Whether you’re renovating a new home or refurbishing your current living space for an updated look, wood flooring can make a huge difference. There are plenty of styles and designs on the market and, while choice is great, how do you choose which is best for you?
To help you find the best wood flooring to suit your space and provide the best performance for your daily use, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide.
The first step is to choose which type of wood flooring you like. There’s solid wood flooring or many fantastic, close imitation options such as laminate. This has the same effect as real wood but can be considered a more cost-effective solution. It has a hard-wearing top layer and is designed for easy installation. Even for DIY beginners!
However, if you are looking for the more traditional option, solid wood flooring is the way to go. Solid wood flooring such as oak can create a beautiful overall finish. Plus can last a lifetime if regular maintenance is carried out. It can also be restored back to its original state when needing a freshen up.
There is also engineered wood flooring. This could be considered as an option in between real solid wood and laminate. This incorporates a veneer of solid wood on top of high-quality plywood. Benefits of choosing this over real solid wood include moisture resistance and ease of installation.
Once you’ve chosen your floor material, you now need to pick which wood or wood imitation you would like. The most popular wood types are oak and walnut.
Oak is one of the best materials for a hardwood floor. It is easy to maintain as it’s super easy to clean. It offers great durability and even improves with age. The look of oak wood also contains beautiful details with noticeable knots and grains.
On the other hand, walnut wood is darker than oak in colour and is an open grained wood meaning it is a great choice if you are after something that looks very visually appealing. It is very durable, however bear in mind it is not completely resistant to heavy footfall.
Once you’ve found the type of wood that suits your lifestyle, you can then decide on what the overall look is that you want to achieve. Is it traditional or modern? Are you trying to make the room appear bigger? Different size flooring planks are great for being able to create different types of looks. Wood flooring usually comes in a standard size, however there are also narrow and wide options.
Narrow plank flooring comes in shorter lengths and can be used to create a ‘busier’ look with lots going on in terms of detail.
Wide plank flooring is perfect to create the illusion of space in small or restricted areas. Some may also say that the beauty of the wood is enhanced with wider boards, as it shows off the natural grain and features.
Whether you opt for a solid wood or engineered wood floor, these are generally treated with either an oil or lacquer to add extra protection.
An oiled finish can accentuate the natural formations and grain of the wood and turns into more of matt finish over time. This helps to protect the wood from spills and dirt as it soaks into the wood surface. If the finish is UV oiled, this means it has been exposed to UV light to cure the oil quicker and can give a slightly silkier finish.
A lacquered finish can provide a much more glossy look. However, to give it the same smooth finish but with less shine, a matt lacquer may be used. These will both protect the wood by sitting on top and acting as a barrier.
The last thing to choose (and what could be considered the most exciting part!) is the colour.
To decide this, it is always best to begin by thinking about the size of the space where you would like your wood flooring installed. For large and wide rooms, you can experiment with darker toned woods that can make the room feel smaller and cozy.
On the other hand, lighter wood tones such as beige have the ability to really open up a room and give a spacious, fresh feel.
Lastly, you should consider if the flooring colour goes with the overall look you want to achieve. Does it match with wall colours and furniture?
If you would like to see how different wood flooring options could look in your home or commercial space, visit your local Makeover Centre to see our real wood, vinyl and laminate options or simply order online.
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