The reclaimed look
Today's consumers are in search of authenticity, the story behind the product. Perfection has taken a backseat. The 'reclaimed look', i.e. the look of time-aged, re-used materials, combines this authentic, raw feel with contemporary influences. The 'reclaimed' trend crops up in a variety of looks:
Re-using authentic floors and pieces of furniture remains very popular. Old, weathered pieces, full of character, tell their own story. Wormholes, cracks, tiny nail holes… are not considered imperfections. These perceived 'flaws' make a floor stand out and add a strong authentic charm to a room.
Furniture and accessories are often treated with a patina to give them a rural look. The patina subdues the effect of the knots and cracks. It softens the rough appearance of the original reclaimed floor, lending a floor a softer, romantic look.
Painted, peeled off
In today's home interiors, a painted, peeled-off look is gaining popularity. Old planks, that were once painted to give them a second life, started flaking and peeling off in some places. The white paint, combined with the wood grain that has become subtly visible again, exudes an authentic reclaimed and romantic feel.
'Saw cuts' are set to remain a success. The pattern of the saw cuts goes back to time-aged planks that are cut using a chainsaw. The irregular cuts produced by the vibration of the saw lend the floor an authentic and artisan look. The random effect of the saw cuts creates a nice balance without being overwhelming.
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