The classic oak look is just not enough these days and anyone worth their salt is looking for wood looks that add an extra dose of style to their home. So what can be done to turn up the heat?

The key is to think detail, by considering the finer points of your selection you’ll end up with a floor that’s on-point and ready to bring the latest style to your room.

We’ve seen a return to traditional herringbone and parquet looks, but these have been given a modern makeover to make them less formal and with more of a vintage vibe. Our Woodmark Toulouse gets this look spot-on particularly in so-hot-right-now shades of grey.

In fact, adding a layer of grey is a great way of giving a fresh and contemporary look to any wood, even the most traditional plank-style oak. Greys aren’t cold either, particularly when warmed with the familiar grain patterns and tones of wood, meaning they can work well across a range of styles.

Think of grey as the emerging new natural look. In fact, if anything its slightly more flexible than the honey tones of staple wood looks, making it great for traditional, classic or contemporary homes. A true all-rounder. Check out this range of grey looks for inspiration

The rise of grey certainly owes something to our love of the contrast between fixtures and furnishings in Scandinavian interior style, where a minimal palette full of texture is the backdrop to colourful patterns and rich fabrics to add a sense of warmth.

We’re also lapping up heritage Scandinavian furniture – they are starting to hold onto it now! - and this feel is captured in rustic woods, where texture has a lot to say. From stripped bare pine that’s great for getting that bare floorboard look when you haven’t any floorboards, through to classic parquet and whitewashed planks; the key is to embrace texture and layout effects within the confines of a palette of natural through to white.

Image courtesy of fabulous Scandi interior style blog Decordots

Again, our Woodmark collection comes up trumps with some perfect vinyl flooring to go with your homage to those cool and beautiful Scandinavians.

These hot wood looks are all up for grabs in our Collection 2016 here and remember that you can order samples too on our Swatches 2016 page, narrowing your choice by effect and colour. Our vinyl flooring samples are free to order, so choose your favourites and get ready to experiment. Remember to be bold to get the best result!