Hardwood floors set the tone in today's contemporary homes
Two-tone floors hot trend with homeowners
(NC)—In the wide open spaces we find in today's contemporary homes, every centimeter counts and the floor's role is more important than ever—it is the room's focal point and the element that sets the tone. The timeless natural beauty of wood gives decors one-of-a-kind personality immersed with warmth and a signature style.
And with the huge range of wood species, widths, and grades being made available today by top manufacturers there's no end to the combinations available. One of the latest trends being featured in homes across the country, according to experts, is the selection of two-tone hardwood floor species to add a unique one of a kind rustic look to decors.
According to Michel Collin, Director of Marketing for Mercier Wood Flooring, one of North America's leading hardwood flooring manufacturers, more and more consumers are looking for a more rustic look from their flooring choices and have found durability, unique graining patterns and a wide range of two-toned colours with hickory wood floors.
“This species features an opulent appearance thanks to its pronounced contrasting shades and range of natural tones,” he explained. “Hickory's rough, textured look harmonizes beautifully with rustic and modern décors alike. Its hardness and durability make it an excellent option for kitchens and high traffic areas.”
The wood typically comes in many shades ranging from golden beige to full-bodied brown. In fact Mercier features a series of beautiful hickory stain colours for this year offered in its “Nature Collection”.
The colours are named after nature wonders such as “Fundy”, “Hampton”, “Jasper”, “Terra Nova” and “Tremblant”, these darker two-tone stain colours follow the trend towards pronounced colour variations in flooring that is now in vogue. Mercier's latest hickory stain colour – “Cape Cod” cleverly refines the wood's rough and textured side with its gold, brown, and orange hues. “In a more rustic interior, it immediately becomes the focal point,” added Collin.
“Mercier's Hickory series features absolutely stunning floors,” said designer Marie François of Dolce Interieur in Montreal. “This line of rustic floors gives you the feeling of sipping hot coco in front of a roaring fireplace at your favourite ski lodge or chalet.”
Also in its Nature Collection, Collin added that Mercier has recently developed beautiful new rich stains for its Heritage series called Americano, Mondo Novo and Romano. “Whether it's combined with a sober style, a bold design, brightly colored objects, or a monochrome environment, these floors offer unique colour variations that make an impact,” he added. The new colours are available in solid, engineered and LOC technology in varying widths even 6 ½” boards in some cases. More information on the latest trends in wood flooring is available at www.mercierwoodflooring.com.
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