When it comes to purchasing the perfect wood flooring, there are many different factors that you need to take into consideration. Read on as we explore just some of the things that you should factor into your decision.
The size of the room that you want to put your wooden flooring into will have a huge impact on the type of wood that you choose. In a very small room, darker wood flooring will have the effect of making the room appear much smaller. A lighter shade will help to open up the space giving the illusion that it is in fact much larger. It isn’t just the shade of the flooring that you choose that can affect how a room feels, either. The size of the floorboards will also have an effect on how spacious the area looks too. Planks that are wider can also help to make a small space appear bigger as fewer lines will actually give the appearance of being less cluttered. These simple tricks can make a huge difference to the look of your room and are worth taking into consideration.
You should also consider how busy a room might be in terms of footfall – generally speaking, hallways and kitchens are high footfall areas whilst a lounge does not get as much footfall. For a high footfall area, you will want to select a flooring that is hardwearing and durable such as oak. This will be able to withstand the more constant footfall, and with the right maintenance will continue to look stunning for many years to come.
If the area you are looking to install wood flooring in is one with a higher moisture level, such as a kitchen, then it is important to ensure that the flooring you select is able to cope with this. Again, oak, maple or even cherry hardwood makes a good choice for a kitchen where it is more likely to be prone to spills.
Hardwood flooring is surprisingly easy to maintain. Brush it regularly with a soft brush, and once a week mop it with a damp (never wet) mop to remove any residual dirt. This should be all the regular maintenance that your hardwood flooring will require.
Whilst it is important to take all of these factors into consideration when purchasing hardwood flooring don’t forget your own personal taste is important as well. You should choose hardwood flooring that you love because with the right maintenance it will last a long time.