Your choice to go with hardwood flooring is an excellent first step to providing an inviting, long-lasting makeover to your home. While there are many choices to make with regard to wood type, construction and finish that meets your lifestyle and budget, it’s also important to choose a look that complements your available living space, otherwise you may be disappointed with the final result. Consider these interior design tips as a starting point towards achieving your desired décor:
If you are replacing existing flooring, you’ll need to consider a wood color that will complement or contrast your existing furnishings, window coverings and color schemes. If you have light colored walls, this will complement dark wood flooring and can make the room appear larger due to the cool colors receding and drawing the eye up from the floor. Another approach is to use a low contrast color scheme between the walls and the flooring, which allows the eye to glide more naturally over the objects and surfaces without a break, tricking the brain into believing the room is also larger than it is.
Planks vs Strips: The question of width
Like color, the wood width can dramatically change the look of the room. Planks are defined as boards that are greater than 3”, while strips are less than 3” wide. While some may say the wide planks can make a room look bigger, they can also overwhelm a small room if you go with too dark of a color and don’t complement with light colored walls. If you’re using wide planks in a small room, always lay them parallel to the longest wall to help make the room look longer. Note that narrower strips in a small room can make the room look busy as the eye is drawn toward the many seams. For larger rooms, wider widths can make a room look more intimate, whereas narrower widths will help to give the illusion of a larger space.
Parquet squares and rectangles also offer a nice solution for adding geometric designs to a more formal space, and can also help to make a space look bigger. The use of diagonal lines will also create the illusion of width to fool the viewer into believing the room is wider than it is while creating more visual interest to the eye. It’s also important to use the same type of flooring material throughout the adjacent spaces if you want to make the area look larger. If this is not possible, try to keep the colors consistent.
While there are many choices to be made for wood flooring, the size of the room, available light and existing fixtures in your home will help to narrow the selection to a manageable list. The experienced interior designers at Interiors and Textiles are here to help you through this process.