We have put together 7 tips on how to break out of your comfort zone and go against the grain when it comes to choosing your hardwood floor. Here they are:
- Light colored floors tend to make a room appear brighter and larger. Dark colored floors may create a more dramatic environment.
- Go against the grain; don’t feel your floor has to match the species and graining of your furniture or cabinets. The interplay of different woods can add visual interest and personality to your room.
- Narrow-width strips can add length to a “boxy” room. Installing a floor with the boards running across a narrow room or on a diagonal can create a more spacious appearance.
- Wide-width planks work well and may be more scale-appropriate in mid-size and larger rooms.
- Beveled-edge details, light colors, bold graining, random width planks, surface irregularities and low-gloss finish make a room appear less formal without diminishing overall beauty or sophistication.
- Using the same hardwood flooring from room to room makes the home look bigger and creates a pleasing visual continuity.
- Decorative rugs can enhance the beauty of your hardwood floors, create personal statements and help to define spaces. Be sure the rug has a soft, non-abrasive back or use a “breathable” under-pad to protect the floor.