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RECLAIMED WOODEN


FLOORING: OUR PLANET’S GREAT PROVIDER


The Reclaimed Flooring Company discusses the rising success of reclaimed flooring and the reason why it is a staple in many homes today.


Once only really seen in historic houses or period dramas, reclaimed flooring is no longer a thing of the past and is very popular with today’s vintage- loving world of interiors.


Though previously confined to places such as Wordsworth’s Cottage in Grasmere or the Palace of Westminster in the main, reclaimed flooring has significantly grown in value over the past 30 years or so and the beautiful look of tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring is now a feature of many homes.


The Reclaimed Flooring Company was founded almost 10 years ago by Robert and Tomas Henry. The pair started salvaging the wood from the mills in Manchester and have built up the company from there. The business now provides fine and authentic wood across Europe, America and Asia, for not only just domestic projects but also large commercial developments.


Robert Henry, founder of London-based The Reclaimed Flooring Company, said: “Probably the best element of using reclaimed wood in flooring is the wear and tear it can take.


“One more dent will hardly be noticed compared to all those marks the wood has accrued in a previous life – or two.


Many interior designers favour reclaimed wood because of the sense of warmth and uniqueness a vintage patina can bring to their room. While those who like a Hampton’s design theme are partial to the weathered look of wood that encompasses the on-trend nautical theme.


When using reclaimed flooring to furnish a room, it should be


And that’s another thing, people love the idea that the wood itself contains a narrative in terms of where it’s been and the dramas it may have borne witness to.”


The recent prominence of reclaimed flooring is, in part, a result of the Green Recycling movement and, more recently, sustainability in modern architecture and design initiatives. It can also be attributed to the more general trend for assessing the value of an item, whether it’s to do with interior design, fashion, food etc.


Another reason reclaimed flooring is so sought-after when it comes to the British individual’s choice of flooring in their home or workspace, is due to the sense of character the carefully arranged planks can bring to a room. And, better still, aged wooden planks fit in with both a rustic aesthetic and contemporary look that is a recurring interior theme as of late.


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considered that wood itself can soak up a lot of light and it is therefore best to opt for lighter shades on the walls as opposed to darker hues.


Another benefit to using reclaimed wood is that it tends to be stronger and longer-lasting than newer harvested materials. Reclaimed flooring comes from trees at least est. 200 years and the grain is therefore tighter and the timber is more durable and stronger. These trees were ‘slow- grown’, unlike today in our globally- managed forests where trees are generally grown a lot faster and so their growth rings are farther apart. The older wood has more growth rings, which lends it far more character.


Design-wise, mixing different species of wood creates an unusual patchwork- effect which is definitely worth the lengthier time it takes to put together.


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