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Back to Black: My Favorite Flooring Trend

Photo via ICR studio Architectural Design
Photo via ICR studio Architectural Design

People are always asking me, “What’s the new look? What’s the next trend?” When it comes to flooring, black is definitely back. And in a very big way. When you think about it, it’s a pretty natural response to the light, bright, bleached out look that was popular a few years back. In the design world, the pendulum swings pretty dramatically, and I have to say, I’m ready for this change.

Lately, I’ve really been loving the look of charred wood floors. I first started seeing this trend in Europe, and it’s just so intriguing. At first glance, it just looks like an old black floor. But then you notice the nice crackle—which is almost reminiscent of the crackled furniture that was popular in the ’80s—and you find yourself wondering, What is that? It’s modern. It’s dark and dramatic. And it’s totally unexpected.

The look is taking off here in the States as well. Recently, at The Tile Bar in New York, I saw dark porcelain tile that was made to look like burnt wood. And in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, I went to a night club that had charred wood panels all over the walls. After that, I was hooked.


London chairs and Diamond Door table pictured on Quick-Step’s Tuxedo Pine floors.

I think what makes this trend so interesting is that it’s gaining popularity right after the industrial chic revolution, which was all about a mixture of metals, weathered materials, and bleached out woods. This is a different texture. A new way to add visual interest. I think it’s a really neat look for modern homes and loft spaces. It’s also a really smart way to give your space a total transformation. When you swap out light floors for dark ones, the drama factor is instantly amped up, and the overall look is much more sophisticated.

I’ve been having so much fun playing with the new ENVIQUE™ Tuxedo Pine Planks from Quick-Step®. They mirror the wood grain pattern of natural charred wood, but at a fraction of the cost. And ladies and gents, it’s beautiful stuff. A designer in Belgium actually used a torch to burn the wood planks that inspired our Tuxedo Pine laminate, so you get all of the natural charm and appeal of hardwood, and the durability of laminate. And since nice wide planks are continuing to be a trend, Quick-Step really gives you more bang for your buck. I’m thinking of using this product in the Wynwood Design Lab, and it will definitely be making an appearance in some of my residential projects.

Quick-Step's Tuxedo Pine

Quick-Step’s Tuxedo Pine.

Lovely readers, what do you think of the charred wood flooring trend? And where would you use ENVIQUE Tuxedo Pine Planks in your home?


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