Mid- to Dark-warm Woods Make a Comeback in Flooring

The latest visuals from Karndean Designflooring to join the award-winning Korlok Select and Korlok Reserve interlocking rigid core ranges capture the returning preference toward mid- to dark-warm woods, along with the pandemic-related trend of casual luxury.

Canadian Urban Oak herringbone

Korlok Select

An entirely new Korlok Select design was developed from hand-selected floorboards found in an old railway station in the Highlands of Scotland. This design embodies the characteristics of a mature wood while thoughtfully balancing cracks and markings to create an authentic LVT design. The addition of a fully registered emboss brings the visual to life by showcasing the subtle grain movements of the original boards. This design is available in two colorways, Glenmore Oak and Braemar Oak.

In addition, a new colorway in the range’s existing Baltic Oak design, achieved by mixing a variety of wood grades, is now available (Baltic Coastal Oak); along with two existing colorways in an additional 24- by 6-inch rigid core herringbone format (Texas White Ash and Canadian Urban Oak).

Korlok Reserve

A new clean, yet characterful American Elm design has all the depth of the natural wood without overpowering a room. The warm reddish tones of Marron Elm bring a more classic feel, while the cool gray tones of Ghost Elmsuit contemporary and coastal interiors.

In its natural form, American Maple is relatively straight grained and fine textured, creating an elegant and understated floor. Karndean designers fumed the boards to enhance the wood’s underlying features, highlighting the subtle contrasting tones in the knots and sap marks, to create Smoked American Maple.

European sycamore has a fine, close texture and is naturally a light, almost white color. Millstone Sycamore features ivory tones that make it ideal for modern or contemporary spaces where a more neutral floor color is desired.

The technology behind the designs

All Karndean rigid core products feature the company’s proprietary, 100 percent waterproof K-Core technology for installation over most existing hard floors, without the worry of exposing subfloor imperfections. Its acoustic foam backing helps to reduce noise transfer by up to 22dB, making this product ideal for multistory applications, and does not promote the growth of mold, mildew or bacteria. Planks are secured in place with a patented and proven click-locking mechanism, including a 5G fold-down mechanism on Korlok Select products.

Products within both ranges are finished with K-Guard+ surface protection, which uses polyurethane technology to provide a hygienic and durable surface– perfect for busy commercial environments. The products’ 20-mil wear layer is suitable for a variety of commercial applications.

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