A trend that I continue to see burgeoning is wood flooring making its way onto walls. I was in Beijing last week at the Penta Hotel, a chain owned by SwissAir, Lufthansa and British Airways. The hotel had great looking 5″ white oak floors that were black-washed and wire-brushed.
I would have thought having a similar texture on the walls might be a bit much but instead of a black-wash, for the walls they switched to a white-wash and wire-brushed 5″ white oak and it turned out great. Wood floors on walls is a design element starting to pop up in a lot of commercial settings.
The Penta Hotel exudes a modern/contemporary setting but also had that natural feel that only wood can bring to a interior. For commercial settings that are concerned about the wear and tear that traffic can have on a wood floor, adding wood flooring to walls is a great way to have a natural visual element without the worry of wear and tear.