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Contemporary Hardwood Flooring Trends for your Spring Remodel

flooring-hardwood-trendsFrom wide planks to gray tones, the current trends in flooring come with a myriad of options that you can utilize in personalizing your home. Hardwood floor with a traditional finish showcases the natural grains, textures, and knots that look exquisite as a part of any number of decorating styles. Today, the natural wood enthusiasts have plenty of ways to tweak the flooring to suit the design to their unique tastes and preferences. SVB Wood Floors shares these trends below!

Dark and Lime-Washed Woods

Today, hardwood flooring in Kansas City is all about color. Darker stains such as ebony, dark walnut, and warm jacobean can make a bold statement in your design with their vibrant and contemporary appearance. Dark hardwoods such as oak, walnut, and cherry are the ideal candidates if you want your flooring to stand out.

On the other hand, you can contrast the bold hues in your home with a faint lime finish. Using a lime finish mutes the dark ebony, ash, or oak flooring to create a vintage, weathered look. No matter your taste, your favorite colors can be incorporated into your home, whether you use your floor as a faint background or a focal point that stands out.

Wide Planks

As you weigh your options, consider a broad array of wide planks that range from 5” to 7” instead of the conventional 3 1/2” wide planks. Wider planks can create an illusion of space in a tight area by opening the room visually. As such, these planks are ideal for tiny living rooms, dining areas, and master bedrooms.

Gray Tones

Gray is becoming increasingly popular since its complementary attributes allow it to coalesce with other colors effortlessly. For that reason, gray has become the one of the favorite options in contemporary residential flooring.  Not surprisingly, this trend has found its place in modern interior design and home renovation worldwide. There are many ways to customize the gray tones, by varying the tones from faint to dark, or utilizing different finishes for a variety of sleek and rustic results.

Related read: 50 Shades of Floors – Gray Looks We Love

Aging with Grace

Another idea is to salvage your flooring by creating a vintage appearance, which reveals the natural grains, unique hues, and rustic character of the wood. Old floors tend to age with grace, showcasing a rustic appearance that you cannot find elsewhere. You can add value to your hardwood floors by using innovative reclamation techniques, such as hand-scraping and wire-brushing. Avoid concealing the grains with opaque stains and alternatively, protect your wood finish with clear varnish.

Looking for more hardwood flooring inspiration? Check out SVB Wood Floors’ online photo gallery.

Flooring Options: Which Is Best for ROI?

flooring-options-photoIf you are replacing the flooring in your home, it’s important to consider the return on investment of the product that you use. From carpeting and laminate to hardwood, there are a number of  options available to homeowners.

Whether you are renovating, moving into your forever home, or planning to sell in the future, flooring options should be carefully considered in order to make the right decision. The team at SVB Wood Floors put together this helpful guide to ensure you choose the best option for your home!

ROI of Hardwood Flooring

Did you know that according to the National Association of Realtors, 54% of home buyers are willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring? While wood flooring can be expensive initially, experts say that the return on investment can be as much as 2.5%. Depending on the wood and style you choose, hardwood flooring will usually cost anywhere from $9 to $12 per square foot installed, but it almost always outlasts the homeowner who had it installed!

Related Read: 12 Critical Questions to Ask before Hiring a Wood Floor Contractor

The return on both hardwood and engineered hardwood is about the same. The difference is, if you want the option to change up the look of your floors years in the future, hardwood can be sanded down and refinished, but engineered hardwood cannot. So, in the end, it may be worth the more costly investment to get hardwood flooring that can be refinished and updated later on down the road.

Related Read: Pre-Finished Wood Flooring vs. Engineered Flooring – What’s the Difference?

Laminate as an Option

Another option that homeowners consider is laminate, which can give the appearance of wood, is easily maintained and is scratch-resistant. The cost of laminate flooring is significantly less than hardwood, ranging between $7 and $11, and is a common DIY project.  The return on investment, however, is significantly lower, as laminate flooring doesn’t help much with resale value.

The Value of Carpet

Carpet is an attractive option for homeowners because of the low installation price. Typically, the cost of carpeting falls between $3 and $5 with installation. Quality carpet will last about 10 to 15 years in a home before it needs to be replaced.

Whether you’re looking for wood floor repairs, a new wood floor, or to make an old wood floor look like new, call SVB Wood Floors at (816) 965-8655.