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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.

Smoked Oak

“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.”

Soaped Oak

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

“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.

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.

Smoked Oak

“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.”

Soaped Oak

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

“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.

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But it’s not just these unique finishes that are trending at the moment; textures are important too in flooring and everything from fossil-sawn to distressed timber is en vogue currently. 

“While lengthwise brushing of floorboards in varying strengths will always be popular, more intensive textural treatments are on the rise. An example is planed oak, where the surface of the wood is both planed and sanded leaving random areas of the board with a rougher texture. If you combine this with the smoking process, it creates a very appealing subtle aged appearance to the flooring.”

But it’s not just these unique finishes that are trending at the moment; textures are important too in flooring and everything from fossil-sawn to distressed timber is en vogue currently. 

“While lengthwise brushing of floorboards in varying strengths will always be popular, more intensive textural treatments are on the rise. An example is planed oak, where the surface of the wood is both planed and sanded leaving random areas of the board with a rougher texture. If you combine this with the smoking process, it creates a very appealing subtle aged appearance to the flooring.”

Fossil-Sawn

The other popular texture at the moment is known as fossil-sawn, which is similar to a band-sawn look but more subtle. “The fossil-sawn texture is often only visible from particular angles or when the light hits the floor board in a certain way”

“Distressed flooring is another sought after option, with random nicks and dents in the wood combining to achieve an aged look.”

Fossil-Sawn

The other popular texture at the moment is known as fossil-sawn, which is similar to a band-sawn look but more subtle. “The fossil-sawn texture is often only visible from particular angles or when the light hits the floor board in a certain way”

“Distressed flooring is another sought after option, with random nicks and dents in the wood combining to achieve an aged look.”

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Vienna Woods specialises in importing European engineered timber flooring from multiple suppliers offering the New Zealand market an unrivalled range of options.

Drop by their Newmarket showroom or visit Vienna Woods on ArchiPro here to explore the latest possibilities in engineered European timber flooring.

Vienna Woods specialises in importing European engineered timber flooring from multiple suppliers offering the New Zealand market an unrivalled range of options.

Drop by their Newmarket showroom or visit Vienna Woods on ArchiPro here to explore the latest possibilities in engineered European timber flooring.

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