Whether you’re planning a new build, upgrading your current house or focusing on a specific room, hardwood floors add a timeless beauty. Of course, choosing the right hardwood requires some expert insights.
“Many hardwood species have bold, characteristic textures and patterns,” says Glenn Altarac, owner of Floor Décor & Design in Rockville Centre. “For example, the rustic flair of oak floors is ideal for adding a dash of Old World charm to your home. Still others, like maple, have a refined, elegant grain style and are more contemporary.”
In addition to the pattern and texture, the type of hardwood you choose will have an impact on the feel not just beneath your feet, but all around. “Different species of wood can also have many different shades between them,” Altarac notes. “Darker wood floors are more traditional and warm, while lighter hues showcase a more casual look.
“You can also choose a hardwood flooring type based on how well it accents the room, including furniture, a wall hanging, a rug or a counter-top. You should also consider the gloss level of the hardwood. Additionally,” he adds, “the plank size and finish of any hardwood floor will create varying looks to complement a room’s desired style.”