TED TODD FLOORING
Grey Wood Flooring
Grey hardwood floors are a recent tonal addition to wood floor design as traditionally the only grey woods were ones that had weathered outside, baking in the sun and creating a silver-grey patina that is a product solely of nature. These woods would normally be Oak, Cedar, Larch and sometimes Pine.
It is these weathered tones from the outside that have influenced the development of grey toned floors for use inside the home and other projects, and as time goes by greys have developed from the silvery tones of these weathered woods, into the full pigmented tones that have little or no warm undertones. These are mineral greys that have cold, stone like undertones, which we tend to see nowadays.
We guess that you are quickly understanding the ideology that there is a lot more to a grey floor than meets the eye and this is where our expertise, experience and passion for wood floors shows. We’ve been doing this for over 25 years, and collectively host centuries of experience in our ranks, creating floors with purpose and poise for all occasions.
Grey flooring is complex, subtle, sophisticated, which is what we love to develop at Ted Todd and Woodworks by Ted Todd. We love the floors where we work out all the small details to make what nature has created shine from every surface.
What is Grey Wood Flooring?
The colour grey, when used for engineered wood floors, is quite broad as it could easily sit inside white or even brown.
Most grey wood flooring is made of Oak. However, we also offer some grey wood options in Reclaimed Pine, Larch and Walnut, making a versatile colour choice when working with these natural timbers.
When deciding what grey wood flooring to select for your project, it is best to think of grey floors in two separate entities; the first of these has brown undertones, and of the warm-toned variety, looking smoky and allowing you to feel such beneath the surface of your floor.
A fine example of a warm-toned grey wood floor is Smoke in our Create collection. This is an engineered wood floor and is available in various designs – wide plank, herringbone, chevron and square. The undertones are present due to the oak in this floor being Heat Treated. This treatment makes the Oak more stable and harder, but it also turns it into a rich, dark colour. When combined with a specialist wash, the grey tone is created, adding that comforting, cosy feeling to any bar area or living room, for example.
Cannock Chase in our Classic Tones collection is another warm toned grey floor that we just love the look and feel of. Cannock Chase has smoky undertones due to the fuming treatment that we use to accelerate the ageing of Oak, with the floor sitting between grey and brown and delivering both a modern and traditional feeling.
On the other hand, there are equally fantastic light grey wood flooring options.
These floors look much lighter and host cool white undertones, feeling more mineral, natural and stone-like – you might even describe them as marble or granite. The darker colours hiding in this type of grey can feel very cold, achieving a much more minimal, crisp look, perfect for modern areas.
A strong example of a cool toned grey floor is Lucia, from our Strada Collection. With a look almost akin to steel and featuring an industry beating 12 coats of lacquer, this is a grey coloured floor with strong water resistance, which will retain the light grey look for decades and beyond.
Miellin from our Aged Collection is a grey oak flooring that it is handmade by our Woodworks team. This engineered floor is a rich dark brown tone but with a very subtle grey grain that our Cheshire based team emphasise using meticulous handcrafting techniques. Other grey flooring made by our Woodworks team includes Tolland, Aversley, Monroe and Cowdray.
One of the most unique grey floors in our arsenal is c, from Woodworks by Ted Todd Parquetry. This is an end grain floor and it is made by cutting through the tree rather than down the length of it, revealing the growth rings of the tree within, which in Celestial’s case, includes natural grey colours that shine and shimmer across the entire floor, working seamlessly in both large and compact spaces.
Being such an interesting colour, we hope to work with grey timbers and create even more delicious grey real wood floors soon.
What are the best rooms to install Grey Floors?
Grey wood floors are first and foremost perfect for contemporary interiors; the colour is new and exciting, which creates a strong talking point or statement, even alongside other powerful pieces.
They complement other grey tones that are on your walls or in fabrics with seamless ease too. The silvers and greys dance together to link one part of a project to another, be it a comfy sitting room, or stylish modern gallery room.
For Period homes it is the warmer grey tones that will work well in almost every room, be it a living room, a kitchen or a bedroom; the wood effects will compliment and blend with other natural surfaces, bullet pointing your project.
We’ve seen grey floors be used in several beautiful settings, so be sure to take a look through our gallery if you need a little more inspiration for your upcoming projects.
What are the benefits of Grey Flooring?
The main asset grey flooring is its ability to bring an ambience into any interior space, pushing through character from natural wooden features. As mentioned earlier, you can opt for a warm or colder look depending on what your project needs, particularly if your project is a contemporary or classic one.
Grey wood floors are almost moody and can introduce a feeling of escape, or of being in a faraway land – they stoke the fire of imagination and provide inspiration to all those within the space. They are dramatic and adventurous, a rare and valuable commodity, and what other material could you say that about?
This natural grey colour also expresses a feeling of individuality throughout every grain, board or block – this is not a colour you very often come across in the natural world, so when you do, it makes it just that bit more special.
In situations where the grain has silvered and shimmers, you can obtain a truly luxurious and somewhat regal feel, without having to break the bank, as we have grey flooring options available across a variety of our collections to allow you to bring such elegance to floors, ceilings and walls – as our Bold Surfaces portfolio shows best.
What are the differences between Grey Real Wood Flooring compared with grey laminate flooring?
In a real grey solid wood flooring option, every single piece of wood in every single floor is unique. Nothing is every reproduced, and yet each wood species somehow looks the same, having natural features that we have come to adore.
Manmade floors like luxury vinyl tile, laminate and ceramic tiling is only every a representation of nature and never actually the real thing – you miss out on the look, touch, smell, and sound the natural timber grants you.
With wood being a naturally occurring product, it has a sizeable edge over these manmade alternatives in terms of environmental benefits. We as a company are FSC certified and have a huge range of FSC certified floors and cladding at our disposable, so by selecting a wooden solution, you can rest assured knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet too.
From how it looks at different times of the day, to how it will age over time, to its sustainability credentials, nothing beats a real wood floor.
How do you install Grey Hardwood Floors?
As with any Ted Todd or Woodworks by Ted Todd flooring or cladding option, you should only ever use a professional installer – these are valuable, beautiful timbers and are not simple to work around.
If you’re looking for a delightful finishing touch on your grey wood floor, we’d recommend adding tip polished metal inset details, which shine most brightly in herringbone parquet floors.
How do you clean and maintain Grey Wood Floors?
Caring for your Ted Todd or Woodworks by Ted Todd floor is easy thanks to our Care System 1 and 2. In order to know which one to use, take a look at the specification sheet, as each finish has its only important needs – care for your floor, and it will care for you in return, lasting a lifetime and beyond.
Nothing quite compares to the real thing, and when you’re making an investment in something so important to the spine of your project, getting to grips with such is vital – so take advantage of our free sample service.
Place up to three into your cart, fill in those all-important details, and we’ll ship them out to you, ready to contrast and compare with your interior easily.