Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2020

If you’re looking to refresh your home, these hardwood flooring trends for 2020 will help you choose a look that’s bound to bring new life to any room. Gone are the days when every home had to have uniform planks with an oak stain. Nowadays, the options are much more diverse, allowing your floor to express your own style and personality. Here are our favourite upcoming trends for the year ahead.

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The Reclaimed Look

From shabby chic to vintage furniture and art, the retro stylings of distressed and reclaimed wood have never been trendier. Handscraped or wire-brushed floors appear to show years of use. Actually. they are environmentally friendly sustainably sourced woods. What a clever way to bring a sense of antiquity to your home. Using heritage patterns like this Carrè Resina French Oak Wood Floor is another eye-catching method of adding a touch of history. Chantilly Vetro French Oak Wood Floor uses a rustic, interwoven grid type pattern which is wonderful for accentuating any hallway, or for creating your own unique floor design when combined with other flooring materials. Try combining some of these darker, reclaimed woods with a lighter colour scheme. Distressed woods also contrast well with materials like marble and stone, for a sense of timelessness.

Keep it Light

Lighter tones are in for 2020. Gray, blonde and even whitewashed woods are all amazing ways to keep your style up to date. Lighter tones, according to design psychologists, help improve the mood and can make a home seem more welcoming. White is, historically, the colour of purity and cleanliness, and can certainly change the way people perceive your home. A brighter space could even help reduce stress levels. They also help increase the light in a room, and can even make a small space seem larger. Beautifully oiled Oak Blanc comes in 12″ wide planks to give an open and airy feel to the home. The Matterhorn White Oak lifts the tone all the way up. It’s like turning up the brightness control on your home! This matte white finish is reminiscent of beach homes and gives your house a vacation vibe all year round.

Herringbone Floors

Herringbone has historically been the province of hallways and entrances. This striking pattern is set to move into the rest of the home in 2020. Herringbone is a style using chevron shapes fitted together to make a pattern that the eye can’t help but follow. It’s great for matching with larger rooms with feature walls, and goes really well with lighter tones, making it bang on-trend. Described as pale with a sheen of silver, woods like Perch Herringbone White Oak bring a satin feel to any room; smooth, beautifully engineered and bright enough to open up any space. Of course, there’s no need to stick to just light tones. Dark wood can be wonderful for creating a sense of intimacy. It’s also practical for hiding the wear and tear of heavy traffic areas like the front entrance. Luxurious Diablo Black in high-quality French oak is sure to be a talking point in any home.

Whichever trend catches your eye, buy with the peace of mind that comes from years of experience in engineered wood flooring and interior stylings. Worldwide shipping and a 10-year guarantee set us apart from the competition, so try a sample and find the right hardwood trend for you in 2020.

Choosing the best mops for hardwood floors is the easiest way to keep your flooring in peak condition. Here at Rhodium Floors, we have been providing our customers with the finest hardwood flooring for decades. From the contemporary to the eclectic, and from natural tones to multi-color flooring we pride ourselves on the quality of our product.

As our valued customers, we want your hardwood flooring to last you a lifetime. That is why we have put together this guide to the best mops for hardwood floors.

In essence, there are five main categories of mops. This includes the classic mop with microfiber, the microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry, the electric mop, the steam mop for a deep clean, and the spin mop. We’re going to take a look at all five categories, and explain the pros and cons of each, as well as recommending some of the more reliable brands.

Classic mop with microfiber

When compiling a list of the best mops for hardwood floors, you have to start with the classic mop with microfiber head. After all, there is a reason these remain classics. Found in almost every home, these simple cleaning devices are cost-effective, versatile, and an essential addition to any cleaning regime.

Benefits of the classic mop with microfiber

Affordable and easy to find, they provide excellent value for money.

Replaceable heads microfibers mean that the mop itself will last you a long time.

With many brands now having rotating microfiber heads, it’s easier to get under furniture and into tricky corners.

Can be used wet or dry.

You can buy standard pads for regular cleaning, or scrubbing pads to help with particularly tricky stains.

Drawbacks of the classic mop with microfiber

Overuse can cause the handle to come detached from the mop head.

The microfiber pads are thick and tend to absorb much water, so be sure to wring out before use.

Using the mop over a large hardwood floor requires a lot of elbow grease and can be tiring.

Top classic mop with microfiber brands

If you want a classic mop with microfiber, there are plenty of brands to choose from that offer exceptional cleaning. These include both Viqui and Turbo, though most retailers produce a perfectly serviceable classic mop with microfiber.

Cost: You can get a decent classic mop with microfiber for between $15 and $20

Microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry

Virtually the same as the previous category, the microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry offer one unique advantage. Namely, that you don’t have to swap heads to get your floor cleaned, nor do you have to rinse out the microfiber before wet-mopping.

Benefits of microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry

Drawbacks of microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry

Likewise, these models suffer the same drawback as the classic mop with microfiber.

Additionally, the swivel action of the double-sided cloths can end up detaching from the pole due to overuse.

Top microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry brands

Dulcii, Haerbin, and MTS each manufacture a high-quality microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry, that are well worth your consideration.

Cost: Microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry don’t cost much more than the classic mop with microfiber, meaning you can pick one up for between $20 and $30.

Electric mops

Electric mops do most of the hard work for you, conducting the relevant spinning motion as you move the main body of the mop itself. Capable of operating wet or dry, these devices polish your hardwood floor to a fine sheen.

Benefits of electric mops

Drawbacks of electric mops

Heavier than a manual mop, it can be difficult to move for some people.

Slow to operate, as the mop heads need more prolonged contact with the hardwood to clean entirely.

Top electric mop brands

If you’re on the lookout for an electric mop, Costway and Bissell both produce impressive models that should cover most of your needs. Gladwell’s cordless electric mop is a particularly versatile model, and comes highly recommended for more hardwood floor cleaning duties.

Cost: Most electric mops come in at under $100, with some available for as little as $40.

Steam mop for deep clean

Many owners of hardwood flooring swear that a quality steam mop for deep clean is among the best mops for hardwood floors. It’s easy to see what makes them so popular, with serious cleaning ability locked up in a portable device.

Benefits of a steam mop for deep clean

Drawbacks of a steam mop for deep clean

Top steam mop for deep clean brands

Of the various brands of steam mop for deep clean on the market, we recommend either the Bissel PowerFresh or the Shark Genius. Both mops are well-designed and useful for all your hardwood floor cleaning needs.

Cost: A steam mop for deep clean is one of the more expensive options. While you can certainly find one for under $100, the more reliable brands are likely to set you back around $150.

Spin mops

Spin mops do exactly what you would expect of them: the mop head spins rapidly on its axel. This serves the dual purpose of swift, circular mopping as well as a simple way to wring water out of the mop after use. Spin mops can easily be considered the best mops for hardwood floors, particularly for people needing a less physically-intensive mop.

Benefits of spin mops

Drawbacks of spin mops

Top spin mop brands

If you’re considering a spin mop, you should choose from one of the top brands on the market. These include O-Cedar EasyWring, Twist and Shout, BulbHead, Mopnado, Casabella, Libman, and Happinex.

Cost: Spin mops are fairly cost-effective, given their notable advantages. You can get a good spin mop, with a bucket, for around $20-$30.

So there you have it. Five different mops, with five distinct methods of operating. While the choice ultimately lies with you, even the very best mops for hardwood floors are only as good as the floor they are cleaning. That’s something we know only too well here are Rhodium Floors.

What hardwood flooring is best for high humidity?

When it comes to humidity and hardwood, changing moisture levels can be a danger to your floor. When the humidity goes about 55% there’s an increased chance that moisture will seep into the wood, causing the floorboards to swell. Eventually, this can cause floorboards to warp and cup.

In a high humidity climate, the denser the wood the better. Dense wood is more efficient for the high levels of humidity experienced in many locations around North America. Look out for American Beech Walnut and South Beach White Oak Wood Flooring for durable flooring engineered wood options, or for particularly high temperature and humid area, engineered wood is a great option.

Will hardwood floor cupping go away?

Have the edges of your hardwood planks become slightly raised? This is a common phenomenon called cupping. Swelling and expansion occur in humid weather, and the changes in moisture can lead to crowning and buckling. 

It’s important to get to the root cause of the problem before you can amend the situation. Identify where the moisture is coming from. It could be a plumbing leak or an overflowing dishwasher. In minor cases, the cupping is likely to go away. In major cases, seek a flooring

Why is my wooden floor rising?

Have you noticed that your wood floor is bulging and rising? This is a common problem. Wood is a totally natural product, and swelling and expansion occur in humid weather. It is therefore important when installing wood floors to leave an expansion gap. 

If you’re experiencing problems with rising floorboards it is possible it was not installed with an expansion gap.

Does temperature effect laminate flooring?

You may be surprised to learn that changes in temperature can affect laminate floors too. 

Laminate flooring generally requires constant year-round humidity and temperature levels to keep it looking its best. Therefore, laminate works best in a domestic setting that is heated in the winter. Laminate flooring is also prone to rising and cupping so should always be installed with an expansion gap.

Why is my wood floor buckling?

Buckling is an extreme reaction to moisture in a wood floor. Buckling is when the wood floor begins to pull up from the subfloor and lift away. This is not a common occurrence and usually happens when an area has been flooded for an extended period. 

The good news is that when buckling is caught early it can be spot repaired or replaced. The floorboards may need to be removed to allow air to circulate and remove moisture.

Why is my wood floor buckling?

What is the best flooring for a beach house?

Living near water can offer a few structural challenges when it comes to flooring. Although hardwood may not seem like an obvious choice to withstand moisture – it is possible to achieve the classic look of hardwood without the risk of cupping and rising.

Choosing a dense variety of hardwood will prevent too much water being absorbed into the wood. Or the most practical and long-lasting choice would be a variety of engineered hardwood flooring – the most popular choice for beach homes. 

When properly sealed, these hardwoods can withstand moisture for years to come and are a perfect choice high-humidity environments and beach houses.

For more information, watch our video tutorial about the “Effects of Changes in Weather on your Wooden Floors and How You Can Prevent Them.

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Dark Floors vs Light Floors – How to choose

Dark floors vs light floors. How do you know which to choose? What will suit your home and furniture? What about if you’re going for a whole new, fresh look? Here are some different ways to think about your floor and what will suit your home the best.

What color wood floor with dark furniture?

It depends on how dark your furniture is and what color it is. Black is timeless and very popular for sofas and easy chairs. A black living room suite can be beautifully offset with a warm, tan color, such as the Oak Old Gray

Another way to complement dark furniture is with a warm, dark flooring such as Oak Chocolate. Your first instinct might be that this will make the room seem too dark, but it really depends on the room. White or cream walls with a few pieces of striking artwork, dark, wooden furniture and a dark floor create a really classic look. A dark floor can also pull a room together that has dark accents high up or across the ceiling. These might be wooden ceiling fans or dark lampshades.

Dark or light floors can both suit your dark furniture, so it’s worth thinking about what feel you want for your room. Do you want it to feel bright and open, or warm and intimate? Vintage, or modern? This will give you some steer when choosing dark vs light wood flooring.

Dark floors vs light floors - How to choose

Dark floors vs light floors – How to choose

Light hardwood floors with dark furniture

Light floors with dark furniture often lend a feeling of nostalgia to the room. Big pieces of wooden furniture like old chests or bureaus sitting snugly across seemingly whitewashed floorboards; that’s a scene straight out of an old, favorite movie or TV show.

Rich mahogany furniture with a dark yet warm tone can work with either light or dark flooring, with different effects from each. Using a very pale wood floor makes the furniture really pop out and draws the eye, and compliments, of guests. Matterhorn White Oak is a simple, rustic style that often complements vintage or “shabby chic furniture”. The contrast of the simple, pale planks with darker furniture is a timeless way to not only make a room seem more spacious, but more welcoming as well.

A light floor also counters any psychological effect of the dark furniture making the room seem small or crowded. A dark suite in a small room can seem a little overbearing, depending on the style of the furniture. Off-setting this with a paler floor rebalances the interior and soothes the mind, making your home seem calmer.

Dark wood floors

Dark wood floors have always been very popular for a variety of reasons. They’re usually easy to clean, and if you have kids or pets, dark floors don’t show up the mud or dirt straight away. This is great when you could have guests drop in at any moment and the kids just trekked half the garden through the house. Darker colors are also seen as having a touch of sophistication, so it’s an easy way to class up any room in the house.

Dark flooring isn’t just limited to dark brown, either. For a thoroughly contemporary look, why not consider something like our Beethoven Black? The grain in the wood shines through superbly with a hint of the metallic, and the black color is sure to add character, whether that’s in the living room, dining room or hallway. A reflective black works well with reds, oranges and even other darker colors as it moves light around the room. 

Do dark floors make a room look smaller?

Rooms look bigger or smaller than they are due to the use of light and color. Color is important because it reflects light in different ways. Pale colors reflect more light, which is why they can make a room seem larger and more open. So, following this line of thinking, it stands to reason that dark floors should make a room seem smaller, right?

Well, it’s not actually that simple. If the room is dark all the way around- dark walls, dark furniture, dark curtains, then the dark floor is not actually going to make that much difference as there is already a pretty constant light level in the room. The dark floor will just complement and continue the existing decor theme.

In a room that is very bright or light, the dark floor can actually make the lighter shades stand out, and even make the room seem bigger.

The only time it definitely makes the room seem smaller is in small, dim rooms, particularly those without natural light. Dark wood floors are great for larger spaces and for contrasting with whites, creams or bold and brash tones.

dark wood floor for large spaces

Dark wood floor for large spaces

Light and dark mixed hardwood flooring

There are various flooring types that combine dark and light tones to great effect. The Bruges Brown French Oak is a rich, warm shade at base and not too dark. But the knot holes are much darker, giving a superb vintage look that really draws the eye.

Light or dark wood floors with white cabinets

Homes with white cabinets can choose light or dark wood floors and wither will look great. Darker tones make the cupboards stand out, and can give the illusion of a more intimate space. Light wood floors complement the white cabinets and make the whole room seem unified and delightfully simplistic. Make this style your own with artwork, ornaments or a bright color on the walls.

So, when it comes to dark vs light wood flooring, it’s all about what’s going to suit your existing home décor. Take inspiration from other beautiful homes you’ve visited, or take a visit to some show homes. They’re a great way to see how professional interior designers use the color and tone of different flooring to create ambiance.

Meghan Markle is giving up glamorous chandeliers and luxury hardwood flooring for an English cottage endowed with British charm. The royal’s new home in Windsor is guaranteed to be lavishly decorated and homely but what about the LA home that Meghan’s leaving behind? Valued at £1.5 million, the American home exudes style and sophistication; we hope she incorporates her interior tastes into her new British home. Join us, as we journey through Meghan’s former home, unpacking her stylistic choices; it might inspire the interior design choices for your own home.

Meghan Markle’s LA Home Exterior

From the outside, Meghan’s former LA home looks like a dream to live in. The several tall windows are visually striking and it’s clear that the home receives a lot of natural light. A lot of care has been taken to maintain the exterior of the home and the paint job is pristine; dark blue exterior shutters give the home’s exterior a nautical vibe. The porch is the focal point of the home; a large front door greets us, bordered by two intricately carved pillars. The overhanging porch light is welcoming, giving the building’s exterior a touch of warmth. In the back garden, the dark grey stone floor gives off an aura of sophistication, tying into the color scheme of the windows.

Meghan Markle’s LA Home Kitchen

Though small in size, Meghan made full use of her former kitchen’s space; the full-sized fridge/freezer, cooker and hob fit seamlessly into the kitchen’s design. The basic color palette is effective in the kitchen, combining creamy beiges and soft browns. The slightly distressed hardwood wood flooring makes the kitchen seem welcoming, contrasting the white and silver shades in the room. The rustic finish to the hardwood flooring makes the room seem more personable and enjoyable to cook in.

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Meghan Markle’s LA Home Bedroom

The focus of this room is on space and light, helped by the three large windows. Once again, Meghan has kept the color palette muted, focusing on the quality of the flooring and the wooden furnishings. The bed has been placed in the center of the room, facing away from the surrounding windows. The bedroom floor is a similar style to the living room’s as the honey toned oak helps to warm up the dark browns and greys. One thing’s for sure, the next lucky owner will feel utterly relaxed and at peace in this bedroom.

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Meghan Markle’s LA Home Bathroom

If you’re a fan of monochrome, this stylish bathroom will be your idea of heaven. A feast for the eyes, the contrasting wall and floor patterns work well together, looking sophisticated instead of tacky. The zig-zag feature wall grabs the eye and is a perfect addition to the room. The black and white floor tiles are very unique, instantly making the bathroom look more expensive. The dazzling golden detailing is a lovely finishing touch, adding another dimension to the bathroom’s aesthetic.

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Meghan Markle’s LA Home Living Room

As the heart of the home, Meghan’s former living room has been intricately designed to look and feel sophisticated. This living room utilizes the open-plan design well and the large windows and natural lighting help the area feel more spacious. The striking fireplace and plush brown rug enable the living room to feel more intimate; you could imagine many late-night stories and conversations taking place on the parallel sofas. The natural hardwood flooring ties in nicely to the living room’s color scheme; the earthly hues give the room an aura of coziness without compromising style.

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If you want to recreate Meghan Markle’s LA aesthetic in your own home, contact a member of the Rhodium Floors team; we can help you select the best hardwood flooring or tiles for your design preferences.

Natural Stone of the World: The Complete Guide


For a truly timeless interior, you can’t beat mother nature, with natural stone and slabs for countertops providing the very best finish for your home. From ancient palaces to chic Los Angeles homes, we look at the natural stone of the world and how you can use it to create the home of your dreams. Natural stone countertops provide the perfect focal point for any luxurious interior. From glistening granite to stunning statuary marble, these kitchen countertop ideas showcase the very best interior design options. Natural stone provides a superior surface for high-end kitchens, with unbeatable quality and unique details.

Marble kitchen countertops

Marble is a truly unequaled stone for its natural beauty and timeless appeal. Still mainly produced in Italy, where Roman Emperor’s prized it above all other materials, we now have a wider selection of marble shades and varieties than ever before. Marble is incredibly durable, heat-resistant and waterproof. With its beautiful veins and unique texture, marble remains one of the most popular choices for luxurious natural stone countertops. Marble countertops are strong and durable, but be wary of staining from citrus and make sure to care for it properly with sealing and regular maintenance.

Marble of the world

For bold and unusual natural stone and slabs for countertops, look at less well-known marble varieties like Sequoia marble. This beautiful stone has an incredible purple, black and silver color. Sequoia marble has a curving natural grain and unique details too. For a stronger grain and a texture that looks like an abstract painting, Arabescato Oribico marble is a high-end and luxurious choice. The darker color means it is less susceptible to staining and the beautiful patterns disguise any accidental damage.

Luxurious marble countertops

One of the best things about marble countertops is the fact that each slab is totally unique. Marble is also a great choice for bathroom countertops, with a luxurious and timeless appeal. Impeccable white statuary marble is probably what comes into your head when you picture marble countertops. This immaculate white stone with delicate grey veins snaking through it is truly sublime. Classic white marble is a stunning choice for natural stone countertops, though it is susceptible to some damage and needs to be maintained.

Natural Stone of the World: The Complete Guide

Statuary Marble Flooring

Black marble for a contemporary look

Black marble is a great choice for modern kitchens. Zebrano Black Marble is a truly stunning natural stone. Zebrano black marble has a bold black, grey and white stripes, and a high shine. This durable and beautiful black marble is perfect for countertops in a modern monochrome kitchen or bathroom. Silver Wave Marble is another beautiful choice of natural stone and slabs for countertops. This striking black marble with white veins and an impeccable wave pattern is an exemplary choice for your home. Silver wave marble is a beautiful choice, with distinctive markings that are truly one of a kind.

Rustic Limestone countertops

Limestone is a great option for kitchen countertops, with a natural appeal and subtle texture. It is heat-resistant, an important factor for natural stone and slabs for countertops. It is also a more affordable choice when remodeling your kitchen. When it comes to stone countertops, limestone is a subtle choice, with a more uniform look. From creamy pale limestone to dark grey, limestone has an earthy, homely look. However, it doesn’t have the same color variety as marble and granite. A classic brown Limestone kitchen countertop is ideal for a rustic and welcoming kitchen. It is more porous than other natural stone and slabs for countertops so needs to be treated and properly cared for.

Granite slabs for countertops

Granite is another natural stone that is a popular choice for kitchen countertops. Because of its unique geological formation, granite has a stunning crystal texture, with tiny speckles that catch the light. Granite slabs come on a huge variety of colors and textures, from soft pink to bold black to mottled multicolor. Granite countertops are a brilliant choice for the busy modern kitchen. The tiny speckles of crystal add a natural sparkle to your kitchen countertops for a glamorous look.

This incredibly strong and durable material is almost impervious to hot temperatures. It must be sealed to resist stains but granite countertops have no visible seams so can be used in unusual kitchen layouts. Though granite isn’t a cheap option, it lasts for decades and can be a great investment for your home. As granite is such a hardwearing material, it remains one of the most popular options of stone and slabs for countertops. With its unique texture and depth of color, granite countertops are perfect for a modern kitchen.

Stunning travertine natural stone countertops

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Travertine natural stone countertops

Travertine is a natural stone that has been rising to prominence in both the interior design world and on google searches. With an incredible natural stripe, titanium travertine is a beautiful choice for natural stone countertops. This unique stone has natural flecks of light, a striking grain and a strong colorway that is perfect for a contemporary kitchen. It also comes in shades of brown and cream and it has a beautiful shine when finished. Travertine has been used in buildings since the Roman Empire and you can even see sections of travertine in the Colosseum, so this durable stone is definitely a long-lasting choice.


Choosing the best stone countertops

When choosing natural stone and slabs for countertops, it is important to find the perfect option for you. Natural stone is a high-quality material, and this is reflected in the price. Though it may be more expensive, investing in quality stone for kitchen countertops ensures an exemplary finish. For extra help with kitchen countertops ideas, visit our showroom to get the look and feel of the natural stone slabs. Order samples to make sure you get the perfect stone for your space and talk to experts about your specific needs. Whether you prefer sumptuous white marble, sparkling pink granite or bold striped travertine, natural stone is truly the best option for a luxurious kitchen with a timeless look.

There are few things that look better in a home than clean wood floors. No matter whether you use a dark or a light wood; or whether you throw down rugs or leave them bare, wood floors give a touch of class to any house.

Of course, that sense of style and luxury comes at a price – it needs looking after. Being very much the high-maintenance partner of floor coverings, if you want clean wood floors, you have to be prepared to put the effort in. It’s not like carpeting, where you can get away with running a vacuum cleaner over it once a week. It’s not like a tiled floor, which is happy with a mop and a bucket of soapy water every now and then.

No: if you want clean wood floors, then you need a plan. Fortunately, you have come to the right place, as we present you with…

…drum roll, please…

The Complete Wood Floor Cleaning Guide

It’s important to remember that cleaning wood floors is something best achieved in layers. We don’t mean ridding your floor of dirt one layer at a time – that would be impractical at best. Rather, it’s important to work to a layered routine of floor care, in order to prolong the lustrous floor finish of your fine hardwood floor.

In this routine, we look at tasks that need to be performed daily, weekly, monthly, and annually.

Daily wood floor cleaning routine

Nothing too strenuous here: just a bit of light dusting to prevent the dirt from piling up. Our main tip, even at this early stage, is to forget about using a brush or a broom. All you end up doing is pushing the dust around and that’s no good for anybody. Microfiber cleaning pads and/or mops are a much more effective way to go about it, as they trap allergens and dirt in their fibers. Perhaps more importantly – strictly from a wood floor cleaning point of view – there is minimal risk of scratching the floor.

How To Clean Wood Floors: The Complete Guide

Of course, any spillages should be mopped up as soon as they occur, using a cleaning pad, and then the area of the floor can be dry polished with a microfiber sponge again.

Weekly wood floor cleaning routine

Once a week use a vacuum cleaner to access those tricky-to-reach parts of the floor – corners, gaps between the planks, and so on. Ensure that your vacuum cleaner has some kind of hardwood setting, and be gentle with it. After all, you don’t want to scratch your floor.

Next it’s time to start mopping. You want your mop to be damp, not soaked. While you can use soap and water, we recommend using a hardwood floor cleaner together with a microfiber mop. Again, you don’t need gallons of the stuff: a light spray will be enough. Be sure to mop with the grain of the wood, as this motion is more efficient at picking up dirt.

Okay – time for a break. Since we’re mentioning them here, it’s as good a time as any to look at the role of the humble mop in obtaining clean wood floors.

Best mops for hardwood flooring

You basically have three choices here: a wool dry mop, a microfiber mop, or a soft-bristled broom. While good results are possible with all three, nothing gets a nice lustrous sheen on a hardwood floor quite like a good microfiber mop. It’s gentler and more effective, usually only needing a single run across the floor to get the job done.

Anyway – back to the list…

Best way to clean hardwood flooring

Monthly wood floor cleaning routine

Using a quality deep cleaning fluid, specially formulated for hardwood floors can work wonders. It can remove light scuff marks, greasy marks and other sticky messes. You want to find a floor cleaner that doesn’t leave a residue and isn’t overly powerful. Some people will recommend a water and vinegar solution. While these can be effective getting rid of grime, they leave a dull finish to the wood. This monthly routine requires a little more effort than your weekly and daily chores. Get a microfiber cleaning pad and go over the floor a foot or so at a time.

You may be tempted to use a steam cleaner to clean hardwood floors, but we would definitely recommend against that. The heat and the moisture from the steam cleaner will almost certainly ruin any varnish or sealant you might have on your floor. What’s worse, given enough heat, it could even end up warping the wood itself.

Quarterly wood floor cleaning routine

Whether or not your hardwood floor has a sealant, it’s worth giving it a good, deep polish every three months or so. Not only does it improve the floor’s luster, it also fills in those microscopic scratches that you might otherwise miss.

Annual wood floor cleaning routine

Okay, so this is the big one. Once a year, we need to complete a three-step process to make sure that your hardwood floors are all that they can be. We call this: revive, renew, and refinish.

Step 1: revive

This is basically a more thorough cleaning of your floor than you do the rest of the year. It can be achieved with a good hardwood floor cleaner, a mop, and some old-fashioned elbow grease. Alternatively, you can buy or rent a mechanized floor buffer, designed specifically for hardwood floors. Once you’re finished, the floor will be clean and free of a year’s worth of accumulated grime, including paint, greasy marks, and similar sticky messes.

Step 2: renew

A liberal application of wood floor oil, gently rubbed into the wood and buffed to a fine shine with a microfiber cloth will have your floor looking as good as new, in most cases. It will seep into the wood, giving it a deeper colour and disguising smaller imperfections in the finish.

Step 3: refinish

Sometimes, however well you look after it, your floor will look past its prime. Repeated spillages (or other messes like pet urine/stains, for example) are the most common cause. The wood may be slightly warped, or the finish cracked and bubbling. In these extreme circumstances, recommend hiring a professional to sand it down and refinish it for you.

And there you have it

A year-round schedule for keeping clean hardwood floors. If it sounds like a lot of work, just remember: most of these steps take a few minutes to complete. Sure, your annual routine might be a bit more involved, but that’s only once a year.

Besides, if you keep up with the rest of the schedule, by the time your yearly check-up comes around there is much less chance of there being any serious damage incurred.

Thanks for reading this list, and remember to keep coming back for more hints and tips on how to make the most of your hardwood floor.

Choosing the right bathroom flooring

When it comes to a new bathroom floor, there are several different options available to you, and hardwood flooring can be a beautiful choice. Like any bathroom floor option, there are certain considerations you need to bear in mind, like moisture and maintenance. However, a hardwood bathroom floor can be a gorgeous and practical design choice if installed and maintained correctly. Hardwood floors are a much better choice than soft floors like a carpet in the bathroom, but they do require extra care, as moisture can be a risk to a hardwood floor and the bathroom is the wettest room in the house. There is a wide range of stunning hardwood bathroom floor options. There are also specific treatments to reduce water damage like warping and expanding. If you decide that a hardwood floor is the look you want for your bathroom, follow these tips to ensure it stays in the best possible condition.

Is Hardwood Floor Right for A Bathroom?

How to seal wood floors in a bathroom

One of the most important things when choosing the right bathroom flooring is sealing your wood floor correctly. As bathrooms are wet environments, you need to protect your floor with a waterproof seal, to stop the water seeping into the wooden floor. A finishing agent can be used to create an invisible barrier between wood and water. Use a polyurethane-based sealer and apply several times. Pay special attention to seams and joints where water may leak. Talk to your chosen flooring provider about your specific needs and see whether you can purchase treated wooden flooring. You can reapply your finishing treatment every couple of months. Regular maintenance will also help your floor last longer.

Wood flooring and bathroom waterproofing

In its natural state, hardwood is particularly vulnerable to water damage, as wood is an absorbent material. Unfortunately, wood can warp, stain and expand if not treated correctly. Hardwood like classic dark oak or walnut is a much better choice than softer woods like pine. This is due to their dense grain which makes them less absorbent thus less prone to water damage.

When choosing the right bathroom flooring, it is important to bear in mind the high humidity that can be common in bathrooms, which can damage wooden floors. You can use a dehumidifier or moisture traps to keep damp, mold and mildew to a minimum. It is also a good idea to try and reduce spills and splashes, with rugs or use tiles around bath areas. Flooding can be catastrophic for a wooden floor, so keep on top of bathroom maintenance and plumbing to prevent and possible floods. 

Advantages of hardwood in a bathroom

Though high maintenance, hardwood flooring in bathrooms remains a popular choice because of its stunning look and longevity. Wooden flooring has a beautiful, natural appeal, with a wide variety of choices and beautiful patterns in the grain. Hardwood flooring in a bathroom can also be a much more natural alternative to tiles or linoleum. Because wooden floors are vulnerable to water damage, they may not be the best choice for family bathrooms used by children. However, for guest bathrooms or en-suites, they can provide a stunning interior choice.

Wooden floors are incredibly versatile and go with a wide range of interior design schemes. If you keep your floor properly maintained it can last for years. Wooden floors have a classic, timeless appeal, stunning natural beauty and it comes in many patterns like herringbone and planks. Furthermore, bathrooms can often seem cold and clinical with all white tiles. A wooden floor provides warmth and texture to a room that often needs it. The bathroom can be a gorgeous, relaxing oasis of calm. Use natural materials like oak and linen to create a bathroom that feels like a luxury spa. 

How to prevent hardwood floor damage

Because wooden floors are vulnerable to water damage, they need a little bit of extra care and attention than other bathroom flooring options. Because of the cost and quality of hardwood floors, it is a good idea to take some preventative measures to reduce the risk of damage to your bathroom wood floor. There are several practical ways you can protect your wooden floor, like using bathroom tiles around the bath where spills and splashes are likely. Another great tip is placing rugs and bath mats in places where water is likely to pool. You can use different styles of rugs or bath mats to update your room and change the style of it too.

When choosing the right bathroom flooring, you should be aware of the maintenance necessary for keeping your floor in the best condition possible. It is essential to keep your bathroom plumbing well maintained so the risk of flooding is reduced. Look out for any drips or leaky pipes, especially valve connections beneath a pedestal sink or toilet. Watch out for condensation around cold water lines too. It is also important to clean up any spills as soon as they happen. Simple steps like standing on a bathmat after a shower and making sure you turn off the taps can all help protect a bathroom hardwood floor. Be careful with chemical cleaners or products in the bathroom which can be acidic. These can stain the wood or eat through the waterproof coating so keep them tidied away.  

Installing hardwood floors in bathroom

The installation of your hardwood floor is of the utmost importance. It is worth getting a professional to make sure there are no leaks or gaps.  Creating a tight seal between the wooden floor and water in the bathroom is important to reduce any seepage. If your bathroom floor slopes, water can pool in lower areas. These moisture pools can be damaging to wooden floors so consider getting your floor leveled before installing a hardwood floor. To find the best flooring for bathroom, talk to a specialist hardwood flooring provider; we help you choose the best wooden floor for your needs and can recommend treatments for protecting the floor too. When properly looked after and well-maintained, a hardwood floor can last for years.

How To Pick a Zig Zag Wood Floor – including Chevron and Herringbone

There is something deeply hypnotic and relaxing, about a well laid zig zag wood floor. That flowing geometric pattern invites you into living spaces and work environments.

In fact, you could say that creating left to right “movement” is the yin and yang of wooden flooring!

The design options for zig zag wood floor layouts are many and varied. The only common feature is the angles and lines created, to add interest. There will always be many fans of wooden floors in straight parallel boards. However, growing numbers of homeowners and architects want the balance and appeal of a zig zag effect on their floors.

So, how do you create a zig zag wood floor?

Insight into wood floor in a zig zag design

You could simply ask your wood floor installer to lay traditional materials in a large scale angular way, though this involves a lot of waste in cutting floor lengths to fit.

It is far more effective to use parquet flooring materials to build this dualistic floor pattern. Parquet flooring is smaller pieces of wood that slot together in a form of mosaic effect.

You can create various dimensions in zig zag wood flooring, using either Chevron or Herringbone designs. What’s the difference between chevron and herringbone zig zags?

These are sometimes used as interchangeable terms when specifying wood floors. They are subtly different though. Each creates a different kind of zig zag effect.

If you wanted a uniform, sharply angled geometric pattern, chevron parquet is the best option. The zig zag wood floor – whether it’s hardwood or engineered wood – is based on a series of sharply symmetrical “tiles”.

Herringbone wooden flooring, on the other hand, does not have that same distinctive angular cut. It can be purchased in various sizes, and when laid out in a specific way the rectangular pieces create parquet floors in a zig zag motif.

Herringbone Zig Zag Floor

Herringbone Zig Zag Floor

Interior design trends that match zig zag floors

Inspiration and passion to create a zig zag wood floor could mean that you are planning the rest of the room around this strikingly beautiful option.

Or, you may have an existing home or workspace that you’re considering “pepping up” with an angular floor design.

This option for wood floor designs is universal and can be adapted to many different surroundings. However, it’s advisable to proceed with caution if you intend to put the zig zag floor in a room that has strongly patterned or elaborate wall coverings. Indeed, a zig zag floor doesn’t look its best when the room is very busy in general, with rugs and furniture scattered around. You don’t want to create too many focal points around the room. It can all look a little overwhelming.

Instead, why not let the glory of your zag wood floor shine through!

You can still choose a wood effect, color shade or finish for your wooden floor that matches your overall room theme. Then, let the floor “do the talking” when your family or visitors “do the walk in”!

How to enhance a zig zag wood floor

When you plan out a zig zag wood floor, the direction of the angles is important. That’s true whether it’s a herringbone or chevron wood floor.

The best starting point is often to survey the room, and decide whether you are going to establish a particular focal point. For example, do you want your zig zag wood floor to draw attention towards a statement wall, or a picture window in the room?

For all the balance and flow those wonderful angles and lines create, there are still ways to “ramp up” the appeal of your new floor too.

You can have wood flooring stained and finished to create a very uniform color shade right across the space. It’s very popular though, to let the natural character and charm of wood add its value. This means even the most geometrically perfect zig zag parquet floor, will vary across its flow. The grain or shading of the hardwood adds a rich authenticity and interest to your zig zag pattern. The perfect example is our Vecchio Casale Smoked Chevron Wood Floor.

The finishes for your zig zag wood floor can also change the whole ambience of the room. For example, a deep shine on deep brown walnut flooring looks magnificent in any home. However, you could go for a more rustic or stripped back vibe with matt effect ivory white oak to create a warm, welcoming room.

Another way to make a zig zag floor even more aesthetically appealing is to specify textured hardwood tiles. That way, your floor feels as unusual and attractive as it looks!

You can also vary the shades of wood used across the design. This can serve to emphasize certain room locations and features; even potentially zoning a large living space or work environment.

More layout options for zig zag wood floors

The overall design of your zig zag wood floor could be uniform across the room, perfectly aligned and symmetrical as a whole. This would involve starting the geometric pattern from one wall, and progressing the installation to finish neatly on the opposite side of the room.

Alternatively, you could commission a custom wood floor design that varies the direction and flow of the zag zags. The alternating right and left angles themselves could still be perfectly spaced apart. However, the flooring would shift and change direction for a truly “statement” effect.

Important advice on creating a zig zag wood floor

As well as looking amazing, wooden flooring is incredibly hard wearing, durable and low maintenance. However, the more intricate the design, the more aware you need to be that quality counts!

When laying any wood floor design, high-caliber materials and professional installation “lay the way” for a flawless, lasting finish.

If you create a zig zag wood floor the last thing you need is for the finished result to include gaps or room for movement. Or, for the hardwood tiles to start splitting or cracking.

Buying from a reputable supplier of materials for zig zag wood flooring “points” to a wise investment in your home or work building!

Cleaning your zig zag wood floor would also then be as easy as any other hardwood flooring. It could involve gentle sweeping, and the occasional clean with specialist solutions and as little water as possible.

Rhodium Floors sources its hardwoods from the leading mills across the globe, to get the sustainable materials that can be trusted to look – and perform beautifully – even in areas of high footfall.

The team at Rhodium Floors is always happy to provide free help and advice, including how to get your zigs and your zags boxed off perfectly.

Shabby Chic Floors – Reclaimed Wood Flooring & Tiles
Shabby chic is a great interior design trend that is so versatile, and we are seeing a growing demand for shabby chic floors in stylish homes. Shabby chic floors offer a rustic, homely feel, perfect for a family home. Whether you want a beautiful aged oak floor for a shaker style kitchen or terracotta tiles for a shabby chic bathroom, there are so many beautiful style choices for you. A reclaimed wooden floor is often the most popular choice for a shabby chic home, due to its natural appeal and aged look. However, vintage-inspired tiles are also making a comeback in shabby chic homes.

Why choose a shabby chic floor?

There are so many benefits to a shabby chic floor. It is both a practical solution for a busy home and a stylish choice for a high-end interior. The shabby chic aesthetic is the perfect antidote to modernist, minimalist design. It celebrates vintage and reclaimed materials, character furniture and cute, homely details. It is also far more practical, and easy to maintain. A shabby chic floor is bursting with character. This means any wear and tear from hectic family life simply enhances the look. Shabby chic style is easy to adapt and change. Its eclectic appeal means that your room can constantly be updated to suit your tastes. Choosing a great quality shabby chic floor allows you to update and change your interior, whilst tying the room together with a stunning statement floor.

What to look for in shabby chic floors

There are certain things that it is important to bear in mind when you are choosing a shabby chic floor. The first is quality. You need a floor that is durable, high quality and long lasting. A reclaimed wooden floor can last for decades to so it’s a great investment for your house. You may also want to choose a painted finish. Look for floors that match the shabby chic aesthetic of worn paint and pastel hues, like the stunning Liquid Gold Reclaimed Driftwood Floor. Look for shabby chic floors which are finished to a high standard. Try out a few different samples to see what works best in your space.

Choosing reclaimed shabby chic floors

It is essential that you find a flooring company that sources the highest quality reclaimed wood. You also need to decide what size and width planks you are looking for. This will depend on the size of your space, for example, larger planks may look overbearing in a small space and smaller patterned tiles could work better. In a large space, chunky, wide planks look stunning, as do bold patterns like a herringbone or chevron floor. Look for high quality reclaimed wood that has a history and provenance too. Reclaimed wooden floors have unique patterns, details, and colours which make them so appealing. For a cool and contemporary shabby chic floor, Driftwood Gun Grey French Oak Wood Flooring is an ideal choice, with a silvery grey tone and timeless appeal.

Shabby chic style

The shabby chic style has been popular for many years now as it is a beautiful, homely look, which can be updated and reinterpreted. There are a few design rules for shabby chic spaces. However, one of the best things about this interior design scheme is the relaxed approach you can take. For large surfaces, like walls and floors, neutral, pale colors are best. It is important that you get the right balance between shabby chic and scruffy, but this is easily solved by keeping the space clean. Cozy details like handmade rugs and vintage pieces of furniture are essential. A shabby chic home should be full of personality too. Look for quirky pieces you love and don’t be afraid to attempt some shabby chic DIY projects too.

A versatile flooring choice

Another lovely thing about shabby chic floors is that they are so versatile, and can go with a number of different design schemes. If you are going for a rustic, country kitchen, then a shabby chic floor is the perfect choice to match your wooden units and chalk painted chairs. However, if down the line you decide to change to an ultra modern kitchen, a reclaimed wooden floor still has the quality and finish to complement this look. A stunning statement wooden floor like the Arthur Reclaimed French Oak Floor will suit any interior with its warm tones and unique texture. Shabby chic floors can also work well with an industrial aesthetic, or a rustic, Scandinavian inspired look.

Shabby chic tiles

Another great option for a shabby chic home is a classic tiled floor. Picture french country houses with busy kitchens, and grand hallways with terracotta mosaic tiles for some inspiration. This heritage-inspired look is so on trend. There are also more tile choices available than ever before. With a rough texture and a neutral colorway, the Painted Carraro Antique Stone Tile Floor is the perfect shabby chic choice, handmade by artisans in Italy. Look for natural materials, high-quality craftsmanship and unique details. Tiles are also a great choice in period homes, especially Victorian homes where tiles were a popular choice. They are also easy to clean and a durable flooring solution.

Shabby Chic Floors – Reclaimed Wood Flooring & Tiles

Shabby Chic Floors – Reclaimed Wood Flooring & Tiles

What colors work for shabby chic floors?

The shabby chic look is full of pastel hues and earthy tones, which makes it perfect for a versatile space. Look for muted tones and faded colors to really capture the shabby chic look. Tiles are also good if you have a particular color scheme in mind. You can choose complimentary colored tiles and bring out the different shades. For example, if you are using the classic shabby chic colors of sage green and pale yellow, a floor like the Assilah Green cement tile is a stunning choice. For a lovely blue shabby chic room, with duck egg and cornflower touches, a floor like the Duero blue floor, with its cracked details and vintage charm is perfect.

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