The beauty of wood flooring
With the launch of our new wood-flooring showroom in January’s blog we are looking at the benefits and timeless appeal of a natural wood floor. Apart from the fact that a wooden floor will last for decades nothing gives a space that warm, comfortable feeling underfoot quite like a beautiful wood floor.
Whether you are looking to refurbish existing boards or install a brand new floor we have all types of wood flooring covered here at Deca Flooring.
Lighter, blonde shades of wood flooring have been on trend for the past few years. In 2017, however we will see the return of deep, rich and dark wood tones. The richer, brown and tan shades of walnut and oak flooring will re-emerge in interior design to bring quality, warmth and style to our homes.
Natural materials in general will be very popular this year with an emphasis on bringing the natural beauty of the outdoors inside. As well as hardwood floors, sisal, coir, rattan, cork, handcrafted objects, terracotta and houseplants will also be on trend for 2017. Cool greys and pastel shades are slowly losing their appeal and this year we will be opting for ‘old-school’ rustic materials and rich, natural shades to add character and warmth. With so many of us immersed in technology during the working day people are looking to bring the appeal of nature in to their homes to bring a sense of balance and well being to their homes.
Choosing a wood floor however can be daunting. With such a wide array of choices available it is a good idea to seek the advice of a professional to help narrow your choices. Here at Deca our wood samples our displayed on the walls of our relaxing showroom so you can see at a glance the choices available. We can talk through the options and type of wood floor you should choose depending on your preferences, needs and interior space.
There are three main styles of solid wood floors including tongue and grooved, square edged and parquet flooring. All of these types are available in different lengths, widths and grades. Strip flooring normally comes in narrower widths whereas plank flooring tends to be wider. It is imperative that you consider the size of the room and how the widths and length will affect the overall look and feel of your space. For example, narrow planks in a small space can make a room look busy and larger planks will push out the walls to give the illusion of a bigger room. At Deca Design we advise on the right size boards to achieve the best affect for your specific space.
When it comes to choosing timbers for a solid wood flooring there are also a wide range of choices.
Oak is a very popular wood and is extremely hard wearing offering a rich, opulent look to any decor. Oak is a solid investment and like a good quality red wine improves with age, getting better and richer in colour as each year passes. A solid oak floor that’s been looked after well will retain its beauty for centuries.
You can also define the look for your floor by choosing between the vast array of oak ‘grades’. To achieve a rustic look with character you can opt for a grade with lots of grain patterns and knots, whereas a ‘prime’ grade offers a cleaner, smooth, contemporary look. Oak also takes very well to staining and colours, which range from limed white to very dark shades to create either a modern or antique appearance.
Other popular wood choices include Bamboo, Cherry, Ash, Walnut, Maple, Beech and Pine. Maple and Beech are perfect for a light, modern décor and pine is a popular choice because of its warm colour, depth and beauty. For a real wow factor both Elm and Walnut are stunning with a unique grain however these options tend to be more expensive and Bamboo is durable and ecologically friendly.
The type of wood floor you choose will ultimately depend on your lifestyle, individual space and existing interior design. Here at Deca Flooring we will help you consider all the factors and choices available to ensure you choose a beautiful floor that’s right for you and will become an adored part of your house for years to come.