After reading through a plethora of interior design magazines and our very own blog, you’ve probably come to realize that the type of flooring that you choose to install is extremely important. Way too many people make the mistake of thinking that the floor is less important because it is too low below the normal line of vision. They believe that time would be better spent focusing on wall colors. While this is, of course, very important, you also want to make sure that you are not neglecting your flooring.
As one of the most popular flooring materials across the world, we encourage all homeowners who are looking to renovate or to change up their décor a bit to educate themselves on the different types available to them. Instead of looking at wood flooring as one type of entity, learn about the different types of hardwood and softwood and more importantly to most, the different colors. With so many different shades available, how do you decide between light or dark?
Take a look at your current décor – For those who are interested to keep the majority of their décor and simply swap out the flooring, look to your current furniture, wall colors and finishes for inspiration and choose a wood that compliments them. Also keep in mind that lighter flooring will give a room the illusion of being bigger whereas a darker hue will create a more dramatic atmosphere and make the space appear smaller.
Choose your style – If you’ve been doing your research on wood floors for a while, you’ve probably come to notice that there is an endless amount of styles available. It’s up to you to determine whether you want to go with the contemporary look with sleep lines and architectural definition or if you’re going for the more rustic appearance with natural grain and knots showing through the finish. Once you figure this out, you can reiterate it to your wood specialist to point you in the direction of a wood that will give your home the character you’re interested in.
Complementing vs. contrasting – Deciding whether your floors will complement or contrast the color palette of the overall design theme in each room of your home is key. In an open floor plan where the kitchen, dining room and living room are connected, you may want to consider a wood that complements the current accent woods in those rooms to create a unified look. The only thing you will have to be conscious of is whether or not you are creating too much of a good thing. On the other side of the spectrum, contrasting colors help to create definition, but if used improperly, it can become too busy-looking with too many patterns or colors. Find the balance.
The most important thing to figure out is what you want your home to say with the new wood and what you want it to look like. From there, you can take your ideas to the experts at Keweenaw Specialty Woods; we’d be happy to help you bring your vision to life.