Do you look at your home floor and think: “I really need something that looks better than this”?! Or maybe your office requires a much need revamp?
Wood flooring is a fantastic choice for creating a modern, stylish and practical look. Basically we can split wood flooring into two categories: solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. What is the difference you say?
Well solid wood flooring is crafted from just one piece of wood whereas engineered comprises of different layers glued and then pressed together. If you have concrete subfloors or want to renovate a bathroom or kitchen then engineered wood flooring is more suitable whereas solid wood is better for hallways or offices.
There are other aspects to consider beyond debating the merits of solid and engineered flooring.
The colour of your wood flooring is just as important as the material it is made from. In fact, the colour has a bigger effect on your room than you might think.
Black wood flooring for instance should be avoided in small rooms. It makes the space feel cramped however it does create a chic and modern look when contrasted with light furniture. Artist studios and big living rooms work best with black flooring.
Grey wood flooring on the other hand is more neutral, creates the illusion of space and works better with orange and other warm colours. If you a turning a room from a traditional design to a modern style then grey flooring is your answer.
Finally white wood flooring also makes the room feel bigger but creates a cleaner and brighter effect. If you are going for white wood flooring then use darker and more sombre furniture for contrast. Small living rooms and kitchens are suited to white flooring.
Wide v Narrow Flooring
Interior design focuses heavily on our subconscious.
Even aspects that are considered small or minuscule play a major role in how we perceive a room. One way this works is with the width of the floorboards. Narrow wood floorboards work great with more formal rooms – think dining rooms and for entertaining guests – while wide flooring is more relaxed and casual – your living room or a small office for instance.
In fact they both influence how big the room seems to us. Wide floor boards makes the room seem bigger so they work great with lighter colours. If you have a cramped bathroom for example then narrow boards with engineered wood are an inspired choice.
Long v Short Flooring
Finally we need to look at the size of the boards. You probably thought that choosing a material, colour and width were enough but think again.
Long wood flooring helps make a small room grow in size. It helps massively to enhance the look of a confined room. Short flooring on the other hand can fill gaps in a large room that seems sparse and inadequately furnished.
It really depends on the look you want to achieve. Some people love a cosy feel to a room whereby short flooring works best while others want the more minimalist and spacious feel that you get with long flooring.
Wood flooring isn’t just about adding practicality and durability to your home or work environment. Rather it can influence how you and others perceive the room and how big or small it looks.
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