Wooden flooring is a magical material, with such beauty and elegance that it can make a room glow. Its colouring is divine and often very rich in tonal value, which makes it a perfect material for a wide range of differently styled interiors. For such a traditional material, wood has adapted perfectly for the modern market and is one of the most common materials used in contemporary homes. Its elegance never goes unnoticed and can really add another level of depth to a room.
Wooden flooring can be laid in horizontal strips, which is one of the most common installation styles, or laid in a variety of different patterns such as a diagonal pattern or parquet style pattern. Many wooden floor installation companies provide their own installation styles, so it is always best to see what they can do before going ahead and proceeding with the work.Read more
Horizontally laid wooden flooring Is often used to lengthen a small room as the flowing lines gives the appearance of a ‘never-ending’ floor. They can be laid in either direction depending on which walls you would like to widen in appearance. Diagonally laid wooden flooring is often used for more decorative purposes than lengthening or widening a room. It tends to work better in larger rooms as the patterning can sometimes make small rooms appear even smaller! Parquet wooden flooring creates a very beautiful effect and is best used in large rooms as the patterning may get lost in smaller rooms. It is also best installed with a light wood and then polished as this gives the patterning wonderful depth.
One of the biggest elements that needs to be considered when choosing wooden flooring is the colour of the wood. Larger rooms tend to have the best choice as they can usually get away with most colours or stains of wood. Smaller rooms need to be a little bit more careful with their choices as dark wood such as walnut, black oak or mahogany can sometimes make the room appear smaller than it really is and can make the walls appear shorter in height. If you want to install wooden flooring into a smaller room, try using a lighter wood with minimal patterning such as white oak, white maple or cherry to maximise the look of the space. You could also experiment with two different coloured woods to see what kind of effect this could have on your room. Often parquet flooring uses two different woods to help give the floor some definition.
Wood is the perfect flooring material, with so many types, colours and finishes to choose from, you are bound to find one to suit your current décor. If you are looking for some inspiration then why not have a look through some of the images to see what kind of wooden flooring would work best in your home! If there is something you like, why not share it to your Facebook or Twitter profile, so you can find the things you love easier and faster!