Last week I shared how reclaimed wood flooring can suit almost any style, and this week I want to continue with the style topic to discuss the newest wood trends in flooring.  Here are some “trends” to keep in mind while remodeling with reclaimed wood flooring.

Custom Stains:
Using wood stains to create a unique look is extremely popular at the moment.  Light woods such as European Beech can be stained to virtually any color while retaining the warmth of the wood grain.  And using a stain or toner on a multi-species product like Viridian’s Jakarta Market Blend can bring the beauty of a reclaimed look into a more focused color spectrum to build the rest of an interior around.

Whitewashing and pickling are both glazing processes that do not penetrate wood like stain does. Professional interior designers use this process to create custom translucent finishes for a variety of casual looks.

Old wood floors have a wonderful texture about them; over years of use they earn random defects that convey personality rather than wear.  New wood floors with a distressed look have been and will continue to be popular.  Of course, when using reclaimed wood there is no faux finish; the distressing is more natural in appearance and every mark on the floor has a real story behind it.

In the past only the wealthiest homes could afford to add borders and inlays to their wood flooring. Today, however, it is far less labor intensive to add these visual ornaments to reclaimed wood flooring. From a simple border of a lighter wood to a complex pattern, there are countless ways to customize a wood floor using inlays.

Herringbone Pattern:
Perhaps the newest trend is the use of large scale herringbone patterns in wood floors.  From whitewashed patina to dark chocolaty browns, the herringbone pattern tends to dovetail with the use of wider face rustic material.

Next week: How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Sourcing the Wood