mid to dark brown wood tones are currently being favoured for their ability to cosy up the room.
There is a growing trend towards more natural spaces that seem welcoming, comfortable and inclusive. This has probably a lot to do with the all-pervasiveness of technology and a general feeling of disconnectedness. These darker shades of wood radiate warmth and comfort, while helping one feel more grounded and connected to the natural world.
Deeper shades can also work with a wide range of design styles – from country to urban, traditional to modern and farm cottages to industrial lofts.
Be warned though. The darkest shades of brown with strong hints of black are not for the faint-hearted. It’s a bold choice that requires a confident mix and match of the right décor items. When done right, intensely deep colours of wood can create a sophisticated and regal look that’s simply unmatched.
Oak it all in
On the other end of the spectrum, if there’s one wood species that’s been a staple over the years, that has to be white Oak. White Oak engineered floors are splashed around décor magazines for their ability to be that perfect blank canvas for all kinds of textures, designs and colours. If you want to play it safe with the floor and yet amp up on your décor pieces, white Oak would be a good investment.
With the advent of the Scandinavian sense of design and with the currently trending Japandi style – these pale, whitewashed, beachy wood floors are becoming increasingly popular. These planks can lend a spacious and contemporary look to any space.
But the word ‘white’ doesn’t mean one shade alone. These planks come in a wide range of shades, designs and textures that can suit any décor and are particularly popular in the country, and seaside homes in England.
What’s your pick?
In a nutshell, 2023 is all about organic, rustic and minimalistic styles in engineered wood floors. Remember though to choose a floor that you love and that suits your sensibilities, whatever the trend.