Tired of seeing your basic and old wood floors? If so, it’s probably time for a flooring makeover, and gray or white-washed wide plank floors are one trend that you don’t want to miss out on.
There are various flooring trends and techniques out there, all for different types of homes and purposes. However, it seems that recently gray/white-washed wide plank hardwood flooring has become a favorite, and for good reason!
Hardwood flooring – the wider, the better!
Why choose wide plank floors? There are a number of reasons why they’ve become popular over the past several years.
Wide planks look larger and make the space they are placed in appear even larger. It opens up the room, elongating it and with the use of fewer planks than it would take to cover the same room with strip floors. As an added bonus, wide planks mean there are fewer grate lines. This makes the floor a lot easier to clean and makes it harder for dirt to be trapped within the planks.
Gray or White-Washed? A hard choice indeed!
Grays and whites especially have had a strong comeback in the flooring game. They have become popular choices when it comes to staining and color washing hardwood floors. Many homeowners have taken a special liking to contemporary and vintage themes for their homes, and gray/white- washed wide planks are a great way to achieve those themes. Both gray and white are neutral and versatile colors that blend well with various other colors and textures.
Gray floors set a calming and sophisticated mood to any room and adding a mix of furniture styles and accessories can further modernize and refresh the space. Not to mention, with a color such as gray, any loose dirt and grime is harder to see.
White-washed floors can help to create a light and airy feel, as the light color opens the living space. The soft muted look of the flooring makes it easy to work in a variety of interior design styles. White-washed flooring is especially useful in creating a vintage/farmhouse look.
Gray-aged wide plank floors: Artistic and DIY-friendly
The technique of color washing gives your floors an intriguing texture and updated look. Color washing allows for the color to be implemented on to the wood panels while allowing for the natural wood grain to show and still be texturized.
Gray and white washing techniques give the flooring a rustic look, providing the perfect base when developing or updating any space. Although gray/white washed planks are available to be purchased and be professionally laid for convenience, you can make a fun DIY project out of it if you’re willing to try your hand at the process. Click here to view our guide on gray-washing a white oak floor with vinegar and steel wool.