In the previous article that is the first one of our ultimate guide to wood flooring surface series we already discussed the advantages of two very popular and highly preferred effects for wooden flooring that can make your hardwood floor extra unique and attractive. Today we are continuing with a few more options you can use as ideas and inspiration for an appearing and beautiful-looking hardwood surface that will compliment your space and make you feel so good every time you have a look at it! So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Distressed wood flooring is a child of current trends and techniques for adding a certain effect to the natural look of hardwoods. You know how trendy the distressed effect is once you have a look at the local mall, where distressed jeans and leather pieces are hanging anywhere. The same can be said for distressed flooring – it is really trendy right now and we are completely sure that this trend is not going to pass anytime soon. Do you want to have the look of a truly old and unique floor, without having a truly old floor? Then the distressed effect is right up your alley. The effect is achieved either by hand or by machine, but for both ways, there is one way to achieve the effect – tumbling the boards with heavy objects (yes, we know that this sounds strange and funny). Once again, the distressed surface is a solution that works well enough with a modern design as well as with a more classic design.
Are you up to a bolder option? Then staining your floor may be your cup of tea. With today’s choice on the market of almost any colour under the sun, you can achieve a really customised and unique look. You can make your craziest ideas come true with this option, however, be sure that you won’t get tired of the colour anytime soon because with some colours it is way harder to undo them than to apply them. Before going with a certain colour, better test it on a small and hidden area, so you are sure you are happy with the final colour.
Smoked surface hardwood is also known as fumed flooring and it is a treatment that alters the natural colour of the wood species. The way it is done is by carrying the planks in an atmosphere filled with ammonia when the smoking process causes the tannins to be brought to the surface and wood gets darker. The final effect is the expected dark brown, almost black in colour. Because of their new colouration and the amazing effect, smoked floors are great for modern interior design and monochrome designed places.
Painted wood floors are those that have a coat or two of paint applied on the surface. The greatest advantage of painting a hardwood surface is not only the final beautiful effect but also the fact that this process is really quick and easy. However, once again, as it is with staining, stick to colours you are sure will work for you, because removing the paint, in case you change your mind, can be a real pain.
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