Remodeling your cozy but worn Virginia home this year? Want to know the chart-topping way to add value to your house while increasing functionality? Hardwood floors are one of the best long-term design investments, and for good reason. With wall-to-wall carpets on their way out, shared living spaces like family rooms are often in desperate need of a red wine-friendly alternative.
While some may prefer to skip the trends in current home design, it’s difficult to ignore them completely. And 2018 is shaping up to be an intriguing year for interior design so far. Let’s walk you through how these trends can affect your hardwood flooring choices.
Dark Hardwood Shades Are Still In
And they’re being paired with those bright walls. Espresso, cappuccino and most other coffee-adjacent shades offer a stark contrast to white, cream or beige walls. Dark colors can make a room feel smaller than it is, so it’s important to balance it out with lightness as the eye travels upward. The room above, with its beige walls, pure white moulding and very light gray stone fireplace is about as high-contrast as it gets with the dark hardwood floors. If you’re wary of trends, white walls are about as trendless as it gets. You’ll be seeing white kitchens making a splash in many a decorator’s dream home.
For furniture, mixed woods look lovely here. Try a shade significantly lighter and cooler for the tables and other pieces. If it’s a kitchen, the ever popular carrara marble can be gorgeous with a chocolate floor.
But Make Room for Extra Light Finishes
It seems like we’re all about those extremes these days. We mentioned just how important it is to keep a room feeling open with light and bright colors, and a nearly whitewashed hardwood floor leans into that trend. Depending on how it’s styled, you can go for the breezy, beachy feel or a midcentury modern flair. Both are thoroughly trending at the moment, and if you’re lucky enough to have a vacation cottage tucked away on the coast you don’t even have to choose between the two.
Warm Hardwoods: The Happy Middle
These are often named after foods as well: honey, caramel, etc. Cool light and stark dark tones don’t offer much in the way of warmth to a room. While that’s a major perk for some home renovators, it’s frustratingly impersonal to others. Maybe it’s the resemblance these warmer tones bear to actual, well, trees. Whatever the reason, a modern and simple look will pair fabulously with that warm hardwood flooring.
If you’re still trying to figure out what option works best in your home, or you’ve decided and are ready to take the plunge, there are plenty of options here in Virginia to help you arrive at your ideal home.