We often associate wide plank flooring with rustic cottages or colonial-era farmhouses, but that doesn’t mean it can't be stylish in today's modern homes too! With so many options available in terms of size, color, species, finish, and construction, virtually any design aesthetic can be complemented with wide plank flooring.
Wide Plank Flooring Options
Sizes – “Wide plank” usually means boards that are 5” in width, but they can go up to 7”- 8” or even wider. Plank lengths tend to be longer, too, creating a more seamless look. It's in these broader widths and longer lengths that wide plank flooring gains its drama and distinction over narrow strip floors. Mixed width planks offer a rustic feel, while single-width floors lend themselves to a more contemporary environment.
Species – Traditional domestic species such as oak, maple, walnut, hickory, and pine are versatile wide plank flooring options that complement most cabinetry and home furnishings. Exotic species have a richness and excitement that “pops” in any space, so wider planks show off more of their great features.
Finishes – Hand-scraped and distressed wide plank flooring shows denting and scooping reminiscent of boards carved with hand-held tools. They also show a gentle, natural wear that includes knots, dents, and nails, but they have a durable finish that preserves the look and protects the floor.
Construction – Solid hardwood floors can last for generations with the option for refinishing throughout their lifetime, but they’re not recommended for every room in the house. Engineered hardwood is real wood flooring, but it’s more stable than solid wood and less susceptible to shrinking and expanding. You’ll find lots of options in engineered wide plank flooring.
Use wide plank flooring as the centerpiece of your space. The width of the individual boards will have a dramatic influence on the look of your floor and the overall design of your home.