Whether you call it distressed, worn, aged, vintage or period, one of the most long-standing trends in wood floors is the not-so-new look.
The distressed appearance to a floor, one that makes the planks look like they have been down for years, is a household favourite, whether in a period property or contemporary dwelling.
Not only does colour play a key part in the design, but the level of texture and natural variation that a distressed wood floor can bring to an interior will and does have a huge impact on the way a room will welcome visitors. There is no doubt that this appearance has a massive fan base up and down the country.
This trend has no boundaries and leading flooring suppliers, such as UK Flooring Direct, are introducing new and innovative distressed floors to feed this ever-growing demand for ‘the older the better’.
Before you choose your distressed floor, you need to understand just how far you want to take this popular look.
A few knots and a few cracks are one thing, but add exaggerated splits, hammer dents, saw marks and more, and you can really have that century old floor look for your home.
Such are the advancements in the distressed appearance of wood planks, this style is now no longer available in just solid wood products. You can now enjoy this head-turning style in modern flooring constructions including engineered wood, laminate and vinyl. This is the best of many worlds.
Solid wood represents supreme authenticity, Galleria Professional European Oak (below right) suited to a country look, or indeed a more contemporary rustic approach. Here we champion pronounced crack and saw marks, deeply cut into the plank for maximum effect.
There are numerous shades that bring the sort of knot and blemish marks required, an alternative to the rich, wholesome Fumed Stained Oak being Galleria Elite Nature Grade (below left). This is a lighter choice that will give an airier feel to your interior, without losing that much desired character.
Why not use UK Flooring Direct’s character search facility to discover the vast choice available to you and order some samples. This way you can be sure to find the floor that is right for you, whether hand or machine-distressed.
As mentioned, modern technology means the popular distressed look can be found in laminates and vinyls. Bringing the look and feel of solid wood but with reduced maintenance hassle, these are a cost-effective way to achieve that sought after style.
There is some great distressed furniture out there just waiting to be explored, Pinterest a great place for inspiration on how to complement your fabulous new floor. Plenty of distressed products come ready to place in the home, but a bespoke finish can be achieved if items are repainted and distressed by you.
It’s all about the imperfections, deep marks and grooves giving the sort of rustic feel that would be appropriate for period properties, or any which play on their character in particular. The scratched and naturally distressed look has been established for a while now, and with good reason.