Oct 302014
 

Hardwood Styling Trends

You may be surprised by the number of styles, species, and finishes available in today’s hardwood flooring. Just ask us about these hot new styling trends:

  • Exotic looks that don’t come from the rainforests. They’re American-made and eco-friendly. Some products even use a series of high-tech processes that infuse color throughout, so scratching and scraping are far less obvious than in stained woods. 1
  • Premium solid planks made from 100% recycled mill by-products. 2
  • A horizontal scraping technique that creates an effect like quarter-sawn wood, a late 19th-centure technique used in fine floors. 2
  • High-gloss finishes that add sleek sophistication ideal for contemporary décor.
  • 5” widths combined with traditional -wide planks, for a chic designer look.
  • Flooring in opaque black and white, used separately or in combination—upscale and the height of fashion in clothing and the home. 3
  • Extremely fashionable browner, grayer colors—tones that range from coffee browns to new, trendy charcoal.
  • Hand-brushed surfaces—subtle, soft, and touchable. 4
  • Flooring that has the look of reclaimed wood from bygone eras. 5

1 Epic Exotic Visions collection, style St. Barts, from Shaw Floors
2 Grand Canyon hand-scraped hickory collection, from Shaw Floors
3 Cosmopolitan maple collection, from Shaw Floors
4 Brushed Suede hand-brushed hickory collection, from Shaw Floors
5 Olde Mill Maple hand-sanded and distressed collection, from Shaw Floors

Provided by shawfloors.com

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Oct 302014
 

Today’s Color Trends

Designers from major flooring manufacturer, Shaw Industries, have gathered and analyzed information from several recent markets, including the nationally renowned High Point International Home Furnishings Show. Here they share their findings:

 

 

The Brights“One of the exciting trends we’re seeing is the use of cleaner, brighter, clearer colors—coral, aqua, purple, and tomato red—as accents with subtle neutrals,” Morrow says. “You might call them ‘youth colors,’ although they’re being seen not only in kids’ and teen rooms, but in specialty rooms and as accents. It’s a happy trend signifying consumers’ cautious optimism.” Hard Surface Stylist Sandi Graham echoes the optimistic observation. “Greys are big in the market now,” she says, “but combined with happy, crisp colors, they are really fresh.” White is also gaining traction. “White is an elegant color that makes a dynamic statement in wood or cabinets, and it’s coming on strong,” Graham says. “But not just plain white—this white has interest, shine, or texture, like a lacquered finish.”  Senior Stylist Jon Blumenaus noted that more striking colors at High Point were found in the Italian showrooms. “What really stood out in these room settings was the use of bold splashes of rich accent color—reds, copper, and orange—in scatter cushions and wall art,” Blumenaus says. “Adding more space and depth was the use of sculpture-like lighting fixtures and large mirrors.”
The NeutralsDesigners also took a no-holds-barred approach to complex neutrals. “Black, dark coffee-bean brown, and tinted grey seemed to be everywhere, set against soft, light beige and desert-tone wall covering and fabrics,” Blumenaus says. And Morrow adds that “Italian design trends lead the rest of the design world.” 
The Neutrals and The Brights … TogetherStylist Jada McCamy emphasizes the pronounced graying—and even “taupe-ing”—of colors. She notes that, while these neutrals and heading-toward-neutral colors are big, the bigger news is their combination with the unusual bright and clear, pale colors mentioned earlier. She speculates that “perhaps we’re paving the way for pastels.”
The PatternsSenior Stylist John Blumenaus says the look at the High Point show was “refined and uncluttered. One could see overall simpler lines and softer looks, compared to previous years. It looked like a more contemporary and more European-style influence was taking place.” He notes that simpler lines have influenced home furnishing décor for some time, but now it’s slowly doing so in a softer and less dramatic way, moving away from previously popular stark, hard-edged design. High Point produced several obvious pattern trends. Patterns appeared in more contemporary, organic, and sketchy designs, creating a more casual look. Color was used to express a mood and design statement by always being set against other color groups and embellished with delicate, medium- to small-scale patterns. For bedrooms, the design statements were less busy than in years past. But there was still a considerable amount of pattern. The patchwork use of color, patterned stacked cushions, and use of layered pattern-on-pattern with varying textures seemed to be everywhere. The combination created a cozy, homelike décor. As to current trends’ effects on tile flooring, Stylist Sandi Graham points to a direction in tile design that has the “wow factor.” “Patterned tile is a hot development,” she says. “And imagine tile with a damask design, done with wonderful subtlety. It’s beautiful.” In conclusion, Shaw’s designers feel that the High Point show revealed more richness and life through added, intricate mixes of texture and luster and finishes. And they are equally excited to translate their findings into beautiful, stylish flooring options.
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