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White oak

White oaks (Quercus genus) are a plentiful hardwood in our Eastern and Southern forests. There are eight major species of oak trees that produce the lumber we call white oak, plus another 12 minor species. White oak trees have round ends on the leaves and sweet acorns that make excellent flour when dried.
 
White oak group
Bur oak Quercus macrocarpa
Chestnut oak Q. primus
Chinkapin oak Q. muehlenbergii
Overcup oak Q. lyrata
Post oak Q. stellata
Swamp chestnut oak Q. michanxii
Swamp white oak Q. bicolor
White oak Q. alba
 
Overcup and swamp chestnut oaks are typically lowland oaks, growing in wet warm sites. Annual rings are at least 1/4-inch wide. These lowland species dry and machine with greater difficulty than the other species. They often are bacterially infected.
 
White oak wood has many desirable properties, including natural decay resistance, very high strength, and is impervious to liquids (except for chestnut oak). As a result, white oak has been used for railroad ties, ship building (especially the keel and ribs), bridges, fences, barrels for liquids (wine and whiskey), and mine timbers.
 
Compared to red oak, on the average, white oak is heavier, stronger, and frequently darker in color. White oak has much larger (longer and wider) ray cells (½ inch long in red and 1-1/2 inches or longer in white), giving white oak a very strong ray fleck pattern on the quartersawn surfaces. Today, the heavy grain, high figure, and dramatic ray fleck patterns of white oak make it highly desirable for Mission-style furniture and cabinets. Much of the native white oak lumber is exported to Japan and Europe. When properly aged, white oak makes excellent barrels for wine–probably the best oak wine barrels in the world. Whiskey barrels are another excellent use for oak.
 
Processing suggestions and characteristics
 
Density. The density of white oak averages about 46 pounds per cubic foot at 8 peercent MC. A piece of white oak lumber, 15/16” x 6” x 12’ weighs about 22 pounds.
 
Drying. White oak is very difficult to dry–harder than red oak in many cases. Surface checking, end checking, and honeycomb are the most common drying defects. As these defects develop very early in drying, close control of initial drying environments is required. End coating of all thicknesses is prudent. Warehouse predryers are probably the best option for 4/4 and 5/4; second best would be open sheds. Shrinkage in drying is around 8 to 10 percent.
 
Final moisture contents for white oak should be between 6.5 and 7.0 percent MC. Higher MCs cannot be accepted due to white oak’s high shrinkage; lower MCs result in excessive chipped grain.
 
Gluing and Machining. White oak is very unforgiving when gluing due to its high density. Surfaces must be flat, smooth, and freshly prepared. Clamp carriers are probably best for this wood. Any good woodworking adhesive can be used with excellent results.
 
Machining of oak is difficult due to its density unless machines and knives are precisely set. Chipped grain is common if knives are not sharp. Dull knives also result in a rough flatsawn surface where the large vessel cells are located. Correct MC is critical. With proper knives and machines, the surface is excellent in quality, however. Usually, machine tools need to have a larger tool (or sharpness) angle, thereby increasing the amount of metal in the tool. Sharpening may have to be more frequent. Slow feed rates or small depth of cuts will result in rapid dulling.
 
Stability. White oak moves quite a bit when the MC changes. Although it varies depending on species, the change is about 1 percent in size for each 3 percent MC change running across the grain parallel to the rings (tangentially), and about 1 percent size change for each 6 percent MC change across the rings (radially). The high tangential to radial difference means that lumber from near the center of the tree (usually the lower grade material) is prone to cupping.
 
Strength. The white oaks are one of the strongest native hardwoods. Bending strength (MOR) averages 13,000 psi. Hardness averages 1360 pounds. Stiffness (MOE) averages 1.6 million psi.
 
Color and Grain. White oak is typically a dingy white to light tan to dark brown, depending on the species. The annual ring patterns gives white oak a heavy grain appearance. The heavy ray fleck adds character to the wood. The large pores in oak will present some of the same finishing problems that red oak, hickory, hackberry, and ash do.

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Choosing the right flooring for the kitchen

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house and is where many of us spend the majority of our time. It sees more stains, spills, and wear and tear than any other room, which is why it needs a high-quality, reliable floor. Here are our recommendations for finding the perfect fit for your kitchen.

(Painswick Swift Oak)

Engineered Wood Flooring

Many homeowners love the feel of a real wood floor. Natural materials like wood regulate the air climate and promote a healthy and fresh living space. Wood is also extremely versatile and will suit any interior or furnishing style.

Unlike solid wood, engineered wood is composed of various layers of timber which lend it great strength and stability. This makes it highly resistant to heavy loads and foot traffic, which is beneficial if you live in a particularly busy household. Underfloor heating is also very popular in the kitchen, and thanks to its multi-layer construction, engineered wood flooring can be installed over it without a problem.

So, if you’re looking for a floor that boasts both stunning aesthetics and practical benefits, then engineered wood is the one for you. Still unsure? Take a look at our range of engineered wood flooring and order a free sample before you buy!

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is another great choice for the kitchen. Not only are our laminate floors long-lasting and robust, but they are also extremely low maintenance and easy to clean. We’d definitely recommend laminate for busier households with children or pets, where accidents are more likely to happen. Any spillages can be easily wiped away with a damp mop or cloth. It’s as easy as that!

Are you in love with the unique look of herringbone, but want to keep things a bit more affordable? Our laminate products are available in a wide range of designs, including the much-loved herringbone, which has made its comeback in recent years. Have a browse through our laminate products here.

(Nest Rigid Core Greige Herringbone)

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Our Luxury Vinyl Tiles have a much higher resistance to moisture and spillages than engineered wood and laminate floors, making them one of the most popular choices for the kitchen. What’s more, you can purchase our vinyl floors in a range of realistic designs, from stone tiles to authentic wood planks. There’s something for everyone.

Vinyl flooring is family and pet-friendly. Its smooth surface makes it very easy to sweep, mop and vacuum so that your kitchen always remains in tip-top condition. Vinyl is also waterproof and stain-resistant, meaning that any accidents can be wiped away without worry. Many of our vinyl floors are also fitted with a handy click system and can be installed without a fitter. What’s not to love?

Read more about LVT here.

Have your Say

What would be your flooring of choice for the kitchen? Let us know in the comments.

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It’s our birthday – come celebrate with us!

Today, Luxury Flooring is celebrating its ninth birthday! We’ve come a long way since the company was founded in 2012 and we are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received from our customers over the years. Let’s take a look at our nine-year journey and our plans for the years to come!

 

Where it all began…

 

Luxury Flooring was born in 2012 in the garage of young entrepreneurial cousins Cameron and Declan Christie. Having previously worked for a small business selling flooring on eBay, their knowledge of and interest in the flooring industry continued to grow until they decided to give it a go themselves. Luxury Flooring was founded with the mission of providing the best quality floors at the most affordable prices. Cameron and Declan prided themselves on customer satisfaction and this customer-focused approach has continued to be at the forefront of the company ever since.

 

What made us unique…

 

Having started out by selling only Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring, the Leeds-based cousins began offering unlimited free samples to give customers a feel of the floors in their own homes before purchasing. This service is still a huge part of our business and with the introduction of our Room Visualiser Tool in 2020, picturing our floors in your home has never been easier! In 2016, Laminates hit the shelf and our innovative Luxury SPC Vinyl Tiles followed suit in 2019.

 

Where we are now…

 

Despite the difficulties that arose from the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, we have been extremely fortunate to continue growing and adding to our large selection of luxury floors. In the past few years, we have grown to be one of the leading retailers of Parquet Flooring and our ever-growing Chevron collection has proven to be extremely popular. We have not only delivered to all areas of the UK, but we have also seen goods shipped to mainland Europe, Canada and even New Zealand. We hope that the years to come will see a further extension of our international custom.

 

Where we’re planning next…

 

We may be celebrating our birthday this month, but the celebrations don’t stop there! 2021 has already seen the launch of our new range of luxurious Versailles Parquet, which has proven to be immediately popular with our customers! Our product range will continue to grow through March with the introduction of our new range of Laminate floors. Look out for these on our social channels! 

 

We want to take the time to thank all of our customers for their incredible support over the last 9 years – here’s to many more!

 

Have Your Say

What do you prefer in home décor: minimalism or something with more character? Let us know in the comments below!

Remember to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for the latest news and discussions. We’re always finding new ways to improve our stock, so keep up to date!

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Eastern white pine

 

When the early European explorers discovered America,” one of the most important resources was eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) timber. These trees were tall, straight, and plentiful.

They would provide excellent masts for sailing ships (white pine is strong and limber) as well as much of the lumber needed for internal framing and sheathing for ships. This resource was harvested over the past 250 years providing the housing, farm buildings, and furniture and cabinet needs of the growing U.S. population. Laura Wilders book House in the Big Woods” is about this resource when it was just beginning to be harvested in the late 1800s in Wisconsin.

Today, white pine is not a dominant tree in most of our forests, but it has been making a good recovery and now we are beginning to see some very nice size trees. About half of the pine lumber comes from New England and a third from the Great Lakes states; the remainder from the Middle Atlantic and Southern Atlantic states.

White pine furniture, millwork, and cabinets remain popular in the U.S. markets. Although pine can be used for structural lumber (2×4, 2x6s, and so on), the clearer wood is more profitable if used for secondary manufacturing. The knotty material, however, often is used in structural products. The key to profitable and wise utilization of pine timber today is to cut it efficiently into valuable lumber.

 

Processing Suggestions and Characteristics

Density. Eastern white pine is a light weight softwood, averaging about 23 pounds per cubic foot at 8 percent MC. This is one-half of the weight of oak.

Drying. Although EWP dries very quickly with almost no risk of warp and checking, drying must be carefully controlled, because of color concerns. Chemicals in the wood are oxidized, if drying is too slow, turning the wood rather dark brown. Such coloration is called brown stain, coffee stain, or kiln burn. Kiln-drying should begin ASAP after sawing, with relative humidities in the drier being quite low to avoid the stain. Low temperatures (under 130 F when the wood is wet) are also required to avoid darker coloring.

Shrinkage in drying is under 4 percent.

Final moisture contents for EWP should be between 8 to 9.0 percent MC. Slight MC variation is permitted due to EWPs low shrinkage. Drying below 8.0 percent MC increases the risk of shelling and grain tear-out; drying above 9.0 percent MC increases the risk of subsequent shrinkage during manufacturing or in use.

Gluing and Machining. EWP is one of the easiest woods to glue; it is very forgiving if surfaces are not quite perfect. Pressure must be uniform and not too high. Any commonly used wood adhesive will perform very well.

Because of the uniform texture and low density, EWP machines well, provided the MC is correct. Tools must be sharp; likewise, sandpaper must not be worn. Due to swirly grain around knots, the rake angle is often a few degrees larger than for higher density hardwoods. Excessive pressures from knives or machine components can cause shelling or raised grain.

Stability. EWP is one of the most stable woods in North America, changing about 1 percent in size for each 5 percent MC change running across the grain parallel to the rings (tangentially), and about 1 percent size change for each 15 percent MC change across the rings (radially). This is one of the most stable woods.

Strength. EWP is one of the weaker native softwoods. Bending strength (MOR) averages 8600 psi. Hardness averages 380 pounds. Stiffness (MOE) averages 1.2 million psi.

Color and Grain. The wood of EWP does have obvious annual growth rings but not as obvious in contrast as some of the other pines. The wood will have red knots (the branch was alive when the tree grew around it) and black knots (the branch was dead and the knot is loose). The wood, when fresh, is very light in color. After drying the wood is typically very light brown with a reddish hue at times; exposure to light darkens the wood color further. The grain is usually quite straight; warping risks are minimal, except in areas containing compression wood.

Historical Tidbits. Eastern white pine resource in the northeastern U.S. was a critical resource for the sailing-ship dominance of the British in early European settlement of the U.S. Trees that were straight and branch free for many feet up the set, were marked by the Crown and could not be cut by the early settlers, even if the tree was in the middle of a farm field. Supposedly, there were a lot of trees cut down in the middle of the night. Also, some historians suggest that the famous Boston Tea Party was “fueled” by this harvesting ban.

After the Revolutionary War, the British moved their eastern white pine operations to the region we now call Green Bay, Wisconsin, and operated there for many years, shipping through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

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Choosing the perfect colour scheme for your home

Recently moved in or just looking to renovate? Choosing a colour scheme is one of the most important steps when decorating your space. We understand that starting from scratch can seem daunting, so we’ve put together some tips to help you along the way.

Get inspired!

Websites like Pinterest are a great resource for finding inspiration and putting all of your ideas into one place. In need of some interior design inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page here.

You can also take inspiration from your surroundings. Take a walk outside and be inspired by nature’s colour palette. You may be surprised at what you find!

Decide on your mood

It’s important to decide what kind of mood you’re after. Are you looking to make a statement or are you after a more minimalistic style? Should there be a different mood in each room, or do you want to create a running theme throughout the house? Think of what kind of mood you want to achieve and base your colour scheme on this. We recommend creating a mood board.

Tonal, harmonious, or complementary?

Now that you’ve chosen your mood, it’s time to decide what kind of colour scheme you want to go for:

  • Tonal: Many homeowners opt for varying colour tones when decorating their space. Take a look at your mood board and see if there’s a certain colour theme going on. A tonal colour scheme involves using different variations of one colour or using varying colours with the same depth of tone.
  • Harmonious: A harmonious colour scheme uses colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. With this scheme, you’ll achieve a balanced look that’s very easy to work with. This colour scheme is associated with a more minimalistic style.
  • Complementary: A complementary colour scheme involves choosing colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel to achieve a more striking effect. This will surely add the wow factor to your home. Go for this scheme if you’re feeling daring!


Find your floor

Before you get started with decorating, you need to ensure that you pick the right floor to complement your chosen scheme. Of course, there’s a wide range of possibilities when it comes to flooring. Solid wood, engineered wood, parquet, laminate and vinyl are among some of the most popular flooring choices out there. We’d recommend choosing a neutral-coloured floor for more flexibility. If you do decide to redecorate in the future, neutral colours are easier to work with. Wooden floors are a great option as they are extremely versatile and will complement any kind of interior. Or you could try out a vinyl or laminate floor that can be easily replaced when needed.
Take advantage of our free sample service and get a feel for our floors before you buy.

Once you’ve chosen your floor, it’s time to start decorating. Paint your walls and choose your lighting, furniture and other bits and bobs to transform the space into your own. Happy decorating!

Featured Products

Painswick Swift Oak (HE4043)
Painswick Owl Oak (HE4042)
Nest Rigid Core Golden Herringbone LVT (NESTV311)

Have Your Say

What would you go for: bright, bold colours or a more subtle, minimalistic style? Let us know in the comments below!

Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and discussions. We’re always finding new ways to improve our stock, so keep up to date!

 

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Landlords and tenants: which are the best floors for you?

For landlords and tenants, there are numerous factors to consider when buying and moving into a new property. Choosing the right furniture is obviously extremely important both in terms of practicality and aesthetic. However, there is another element to consider: the floor. If you are a landlord, what flooring should you choose? For tenants, what are your options in choosing one? This article will give you all the answers!

 

Landlords

 

Some of the most important factors for landlords when choosing flooring are durability and ease of maintenance. If longevity is the key factor for you, Solid Wood flooring is the best choice. With a long lifespan (30 years on average), solid wood can handle intensive use in the rooms which are exposed to the most foot traffic.

What is more, solid wood floors are more hygienic than most other options, particularly carpets. Did you know that, according to several studies, carpets are 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat? For people who suffer from allergies, solid wood is the best option as it attracts less dust and mould.

Despite all these advantages, solid wood is not compatible with underfloor heating – this is something you really must consider when choosing your floor. Consequently, Engineered Wood flooring is a great alternative – it can handle changes in temperature and humidity and is as durable as a solid wood floor.

When it comes to aesthetic, landlords tend to choose lighter floors as their neutral tones suit any interior style, be it contemporary or traditional.

All that said, if you are looking for a cheaper floor, Laminate is for you. It is really easy to maintain and clean and is ideal for the bathroom or the kitchen thanks to its water resistance. The lower cost of laminate also allows you to replace it increase of extreme damage, without breaking the bank!

 

Tenants

 

First and foremost, you must check with your landlord if you are able to make changes to the floor of your rented accommodation. To be sure, ask them for a written agreement. If they give you the green light, it is time to choose your floor!

The best choice for tenants is without a doubt Luxury Vinyl Tiles. Firstly, LVT is one of the cheapest options on the market and yet is incredibly durable. It is also waterproof which makes it ideal for use in the bathroom where it would often be exposed to large quantities of water. Luxury vinyl tiles are also scratch- and stain-resistant and incredibly easy to clean.

The installation process for LVT is also simple – if you chose a ‘Click’ product, you don’t even need to use any glue! Furthermore, our vinyl floors are far from the outdated, unfashionable vinyl of the 80s – our new tiles are able to replicate the appearance of real wood!

 

Have Your Say

What do you prefer in home décor: minimalism or something with more character? Let us know in the comments below!

Remember to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for the latest news and discussions. We’re always finding new ways to improve our stock, so keep up to date!

Find the floors above on our website: our incredible Painswick Rabbit Grand Oak and our beautiful Nest Pebble Oak Click LVT.

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Hardwood Flooring vs. Laminate Flooring

If you’re in the process of remodeling or building a house, you’ve likely asked yourself what flooring option will be best for you and your family. If you’ve decided against carpet, you likely now find yourself toying with the idea of laminate vs hardwood flooring. There’s a lot of information out there, so we’ve compiled a complete recap of both options so you can make the best decision for your home. Read on if you’d like to learn more.

Hardwood Flooring vs. Laminate Flooring – What’s the Difference?

First, we should discuss what each flooring option actually is. Hardwood floors are a product manufactured from timber that you install and use as flooring. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of forms – from oak to maple or even hickory hardwoods. You can choose from softwoods or hardwoods and even various designs and thicknesses. Hardwood flooring is generally considered timeless and can last for hundreds of years if maintained properly.

On the other hand, laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic product blended together with a lamination process. It emulates the look of wood and is generally a more budget-friendly option. Laminate is also considered to be highly durable and scratch/stain resistant.



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Look and Feel

For the most part, traditional hardwood flooring is going to be more timeless and more attractive. Since laminate flooring is trying to imitate hardwood flooring, it’s hard to beat the real deal. From a distance, most laminate flooring (when installed correctly) can look like real hardwoods, but up close you can generally tell the difference in quality.

Without a doubt, if you’re choosing solely based on appearance, hardwoods are the way to go. However, we know that appearance isn’t the only factor when choosing flooring. Things like durability and cost are also big factors.

Durability – Which Stands the Test of Time?

Have you ever seen a home renovation show where the owners pull up the carpet to reveal beautiful, old hardwood flooring? Most of the time these hardwood floors are very old. When cared for, hardwood flooring can last many lifetimes. The instances where hardwoods get ruined are usually under extreme amounts of distress from events like flooding. For upkeep, we recommend recoating and refinishing periodically, which will ensure your flooring lasts for years to come.

Laminate flooring is also a great option if you’re looking for durability, but in general, it’s not as durable as hardwoods. Laminate flooring is usually good for up to 10 years, but beyond that, you may start to see more wear and tear. Also worth noting is that laminate usually doesn’t do well under extreme pressure – If you drop a heavy enough object laminate has been known to dent.

In terms of maintenance, both options are relatively the same. Both can easily be swept with a broom or cleaned with a mop. In general, most hardwoods these days are sealed with polyurethane varnish which shouldn’t be polished or waxed. Similarly, laminate flooring does not need to be waxed.

Cost and Installation

If you’re looking for easy installation, laminate flooring is the way to go. While hardwoods are usually installed by professionals and take a certain skill set, laminate flooring is much easier to install by yourself. Hardwoods require a lot of sanding and finishing, but laminates simply click together at the edges and don’t need fasteners and glue. Another point to note is that most hardwood flooring companies, like Macdonald Hardwoods, only sell pre-finished hardwoods. The majority of the time, the sanding is done at the mill.

Additionally, if cost is a major factor in your flooring decision, laminate flooring is generally much cheaper than hardwood floors. The average hardwood flooring cost is between $4 to $12 per square foot, with an average cost of about $8 per square foot. This of course depends on the type of hardwood – oak, maple, bamboo and others will all have different costs associated. On the other hand, laminate ranges from around $1 to $3 per square foot.

Overall Thoughts

If you’re on a budget, there’s nothing wrong with laminate flooring. It can give you the same look as traditional hardwoods but for a fraction of the price. However, if you want to invest in your home, nothing beats hardwood floors. The timeless flooring option can last lifetimes if maintained properly and instantly adds value and style to your home. For more tips on choosing hardwood flooring options, check out this blog post.

The History of Hardwood Flooring

When you think of a timeless home, chances are the image in your head will have hardwood floors. Hardwoods have long been favored for their appearance and ability to stand the test of time. Like most of us, sometimes we take for granted aspects of home design that seem to have been around forever. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that hardwood flooring started to gain popularity. If you’ve ever wondered how and why hardwood flooring came to be, let us walk you through the history of hardwood flooring.

The Early Years

The history of hardwood flooring dates back to the early 1600’s French Baroque area. At the time, only wealthy people and French nobility would have adapted this style due to cost and timeliness of the installation. Hardwood flooring was made by hand, where each plank would be scraped, sanded and polished. Examples of this type of early flooring can be seen at Versailles in the traditional Parquet style that is still popular today.


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Hardwood Flooring in America

Most of the hardwood flooring we imagine today – polished and uniform – weren’t common until the 19th century. In fact, most flooring in early colonial America was made from wide, thick planks that were likely cut from nearby forests with whatever material they could find. Unlike today where you can choose from flooring like bamboo, hickory, oak and more, these people were working with what was right outside their door.

The process for cutting timber into lumber was also extremely lengthy and difficult. A pit saw was most commonly used to do the cutting and required at least two men to get the job done. Because the process was so manual and strenuous, the planks of wood were often different widths and sizes, resulting in uneven flooring or flooring with gaps in it. It was common to lose smaller items like marbles under the gaps in the floors.

As time went on, a new method for laying flooring was created that allowed for a much more uniform look. The long edge of a plank of wood was planed with an “L” profile, allowing it to lock in with adjacent boards. So, when wood inevitability changed shape and size due to weather, gaps could be covered up by the end of the other, adjacent board.

Early Hardwood Flooring Design Trends

Like so many aspects of design, popular hardwood flooring styles have changed drastically over the years. In the 18th century, many people began to paint their flooring as they would their walls and ceilings (staining and varnish wouldn’t become popular until the late 19th century). These decoratively painted wood floors ranged from monochrome to fanciful designs such as diamond or checkerboard patterns, making for a memorable timestamp in the history of hardwood flooring. Because of the low quality of the wood in most of the homes during this time, painting was a relatively easy and inexpensive way to upgrade the look of your home. If you were part of the wealthy elite, however, you might have been able to invest in parquet flooring, similar to the Versailles style mentioned earlier.


This historic faux marble treatment is quite formal.
Photo: Geoffrey Gross, courtesy of Rizzoli


Colors in a hand-painted floor were cued by the original jadeite-green glass wall tiles.
Photo: Leslie Tomlin


For a compass rose, paint reproduces the look of inlaid wood species.
Photo: Sandy Agrafiotis

The Industrial Revolution

Along with many other inventions, the Industrial Revolution also brought a more efficient and expedited process to the hardwood flooring world. With new, steam-driven machinery, the production time of flooring decreased significantly. Additionally, flooring became much more uniform and began to look like the polished flooring we think of thinking of today.

Around this time, the most popular way to install flooring was known as the “Tongue and Groove” flooring method. Tongue and groove flooring fits together like a puzzle piece, where one part of the flooring is fitted with a protruding “tongue” that fits into a concave “groove.” The most common type of hardwood around this time was narrow, oak floors – much different from the types of flooring we saw in earlier years.


Photo: Superior Flooring

Hardwood Flooring Today
Besides a decline in popularity around World War II when wall to wall carpeting was more common, hardwood flooring has remained a classic and favorite type of flooring for most homeowners. After many different phases of hardwood flooring, the polished hardwood flooring we know today finally appeared in the late 19th century.

Today, hardwood flooring goes through a much more detailed manufacturing process than in the past, creating an appealing and durable product. Whereas hardwood flooring might have only been in certain rooms of the house in the past, today, it’s much more common to see hardwood floors through the entirety of homes. Whether you’re renovating a home and trying to find your style or simply thinking about hardwoods in general, there’s a myriad of options to choose from. If you’re on the fence, remember that hardwood flooring has stood the test of time for centuries and we don’t anticipate it going away any time soon.

Creating modern interiors in your home

When you come to think of modern interiors you instantly think of simple, minimalistic, and colder colours. The shift and innovation in interior design have thrown this rule book out the window meaning when you come to update your home nothing is off-limits. This blog will teach you everything you need to know about creating modern interiors in your home from the colour of your walls all the way down to the perfect style of floor. Come take a closer look…

 

Choose your colour scheme

Light and fresh colours are often linked with modern and contemporary homes. Using neutral colours will instantly make your room look bigger as well as creating a clean and airy environment. The potential that comes with painting your walls neutral is endless, it gives you the opportunity to use a splash of colour in your accent pieces and accessories.

Alternatively using a darker colour for your walls often grounds and defines a contemporary style whilst keeping your home looking sleek and elegant. The use of bold darker colours as an accent wall has increased over the years with many people opting for a dark navy or a moss green and basing their home accessories around these colours creating a well-rounded piece of interior design.

Furnish to perfection

The essence of a room is solely based around the furniture, these are the final pieces that bring the whole room together. When choosing your furniture, look at what makes a statement without feeling too cluttered. Stick to minimalistic pieces that say a lot without showing too much. Stick to smooth, clean shapes, less is more!

Fabulous floors

Now to the important part. Choosing the right flooring can speak volumes when it comes to wowing your guests. The options are endless, so you have to make sure you pick the best-suited flooring for your home. In a contemporary and modern home, solid wood or luxury vinyl tiles are the best options due to their authentic, timeless appearance.

A popular choice of flooring which has shifted from older manor houses to the modern present-day home is parquet. Originating in Europe the parquet pattern has become one of the most sought-after floor designs by interior designers, this is due to the elegance and class it exudes.

Featured products

Painswick Swift Oak (HE4043) 

Painswick Garden Oak (PAR218) 

Studley Frozen Oak (EO4032)

Have Your Say

What flooring do you have in your house? Share your thoughts down below!

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