After deciding among engineered hardwood, laminate or hardwood, you have to choose a style. From dark to light colors to wire-brushed to hand-scraped textures, there is a large variety of different stylistic choices. Make sure to explore the entire array of flooring options so that you achieve the look and feel you desire for your home. In this blog post, we’ll review the most important factors to keep in mind when choosing your floor style.
Begin With Floor Style Color
Do you have a small room or a large one? You might want to switch up your living room floor with dark planks if you notice it feels too open. The reason for this is that darker colors will make a room appear smaller than it really is. This is ideal if you want some drama and coziness incorporated into the room. Dark oak and chestnut floors are excellent darker options.
For the opposite effect, you should consider a light floor style. This will make a small area seem airy and vast. If you have furniture with a darker color, lighter flooring colors will brighten up the overall vibe of the room. Cream and maple are lighter floor tones that will give this desired effect.
The level of natural light entering a room will also definitely affect the appearance of your floor. This is why it is crucial to try various flooring samples and test them at different points in the day. You might be surprised by how much lighting can change the floor’s original color. You’ll be shocked at how much different levels of natural light will change the original color of flooring.
Consider Plank Texture
After your color is chosen, it’s time to decide on texture. Texture affects how the floor feels along with how it looks. Whether hardwood or laminate, there are a variety of textures that you can choose.
Smooth Hardwood/Laminate Flooring
A plain, smooth texture doesn’t have intricate wood graining or ridges. This is the laminate classic texture and by far the easiest to clean.
Textured Laminate Flooring
This style incorporates a raised grain that has the feeling of real wood. If you are obsessed with the feeling of hardwood but also desire the strength of laminate flooring, then a textured laminate style is the ideal choice.
Hand-scraped Hardwood/Laminate Flooring
This style has a similar look to real wood. There is greater detail and visual appeal with this style due to the hand-scraped manufacturing process. If you are looking for a rustic appearance, hand-scraped flooring would be an excellent choice.
Wire-brushed Hardwood Flooring
Wire-brushed hardwood flooring is worn down to produce an aged and worn look. This style features exposed flaws, accenting the wood’s natural beauty.
Add A Finish
The final step in this process is deciding on a finish and how much sheen you want from each. There are three major finishes that are commonly used, and they all have different qualities. Keep in mind that not every finish will work for every plank style. Make sure to choose a finish that will properly complement your flooring planks.
This finish is ideal if you have kids and/or pets. That is because it’s low sheen level does an excellent job at concealing scratches and dirt. While not as vibrant as a gloss finish, you’ll appreciate its easy to clean appearance. You won’t get the vibrancy of a gloss finish, but you will enjoy how easy it is to clean. Matte is definitely a great choice when aiming for a European or country appearance.
If you want a finish that will really jump out at you, then gloss is the perfect choice for you. This finish has a high sheen level, which will accentuate every detail within the floor planks as well as emit a vibrant glow. A gloss finish is ideal for a modern look. Keep in mind that dirt and imperfections will be exposed more, so prepare yourself for more cleaning.
This finish could be considered a hybrid of the last two. With a medium sheen level, scratches won’t be exposed as much as a gloss finish, but it is also easy to clean like a matte finish. Satin works excellent in most applications, especially those leaning towards a classical appearance.