distressed hardwood, hand scraped hardwood, reclaimed hardwood in downers grove, ilWhen it comes to interior design many Downers Grove homeowners stay away from any flooring that’s deemed trendy for the time being. The term “trend” is often equated with temporality; just because something is in style now doesn’t mean it will be in a few years. Particularly when it comes to expensive elements of a home, such as floors, countertops, and large furniture, it’s difficult to justify investing in something trendy.

Here we’ll be discussing a hardwood flooring trend that looks to have significant staying power. Traditional hardwood flooring is timeless and classic, and this type of hardwood doesn’t stray too far from those roots. It adds subtle detail to homes without stealing the attention away from other elements in a room.

What are we talking about exactly? Antique style hardwood. This hardwood flooring variety tends to complement a number of interior design styles well, one reason it likely won’t go out of style. Many Downers Grove homeowners find that it can be used to add just enough individuality to a space without distracting from other elements in a room.

There are three types of antique style hardwood—distressed hardwood, hand scraped hardwood, and reclaimed hardwood. Each is sure to character and personality to a space without becoming overwhelming. We encourage you to read on to learn more about each type, and to consider adding one to your Downers Grove Home!

Distressed Hardwood Flooring

Distressed hardwood flooring achieves its aged and weathered appearance using a machine. Many homeowners appreciate this type of antique style hardwood because it’s more readily available than hand scraped hardwood or reclaimed hardwood.

Hand Scraped Hardwood

Hand scraped hardwood is similar to distressed hardwood. The main difference between the two is that the antique finish of hand scraped hardwood is achieved by hand rather than by a machine. Some prefer hand scraped hardwood over distressed hardwood because they feel it has a more individualized appearance. The finish of each plank of hand scraped hardwood is dependent on the artist who performs the scraping, and in this sense it does tend to be more individualized.

Reclaimed Hardwood

Reclaimed hardwood is manufactured by retrieving logs and beams from old residential or commercial structures. Wood is often taken from barns, warehouses, or more untraditionally wine barrels. Reclaimed hardwood offers a truly rustic feel, and compared to the other two types of antique hardwood remains relatively untouched throughout the manufacture process.

Here at Floor Coverings International Downers Grove we look forward to helping you find the perfect hardwood floors for your home. We offer a wide selection, which we encourage you to take a look at in our product galley. Our design experts proudly serve the greater Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, and Woodridge areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!

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