Wood flooring has become a sought after and versatile option for all styles and ages of homes. With a huge range of designs and colour options available, wooden floors are both a stylish and practical solution for any room. Whatever your budget, there is a vast choice of wood flooring available, whether it’s engineered, solid or laminate. Once you have considered the use of the room and the most suitable material for it, you’re just left with choosing the look. That’s when the designing fun starts.
Types Of Wood Flooring
Wooden flooring comes in a variety of different forms varying in budget and styles. We have summarised the main options below:
1) Engineered Wood
Engineered wooden floors are made by bonding together many layers of ply, finished off with a solid wood lamella. This highly durable product is manufactured in dozens of sizes, colours and styles. It is suitable for most rooms and will withstand high traffic. Engineered wood flooring lasts for years if properly looked after and the top layer can be sanded and re-finished to refresh or change the look. Planks are larger than solid wood, meaning less joints. They can be screwed, nailed or laid as a ‘floating’ floor on an underlay.
2) Solid Wood
Solid wood flooring is a beautiful, natural product and is something many aspire to. However, being a natural product, it is more susceptible to changes in temperature and moisture in a room. It will expand and contract with the conditions and this means it is an unwise choice for a kitchen or bathroom and is not suitable for underfloor heating. That said, if your budget will stretch and you feel your room conditions are stable enough, solid wood for a living room can be a stylish and attractive feature. You are likely to need a skilled fitter to lay a solid wood floor, so take this cost into account as well.
This is the budget option and is available in all sorts of designs. It is essentially a base of bonded wood by-products with an image affixed to the top layer. This is quick to lay and good for a swift room revamp but does not have longevity. Laminate floor can be laid simply. However, it also needs an underlay plus a movement gap around the perimeter of the room.
Bedroom – Restful & Cosy
Whatever your décor, you will want the bedroom to be fresh, calm and inviting. Depending on its shape, how you lay the floor can alter perceptions. Opting for a chevron or herringbone design can create a cosy feeling, or a long straight plank will elongate and/or widen a room, depending on which direction you lay them.
Living Room – Practical & Stylish
The living room is your statement room, and you may want to be bold with décor and have a neutral wood floor, or vice-versa. For example, a dark, rustic oak can work with plain and light furnishings, and a lighter, pared back floor, like a soft pine or white-washed style, will suit busier and more striking accessories. Grey is on-trend and a good base for many looks so if you like to revamp now and then, it could be a sensible option.
Kitchen – Durable & Welcoming
The kitchen is where we spend a great deal of time and often where family and friends congregate. A high traffic area, the flooring you choose needs to be able to withstand anything thrown at it. Whether that’s muddy boots, busy paws, chair movements or vigorous mopping. You can either continue through the flooring from your living space for a cohesive look or define areas and give yourself more scope for different schemes. Again, the same principles will apply in that the direction and style of planks you lay can alter the perception of the room. Solid wood is unlikely to be a practical choice for the kitchen and laminate prefers not to get too wet, so an engineered plank is probably your best bet.
Whatever style you choose, your flooring is the base of the room and can alter the interior look and feel instantly. With so many options available it can be hard to pick but start by establishing the type of wood flooring that is suitable for the room. Then, decide what you want to achieve with the look.
Do you want to make the room feel cosy or more spacious? Do you want to disguise or enhance a feature? Or perhaps you are seeking a particular style? Once you have answered these questions, you will have narrowed down the choices. You will be drawn to something, and as they say, you’ll know it when you see it.
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