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What you need to know about grey wood floors

December 7, 2016

When you think about installing new hardwood floors in your home, what color do you picture them being? Traditionally, most homeowners would name a common shade of brown. However, an increasing number of people are using a different color for their home's flooring: grey.

Grey is quickly becoming one of the biggest color trends in interior design - and it's not hard to see why. As Elle Decor pointed out, much of the hype is fueled by the rising popularity of the Scandinavian/minimalist look (think muted tones, white sheep skin rugs, wood furnishings and bronze accents). But there's several reasons why grey has become such a favorable choice in the home. 

From pewter to charcoal, all variations are chic and versatile. With grey, you have a subtle shade that allows you mix up your home's design from conventional cream and white color palettes without being too drastic. For example, grey can complement the stainless steel fixtures and appliances commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens, but also integrate into bedrooms and living rooms that have a variety of colors, textures and patterns. 

Grey floors can be matched with any style and color of decor.Grey floors can be matched with any style and color of decor.

Tips for making grey colors work in your home
If you're weary about "going grey" with your floors, you're not alone. Some are hesitant about installing grey hardwood floors because it is more of a commitment than, say, a grey couch. However, if you fear this color trend is just a fad, you have nothing to worry about. Although it is particularly popular right now, grey floors possess a timeless appeal. As explained, the key to being able to enjoy this trend - now and in the future - comes down to how you use it.

Because grey is technically a neutral, much of its appearance is influenced by its surroundings. Pairing rustic grey floors with pale pink walls, for example, can give the space a feminine, shabby chic feel. But if you crave a more serious and traditional environment down the line, the wood flooring will look just as great with tan or white walls.

Also keep in mind that grey, in any shade, matches virtually every color, so it's the perfect canvas on which to experiment with exciting decor. The muted tones instantly make any touch of color - even soft pastels - really pop.

"Grey wood flooring isn't just a fleeting trend."

Different types of grey wood floors
As far as the specific type of wood species to look for in grey flooring, oak, hickory and maple are all popular choices. The one that will work best for you will largely depend on the vibe you are aiming for. Lighter shades of grey that help produce the soothing, casual feel of a beach home can often be found in oak flooring. For example, Anderson Hardwood's Muir's Park Collection showcases various shades of engineered oak floors that use natural knots and grain formations along with skilled sanding, painting and staining processes to highlight the wood embellishments. The result is a weathered look perfect for rooms you want to relax in. 

If you prefer a darker shade of grey to create an estate-like atmosphere for your office or bedroom, consider maple wood floors, such as those featured in Anderson's Bernina Maple Collection. These hand-scraped surfaces are engineered to give each board a unique and alluring appearance. 

As with any type of floor, the quality of its construction can be the difference between having a floor that looks stylish and sophisticated or a surface that looks dull and worn. This is why, rather than DIY staining projects, most homeowners prefer to go with a prefinished product that has been manufactured by skilled craftspeople.

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