Admit it, you’ve always been curious to peek inside that certain neighbors’ house and check out what it really looks like on the inside. At Tish Flooring, we get to do that every day as we help Indianapolis homeowners decide on what flooring best fits their lifestyle—and we’re ready to dish about the most popular hardwood flooring choices right now.
When you choose a hardwood floor, you’re essentially looking at two elements: the grain and the stain. The grain is the textural and color variation in the wood, those streaky lines and little bumpy whorls and waves. If you’re going for a more contemporary look, you might want to consider a finer grain, one that’s clean, or without heavy variation, and a higher luster. Clean Maple is very popular in a variety of stain options. Or, if you’re thinking about a more causal effect, styles that are distressed or hand scraped continue to emerge. Manufacturers are texturizing hardwood flooring now in a way that enhances both rustic and traditional homes but that also add interest to a modern loft, for instance.
In terms of stain, dark rich tones will always be popular choices – think mahogany and cherry. Not only are they luxurious, evoking images of old-world European aristocracy, they also have a very practical use: dark-stained floors limit the visibility of stains or scratches. Whether you’re worried about the click-clack of dog claws on your floors or just want to mop less often, dark and rich hardwood flooring offer a warm aesthetic and the convenience of less maintenance.
If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, gray and even silver streaks cutting through lighter woods are on the rise. These colors catch the light and can help to brighten rooms with limited natural light. They can also add interest to an otherwise basic hickory or maple flooring. If you’re looking for something different in your hardwood flooring, designers have been leaning toward gray or silver tones.
Trying to decide what fits you and your life? Call Tish Flooring, the Indianapolis hardwood flooring experts at 879-TISH (8474). We’ll give you more insight into what’s popular now and what’s going to look beautiful in your home for years to come.