Gleaming, polished wood wins the prize as America’s favorite hard-surface flooring type, according to Consumer Reports. Currently, it outsells vinyl, tile and stone. One of the biggest benefits of wood is that it offers plenty of opportunities for customization. There are stunning hardwood flooring options to reflect any aesthetic taste. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Traditionally, planks used for hardwood flooring have been long and narrow, but not anymore. Wide plank flooring – any type of hardwood floor board that is wider than three inches – is increasingly becoming a popular trend for hard-surface flooring due to its beauty. They come in a variety of wood types; for a rustic feel, choose a distressed wood. This type of flooring can also make a room seem larger.
Imported hardwood like Brazilian cheery are a popular choice, due to their exotic, rich color. A multitude of colors in the grain give the floor a mosaic feel. Brazilian cheery is one of the most recommended flooring options for installations in high-traffic areas because it can withstand the daily wear and tear quite nicely. It looks excellent in more modern, contemporary homes.
For the environmentally-friendly consumer, reclaimed wood that has been salvaged from abandoned barns, homes and other structures may be the perfect choice. In additional to the advantage of being recycled, reclaimed wood can give you a truly unique, rustic look. With reclaimed wood, no two planks are the same. This type of hardwood flooring works well in both traditional and contemporary spaces.
Hardwood that is deeply stained to the point of being almost black, while retaining the texture of the wood’s grain, is a simple way to add luxury to any space; especially for homeowners wanting a more contemporary style. Dark hardwoods, such as oak, cherry and walnut are all good choices for ebonizing. A word of caution: Dark floors tend to show every speck of dirt and dust. This can make keeping them clean more challenging.