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We’re not sure if the bestselling book and now blockbuster movie, 50 Shades of Grey, are to credit for the trend but grey is one of the hottest colors in wood flooring for 2015.  To help you sort out where wood flooring color is headed, here are the top two trends to watch for this year, with tips on the pros and cons of each one.

Grey, the New Neutral
In the last few years, with appliance and paint manufacturers turning to grey as the new neutral, it was only a matter of time before the popularity of the color made it to wood flooring and stains.  Grey is a sophisticated color – think of the Man in the Grey Flannel Suit  – whether in dark or light shades, that works well in a variety of decors from traditional to contemporary.  Grey also is unique and gives an element of cool – both in color palette and style – to any home.

For an ultra modern monochromatic clean look, designers are pairing grey wood flooring with shades of white and grey or even black for walls and furniture.  But grey actually is a neutral color being a blend of white and black so that it can complement many colors in a room.  Wood flooring that has more graining and/or knots can be stained a grey that has a somewhat smoky tint to give a rustic look to a room.  The variations do seem to be more than 50 shades of grey!

Re-finishing your wood floors in this hip new color is a great way to update your home décor.  But to ensure the color match is just what you want, be sure to work with an experienced flooring contractor like Sequoia.  Mixing can be a bit tricky with such a neutral color and we have the expertise in finishing and sealing that gets the color exact you want.  Also, grey flooring requires a water-based polyurethane that is a little more expense and again requires expertise in its application.

Dark Hardwood Flooring
Taking a cue from high end homes, dark wood flooring colors are a favorite for 2015.  Colors range from ebony, the almost black color of concert grand pianos, to Jacobean, a very dark brown that is warmer than ebony, to espresso, more of a rich coffee color.  Since white is the current popular color for kitchen cabinets, dark wood flooring sets them off beautifully.  Actually, dark colors go well with many other colors being as they are so dark as to look pretty neutral.

That said, dark wood flooring tends to show dirt and scratches more than a light color so you’ll have to be more conscious of good cleaning and maintenance practices.

To help you keep your floors in tiptop shape, Sequoia’s trained staff can provide helpful guidance in techniques and products to use on your new wood flooring.  And since dark colors can hide problems such as stains, re-finishing your floors to a dark rich color might be an alternative to a full floor replacement.

Whether or not you’re ready to leap into a shade of grey or a dark wood flooring color, 2015 is the year to keep your eyes on these fashion trends.