Introduce this natural material to your home for a classic flooring finish and use this guide to find an option to suite your style and budget.
Wood has always been a popular choice for flooring. The opportunity to choose a natural material – which can be produced in a sustainable way – plus its robustness, repairability, and ability to age beautifully, is an attractive combination. The latest looks for wood flooring are dramatically different, and suitable for both modern and traditional-style room schemes. Boards that appear to be aged and weathered and that have been given the marks of a well-used surface are at one end of the spectrum, creating a floor that’s far from unblemished but eminently appealing. Likewise, textural finishes enhancing the wood’s natural grain and imperfections are also on trend.
The second look is smart and modern, with boards showing an even grain, and sometimes given super-glossy finishes. Dark wood floors are also a big trend; whatever the finish, oak and the intricate patterns of parquet are among the most popular choices.
If you’re after wood flooring with elegance, take a look at this engineered option with a clean, even grain. In a pale finish, it will help to create a light-filled feel.
Paris Oak one-strip engineered wood flooring, with brushed surface in matt lacquer pre- finish, (W)18.7x(L)210cm, £72 per m2, Kährs.
Make a statement with black wood flooring. This design is aged by hand-planing and bevelling of the planks, with scratches, dents and small holes added to evoke the look of Tudor-era boards.
Jean Marc Artisan Artiste bespoke solid oak flooring in an oiled finish, (W)18x(L)220cm, £72 per m2, UK Flooring Direct
Choose wood flooring that will give your room instant character. This oak style has been exposed to weather- like conditions to create an authentic lived-in effect.
TriBeCa solid oak flooring finished with oil, (W)22x(L)80-220cm, £203.82 per m2, Ecora
Contrast this design, which is rich in detail, with a minimalist modern scheme or use it to complement a country-style room. The finish leaves knots open for a unique look.
Solid Antarctic white half-filled oak with brushed finish, (W)16.3x(L)30-120cm, £77.99 per m2, Topps Tiles
Put the focus on the floor by opting for an aged parquet, which can be laid in different patterns including the always popular herringbone, as shown.
Solid oak aged parquet woodblocks in natural oil finish, (W)7x(L)28cm, from £49.99 per m2, The Natural Wood Floor Company
Often seen in Art Deco interiors, red-brown merbau evokes a high-end feel. It’s naturally moisture-resistant, so could be used in an adults-only bathroom scheme.
Merbau solid wood flooring, supplied to be finished in situ in differing lengths, (W)12x(L)160cm, £54 per m2, Broadleaf
Add interest to a hallway or landing by choosing a wood with a range of wonderful natural tones. It’s a durable option for a high-traffic space as well.
European engineered walnut chevron in an oiled finish, (W)9x(L)70cm, £159 per m2, Urbane Living
Invest in flooring that will create grandeur. With its elegant curvilinear wenge wood inlays, produced by laser-cutting, this engineered wood flooring has fabulous detail inspired by the work of master cabinet-makers.
Intarsia engineered flooring in light oak with wenge inlay in satin oil finish, from £317 per (W)60x(L)60cm piece, Devon & Devon
Waxed pine finish
Add history to a living space with reclaimed wood. In a space-expanding light tone, this flooring is made from Georgian pine and is up to 250 years old.
Aureus engineered pine flooring in a hard wax oil finish, (W)24x (L)300-500cm, £156 per m2, from the Amphora collection at Victorian Woodworks