Deciding on new hardwood flooring for your Winston-Salem home can be a challenge if you don’t know what you’re looking for. More than ever, there are almost endless possibilities to choose from. There are many things that come into play when choosing new floors, including budget, lifestyle, and wood construction. However, for the purpose of this post, we are going to narrow it down and only look at the wood’s style. Here we’ll look at some different stylistic factors to consider when choosing hardwood floors, so you can make sure you invest in the ones that best fit your home’s aesthetic goals.
Practical factors aside, one of the most obvious aspects of a hardwood floor’s design is its color. A floor’s color is decided by the natural hue of the wood, its stain, and its finish. The color of hardwood can also change from sun exposure or a natural tendency to lighten or darken slightly over time. From dark black-brown to light blonde tones, there are many different colors available for hardwood flooring.
One factor that contributes to a hardwood floor’s aesthetic is the wood species you choose. Each species has its own unique qualities. The grain patterns vary by shape and boldness, and each species displays natural color variation. For some Winston-Salem homeowners, exotic hardwood species, like Brazilian cherry, are used to make a bold design statement. This unique wood is known for its rich, red tones that often include streaks of dark chocolate or rust colors that get richer over time.
Another visual choice you have when choosing a hardwood floor is the width of the boards. They can either come in strips (boards less than three inches) or planks (boards three inches or wider). The width of the wood can have an impact on the look of the floor and the room where it’s installed. Wide planks tend to work best in larger spaces, and they also work well in achieving a rustic look.
High-Gloss vs. Low-Gloss
The last visual aspect we’ll explore is a hardwood floor’s finishing gloss. Gloss refers to how much surface shine you want your floor to have. You can choose from a range of high-gloss to low-gloss coatings that will give your flooring different visual qualities. High-gloss finishes tend to show marks and imperfections more because of their reflective property.
When choosing a hardwood floor, there are many aspects to consider. One of those aspects is the desired style of your floor. Choosing something to match your home’s design and reflect your décor personality is a great way to make a space feel like your own. To learn more about different hardwood flooring options, call your local experts at Floor Coverings International Triad today! We offer free in-home design consultations in the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point areas, and we can’t wait to help you find the floors of your dreams.
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