KBB - November 2010 - (Page 16)

T rends Into the Wood Kitchen flooring is going the way of the plank Perhaps it’s a sign of our troubled times, but nature is in again. And what better way to incorporate it into one’s kitchen than with a hardwood floor? Of course, as designer Susan D. Drake noted, hardwood floors are not unusual in kitchens in the Northeast, and ceramic tile still reigns in the South and West. But lately, wood’s appeal seems to be jumping the regional divide, thanks to an interest in natural and authentic materials and a proliferation of both hardwood and wood-look options. So what’s new and newsworthy? According to Sara M. Babinski, principal designer at Armstrong Flooring, the comeback kid is oak, especially in the white and gray varieties. The former owes its growing popularity to the European market, while the latter “has just exploded” in Canada, said Babinski. Both have already landed stateside, making inroads into major metropolitan areas. The rise of gray oaks, added Babinski, may also reflect the emergence of the “modern farmhouse” aesthetic, which marries the industrial chic of stainless-steel appliances with warmer, natural finishes. Texture is another way to convey authenticity. In fact, improved distressing, finishing and staining techniques have helped give oak its newfound popularity, and interestingly, at this year’s Cersaie, many of the wood-look tiles—which were everywhere—had distinctive graining or were highly textured to create an aged or more rough-hewn appearance. Similarly, oil-finished wood floors, long the standard in Europe, have begun to enter the U.S. market. Finished with a blend of oil and wax, they are matte in look and tend to show off what were once considered imperfections, such as knotting and grain patterns. They can be spot-repaired but require a yearly application of oil. Continued on page 18 Armstrong’s Premier Performance results from a proprietary process that infuses liquid acrylic and stain into the hardwood for added durability and increased resistance to dings and dents. A Permion Wear Layer ensures improved wear and gloss retention over traditional hardwood. Available in 3-in., 41/2-in. and 51/4-in. widths, planks are offered in maple, hickory, oak, cherry, birch and walnut in a broad range of colors (oak in windswept gray is shown). Circle No. 200 For those who prefer a more matte appearance, don’t mind natural distressing and raised knots, and like the ability to be spot-repaired, DuChateau Floors offers a variety of FSC-certified European hardwood floors that have been treated with a natural, zeroVOC hard-wax oil. Its newest collection is Riverstone, which comes in 77/16-in. x 72-in. planks in five finishes: Arno, Rhine, Seine, Thames and Danube (shown). Circle No. 201 Unlike conventional pre-finished floors, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors’ Carlisle Custom Coat Pre-Finished Floors can be repaired or touched up when needed. The pre-finish application does not contain aluminum oxide, which is commonly used for wear resistance but prevents sanding and basic maintenance. To avoid moisture absorption, each plank is finished on all sides. Circle No. 202 16 + K BB November 2010 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

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