If you thought the options for finishing your timber flooring were limited to oils and stains, you would be wrong. On trend right now is everything from smoked oak to soaped finishes.
“While smoked oak has been around for quite some time now, it is really on-trend right now as the options from Europe continue to evolve,” Vienna Woods’ Warwick Adams says. “Smoked oak brings a unique and very beautiful depth of colour to the flooring. The smoke reacts with the tannin to darken the oak while application of tinted oil and controlling the intensity of the smoking process achieves a wide range of colours from light greys to amber tones and darker hues.”
The other finish that’s trending currently, Warwick says, is soaped oak. Soaping is a traditional Scandinavian wood treatment that creates a low sheen appearance which is beautifully soft to touch, and again, achievable in a wide variety of colours.
“Thermo-oak is also popular at the moment and is continuing to evolve with new options. This treatment essentially heals the oak, basically cooking it to darken its colour throughout. An added benefit of this process is the significantly increased stability of the floorboard,” Warwick says.