Wood flooring goes through a series of trends, as with any other type of design element. There are elements of hardwood flooring that remain constant and don’t change with changing trends but other types of flooring can shift each year. If you want to keep your floor looking great and staying up to date, you need to be aware of trends before they take over the design world. Extreme darks are promising to be a trend in 2019 and into 2020. They can range from subtle to very bold; whichever you choose, you’ll likely have a floor that’s on trend in the coming years and looks great for decades.
What Are Extreme Darks?
Extreme darks have been growing in popularity for the better part of a decade. They are colors that are much bolder and deeper than has been traditionally used for hardwood flooring. For example, espresso is a popular color for a hardwood floor. As the name implies, espresso is a rich brown that’s supposed to mimic the color of an espresso. In the past, customers would pay a contractor to stain their floor with espresso colored stain but they would still keep it fairly natural to the wood’s original hue. An extreme dark means that the espresso stains of 2020 will not only be darker; they’ll also be much richer. The trend towards extreme darks means that the flooring is stained a much deeper and richer color. Instead of a hint of the espresso color, the new trend highlights strong espresso color.
Other Extreme Darks
Some of the other colors that are popular lately are black, dark gray, and coffee tones. Black has not always been a very popular color for hardwood floors, but it is timeless. A black hardwood floor matches pretty much any design scheme you might have in mind. It also mimics certain types of rare hardwood such as ebony. The extreme dark trend means that you’ll start seeing lots of new floors that are almost completely black.
If you don’t want to commit fully to a completely black floor, you’ll still have some options for what you can do. A dark gray is one of the best options that is a middle ground between classic flooring and the extreme dark trend. Dark gray colors come in many different names. Some of them are called charcoal, ash, or smoke. Regardless of what they’re called, they’re deep grays that will turn the entire floor a rich but dark color.
The extreme dark trend looks to be here to stay; if you get on it now, you’ll have a timeless and great-looking floor.