• Sarah-Jane Kavanagh

The Hard Truth About Today’s Hardwood Floors

Durable. Eye-catching. Valuable. These are just a few of the selling points that come as part and parcel of hardwood floors. Yet it may come as a surprise to some that today’s basic, sturdy hardwood floors come in a vast variety of looks and veneers; adding both beauty and sophistication to the hard equation.

To go for the classically traditional log cabin look, choose a rustic style hardwood floor that bears a close likeness to the tall-standing timber from which it was drawn.

For a high end and sophisticated hardwood look, especially as a part of transitional designs, the gray hardwood floor makes an eye-pleasing departure from the standard brown hues of many floors; lending a silvery cast to any given room that not even carpeting could achieve.

The natural look, by contrast, is always “in,” with floors of pure brown oak particularly popular when the designer has a compelling desire to ‘bring the outside in’; likening the floor of one’s living area to a vast forest floor.

Along similar lines, distressed, hand-scraped brown maple floors also are being laid to achieve a polished, all-natural look. As strong and resilient as their source trees, these maple floors can withstand the effects of foot traffic—supplying a sturdy and appealing foundation for any residence.

An advantage of hardwood flooring is its singular ability to color-coordinate with any furnishings and cabinetry. This is particularly true of medium brown hardwood floors, which boast a neutral colouring style that make them easily adaptable to any room and home décor.

And for those who seek a look that combines rustic and resplendent, sturdy and splendid, the wire-brushed oak floor just may be the answer. Both visually appealing and structurally solid, this variety of oak floor draws upon the beauty and the classic strength of its timeless source timber: the mighty oak tree.

To learn more about hardwood floor trends in 2019, please attend AWID’s free Get Floored presentation, where designated experts in the flooring field will offer valuable information regarding tile, wooden and concrete, addressing in particular styles, materials, installation and trends.

AWID will present Get Floored! 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, 31 July 2019, at Havwoods International-Sydney Showroom, 28 Margaret St., Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia. Get floored and get informed! Please register at

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