If you are looking to add a stylish and contemporary feel to your property, a white washed or limed effect floor could be the way to go. White effect floors have become more and more popular in the recent years as people look to add a feeling of spaciousness and sophistication to their homes.
Many years ago white washing a floor was a way of protecting the timber, often using a mix of calcium hydroxide and chalk. In today’s industry more practical methods of using pigmented oils and paints are used to create similar effects, to fit unique interior designs. Often finishes of this nature are described as having a Scandinavian look and feel which is becoming increasingly sought after.
Having a white effect floor often defines the detail of the natural decorative grain and enhances the overall beauty of the timber. It can completely transform dull and dreary looking rooms in to bright and airy living areas.
When considering going for a white washed or limed effect floor there are several options available. We have availbe pre-finished boards such as the Oceano Coastal 180mm limed effect boards
and Oceano ‘Atlantic’ off white 180mm floor board
s, both of these boards are pre-lacquered and come to you with light unique finishes. Being pre-lacquered boards they are ready to be fitted straight into your property with no further treatment on site. Although this method is very convenient, the downfall of lacquered boards are apparent if the finish ever becomes damaged. Scratches and digs can be very difficult to repair and more often than not the only option is to completely sand back the lacquer including the white finish.
The alternative to going for a pre-finished board is to go for something that is entirely unfinished and will require treatment on site such as our ‘Supreme’ 220mm x 21mm Engineered Oak
. We would recommend finishing this board with high quality hardwax oil such as Treatex which can be supplied in a number of different colour tones. This can be a great way of achieving the exact finish you want that fits perfectly into the design and theme of your property. Although this is slightly more work to do on site initially, the process is relatively simple and includes applying a colour tone with a white pigment as a base coat before sealing with a protective top coat(s). Once completed you are left with a unique finish which, unlike a lacquer, is easy to maintain throughout the years of wear and tear with the relevant cleaning and maintenance products.
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