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Engineered Hardwood vs. Solid Hardwood

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Hardwood and Laminate

Hardwood is a timeless household improvement that people have been adding their homes for centuries. It brings the raw beauty of nature inside our homes and just looks fantastic! With hundreds of species, sizes, and styles, you can find the exact look you want for your home. Plus, hardwood is a luxurious floor that can become the showcase feature of any home’s aesthetics. If you are considering adding hardwood to your home, you will quickly notice there are two categories of hardwood: solid and engineered. These two different categories are exceptional floors; however, there are several key differences you may want to note.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood floor is the traditional style in which you would buy your hardwood floors. If you wanted an oak floor, each plank would be made with 100% oak. It is pure and authentic throughout the entire plank. Solid hardwood is usually more expensive; however, it can increase the resell value of your home due to its value. Plus, solid hardwood can be refinished by sanding the top layer and staining the wood. You can repeat this process repeatedly until you get down to the nail. Additionally, solid hardwood is not a good option for wet areas or high humidity because the boards are more prone to warp.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is not 100% authentic. If you purchased a walnut engineer floor, only the top layer of each plank would consist of walnut. Below the top layer would be several layers of plywood. This plywood layer is there to save money for the consumer as well as prevent the boards from warping under various conditions. Engineered hardwood may not raise the resell value of your home but does have the opportunity to do so. It handles better against moisture, but neither hardwoods are great for wet environments. Engineered hardwoods may also be a little easier to install and do not always require nailing.

All and all, it comes down to preference. Both floors perform exceptionally well and have beautiful selections from which to choose. Engineered wood may be more adaptable to certain situations and elements, yet many homeowners pride in the genuine authenticity solid hardwood provides. Having a good understanding of each flooring can help you make the right decision that is best tailored for your home.

The Patina of Wood

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

18497512If you love wood, take a look at the variety of wood surfaces in this room. Even though this scene is a restoration of a log cabin, it provides some valuable insight into the variety of types and finishes of wood, plus it’s a fun room to admire.  Yes, you could even partially emulate it in your own home.

To start, check out the walls. As a log cabin, these are actual logs hand-scraped to smooth the inside surfaces with some sort of mortar to fill in the gaps. If you like this look, check out the rich variety of hand-scraped flooring now available. It provides this warm, handcrafted look.

The floor in this room has been scrubbed and scrubbed to the point that there is no longer any gloss left. In spite of this, the flooring still has personality thanks to the rich character of the planks that comprise it. This floor is in good shape, so it could probably be brought back to a rich appearance. However, that would not be characteristic of the era it represents.

The table absolutely glows with a rich patina earned over time. This simple sturdy table probably served as counter space for cooking and the dinner table for meals. It also handled homework and possibly some home schooling and a place to cut out fabric for most or all of the family’s clothes.

This is the original open-concept home, when the total living space consisted of one room with many uses. Wood, as the most common material available, is the primary decorating element. As you admire today’s wood floors and furniture, it’s important to remember where and when the style really started here in the United States.

Wood Floor Styles:Modern

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate

If you are drawn to the sculptural look of modern design, you may want to consider starting with an ebony-toned wood floor. The unusually dark tones provide the perfect foundation to a totally contemporary room.

This dark floor works well with both pure white and the rich colors that often reflect contemporary style. How about combining this floor with a white sofa, a fireplace with textured tile that reaches to the top of a vaulted ceiling, and several contemporary abstracts in vivid colors? As you can see in this photo, an ebony floor allows artwork and other room elements to pop.

Unlike other wood floors, this darker tone is relatively new, and the look will be unfamiliar to many. The cooler tones allow you to either warm the space with other woods, or use metal and fibers to keep the cooler mood. If you already have selected your modern furniture, ask for a sample to see how your current furnishings will work with this look. You will probably be pleasantly surprised; this floor is remarkably versatile.

Ebony floors range from looks like this with some tonal variety to floors that read almost totally black. Look for the floor that works best for your personal style. Talk to your salesperson about your goals, and he or she will show you the best options.

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