In my lifetime I think I saw a trend from thin plank wood, to medium plank wood. Real hardwood to engineered look-a-like. I am seeing a trend in some of the higher end homes going back to wood with design. It's something people see as trendy. I disagree. I think it's trending... But if done right, timeless.
One of the first treatments they did on hardwood was paint. Also coming back. With slow growth wood they simply let people's feet, wear and tear polish their floors. That's a look I would be interested to see come back.
Original floors were given a V groove on the edge of each plank. Quickly that was ruled out for a more seamless look. I kind of love the look of a notched floor but would hate to keep it clean. Imagine all the gunk build up in the groove.
Oh but I love the character and charm of reclaimed lumber floors. So much charm. I think a big mistake homeowners make when picking wall color is discounting the effect the color of the floor will have on the walls or vice versa. Your flooring is you second greatest amount of color next to your walls That is a lot of color or shade to take into consideration. What could look tan on a swatch, when set next to the floor will look red or yellow. It's fascinating to see how different paint looks in different spots.
The floor above is dynamite. All those imperfections. The various plank size. And the stain... I want!
For my dream home, as of this minute... Ask me in two days and it will be a different story I'm sure... Is either super wide plank floors, or the opposite, narrow 1.5" planks. I think those create the most dimension in a home.
What do you think? Thin, wide, engineered, real wood?