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DOMOTEX CONTENTS 40


DOMOTEX WORLD SECTIONS FLOORING CARPETS AND RUGS TILING


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Trends come and go but hardwood usually promises to be as enduring as the material it’s made from. These days, it’s adding flexibility and sustainability to its list of credentials


Words |World Show Media contributor Photography | Domotex


When it comes to hardwood fl ooring, everyone it seems has their favourites. No surprise, given the vast range of colours, textures and options available. Not to mention their forgiving nature. Just ask anyone who’s spilled red wine over a kitchen fl oor. Bright painted surfaces, for example, appeal for their warmth and the way that they can be made to complement their surroundings, especially when there’s an abundance of stone and tile in the form of worktops and backsplashes – not to mention metals. European white oak has been popular among the lighter woods of late, especially in wide planks, all of which ensures a balance of both organic texture and warmth. Another wide-plank choice is dark charcoal, a colour with a range of hues, but one that always appears rich, a trend in keeping with the move away from pastel-grey fi nishes and towards more natural tones that seem closer to their natural state. And nature is always a good guide. These days we are spoiled for choice. Hardwood has been one of the most popular types choices of fl ooring for decades but engineered wood, vinyl and everything from bamboo to laminates and cork have come into their own at various times and have an enduring appeal. And parquet fl oors, once known or their fading orange back in the


1970s have been making a comeback in recent times with ever-bigger and better examples of those geometric wooden mosaics forming integral parts of many high-end homes and incorporating designs which vary from the intricate to the bold and brash and can often be spectacular when they are polished. Many designers had predicted


at the beginning of last year that 2019 was going to be very big for hardwood fl oors and they were not mistaken. Its environmental credentials helped


here, obviously, but so too is its ability to add warmth and, thanks particularly to those wide planks, that can create a sense of space. Another predicted retro trend was white-washing as a way of adding a fresh, and some would say a classy, beach-style eff ect. Otherwise, when keeping the environment in mind, the sealing or fi nishing with polyurethanes emerged as a trend of using natural oils, along with the likes of sunfl ower, soy, hemp or saffl ower oil combined with an array of resin waxes such as bees or carnuba wax. High-variation was another buzzword


last year, one that grew on the back of the acceptance that in nature no two surfaces are the same. But, For many, that’s not a problem. Once laid, they are there for life, after all.


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