How To Choose a Hardwood Flooring Style
No matter what your decorating tastes or lifestyle you can always find a variety of choices in hardwood flooring to enhance your décor and add richness to any room. Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of wood species, widths, stains and finishes today which means you no longer have to settle for the same look as your neighbors or friends. Whether you like wide planks, beveled edges or no bevels, light colors or dark rich colors, floors with lots of character markings or not, you will find today's hardwood floors will have just the right one for your home.
Below are just a few decorating ideas to help you thinking about what hard wood flooring options you prefer based on your interior décor, lifestyle room furnishings and visual preferences.
Making a floor the focal point
You can add depth and dimension to rooms with lots of light, light colored walls and furnishings by complimenting the interior décor with a dark, rich hardwood floor with subtle variations in graining. Choose an exotic wood species, American hickory or a hand scraped hardwood floor with a dark stain to really make the floor standout and pop.
Clean, bright and cheery
Using a natural colored hardwood floor can really brighten up a room that has darker colored walls and furnishings. It will also make the room seem more spacious and friendly. Natural white oak, maple and some other less grainy hardwoods are an excellent choice for these situations.
Creating a distinctive look
You can find a way range of exotic hardwoods in a broad range of colors, grains and textures to add a distinct and timeless visual appeal to any interior décor. Exotics like Brazilian cherry, ipe, African wenge, santos mahogany and tigerwood offer homeowners a new way to set their room's mood and personality.
An increasingly popular choice by homeowners today is using a hand scraped hardwood floor that gives a unique hand crafted appearance. These floors resemble the reclaimed floors of old with lots of character markings, but with today's superior finishes for ease of cleaning and durability.
Adding a border for accent
Another way to add some flair to a hardwood floor is by inserting a wood border. Borders can be used to accent the flooring and give a plain hardwood floor a more sophisticated appearance.