Hardwood flooring is an American staple: classic, elegant, and comforting. America’s top provider of exotic custom hardwood flooring, Bruce Flooring, offers a wide range of options, varying in color and edge treatment. You can opt for more minimalist styles or go all out with the theme. Here are some innovative ideas for mixing and matching all the design elements in your room!
What’s up with edges?
Your antique hardwood flooring can get a very different overall appearance based on the kind of treatment given to the edges of each board. You can choose from:
Square edges – They give you a more natural look, the lines between the boards look fainter. The whole floor appears to be almost undivided. A great option for people who like to have a lot of furniture!
Micro or eased edges – These give you a subtle, but apparent line effect between the boards. If you want your planks to look distinct from one another, but not in a way that stands out, this should be your go-to choice.
Scraped edges – If you like the rougher, vintage expression of hardwood flooring, scraped edges are what you are looking for. They may look effortless and natural, but they are artfully scraped and handcrafted. Essential to those who are going for a hunter’s cabin décor style.
Pillowed edges – These give a soft, manicured contour to the boards. They are a good match for minimalist houses, with few stand-out pieces of furniture and décor, or for homeowners who are leaning Art Deco (think 1920s Parisian surrealist boudoir) or Neo-Classicist (opulent, but chic and timeless).
What about type and color?
So, here is where things get trickier. You can get a lot of different combinations and shades, depending on the type of wood you choose.
Maple Custom Hardwood Flooring
If you are looking for durability, maple is of the hardest kinds of woods used in flooring. Maplewood is the material used by businesses with heavy foot traffic, like bowling alleys, so you know they are resistant. Because it is such a durable material, you can safely choose lower-grade wood boards if you are trying to save money, but maple is generally very affordable since it is widely available. Maple usually comes in creamy, light colors with warm undertones, so it’s a safer choice. You can decorate your room in a wide range of colors, with no concerns about clashing with your floor. Maple also comes with a lot of variability in the wood grain design. The downside is that maple can scratch easily because the grain is so smooth.
Recommended color palette: Warm colors for your walls like salmon, orange accent wall, yellow.
Style tip: To avoid scratches, you can make expansive use of rugs.
Red Oak Flooring
Red oak is the most common choice among homeowners. It’s slightly less resistant than maple, but it comes in a wider range of colors. The undertones are rosier and the grains can be medium to heavy dark. Despite being less hard than maple, oak is a more stable material and better suited for places with humid climates and extreme temperature variations between seasons. The price range starts at the same level as maple, but can run more expensive for higher-grade versions. Red oak probably has the most distinctive grain patterns among the different custom hardwood flooring options. It’s often used in traditional environments, like boardrooms, or rustic settings (perfect for hunting cabins).
Recommended color palette: Darker hues, like burgundy and olive, can work great, but might require a lot of natural light. White might be your best option: a classic, understated look that allows you to play more with furniture and accessories. For small rooms, you should definitely pick a lighter color. Focus on complementary colors, to visually expand the room.
Style tip: Mix tradition and modernity for a less severe look. Bean bags, modern accessories, and minimalist furniture can conjure up a fun version of red oak!
Cherry Hardwood Flooring
Now, if you are looking for the highest aesthetic value, you are probably looking for cherry. One of the prettiest exotic hardwood flooring options out there, cherry has a satin-like texture with a very smooth finish. It comes in warm hues, with either light or dark undertones. Cherry has some of the most intricate grain patterns among different types of hardwood. But cherry is generally pricier than other materials and it is less resistant. You should not install cherry hardwood floors in rooms with heavy foot traffic.
Recommended color palette: Whites and grays are welcome here, since cherry has such a bold look to it. You can also get creative with creamy versions of your favorite tones, or bold with a slightly subdued bright color like teal.