When we think about remodelling our kitchen, or redecorating the living room or bedroom, the flooring tends to be an afterthought. We first choose our cabinets, paint colours, and new furniture, then if the flooring is to be replaced, we look for a style that matches the room. While this can work out just fine, it may be limiting the potential impact of your decor. By considering your choice of flooring first, you could open up a whole new world of stunning options for your home.
Let's take a look at some ways wood flooring can make your home really stand out.
Use dark planks to ground an all-white decor
White on white is one of the most sought after colour schemes for minimalist, high-end kitchens and living rooms. Wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling white maximises the effect of those highly coveted features - spaciousness and light. However, this scheme can feel cold and sterile and may even feel a bit boring after a while. To make it feel more warm without compromising the feeling of openness, you can install durable solid wood planks in a dark colour like walnut, to ground the space and add dimension, which could actually make your room feel larger. Orient the planks so that they work well visually with the flow of the room.
Bring a natural feel to contemporary design
Lovers of contemporary design want sleek furniture, but they also want a comfortable home that feels welcoming. Floors in natural woods, such as oak and pine, will significantly warm up the space and provide an earthy foundation to the room that complements the clean lines of contemporary design. Also, floors with natural marks age beautifully and gain more character as time goes on, and if you install longlasting solid wood planks in high traffic areas like the living room, hallways and kitchen, you can live with your great looking flooring for many years.
Mix styles to get the best of both worlds
We tend to approach our decor in terms of matching and streamlining, to create a harmonious flow. This is a tried and true approach, albeit a safe one. If you're bored of everything around you looking a little too uniform, you can shake things up in a way that is still very liveable and personal to you; in other words, you can push the boundaries without the risk of your space looking dated one day. Have a look at the various wood flooring options at showrooms like Nexus Flooring to get an idea of the styles and colours that are available as they will likely inform the direction you take with your decor planning. There are all kinds of flooring styles that may not be on your radar, and when you see something different that resonates with you, it's very exciting to consider all of the new possibilities for how your home can look!
By considering flooring first and using your options to inform your decor choices, you can create an interior that has brought you out of your comfort zone and into a realm of style that you didn't think was possible!