LANCASTER, Pa.,June 4 - Commercial designers and interior architects for boutique retail, hospitality, corporate and higher education are turning to hardwood to create unique spaces. Armstrong Flooring is expanding this design potential by bringing the warmth and natural beauty of wood from the floor to the wall at Neocon 2018.
“Hardwood is the most coveted type of flooring, so it's no wonder that it's also successful as an interior wall design, whether in boutiques or restaurants or even in the corner office. On the wall, the carefully crafted textures and tones of wood bring natural warmth and authenticity into the commercial environment,” says Hardwood Design Manager Sara Babinski, Armstrong Flooring.
According to Babinski, texture is the new color. “Color has always been a force when it comes to design choice, but texture is becoming just as important. Texture, as found in today’s natural hardwood flooring, is tactile, visually stimulating and adds interest to a space,” she says.
Many of Armstrong Flooring’s engineered wood products can be used on walls with a Class C fire rating, and collections such as the new Woodland Relics are statement makers. Woodland Relics captures the essence of reclaimed, weathered wood, as random and varied as nature itself. Every plank is uniquely crafted using hand-staining, sanding and woodworking techniques that showcase abundant textures and tones. The collection includes a varied sampling of multiple species, widths, colors and textures, all of which are mixed together in random fashion to create a highly custom look.
On the floor itself, wood can be an authentic and critical component of an engaging design and provides a timeless look as well as durable finish for a longer lasting wear.
Designers can choose from durable, on-trend collections such as TimberBrushed, which offers artistic techniques like liming and deep etching; American Scrape Hardwood, a rustic, hand-scraped look that features distinctive graining and knots in a vibrant palette of golds, grays, reds and browns for a rich texture; and Performance Plus, which combines the stunning look of hardwood and commercial performance – with two times the hardness of regular hardwood floors – and a scratch- and stain-resistant finish for higher-traffic environments.
HomerWood® is a premium hardwood brand that offers classic to contemporary designs for truly spectacular floors in a range of beautiful species, colors, styles, textures and surface treatments. Featuring a variety of unique collections, handmade craftsmanship, and custom capabilities, HomerWood can turn any vision into reality. New collections at Neocon include striking fresh visuals that combine wire-brushing techniques with distinct color washes and variable width designs. The varied tones and random patterns capture the coveted essence of reclaimed hardwoods.
“Designers are increasingly turning to the natural distinctive textures, rich colors and organic shapes and patterns of genuine hardwood. They create warmth and visual complexity, allowing interior designers and architects to cultivate brand experiences that are fresh and naturally luxurious,” says Babinski. “There’s nothing quite like the look and feel of real wood flooring; it gives a warmth and charm to the room that’s hard to duplicate with anything else.” For more information, visit www.armstrongflooring.com.
Armstrong Flooring, Inc. (NYSE: AFI) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative flooring solutions that inspire spaces where people live, work, learn, heal and play. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong Flooring is the #1 manufacturer of resilient and wood flooring products across North America. The company safely and responsibly operates 15 manufacturing facilities in three countries and employs approximately 3,500 individuals, all working together to provide the highest levels of service, quality and innovation to ensure it remains as strong and vital as its 150-year heritage. Learn more at armstrongflooring.com.