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Grey Hardwood Floors? FAQ Behind This Modern Flooring Trend

Over the years, we’ve seen many flooring trends come and go. Recently, you may have noticed that grey hardwood floors are popular with modern interior design. Grey hardwood floors have become the embodiment of sophistication and style for interior designers and homeowners alike. We agree that few types of flooring are more aesthetically pleasing than grey hardwood. Lots of our hardwood floor installation work in recent years has been grey hardwood flooring. 

In fact, we have installed so many different styles and types of grey hardwood flooring over the years that we tell clients that there isn’t just one grey styling for hardwood floors, but more like 50 Shades of Grey. Hey, the hardwood flooring business isn’t full of jokes, so we have to embrace the ones we have!

In light of the popularity of grey hardwood flooring, we thought it would be a good idea to share some of our insights on grey hardwood floors and discuss some of the most common FAQ.

FAQ #1: Is grey hardwood flooring just a passing trend?

To put it simply: no. Grey hardwood flooring may be a unique color, but it is not the modern equivalent of the 1970’s shag carpeting. Grey hardwood flooring is particularly popular with modern architecture and interior design schemes that choose a minimalist approach. Many high-end new apartments and condos will choose to use grey hardwood for the entire building early on in the design phase. 

To further elaborate: choosing high-quality, durable, hardwood flooring is not feeding into a fad. Hardwood flooring can last decades, and if it’s well-maintained, even centuries. Not only will it increase the value of your home, but it also makes a timeless statement of elegance that will never go out of style.


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FAQ #2: Will grey match or clash with my other decor?

Grey goes with everything, as it is the perfect neutral. Over the years, you may choose to repaint your walls, change your bedding or curtains, and even swap out furniture. But your hardwood floors will remain unchanged, and it will always compliment whatever new styles you may choose to adopt in the future. 

Grey hardwood matches new decorative pieces as easily as the classic options of natural walnut or white oak flooring. Also, dirt and debris are less noticeable against grey hardwood floors than other floor types– so it always looks clean, even when it’s not. It’s incredibly easy to maintain too.

FAQ #3: What should be taken into consideration before installing grey hardwood flooring?

There are several factors to consider before purchasing grey, or any type, of hardwood flooring. At JJ hardwood floors, we don’t just say, “Sure you want grey, let’s do grey!” We take the time to listen to the client’s desires and needs and ensure that the best hardwood flooring solution is installed.  Here are just some of the flooring details we take when helping a client during the discovery phase of a custom wood flooring project:

  • Desired look and finish

There are endless combinations of woods and styles for grey hardwood flooring. It’s our job to listen to the client to determine just what combinations will get the results they want and also be functional for the space. Creating the desired look requires selecting the right hardwood for the job and applying appropriate wood floor staining techniques. 

If the home would look best with deeper/darker shades of grey, we may use our water-popping technique and an oil-based stain to bring that deep, rich appearance to the floor.

Alternatively, if some rooms would look better with lighter/brighter shades of grey hardwood flooring, we would suggest an oak wood with a custom water-based stain to make to bring a soft beautify to the space. 

Is Grey Hardwood Flooring Right For Your Home?

Whether you decide that grey hardwood flooring is right for you and your space or not, the chic style this flooring offers is undeniable. 

If you have any questions regarding grey hardwood flooring or flooring in general, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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