Home Decor Trends: Hickory Hardwood Floors


In the home decor industry, much like in fashion, change is inevitable and what was once considered passe often returns to become the latest trend. This reality best describes the recent movement in home decor of incorporating a more rustic look and feel to interior designs. Leading the way as the focal point of this desired look is classic flooring options such as hickory hardwood floors.

A true North American classic, hickory has been growing in popularity in recent years due to its rustic charm and ultra-durability. A slow growing species resulting in some of the hardest, most durable flooring found anywhere, hickory has been used for centuries by discerning homeowners looking for beauty, strength and a lasting impression.

According to Michel Collin, Marketing Director of Mercier Wood Flooring, one of North America's leading hardwood flooring manufacturers, more and more consumers are looking for a more rustic look from their flooring choices and have found durability, unique graining patterns and a wide range of colors with hickory wood floors.

"This species features an opulent appearance thanks to its pronounced contrasting shades and range of natural tones," he explained. "Hickory's rough, textured look harmonizes beautifully with rustic and modern decor alike. Its hardness and durability make it an excellent option for kitchens and high traffic areas."

The wood typically comes in many shades ranging from golden beige to full-bodied brown. In fact Mercier features a series of beautiful new hickory stain colors for this year offered in its "Nature Collection".

The colors are named after nature wonders such as "Fundy,", "Hampton," "Jasper," "Terra Nova," and "Tremblant," these darker two tone stain colors follow the trend towards pronounced color variations in flooring that is now in vogue. Mercier's latest hickory stain color -- "Cape Cod" cleverly refines the wood's rough and textured side with its gold, brown, and orange hues. "In a more rustic interior, it immediately becomes the focal point," added Collin.

"Mercier's hickory line features absolutely stunning floors," said designer Nancy Soccio of Dolce Interior in Montreal. "This line of rustic floors gives you the feeling of being at your favorite ski lodge or chalet."

Also in its Nature Collection Collin added that Mercier has recently developed beautiful new rich stains for its Heritage product line called "Graphite" and its latest color, "Macchiato". "Whether it is combined with a sober style, a bold design, brightly colored objects, or a monochrome environment, this chameleon color is bound to turn heads," he added. The new colors are available in solid, engineered and LOC versions in varying widths. More information on the latest trends in wood flooring is available at www.mercierwoodflooring.com.


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