Trends in Hardwood Flooring

Nothing showcases a room quite like the richness of a polished hardwood floor. From exotics like Brazilian cherry to the distressed look captured by reclaiming flooring from structures built before the turn of the century, hardwood is the latest in flooring trends.

Durable and long lasting, hardwood floors these days come in a variety of planking sizes, graining patterns and finishes. From traditional species like oak, pine and hickory to the unusual and rare such as teak, wenge and spotted gum almost all hardwoods require the same easy maintenance routine.

Another popular option is flooring crafted from natural sustainable materials such as cork or bamboo.B Bamboo is a fast growing grass while cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree and is regenerative.

No longer does the color palette for hardwood floors have to be just shades of tans or browns. Different species of trees produce flooring in hues of grey, white, red and black. It is also possible to install unfinished flooring and custom stain it.

Dover Rug & Home with two convenient showrooms in the Boston area can answer all your flooring questions. Give us a call at 508-651-3500.

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Wide-Plank Hardwood, Parquet Flooring Make Comeback

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At the Surfaces 2011 trade show last week, exhibitors showed new re-imagined hardwood floors, which remain highly popular with consumers. These “new” designs are, in fact, throwbacks to days past such as traditional wide-plank hardwood floors in reclaimed heart pine, wormy chestnut, and black walnut and decorative wood mosaic parquet floors from the pre-war era.

Many manufacturers have found ways to solve common problems with wide-plank hardwood flooring such as warping through new engineering methods. And the new parquet wood flooring demonstrates the versatility and decorative impact of hardwood.

Domestic and exotic hardwoods still provide a desirable rustic, natural look for floors, and eco-friendly, often recycled, flooring such as cork remains popular in part because it is durable, sound absorbing, and comfortable.

Dover Rug provides expertly crafted flooring which use only the finest domestic and exotic hardwoods. From the rustic, old-world charm of hand-sculpted and hand-scraped hardwoods to the more classic, traditional hardwood floor sanded to smooth perfection we provide our customers with a vast selection of hardwoods which add true value to your home. Check out our four locations in New England.