2020 Flooring Trends #2 Bleached & Blanched Woods
Trent and our Trusted team at Regina’s Flooring Superstores have established a strong and loyal customer base through our commitment to excellent customer service. By being part of the powerful buying group that is the Flooring Superstores chain, we are also able to provide quality Regina flooring at unbeatable prices. In our latest flooring article we share information on bleached and blanched woods .
Bleached and Blanched Woods
Architects, builders and interior designers feature North American hardwoods because of their natural characteristics and beauty. The smooth look of maple. The dark hue of walnut. The textured lines of oak. The richness of cherry. Specialized finishing techniques like bleaching, pickling, colouring and antiquing are adding another dimension to hardwoods’ decorative appeal.
Hardwood floors are being found in nearly every single room in the house these days. Not everyone likes the glossy brown stains of most wooden floors. Cool colours such as lighter browns and grey, washes are the most popular for colours. For some, the softer white-washed look of a bleached floor is more their taste. This kind of flooring consists of wood that has undergone a bleaching process, also called blanching. This involves applying a chemical solution onto the surface of the wood to get rid of the “colour”. By colour, we mean the artificial dye or stain coating the wood. Blanching gives the wood an ashy white-washed look with the natural wood grain still being clearly visible from underneath. So you do not lose the charm and beauty of natural wood, it is just packaged in another style.
The primary reason for these unique finishes is to accentuate a decorative theme, while still capitalizing on the elegance that hardwoods add to a room. Additionally people are on the hunt for longer, wider wood plank flooring for a more naturally rustic farmhouse feel.
Bleaching Is Not Just For Flooring
Natural red oak bookcases can be bleached to enhance the effect of a sun-drenched library. Poplar mouldings, chair rails and baseboards can be dyed to emphasize the colour of a room, or a hickory fireplace mantle can be distressed to complement a similar finish on a treasured piece of furniture.
Bleaching is both a popular alternative to staining and the first step in most antiquing, pickling or colouring projects, whether you’re working with millwork, paneling, cabinetry or flooring .
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