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Flooring Trends: Distressed Hardwood Flooring

You would never try to damage your new hardwood floors, but let’s face it, life happens. No matter how hard you try to preserve your floors, you’ve still got to walk on them, furniture still gets moved periodically, and pets romp from room to room. But wood floors have a distinct advantage over all other types of flooring: over time, they develop a warm, lived-in look that enriches their appearance.

But what if you don’t want to wait for life to take its natural course? What if you want a rustic or vintage chic look now? You’re in luck. One of today’s hottest trends is distressed hardwood flooring. That means the surface of the wood floor has been texturized, via handscraping and random marking that render a look of warm authenticity.  Distressed hardwood floors instantly give any room a sense of history and create a one-of-a-kind look that speaks of luxury and hand craftsmanship.

You might think that distressed hardwood floors are only popular in rooms with a casual vibe, but we’re seeing homeowners in Indianapolis and Carmel increasingly turn to distressed hardwood flooring in rooms of all types. In a formal space, like a family room or dining room, it can help to blend those special occasion rooms with the rest of your house and eliminate the “do not enter” factor. And in modern lofts, a distressed floor adds vintage flair that softens the space and makes the entire space a bit more friendly and livable.

The distressing can range from slight scraping of the boards, which can be very subtle to the naked eye but gives an overall effect to the room, to heavy marking, worm holes, knots, whorls and more. A wider plank width tends to be popular, which gives a look similar to aged barn wood. If that’s not your style, don’t worry. You can find every stain and width under the sun.

Interested in distressed hardwood flooring for your Indianapolis or Carmel home? Contact us