When choosing the hardwood for your home, there are many options available to cater to your unique style and preferences. However, with so many colours and finishes to choose from, there are a few factors that you should consider when selecting hardwood to achieve the overall “look” you want for your home. These tips will help you hone in on the best choice for you.
- Avoid Mixing and Matching
- 2. Pick a Colour: For Style and Functionality
Hardwoods come in a wide range of colours: from dark woods to natural-looking selections and blond woods also. Dark woods tend to look modern and bold; natural mid-range tones can look great for a more “rustic” or classic look, and blond-tone wood helps to create a bright, light, and airy space.
When choosing the colour of your flooring, it is important to remember that each colour option has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, dark wood tends to show dust, dirt and scratches more prominently, whereas light wood is better at concealing these things. The most recent trend in hardwood flooring is a tendency towards lighter woods. However, it is all a matter preference: not only about how you want it to look, but how you want to use the space you’re customizing.
- 3. Consider the Finish
There are also different finish options that coat the top of the hardwood. Some woods come with a matte finish, which helps to eliminate the visibility of scratches and dents. Other woods come with a beautiful glossy finish. One thing to note: its reflective quality can potentially make knicks more apparent. When choosing a hardwood, you’ll want to pick one that has both the colour and the finish that not only suits your aesthetic preferences, but also suits your lifestyle.
- 4. Complement or Contrast
With so many fantastic options to choose from, it’s easy to get caught up focusing on the hardwood. But you can’t really make this decision in isolation. Don’t forget: this is the flooring for your house. It’s important to consider how the flooring will look alongside your cabinetry and appliances — and even the colours you wish to paint the walls. The best colour and finish for your home will depend greatly on the look your want to achieve. Some people like to a bold, high-contrast style with dark floors and light cabinets. Others prefer uniformity throughout the space, options for light colours throughout. The choice is entirely yours and you can look at inspiration in the showroom and online to see how the different combinations look.
For many reasons, it is recommended that you avoid mixing and matching different hardwoods in your home — particularly across a single level (such as the first floor). Different styles have different thicknesses, and this prevents a cohesive fit between them. Additionally, because recent trends tend to favour homes that have open-concept design plans, having one hardwood throughout gives the space a consistent look which caters to the open style and makes it appear larger.
This is Your Home: Choose For You
The main thing to remember when making custom selections, whether it be hardwood, cabinetry or appliances, is that there are no “rules”. Your best option is to choose a look like complements your personal style and is made to suit your lifestyle. With so many options to choose from — and lots of professional guidance every step of the way — you’re bound to find the perfect option for your home.