Wooden Floors – a Long-loved Staple
Wooden floors are a long-loved part of home interiors. Wood has always been available as a building material and wooden floors have been the go-to for many housebuilders. Even in modern times when there are a multitude of alternatives to choose from, many still default to wooden floors for both practical as well as aesthetical reasons.
The many properties which make wood a great material for flooring include durability and resistance to changes in temperature. Wooden floors are comfortable to walk on as wood does not turn cold in chilly weather like some other materials. Wood can also be polished and sanded so when the floors becomes worn, they can be worked on to make it look like new instead of renewing the whole floors. Wooden floors also look nice when the material becomes worn in use so there is no need to fix the floors if the worn out look is preferred. In addition, wooden floors are full wood, there are no additives like glue used. The natural material as well as the lack of chemicals used is a big reason why some prefer wooden floors over all others. Wood as a material has a personality all of its own thanks to the many properties it has.
Wooden Floors for a Rustic Interior
Rustic interior design has been on the rise for quite some time now as people have started to pay more attention to natural materials. Wood, stone as well as metal are most often used in rustic interior design. Wooden floors bring a touch of nature to the interior of a home and the floors themselves create a big décor element. Creating a homely atmosphere and making the home a place of warmth and safety are key in rustic interior design.
When it comes to creating a rustic interior with wooden floors, there are many options one can go for. The main aspects to think about are whether to choose solid or engineered flooring, what kind of finish is preferred, to get pre-finished wood or add the finish on site, which wood type to use, the grain type of the wood as well as the width of the planks.
For a rustic feel, solid wood would be a better option. If necessary or desired the floors can be polished or sanded as there is more material to work with than with engineered flooring. Solid wood floors also keep their personality as the wood adjusts to temperatures and lives, so to speak. Other properties of the flooring can be chosen as desired. Darker colors may be better suited in order to create a rustic interior. Wider plank width is also a choice suited for a rustic feel – and it requires less time when installing the floors. However, there are no set rules to follow when choosing the details for wooden flooring for the rustic style so one is free to create their own rustic haven as is seen fit.
Wooden Floors for a Contemporary Interior
Contemporary style began in the 1970's and as its nature is changing according to what is popular at the moment, the style has evolved and keeps evolving with time. Unlike rustic style, contemporary style is not set in stone and has no boundaries. Contemporary style takes influences from many other styles such as modernism, art deco and traditional as well as futuristic style. Contemporary style often gets mixed with modern style, but these are two different aesthetics. Modern style more or less stays the same through the years, where contemporary style is forever evolving.
The current of-the-moment trends in contemporary design include clear lines and neutral colors. These properties are similar to the qualities of a rustic interior. However, the contemporary style is lacking in the use of natural materials and rough edges, among others. Wooden floors can still be incorporated into the interior design of a house decorated in the contemporary style. Luckily one does not need to change their whole aesthetical preferences in order to be able to include the much-loved wooden flooring in their house interior.
By choosing a more neutral color tone and finish the wooden floors fit well into a contemporary aesthetic. The grain type of the wood is also an important aspect to consider as it affects the whole interior design. In a contemporary style the grain type needs to be simplistic and clear. Plain sawn and live sawn wood is the best choice. Plain sawn wood has a very neutral look without a distinct pattern. The pattern that is has is more vague with curved lines and as such it leaves room for the other interior design elements to shine as the floors are not too overpowering. Live sawn wood has a more clear pattern which consists of clean lines. The other grain types are rift sawn and quarter sawn which both have more texture and may be a bit too overpowering for a minimalistic and clear contemporary interior.
As always, there are no set rules that one must follow when it comes to interior design. Always choose what brings you joy. The good thing about contemporary style is the multitude of influences it gathers from other styles as well as the way it is continually changing so the opportunities for including parts from other styles are endless.
Wood flooring has many perks which is why it has been a popular choice for decades. However, there are many aspects to consider when choosing the wood for your floor. From solid to engineered flooring, a multitude of colors and wood types as well as grain types, the flooring should be well thought out beforehand. Before a purchase it is necessary to think in detail what it is that you want the house to look and feel like. The whole interior of the house must be considered as the floors are a big part of the house and a huge interior element as well. Wooden floors are durable and create a welcoming atmosphere – there really is nothing better!