Solid Wood Flooring Trends – Colors, Textures and Designs

Turns out in one wooden floor there is so much more than one can imagine. Not only its debt, softness of tactile sensation, the variation in color:  from the warm, inviting amber – to the coal black of the earth. Not only its stylish and aesthetic look but also the artistic approach towards the treatment of shapes and graphics in the wood, its presentation as a product and its place in the whole interior concept.

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It turns out there is a huge variety of artistic or innovative techniques to create a wooden floor – the ways the pieces are connected with each other, or the gaps filled or even the way the holes and defects of the wood are treated. But one thing is sure the return to the most natural ways is fact. Oiling was not sealing as treatment and finishes for the parquet. Thick solid wooden floors that will not react to ambient humidity expand or contract a basic. Rustic whiteness and pale shades, the deep darkness of some types of timber and so on, back to the traditional layout of the wooden flooring. One of the newest trends is presenting surfaces with knot holes, grooves and other irregularities that underline the natural origin of the material.

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As they say: Nature is the best designer and we observe a huge comeback of the old fashion wooden flooring and natural surfaces! For example the Austrian makers Mafi are guided by that statement and from among 13 types of Central European wood, they create flooring with brushed or sanded surfaces and oil finish that reveals a great variety of natural colors and shapes. Their collection “Domino Larch Vulcano” presents a solid and stabile board made of end-grain blocks that can be only pre-ordered.

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Another innovative approach of the designers in Mafi towards the wooden flooring is the thermal treatment that allows each and every block to preserves its color, leading to a wide variety of possible combinations. Using the ecologically harmless, vinegar based ‘white glue” the manufactures facilitate the assembling of the floor and the possibility of installing an under-floor heating system without harming the environment or compromising with the aesthetics.

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Responding to the trends flow and the demands of the market the Swedish firm Kährs – a wood specialized manufacturer founded in the 1857 creates their new collections focused on the color white. The two new floor designs, created in collaboration with outside designers are responding to the search of new markets mainly in Central Europe, so the “Whiter Shade of Pale” and the “Soft Wave” are a flexible and artistic respond to the newest demands in the sphere of flooring.

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Fluttering with different and innovative technics for the treatment of the wood the designers from Kährs offer a product that looks natural, fresh and with a bit rural effect. For example, the “Domani Collection Druma” features visible tears and marks from planes leading the manufacturing proses into the home design and giving to the product and its surrounding, sensible presence and natural origin. Spreading white oil across newly brushed wood is another technique of the designers that creates bright boards with a wonderful texture.

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Another material that shows a huge comeback as a trendy, functional floor solution is the cork. Highly efficient, plastic and with sound and temperature regulative qualities this contemporary approach towards floor decoration has some very impressive design applications. The attractive and modern appearance of the “Wicanders Artcomfort Reclaimed” collection by Portugal’s Amorim, offers wood and stone decorations printed directly onto the cork using a high-grade procedure. Inspired by the trends in eco-design which favor the usage of ecological and recyclable materials, the Reclaimed collection is not only stylish but also necessary approach towards floor coverage. Especially effective when applied in vast spaces the cork offers unreplaceable dynamic of patterns and functionality in many aspects.

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Another impressive collection by Amorim is the “Authentica” series, which offers a revolution in vinyl flooring. With two integrated cork underlays under a transparent foil, the middle cork layer becomes much thicker and expressive as presence.

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The natural look is turning not only into a trend but also into a demand for wood flooring. Shapes and textures can vary and be mixed and matched to create a wide range of looks, but the demand for sustainably is eminent.

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The contemporary trends when it comes to deciding the color palette of the flooring tend to celebrate the beauty of greens, as well as the dark browns and greys tonalities, in harmony with natural elements such as soil and stone. The whiteness never goes out of style of course! Handcrafted products play a special part in the design, placing the accent on the beauty of the source – the nature. The search is to bring green and sustainable into the urban and modern dynamics.

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The interiors of Versailles with their exquisite small parquet boards had inspired the designer Patricia Urquiola to create the new timber flooring collection Biscuit for Listone Giordano. Reverence to the traditional aesthetics and the romance of times gone by the collection also includes its own unique and playful style and contemporary expression.

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Creating this collection the designer Patricia Urquiola had freely played with the lines and the shapes of the traditional parquet layout until the result was elegant, somewhat minimalistic pattern with soft lines and playful spirit. Instead of pushing the boundaries of conventional design the creator had examined how the boards were traditionally applied and then applied this knowledge to contemporary interiors and innovative aesthetics.

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In the Biscuit‘s collection, the little flaws are viewed as added value and the imperfections have a charming final result. The high-quality oak board with their rounded corners can be assembled and layered in a variety of styles – marquetry, mosaic, herringbone, formwork – building elegant “woven patterns” that can suit many personal styles and aesthetics. So at the end the playful approach towards the classic wooden flooring that explores its shapes, imperfections, colors and shades while still preserving its natural qualities and elegant presence is the newest and, we may add the best, approach towards decorating the floors of your home or space.

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This 17th century cottage reveals a surprisingly modern interior

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The pretty whitewashed cottage is tucked away on a secluded hillside just a few miles from the Devon coast.​

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Originally thatched, the property now has a slate tile roof but inside retains charming period features including wooden ceiling beams and lintels.

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The rooms are furnished with stylishly simple contemporary furniture that serves to highlight the cottage’s quirky character.

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Neutral colours, sleek designs and a mix of textured materials such as woven wool and wicker give the space a chic and cosy feel.

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The traditional range oven and classic painted cabinets, with open shelves above, combine to create a homely, laid-back kitchen/diner.

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Rustic beams and deep-set windows are characterful features that indicate the cottage’s great age.

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All walls in the cottage are painted in soft white to enhance the sense of space and light. In the bedroom, vintage dark wood furniture contrasts with accessories in vibrant yellow.

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David Norman invites us into his Georgian home

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I live in a Georgian vicarage in Nottinghamshire with my wife and our teenage daughter. When we moved in two years ago, the décor was very Eighties. It has taken a while, but we’re slowly turning it back to how it would have looked in the 18th and 19th century.

I’m obsessed with space-saving furniture – something designers in the Georgian era perfected. Having a period house with space for antiques and this kind of furniture is wonderful and really inspiring. I’m also a huge fan of contemporary art and have paintings hanging up all over the place.

I don’t buy things very often, but when I do I like to look in antique shops and galleries to see what might catch my eye.

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One of a pair of paintings of Dickens-inspired scenes by artist Xue Wang Credit: Andrew Fox

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These are originals by an artist called Xue Wang. They’re her interpretations of Charles Dickens stories such as The Old Curiosity Shop. They’re really detailed and somewhat macabre

Red chairs

These were made in the early 19th century and are coated in gold leaf, while the seat and back is red velvet. They’re from Ireland and had to be completely restored so that they looked like this

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An early Georgian chair Credit: Andrew Fox

Radiators

All the radiators in our home are covered in an antique gold effect to help evoke the feel of a stately home in the Georgian era

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This fits in perfectly with the atmosphere of our home and is used to store heirlooms and antiques

Get the look

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On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials, set off  by the green of the palms outside and the glorious blue of the ocean


Mustique, in the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines group of Caribbean islands, is just 2.2 square miles, yet it exerts a fascination far beyond its size. The 3rd Baron Glenconner, Colin Tennant, who bought the island in 1958 for £45,000, had hoped to grow cotton there. When that plan failed, he decided to make it into an exclusive holiday setting for his friends and divided the island into 120 plots. In 1960, in a brilliant PR coup, he gave the first 10-acre site to his friend Princess Margaret. Her home, Les Jolies Eaux, was decorated in a cosy, Home Counties Peter Jones style, but since then, the island has attracted the mega rich, some of whom look on a plot as their chance to build a fantasy home in the shape of a Roman palazzo, a Japanese temple or a high-tech, futuristic box.

Pole positioning

On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials, set off  by the green of the palms outside and the glorious blue of the ocean


Mustique, in the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines group of Caribbean islands, is just 2.2 square miles, yet it exerts a fascination far beyond its size. The 3rd Baron Glenconner, Colin Tennant, who bought the island in 1958 for £45,000, had hoped to grow cotton there. When that plan failed, he decided to make it into an exclusive holiday setting for his friends and divided the island into 120 plots. In 1960, in a brilliant PR coup, he gave the first 10-acre site to his friend Princess Margaret. Her home, Les Jolies Eaux, was decorated in a cosy, Home Counties Peter Jones style, but since then, the island has attracted the mega rich, some of whom look on a plot as their chance to build a fantasy home in the shape of a Roman palazzo, a Japanese temple or a high-tech, futuristic box.

See inside the bamboo house

  • The Sitting Room
  • The Dining Area
  • The TV Room
  • The Bedroom
  • The Dressing Area
  • The Twin Bedroom

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Wave – Sea-Green Wood Flooring by Cora Parquet 0

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A sequence of wavy shape strips whose colors tone from green to sea-green and grey, a wood flooring with delicate design and original shades enhanced by the exceptional and poetic potential of wood. Among project and design, the new colors of Wave allow a new way to enjoy the modern, unconventional living, creating textures of sophisticated material and colors.

The wavy look of the strips in pre-finished European Oak takes inspiration from the unrectified planks typical of Northern European Countries, which used to be laid in the past respecting the natural irregular shape of logs. It is the combination of color/finishing that highlights the wavy shape of the flooring. The green-grey nuances increase the offer made up of three more stylish colors (black, grey, white) combining the pure look of the matt finish with the elegance of the glossy one.

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Is there a valuable antique hidden in your clutter?

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It’s just possible that the old painting you picked up at a car boot sale could pay for your next holiday!​​

New research from insurance company Direct Line found that one in six of us has unwittingly given away high-value items to friends, charity shops and jumble sales, only to realise they were valuable when it was too late. These generous donations include first edition books, designer clothing, vintage toys, pop and sports memorabilia, rare vinyl records, ornaments and jewellery. All these items are currently popular with dealers and collectors, so your forgotten piece could net you hundreds – or even thousands – if you decide to sell.

Of course, not every piece of apparent junk is worth a life-changing amount, but it pays to have your special possessions professionally valued, at least. Although the ‘Hidden Value’ research found that more than two in five (43 per cent) of Brits own vintage treasures or antiques, almost half (46 per cent) of us are clueless about their worth. This is despite the fact that a fifth of us have acquired bric-a-brac which we suspect could actually be worth a small fortune, but we’ve never got around to having it valued.

Antiques expert Drew Prichard, presenter of TV’s Salvage Hunters, tells what to look out for:

Paintings and drawings

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Is the artist on the Artists’ Register? You can find out more about them here and how collectable their work might be. ‘If your parents or grandparents are in their late 80s, they will have been buying things in the 1960s,’ says Drew. ‘The chance of finding an Old Master is slim – look for good quality prints from a name such as Biba.’

Garden furniture, ornaments and antique tools

Victorian and Georgian garden sets are popular, but might not have been moved in years because they are very heavy. ‘Don’t think about how it looks,’ says Drew. ‘You would be covered in lichen if you were outside for 150 years. Whatever you do, don’t clean an antique. You need to sell it as it is.’

Postcards

‘Saucy’ Edwardian postcards, and cards which have not been written on have the highest value.

Pop culture

‘Harry Potter models will be the new Star Wars,’ believes Drew. ‘The people who collected these are in their mid-20s now. When they get into their 30s and start having children they will want them back. Anything to do with the first Big Brother is valuable, because it was a social phenomenon.’

Georgian pieces

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‘Victorians created mass production,’ says Drew. ‘But in the Georgian era they made things to be one off. So these things are now rare and more desirable. ‘ Look for furniture, tableware, artwork, ornaments, even shoes and clothing such as shawls.’

Mistakes!?

Anything which is a mistake or genuinely wrong – with erroneous spelling for example – could have an added worth. ‘Mugs don’t have much value,’ explains Drew, ‘but if you had the abdicated King Edward’s Coronation mug, it might be worth a few extra pounds.’

What if you find something valuable?

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If your home is hiding treasures, have them checked over by a professional valuer – this is usually free. Find a searchable online database of reputable antique dealers through the British Antique Dealers’ Association. Look out for fairs and travelling valuation events, but always check the credentials of a dealer if you decide to sell your item.

If you do find it’s valuable and opt to keep it at home, make sure you inform your insurance company. Direct Line found that a third (34 per cent) of homeowners do not know their single item limit on their policy, meaning they are at risk of being severely underinsured.

‘It is important to thoroughly inspect your antique, keeping a close eye on any manufacturer’s marks or imprints as this could make all the difference,’ says Drew. ‘And when speaking with your insurer, you must enclose every little detail to make sure your piece is correctly valued and you don’t run the risk of being underinsured.’

 

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MisuraEmme Wall System

All MisuraEmme designs are original “made in Italy” creations. They represent an attentive monitoring of market trends and changes; well-rounded products with exclusive quality as their main ambition, permeated with the company’s tenacious enthusiasm and manufactured directly on our premises-part of a tested balance between the performance capacities typical of serial production and stylistic flair of a true designer.

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FRONTIN’

You know what they say: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Well, perhaps these useful tips on how to improve the exterior of your house will prove the old adage wrong. From climbing roses and wisteria to pleached box hedges, these inspiring properties show that small touches of creativity can make all the difference.

Read on and discover how to make an excellent first impression…

  • Alexandra Tolstoy
  • Manhattan house
  • Lavender Beds
  • Sleeping beauty
  • Arne Maynard
  • Restored Rectory
  • Wisteria Lane
  • Notting Hill Terrace
  • London Front
  • Bookish cottage
  • Inchyra House

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The top 6 living room design ideas

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1. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES

Begin with a checklist of the room’s strong points, perhaps the fireplace, French windows or simply a sunny aspect. Plan your scheme to highlight these key features. Then think about the elements you don’t like and work on removing them, or changing them to minimise their impact on the space.

2. REMOVE ANY OBSTACLES

Increase your layout options by making change to the fixtures and fittings. Could you rehang a door or remove it to open up an unused corner? And have TV sockets and power points moved if needed, so you’re not tied to an awkward layout. Consider moving a radiator to free up part, or all, of a wall, or swap a standard panelled one for a vertical model that takes up less floor space.

3. MAKE STORAGE A PRIORITY

For a contemporary look, keep everything in one place rather than having lots of separate pieces of furniture. It’s a good idea to have furniture made-to-measure to fit one wall and incorporate everything, including your TV and media equipment. Alternatively, modular furniture can be adapted to suit you and the room. Ikea has an easy-to-use online planner that you can use to create an arrangement that works. If you have space, you might want to include a little desk with some drawer files to create a study area.

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4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAYOUT

  • Rectangular If two rooms have been knocked into one, there are two focus points and the most common pitfall is to arrange furniture so the room feels like a corridor. Minimise the look of a long room by putting seating across it. Try two sofas opposite each other or, more casually, a sofa and two chairs. Interior designer Louise McCarthy’s rule is to create symmetry: ‘Try to get a balance between the different number and size of the pieces of furniture and always attempt to position them away from the walls.’
  • L-shape An L-shape can feel like two separate rooms. Use the main area shape for seating, following the same rule as for a rectangular room. If the room is large enough, think about different functions for the two sections. For example, a formal seating area in the main part and a relaxation and TV-watching zone in the smaller part. To integrate the two areas, introduce rounded furniture, such as a circular table or small chair at the corner. Wallpaper a wall, add greenery or a mirror to bring the corner forward.
  • Square If there’s no obvious focal point, square rooms can feel boxy and featureless. In larger square rooms, having two, or even three armchairs with a sofa breaks up the symmetry and is a versatile mix. Alternatively, position sofas at right angles to each other towards the television in the opposite corner, or the fireplace.
  • Small rooms If space is tight, try two sofas or a sofa and single chair in a loose L-shaped configuration. Choose styles with narrow arms and slim backs that take up less room. A corner sofa would sit right against the wall but measure up carefully as corner units can be quite big. Swap a coffee table for occasional tables or storage at either end of seating to keep the central space open. Put the television on the wall or on low-level furniture that extends across a wall and will give you extra storage.

5. TRY NOT TO LET A TELEVISION DOMINATE THE ROOM

Don’t be tempted by that big 70 inch screen if you can barely fit a sofa in. If you have a fireplace, keep that as the focal point by positioning the television in an alcove or recess. In a small room, you may want to mount the TV on a wall to minimise its impact. It should be at eye level when seated, but no lower than 120cm from the floor. Position so there’s minimal reflection off the screen from the window or lights, but have a light nearby to prevent eye strain.

6. ADJUST THE LIGHTING

Dimmer switches are the easiest way to adjust the mood of the room, while wall lights give a gentle, diffused glow – ideal for relaxed evenings. Otherwise, add an extra power point or two so you can have table lamps to provide atmospheric lighting that you can also read by.

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Se Paar Lighting Fixtures by Taeg Nishimoto

Se’Paar is a series of hanging lighting fixtures by Taeg Nishimoto, made of Buckram fabric. Buckram is a resin impregnated mesh fabric that sustains the form when they are manipulated with water and left to dry.

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Two sheets of white and black fabric were first laminated to make a double layer of a sheet for the stability. This double layer fabric was then cut into a specific proportion of a rectangle. This single sheet goes through the operation of first folding in the center, then cutting into certain length on both sides of the fold, and finally pulling the cut part together to make an overlap that forms two triangles at the overlap. This process results into a sheet that wraps on both sides of the central fold. The black fabric is placed for the outside, and inside is in white. Depending on the positioning of the fold and the length and direction of the cut, exactly the same operation results into different configurations.

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One unit requires three identically proportioned and processed warping sheets. They are connected at the four corners to the adjacent sheets where red thread is used to hold them together with a small wood disk giving the gap between them.  The size of different units ranges from 30cm – 40cm wide to 30cm – 50cm high. In the daylight, the fixture presents itself as slightly translucent black volume that has a particular geometric shape. When it’s lit, the overlapping geometric shapes appear as a dark element within the warping surfaces, as well as the direct light will be cast on the adjacent wall revealing the shape of the gap between the warping surfaces. It is a play between the unexpected geometry of warping surfaces and how the characteristics of mesh fabric change the lighting condition when lit from inside.

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 [Source:- Interiorzine]