Vintage style shows no signs of going out of fashion. It’s a wonderfully charming and eclectic design expression, where you can mix and match all of your
favourite finds. It’s a love of nostalgia and a delight in the ageing of materials, where objects are truly treasured. You don’t need to seek perfection;
‘shabby chic’ is what you make it.
Engineered oak flooring plays a big part in this style. Its natural,
honest aesthetic creates the perfect back-drop and helps to balance things out. In period properties, an authentic wood floor can sometimes be uncovered
and renovated, maybe given a lick of paint. But, in the absence of an original, there are also lots of fabulous new alternatives too.
Which engineered oak flooring would we use alongside vintage style interiors?
of my favourite engineered oak flooring designs is Colonial. It’s characterised by simple wood knots and markings, has a pale brown ‘camel’ tone and a discreet bevel edge that gives it that vintage floor board
look. For a paler look, Boulevarde has lots of
knots and graining too, but with a white oiled finish. Or, there’s Cloister Grey,
which has a very discreet pale grey/ecru tone. All of these light oak designs work really well with vintage pastel shades, like duck egg blue, dusky
pink, light grey and softly faded florals.
Some vintage interiors have a more minimalistic, slightly masculine edge, with lots of dark wood and leather, and chalky, white washed walls – but still
with that romantic feel. Darker toned engineered oak flooring, like our Baroque, works really well here and also adds some warm relief to very pale
rooms. Baroque is one of our darkest floors; it’s a deep chestnut with ebony hues. A tumbled finished gives it an authentic look and it has a signature
bevelled edge and a tactile, hardwax oil.
For a genuine original, there’s also our Reclaimed Oak, which is made from salvaged barn oak. It’s aged, bevelled and oiled, and it’s the epitome of shabby
chic. Reclaimed oak is available in a solid or engineered oak flooring format and the planks are randomly sized, with lots of filled knots and markings.
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