chevron hardwood flooring olatheHardwood flooring is incredibly popular in homes throughout the country because it is so timeless. Once installed, a hardwood floor is not only durable enough to last for decades, but it is also beautiful and traditional enough to be deemed attractive even as trends change.

That being said, the hardwood flooring industry sees the rise and fall of trends all the time, and the ones that rose to popularity in 2017 were bold, beautiful, and could even be here to stay. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International KC South have compiled a list of the top three hardwood trends that grabbed the attention of Olathe homeowners this past year.

Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring

In order to be considered wide, a hardwood plank must be 5-inches or wider. However, as the wide-plank trend took hold of homeowners across the country, we saw the appearance of planks even wider than that. Wide plank hardwood is considered beautiful for many reasons, and it could be one of those trends that’s here to stay.

The wider the plank, the fewer planks you’ll need to create your floor. This eliminates the number of seams on your floor and makes the space visually seem wider and less busy. Wide planks also allow for more of the natural wood patterns to show through on each plank. These floors provide a canvas for knots and graining to become the focal point of the room, giving your home a beautiful and natural feel.

Gray Stained HardwoodGray Hardwood flooring olathe

Whether its light or dark, gray-toned hardwood has come into vogue over the past couple of years as well. Gray hardwood is most popularly paired with extremely low-sheen finishes and wide planks. Homeowners love the soothing, calm feel it provides. Gray is a unique neutral that can tie a room together without being overwhelming.

This look can be achieved with preexisting flooring by re-staining the hardwood. However, achieving this tone can be difficult, and it is recommended that you hire a professional who has experience creating this look to ensure you end up with the perfect color.

Chevron and Herringbone Hardwood

The chevron or herringbone look is a bold trend that has fallen in and out of style throughout history. These types of parquet flooring look similar but require differently cut planks of wood to create. Chevron uses planks that are cut at slants to form an angular v-shaped flooring pattern. Herringbone, on the other hand, uses rectangular planks that are placed in an interlocking pattern to create a similar but less angular look.

These looks can be costly to achieve, as they require special-cut planks and installing them is not common practice. However, the result is stunning and unique. Unlike wide planks or gray stains, however, chevron and herringbone patterns might not stay trendy for long. Keep this in mind if you intend to sell your home in the near future.

Get Started in Olathe Today

Even though trends come and go, it’s difficult to go wrong with any of these hardwood floor styles. Call Floor Coverings International KC South today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you find the perfect hardwood for your Olathe home. We proudly serve Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood and surrounding areas.


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