Colours

The lighter coloured hardwoods can be treated in various ways to change the hue, contrast and intensity of the colour. This is achieved through different processes such as staining, bleaching and smoking. Colours are usually applied to delivery but can be applied subsequent to fitting. The range is immense: from off white, through glowing tints, to a deep rich black. The effects are achieved in different ways: oils and lacquers may be applied before or after fitting. Alternatively, there are exciting effects the are created by fuming, ammonia or oven treatments which can only be achieved before fitting.

White – the colour can be bleached out of the wood by degrees so you retain the character of the wood but alter the shade from natural to virtual white.

Grey – Turning hardwood from its natural colour to a grey or near grey is achieved with a lacquer or natural oil. Oak responds best to the treatment as they are naturally neutral in colour to begin with but oak produces an interesting and very attractive shade.

Red – Merbau’s natural colour is a delightful brown/red and therefore needs no special treatment to enhance the colour further. The timber is available fairly readily.

Light produces a lovely honey coloured hardwood and is produced by a combination of mild bleaching and staining with lacquer and oil. This process has to take place before the wood is fitted.

Coloured boards or blocks enable delightful patterns to be assembled. The colour is determined by oils that soak into the wood grain.

Dark colouration is usually achieved by lacquers, oils and waxes before or after fitting. Fumed treatments come as supplied.

Black and shades of black depend a fuming. This process involves a fuming oven where heat or ammonia are introduced to the wood after the oven is sealed. The intensity of black is determined by the duration of the process – from a few hours to a few days.

As in all art and craft, texture has an exciting part to play. A variety of textures adds to the beauty, it all depends on the overall effect required in any particular context. Ways to create eye-catching finishes include the direction the wood is sawn, across or along the grain, the treatment the surface of the wood and complimentary contrasts that can be integrated into a floor for the final flourish.

Textures

As in art and craft, texture has an exciting part to play. A variety of textures adds to the beauty, it all depends on the overall effect required in any particular context. Ways to create eye-catching finishes include the direction the wood is sawn, across or along the grain, the treatment the surface of the wood and complimentary contrasts that can be integrated into a floor for the final flourish.

Most textures are applied to timber by the supplier before installation but recent innovations have enabled us to apply textures in situ to an existing floor. Wire brushing is an example.

Hardwood Floor Installation Projects

SW6 – Private House
The staircase, a distinctive feature that greets you on entering the house.Settling down in Fulham Not unexpectedly, residential house prices in the London boroughs are taking a breather; sales are overall about 0.2 % down on a year ago. Three causes take the blame: Stamp Duty, tougher lending criteria and that pantomime villain, Brexit. Prime […]
Putney – Private House
At rest. A harmony of colours in the drawing room To carpet or not to carpet? That is the question. In the affluent area of South West London, there is evidence that the beauty of a hardwood floor is rising. One wonders what happened to wall-to-wall carpeting? Sales of carpets fell by almost 20% across […]
Fulham – Private House
Fulham’s Dramatic Transformation Fulham’s transition from an area of industry to one of London’s most sought-after residential communities was dramatic. Since the late 19thcentury, the borough was host to such names as De Havilland, Rolls Royce, Kodak and Shell-Mex; its many industries included breweries, distilleries, potteries and hundreds of small manufacturing companies. Rows of terraces […]
Ewell Restoration – Private House
Before After Hover or slide from left to right to see before and after! Click the images above to zoom in Once in a while we come across something intriguing. In the case of a house across the fields from Epsom Racecourse, we found some puzzles that we would like to share with our readers. […]
Wimbledon Tennis and West Ham – Olympic Stadium
West Ham Football Club The home of Lawn Tennis, Wimbledon It has been our privilege to have fitted floors in two of our nation’s greatest sports arenas: the Olympic Stadium, now The West Ham Stadium, and at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Though this is a proud boast, we are prevented by contract […]
Offer Waterman – Art Gallery
Originally situated in Chelsea, Offer Waterman is a privately-owned art gallery now based in the heart of Mayfair. Works of art by some of the most illustrious artists of the 20th and 21st centuries have been exhibited on its walls. The building it now occupies was converted from the old showrooms of William Morris & Co by […]
Percy & Founders – Restaurant
Enter Percy & Founders, an up-market restaurant in Fitzrovia, London, and one is suffused in the warmth of Oak. It’s everywhere! The ceilings, floors, pillars and much of the furniture have the same fawn-coloured timber occasionally relieved by marble and other ceramics. Whilst the ceiling are parallels of plank, the floors contrast with over-sized parquet. […]
Jaeger LeCoultre – Bond St Showroom
The Jaeger-LeCoultre’s name is synonymous with precision. Hundreds of chronograph movements have, in their own way, made history since the company was awarded a gold medal at London’s Great Exhibition in 1851. Its most recent award has come from The Responsible Jewellery Council for its commitment to its ethical, social and environmental standards. And there […]
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