Hardwood Trends for 2015

Hardwood flooring is timeless, but that doesn't mean that it can't also be contemporary and on trend. Manufacturers offer floors that complement the latest home decor while retaining their traditional value and appeal. If you're considering having hardwood installed this year, take some time to consider these hot hardwood flooring trends.

Deep & Dark Coloring

Dark floors continue to grow in popularity among those who want hardwood that strikes a balance between classic and contemporary. These floors look elegant and coordinate well with a wide variety of architectural and decor styles. Among the most popular of shades are ebony and Jacobean. The former is among the darkest blacks available while the latter is a deep and rich brown.

One big advantage of this trend is its versatility in terms of style applications. Dark floors are available in a variety of widths and styles so that they can fit everything from the eclectic apartment to the upscale estate. Their rich shades provide excellent contrast for both bright and lightly colored rugs too.

Wide Planks

As 2015 progresses, wider and wider flooring planks are becoming incredibly popular. If you choose wide planks with a contemporary finish, you'll have the ultimate floor for a modern, urban loft. If you choose wide planks in a distressed or natural finish, you can evoke the feeling of a rustic, authentic floor.

Wide planks also provide homeowners with a great way to make a small space look larger. Wide gray or whitewashed planks offer the best results when it comes to tricking the eye into believing that your small space is plenty roomy.

Distressed, Antique Styles

Sleek, modern hardwood styles dominate many homes, but antique styles are also gaining popularity. Most homeowners can choose between wood that's been distressed by hand to appear antique and reclaimed wood that's been repurposed into flooring. Of course, handcrafted distressed styles offer the best in modern flooring construction so that your floors are as durable as they are beautiful.

Gorgeous Grays

Gray is taking over as the new neutral in flooring. This often-overlooked shade is truly a great match for everything and can work in any space. Put it in a contemporary townhouse living room and you have a light-yet-classic look. Install it in a bedroom with dark walls and you can create a look that's both rustic and eclectic. Gray is versatile, so it's a great choice if you love to redecorate regularly.