A decorating mainstay, wood adds authenticity and warmth, and can be mixed and matched with a panoply of materials and settings, from industrial to contemporary. Here are a few guidelines on how to choose the type of wood flooring that will best meet your decorating needs and objectives while providing 100% of the benefits that only wood can deliver.
Hardwood flooring brings interior decorating back to its roots by allowing the surrounding space to maintain a genuine and natural feel. To highlight contrasts, integrate several types of wood finishes in the decor or planks of various length and width, to create a nice variety.
For an original style, try coating with ultra large panels. By using this new trend in interior design, you’ll also be adding contemporary touch to your decor.
The new wood types in shades of grey or white for example, will give a new modern style in any room!
Engineered wood flooring is composed of a top layer of hardwood and multiple layers of plywood. This type of floor covering is ideal for basements as the core layers, which are pressure-glued at 90° angles, provide enhanced stability and help to avoid problems related to humidity. In addition, certain types of engineered wood flooring can be installed without nails or glue, making it easier to install, move and reuse.
Often mistaken for solid wood, this type of flooring material can be used throughout the home.
Laminate wood flooring, also called a floating floor, is made from recycled or synthetic materials that are fused together with a lamination process and topped with a photographic applique layer that imitates wood. Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood and engineered wood, resists temperature variations and effectively withstands humidity.
Laminated wood can also be used as a wall or door covering in order to add a touch of warmth in a contemporary or industrial decor.
Many people prefer vinyl floor covering for its ecological properties, durability, easy maintenance and especially, its economical price. The materials used to fabricate vinyl sheet flooring and the choice of patterns, colours and textures have increased exponentially in recent years. Many are now made to resemble actual wood flooring, and with highly successful results.
Soft and comfortable for the feet, even faux wood vinyl flooring can add that special touch that only wood can bring. Versatile and stylish, vinyl floor coverings can be integrated in any type of decor, from country cottage to ultra modern.
[Main photo via Mirage Floors]