Hardwood Floors Lighten Up

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Dark hardwood flooring has been the norm for years. The trend has ranged from rich deep brown, to espresso, even ebony. Is it time to lighten up? I mentioned in the last blog post that there is some movement away from the darker, old world style in kitchens, now the same may be true for floors.
We’re seeing a resurgence of whitewashed, bleached and pickled tones in wood floors – furniture too.
Bleached Oak
Pickled Oak
White Washed Oak

These lighter tones don’t have to be confined to beach houses.While they are great backdrops for neutral, tone on tone schemes, they can also be an unexpected way to show off traditional, dark furnishings as well.

Love it? Hate it? Too trendy or a great way to hide dust bunnies, crumbs and footprints that are sooooo visible with darker floors? Let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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  1. Woodsmith Hardwood Vancouver :

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  2. In comparison to your examples of dark/light contrast, I’m not as crazy about these lighter examples. It seems just too washed out. I really want to redo my place now in a dark wood/light contrast. Way to go!

  3. I really do think the lighter (almost gray) flooring will be the next trend. The dark hard wood flooring is just too hard to keep looking at it’s best with the daily traffic of pets and kids. I plan on putting a “driftwood” color laminate in my newly renovated basement with cream maple glazed cabinetry in our basement kitchenette. I plan on using blue hues and creating a beach feel in my primary home. Why not bring that relaxing, vacation feeling to your own home!! I would love to see pictures of kitchens or basements with this color scheme for some inspiration!! Thanks!

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