Advice for Choosing Wooden Flooring

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When it comes to designing any good home interior, our best advice is to work from the ground up. Floors are often the largest unbroken span of space in any interior and can be a real make or break design decision, so we always encourage our clients to think about the statement a flooring finish can make.

Experiment as we may, we often find ourselves drifting back towards a trusty quality wood floor – we think of them as timeless and chic, and our customers wholeheartedly agree! We get asked time and time again about wood floors. Are they too traditional for my home? Should they be saved for the living room? Do they make a space feel dark? And so we felt it high time we shared some of our best insider advice for anyone considering wood flooring.

You can still be trendy

Classic, yes. Boring, no. There’s a reason wood floors have been around for so long, and that’s because of their natural charm and wonderful character. That being said, this doesn’t make them immune from the inevitable seasons of change, and even wood flooring goes through trends that you can make the most of for a little inspiration. In recent years, dark planks à la Abigail Ahern have been taking the industry by storm, but now we see that the majority of customers are shifting towards a more traditional Parisian-inspired oak herringbone style. Our advice is this; go with whatever style you love, it will stand the test of time and always re-emerge as a trend once again.

Keep it light and bright

Good news, there’s a whole world of fun and interesting wood floor finishes out there, so don’t get bogged down in the traditional image of warm tones and dark finishes. If your style is a little lighter and a little brighter, opt for a wood such as a white oiled or whitewashed natural oak, as this simple change will help tip the balance into ashier territories. This style is excellent for those with Scandi-inspired interiors and can freshen up most living spaces.

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Go for tried and tested

That being said, those classic warm mid-tones are time-honoured favourites for a reason. The great thing about these darker tones is that they sit beautifully with minimal white interiors for a fresh feeling, but also pair perfectly with a darker setting to create warmth and intimacy. They’re a lot more forgiving than light shades when it comes to rooms such as entrance halls and kitchens, which are privy to a muddy boot or two.

Mix your planks

Straight planks might spring to mind when you picture a wood floor for your home, but there are options out there to help you experiment with this traditional material. Herringbone is the chevron-like laying of usually smaller pieces to create a wonderful flooring feature typical of European mansion buildings, and this interesting addition to a room can help your floor become a feature rather than a recessive quality. Herringbone looks great in more formal sitting rooms, and there are some excellent examples of how it can be transitioned into tiles for open plan spaces where wall-to-wall wood is too much.

Don’t be kitchen-cautious

If you were to let your Great Aunt Gladys know that you’re planning on laying wood flooring through your kitchen she would no doubt gasp at the thought of the impending damage, but the reality is that the advancements in engineered flooring mean that woods can take a hefty amount of water and dropped pans before you’ll notice so much as a knick.

Go big or go home

It’s completely possible to modernise wood flooring simply by scaling up your ideas. Big spaces can afford to take oversized planks and herringbone, which not only cuts down on labour costs but also creates a contemporary twist on a classic.

If you’re looking to work with one of the best interior design firms in London to help you incorporate wood flooring into your home in a way that feels considered, contemporary, but still stands the test of time, contact us today.