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Wood Flooring Trends 2023: Blending Timeless Elegance with Contemporary Styles

In the realm of interior design and décor, few elements rival the enduring appeal of wood flooring. As we move ahead with 2023, wood flooring continues to reign supreme, but it has undergone a subtle transformation, blending timeless elegance with contemporary styles. Join us as we explore the latest wood flooring trends while shedding light on how this ageless classic has adapted to the modern era.

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The Duopoly of Wooden Flooring: Solid vs. Engineered

In today’s market, two primary types of wooden flooring dominate: solid and engineered. Solid wood floors are hewn from a single piece of timber, devoid of veneers. Conversely, engineered wood floors are crafted by compressing real timber into two or more layers to form each plank. The choice between these two options hinges on factors such as durability, budget, and environmental considerations.

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Colour Trends: Beyond Brown

Traditionally, wood flooring was synonymous with various shades of brown, reflecting its natural essence. However, recent years have witnessed a departure from tradition, introducing a captivating spectrum of colours, including black, grey, and white wood flooring.

Black Wood Flooring: Contrary to the misconception that dark floors shrink spaces, black wood flooring can create a striking impact, regardless of room size. Pairing it with light, neutral walls and softly coloured furnishings allows you to balance its bold presence with elegance.

Grey Wood Flooring: Positioned between the extremes of light and dark, grey wood flooring offers a versatile, neutral canvas. With various shades of grey at your disposal, you can experiment with bolder wall colours and furnishings while maintaining a subtle yet impactful aesthetic.

White Wood Flooring: While not the first choice for all, white wood flooring can breathe freshness and openness into a room. When coordinated with light-hued walls and furnishings, it can produce an airy atmosphere. To prevent an overly washed-out look, consider bold furniture choices or create a striking feature wall.

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Wide vs. Narrow Planks: Crafting Space and Style

The width of wooden planks plays a pivotal role in defining the look and feel of a room. Wide planks, measuring greater than 150mm in width, excel in smaller spaces by creating an illusion of expansiveness. They contribute to a relaxed, informal ambiance, ideal for family rooms and dining spaces where comfort and togetherness are paramount.

Conversely, narrow planks (less than 120mm in width) are favoured in more compact areas. They can make a room feel cosier and well-connected, a perfect choice when seeking to bring elements together.

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Short vs. Long Planks: Playing with Perception

The length of wooden planks further influences how a room is perceived. Long boards provide space and definition, making smaller rooms appear more extensive. They create an unbroken expanse of flooring, visually stretching from wall to wall. On the other hand, short boards can achieve a similar effect by introducing more visible joins, which can trick the eye into perceiving a larger space.

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Timeless Elegance in Wood Flooring

No matter which wood flooring trend you choose, one thing remains constant: the timeless allure of this natural material. Wood flooring has the unique ability to blend seamlessly with diverse design styles, from traditional to ultra-modern, ensuring that it never goes out of style.

Ready to transform your interior with the enduring charm of wood flooring? Contact Callender Howorth, one of the UK’s leading international luxury interior design practices, renowned for their stunning portfolio and memorable residential interiors. With offices in the French Riviera, New York, and Central London, their multi-disciplinary team of award-winning architects and designers specialises in interior architecture, interior design, and build, all with complete project management. Don’t miss the opportunity to enhance your living space with the expertise of Callender Howorth.

Thanks for reading. This information is provided by Jonathan Sapir, managing director of Wood and Beyond, an ethical hardwood company (FSC C007915).

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Coherent Contrast

We live in a world of contrast.

Light and dark, thick and thin, happy and sad, yin and yang, simple and complex, night and day. 

The dual nature of our universe gives us contrast, which sometimes can be good, and of course, can sometimes be bad. As the adage goes, there are two sides to every coin and two sides to every story.

Why is contrast important?

First and foremost, our lives would be quite boring without it! Mundane, uninteresting, and bland.

Much of what we desire emerges from the experience of contrast within our lives and what we see in our surroundings. 

Contrast gives us an opportunity to see and understand something from another perspective. It helps us see and feel things that we might not have noticed or felt otherwise. 

And that is how inspiration is born.

In the context of visual design, contrast is simply the difference between two or more elements in a composition. The greater the difference between them, the easier it is to compare and understand. 

The object that is most obvious and that stands out is the object with high contrast known as the primitive object. This is where our eye in our visual processing goes first, even before our consciousness. 

In our Regents House Project, we used a large piece of artwork in monochromatic crimson to contrast the depth of this spacious white bathroom bathroom for a bold yet minimal, modern feel.

luxury bathroom by Callender Howorth Interior Design

Regents Park House project by Callender Howorth

Some typical primitive objects are size, colour, depth, shape, motion, orientation, curvature, line terminators, and closures. 

The Wow Factor

Ever walk into a room and immediately be taken in by the Wow factor? 

For interior designers, contrast is the secret design principle that originates in our cognitive bias when we view two elements with opposing characteristics. 

Our perception is then one of comparison known as the contrast effect.  

We compare two elements in order to understand the differences between them such as making something appear lighter when it is placed against a dark background. 

The most known example of visual perception of contrast is the Gestalt psychological concept of figure-ground where one sees a form or figure and its surroundings or ground.

The use of positive and negative space determines what the viewer will see. Gestalt theories of perception are based on human nature being inclined to understand objects as an entire structure rather than the sum of its parts

Contrast in Design

When you have the Wow factor of space, what you actually are witnessing is the proper use of contrast in design.

Contrast with lines, forms and large objects.

Contrast creates a memorable impact and visual interest by coherently pulling the whole room together.

Contrast in colour, pattern and movement.

Colour is the key element in interior design.

Contrast can be created in monochromatic variations, in the use of bold colours and levels of intensity, in patterns and textures, and in lighting.

In our Mayfair Mews House project we used natural light to contrast the darker tones in the living room with an impressive large glass wall partition.

Capturing all the natural light from the skylights above the staircase, the darker tones of the living room were contrasted with the visual impact of the staircase. The living room feels open and airy with a larger sense of space coherent with the light and space from the interior garden.

Mayfair Mews House project by Callender Howorth

Monochromatic contrast with texture.

Contrast with colour and placement.

Contrast with colour.

Contrast with curvature and depth.

Contrast with lines, curvature and luminosity.

Contrast with different materials and texture.

As a fundamental principle of interior design, contrast is what draws the focus of your eyes while keeping the space coherent and relatable.

It is this dynamic punch that compels us to further immerse ourselves into that space in full appreciation of the experience and intimate awareness.

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Three of the Latest Kitchen Gadgets

In any home the kitchen is key. Whether you have family, or are simply an entertainer by nature, the kitchen is often the hub of the house and brings people together, combining a place to eat with a place to socialise. When creating interior designs for our clients, we focus on delivering outstanding finishes and introducing useful, ingenious tools to utilise the space and deliver optimum results.

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