Hardwoods floors offer an unrivaled splendor that makes decorating with them seem a bit daunting. Hardwood flooring normally accounts for a significant portion of any decorating budget, so you will want to incorporate the flooring into the design, while showcasing some of your existing pieces. A few aspects should be considered when choosing a hardwood floor.
What is the design look that you picture for your room? The species and finish of the hardwood you select can set the atmosphere for your whole room. If you prefer a more traditional style for your space, ash and oak floors are popular picks. Their grains are classic and timeless and they come in a variety of stains and finishes. Those who gravitate toward modern or contemporary styles will appreciate the smooth, almost monochromatic look of maple or the unusual pattern of an exotic hardwood like tigerwood or sapele. If your style is more cozy and rustic, you might want to consider hickory or cherry hardwoods. Finally for a worldly approach to a space, walnut is a great wood-type to consider.
Finish is the next aspect of design to consider. Armstrong offers its hardwood floors in a huge array of finishes and stains. If you prefer contrasts, then consider a dark finish on your floors with light furniture or vice versa. You can also try to match your floors to other elements in your room. For a modern look, think about an ultra-sleek, high gloss, dark stained floor. Traditionalists will want rich colors like mahogany or honey hues. Rustic lovers will be drawn towards antiqued or even hand-scraped hardwoods in a variety of colors.
No matter what your design preferences, Armstrong has a selection of hardwood flooring that will match the look you are achieving. See our Design a Room virtual design tool for more inspiration then find a flooring store to get your project started.