Some naturally darker timbers can’t be lightened, which is something that should be considered when deciding between types of timber for flooring. “We’re constantly getting calls from people who are wanting to whitewash a Matai floor, for example, which you just can’t do. Kauri can be lightened to an extent, but Matai and Rimu can’t. Rimu remains popular for its natural deep red colour; its arguably one of the most beautiful timbers available, but it can’t be easily coloured.”
It’s hard to know how colour trends will change over the decades, so it’s worth understanding the limitations of the timber being specified.
Kwila is another timber that’s popular for flooring. It is a very stable, dense and hard wearing wood that is evenly toned and has a dark warm/golden brown colouring with flecks of gold that are visible in the sunlight. It can easily be darkened, but it is another of the timbers that doesn’t take well to lightening.
American and French Oak have a wide-flowing grain with a slightly coarse texture. Rustic grade Oak features varying sized knots throughout, which is popular if a more natural look is desired.
Aesthetically, the range of timber available for flooring is vast and the visual differences differ hugely. Rosewood, for example, varies in colour from a golden brown through to light yellow in colour, it has a wavy grain that often swirls and ripples – a unique and outstanding visual feature when used for flooring.
“At the moment the natural look is very popular, but interior design moves with fashion. People want timber flooring because of the versatility of being able to change the colour along with fashion movements without having to replace it, and that’s the beauty of it. It’s worth thinking carefully about the longevity of the timber you choose both in regards to its durability and its ability to be coloured, stained or oiled and in what range of the colour spectrum that can be done so you know how far you can go with it,” Phil says.
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