Whether it’s a new build or a renovation, knowing what homeowners want from their hardwood floors is a must. Page Nazarian, founder of Fame Hardwood in Los Angeles, says homeowners are searching for a simple, clean appearance with little texture. With the increase of interest in creating spaces that foster comfort and tranquility, Realtor.com says bringing the peace of the outdoors inside will be a top demand from buyers. Hardwood floors in natural colors and finishes, such as oak and walnut, are big. And instead of knot-filled, color varied hardwood flooring, more uniform, select-grade floors are on the rise.
3. Rift-cut floors
In the world of hardwood floors, rift-cut floors are chosen for their clean, uniform look. The floor planks are milled perpendicular to the log's growth rings, which creates a linear, straight grain with no flecking. Essentially, it's a cutting technique that shows off the lines of the wood in a uniform yet organic way.
“Our rare rift-cut walnut flooring has become very popular lately because of the uniqueness of the linear grains,” says Nazarian.