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Decorating With Wood Floors

Posted: 01 JUL 2002

Wood flooring is one of the most beautiful floors you can use in your decorating scheme. There are not only several colors available but there are also many different species as well. Each having their own distinct characteristics. Choosing the right wood floor for your specific taste and needs can be a challenge. Hopefully we can help take some of the guess work out of it.

First, decide what type of finished look you want to achieve. If you're going after a modern or contemporary look, you may want to lean towards a wood species that has a cleaner look with less texture and grain such as Maple, Birch, or Cherry. If you prefer a more casual or rustic look, then you may want to consider an Oak or Pine. You may want to also consider the furniture you will be placing in the rooms where there will be a wood floor. If you have or will be purchasing wood furniture, you will want to make sure that the wood furniture will not clash with your new wood floor. You can either match the wood furniture to the floor or you can also have a contrast which is also a very nice look. For example, if you have dark mahogany, oak, or cherry furniture, it will show up much better on a light colored wood floor than it would on a dark wood floor. The opposite would be true if you have light colored furniture, in which case you might consider a darker wood floor. There are also many different sizes than wood floors are available in. In size, we are referring the width of the wood strips or planks as well as the lengths. Both width and length sizes vary dramatically. Usually, the smaller widths, known as "strip" floors, as well as the shorter lengths, known as "shorts", will give off a busier look since there will be more variation, while the wider widths, known as "planks" combined with the longer lengths tend to open up the look of an area. We discuss this in more detail in our "Textures and Finishes" article.

Regardless of what look you're trying to achieve, we carry a wood floor just right for you. The different types of wood floors that handle are solid, glue down, staple down, and floating wood floors. And remember, we are the experts. If there is ever a question you have that we haven't answered on one of these pages, you can always contact us directly and we will spend as much time with you as you need to help you make the right decision. We want you to be 100% happy and satisfied with your purchase and all we ask in return is that you tell your friends about us.