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Five unique hardwood flooring trends you should try out this year

With spring now approaching, you’re probably starting to think about spring cleaning and your home renovation plans for the year. Spring is a time for renewal and rebirth in the natural world and this is something we are prone to mimicking in our home life, which is why it is the perfect time to think about upgrading your flooring and trying something a bit different that the norm.

When you go the homes to friends and family, you will probably find that they all have similar styles of hardwood flooring, carpet or laminate, so much so that one home is barely distinguishable from another, or from your own. If you would like to break out of this self-imposed style prison and make sure that your floors are as unique and attractive as can be, the good news is that there are a startling number of nontraditional hardwood floors from which you can choose. Here are five of the best:

1. Distressed hardwood flooring

If you would prefer your house to look more like a stately home that has aged elegantly than a relatively newly built place, and you would like to add a touch of character to your living space, you really cannot go wrong with distressed hardwood flooring. This is flooring that, despite being brand new, has been treated so that it looks extremely old.

There are a number of ways that hardwood floors can be distressed, from being beaten with sacks full of nuts and bolts, to being pressed with imperfections on the production line, but the result is always a stunning mix of character and regality.

2. Bamboo hardwood flooring

It isn’t often you see bamboo flooring here in the UK, which is why it’s such an effective choice for anyone who is looking to make a statement.

Not only is bamboo hardwood flooring extremely attractive, but it’s also great for the environment, because bamboo is a fast-growing and sustainable plant.

Bamboo flooring is manufactured by shaving bamboo stalks into numerous strips, which are then dried in a kiln and glued together under a high pressure, thereby producing bamboo boards.

In terms of appearance, bamboo hardwood flooring is dynamic, full of texture and colour, and extremely elegant to boot. A further benefit of choosing bamboo hardwood flooring is the fact that it is extremely durable; even more so than traditional hardwood floorings such as oak.

3. Reclaimed hardwood flooring

If you are one of those people who likes everything you have to be different, unique and one of a kind, or you are someone who is particularly interested in the environment, then choosing reclaimed hardwood flooring is a must.

As the name suggests, reclaimed hardwood flooring is made from recycled or reclaimed wood, which would otherwise be sent to landfill or otherwise disposed of.

One of the biggest benefits of choosing a reclaimed hardwood floor is the fact that the wood used to make it tends to be older and from industrial settings, such as old factories, which means that it already has a lot of character.

It also means that it tends to be very strong and durable, as it would previously have seen plenty of footfall in the factories and warehouses in which it was first used as a floor.

4. Hand-scraped hardwood floors

If you really want to show off your own uniqueness in the style of your hardwood flooring, you cannot go wrong with hand-scraped hardwood flooring. This is a truly unique type of flooring, which has been hand-worked into flooring planks, utilizing irregular textures, scrapes and planes so that no two floors are alike, and so that your floor is full of personality.

Hand-scraped flooring tends to consist of wider planks of wood than traditional hardwood flooring, and that combined with the hand scrapping it has undergone, help to make it one of the most unusual, yet attractive flooring options out there.

If you opt for this kind of hardwood flooring, it is important that you ensure it was indeed scraped by hand, and the style was not mimicked in an industrial setting, if you want to ensure that you are left with a truly beautiful and one-of-a-kind floor.

5. Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring

We’ve certainly saved the best ‘til last because, anyone who has ever seen Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring will know that it is, without a doubt, the most beautiful wooden flooring out there.

Its wonderful reddish colour, combined with its tightly formed yet free-flowing grains, and the fact that it gets redder over the years due to sun exposure, make it a complete showstopper that will no doubt bowl over any visitors to your home.

An added perk of choosing Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring is the fact that it is 10 times as dense as oak, which means that it is extremely durable underfoot, and of course ideal for high-traffic areas of the home.

Buying hardwood flooring

No matter what kind of hardwood flooring you are thinking about using in your home, it is extremely important that you should take the time to speak to local hardwood flooring professionals who have a good reputation in the local community.

By doing so, not only can you find the best prices for you chosen flooring, but you will be able to pick their brains to see if the type of flooring you would prefer would actually be suitable for your home, and for the way that you use it.

When buying such unique hardwood flooring, it is vital that you should have a professional handle the installation too, unless you have a good background in flooring installation yourself, because it can be all too easy to make a mistake an end up ruining a beautiful piece of wood if you have no experience in installing a floor. This could prove to be a costly mistake too, when you consider that good quality hardwood flooring is of a price that reflects the beauty and craftsmanship that goes into it.

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