Color, texture play role in determining hardwood flooring for your home

INLAND EMPIRE – No other flooring option delivers the splendour, warmth and value of natural wood. Today there are countless colors available to choose from as well as different species, each with their unique characteristics.

No matter the decor style of your home – modern, contemporary, zen, rustic or urban – today’s hardwood flooring manufacturers have something for every style and taste.

Here are four key steps to consider to create a unique centerpiece hardwood floor that’s custom tailored for any interior space from country home to urban loft.

1. Color scheme

Are you looking for something light or dark? Understated or with bold character? Choose the color that best matches your decor from a wide variety of colors available in each species. For uniform hue and a clean look, opt for either “Select & Better” or “Premium” grades. If you enjoy more pronounced color variation and wood with more character, you may prefer “Antique” or “Classic” grades.

2. Species

From Red Oak, Hard Maple, Yellow Birch, White Ash, White Oak or Brazilian Cherry, each wood species has its own personality and distinct look (grades and width) that comes across in its maturity, hardness, and durability.

3. Gloss

Depending on the species, you can choose between a matte, semi-gloss and satin finish. A matte, semi-gloss finish tends to project a more formal atmosphere; whereas the natural look of a satin finish will feel more casual and better disguise wear and tear.

4. Widths and textures

Wider planks, which are becoming increasingly popular, tend to create a more casual rustic appearance, while narrow planks are more formal. Along with wider boards, another way this is achieved is with the latest use of different textures to give wood either a distressed look of barn wood, prominent knots or the natural lines of boards planed the old fashioned way.

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