Unexpected Flooring Options via Simply Grove

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I will always be a fan of traditional wood flooring, always. It’s classic, beautiful, and it provides lots of warmth and texture with its natural grain. And who doesn’t love the creak of an old wooden floor beneath their feet? Honestly, it only gets better with age.

But sometimes a little change is good. And with the huge variety of flooring available these days, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Whether it’s a bold tile pattern in the bathroom or smooth concrete floors in the kitchen, there are plenty of ways to change things up from the norm…

Unexpected Flooring Options via Simply Grove

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Can I just gush for a moment about polished concrete floors? Seriously crushing on them. They’re tough-as-nails, super easy to clean, and they always make any space feel instantly modern.

Unexpected Flooring Options via Simply Grove

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The world needs more home libraries. Specifically ones with black built-in bookshelves and Moroccan tile floors. I mean…c’mon.

Unexpected Flooring Options via Simply Grove

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Have you guys seen the long rectangular tiles that are made to mimic the appearance of wood planks? To be honest, I wasn’t completely sold on these in the beginning but the concept is starting to grow on me. Especially if it’s laid in this beautiful herringbone pattern.

Unexpected Flooring Options via Simply Grove

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Brick floors! Where have you been all my life? I know, maybe not the easiest thing to clean with those deeper grout lines, but you have to admit it’s gorgeous. Like something you would find in an old Italian hotel.

Unexpected Flooring Options via Simply Grove

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Ok, so I did throw in one wood floor. But, in my defense, it’s one that’s not very common. Whitewashed wood floors are definitely on my favorites list. I love the minimalist feel, but it’s not too white. And there’s just enough of that lovely grain peeking through. Dreamy.

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Today I am super excited to have Editor in Chief of Remodelista, Julie Carlson, share with us a major tend alert that we are seeing everywhere. Overdying has become a movement and we are embracing this movement. Julie and the team of Remodelista have created a phenomenal one stop shop site that has people from all over the world drooling for more. I know that I personally cannot get enough. So please enjoy this guest post and please note, next week I have a very special giveaway that has to do with Remodelista!!

We first started noticing rumblings of the overdying trend when we admired Diesel’s Successful Living collection, featuring tables and chairs stained in variegated shades of indigo. Then, when ABC Carpet came out with its Reform Rugs collection of vintage carpets dyed in vibrant shades of fuchsia, turquoise, and crimson, we took note (not coincidentally, Restoration Hardware has just come out with its own line of overdyed rugs called Color-Wash).

And not long ago we posted about artisan furniture maker Sawkille’s latest designs, made from bleached hardwood, which takes well to color (they hand mix their own transparent wood dyes in shades of indigo and royal blue).

Flooring companies are getting in on the act as well, with companies like Timeline Wood in Los Angeles offering stained wood flooring in shades like Blue Chalk, Tomato Peel, and New Orange.

Finally, we called it a trend when we spotted the Nordic Spruce Box colorwashed cabinet by Belgian design collective Labt displayed at Maison Objet in January.

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Picking out the perfect wood flooring is a big deal and can sometimes feel daunting. I’m really fond of these watermill white oak with a custom finish floors from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. They’re a good balance of rustic meets industrial. I bet they hide dirt really well. Below is more wood floor inspiration.

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I cannot get how beautiful these floors are! What a brilliant concept. The wood floors seamlessly flow into those gorgeous tiles. It makes for a rug affect, but cooler.

Here’s another look from above.

What do you think of these floors? Would you have them in your home?

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