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As with clothing, decor, architectural design, and so many other aspects of our world, wood flooring has a fashion sense all its own. While hardwood floors in general are timeless in their appeal, there are always new styles and trends to discover. Even vintage styles often enjoy seasons of fresh popularity. Here’s a quick look at some of the current wood flooring trends we’re tracking for 2022.

Grey is out; bleached and “greige” are in.

After enjoying several years of immense popularity, we’re finally seeing a decline in demand for grey wood floors. Instead, the current trends are moving toward lighter looks. Bleached and whitewashed floors are hot right now, as well as “greige,” a color combination of light beige with a touch of grey. These lighter tones are popular because they add a sense of space and lightness–two things many people are craving right now in the wake of the pandemic.

Natural finishes are again in vogue.

There will always be some demand for the elegant look of a high-polished wood floor. But these days, the low- or no-sheen natural wood finish is really taking off again. Natural finishes fall right in line with the “modern farmhouse” style that is wildly popular right now: a design trend that blends natural and modern elements for a comfy-chic feel.

Wide planks continue their upward trend.

Wide-plank flooring has become increasingly popular in recent memory, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. Hardwood planks between 5″ and 7″ wide are selling well, although it’s not unusual to get a call for 10″-wide planks from time to time. Wide planks are valued for their ability to create visual interest and add a sense of dimension to any room.

“Wire-brushed” is edging past “hand-scraped.”

Generally speaking, the textured look of distressed wood continues to be popular. But recently, we’re seeing designers and homeowners lean slightly away from the hand-scraped look and more toward wire-brushing. It’s a subtle difference, but wire-brushing offers softer textures while hand-scraping gives off a more rustic vibe. For now, at least, people tend to prefer the worn look of wire-brushed floors to the weathered look of hand-scraping.

Engineered wood flooring increasing in popularity.

There’s been a lot of debate over engineered wood flooring versus natural hardwoods over the years. However, there has been much improvement in the look, feel, and design of engineered wood in recent years. For this reason, we’ve started to see an increase in the number of homeowners and builders asking for engineered wood floors specifically. We can expect this trend to continue for at least the near future.

Whatever wood flooring trends appeal most to you, Renaissance Hardwood Floors has the expertise and skill to make sure it’s done right. For a complimentary estimate on wood floor installation in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Sand Springs, Oklahoma City, or other parts of Green Country, call Renaissance today at 918-298-4477.