Oak is also a very durable wood and is often resistant to warping. It’s important to be aware of the fact that staining the wood can, in some cases, overly darken the grain and in turn make it look tow-toned. When it comes to cost, oak is generally less expensive than its counterparts, especially when compared to a species like cherry.
To bring out the color of the wood, walnut is typically clear coated or oiled. Walnut is a very strong and stable wood that can handle intricate carving. Looking at price, walnut is one of the more costly woods on the market.
Weekly: Using bare floor setting vacuum the floor
Monthly: Clean with a professional wood cleaning product
Every 3 to 5 Years: Give your floor a maintenance coat
Every Few Decades: Sand and refinish*
There are some trends that can be seen throughout all markets, but they ultimately vary based on region. For instance, coastal regions tend to prefer bleached, pale, and washed-out floors while major cities seek trendier colors and patterns, such as herringbone patterns and mixed and matched colored hardwood planks.
Pay attention to your existing cabinets, trim work, and door casings to make sure the wood you buy won’t clash these design elements. You also want to coordinate the color of your walls with the amount of natural light the room gets, as this will affect color choice. For example, if you have a lot of windows or skylights, you have enough light to balance out really dark floors but if you have a dark house, choosing a lighter floor will help brighten things up.
Just like there are different species of wood, there are also various types of home styles, from modern or contemporary to traditional or farmhouse. It’s important to keep these general guidelines in mind because some woods lend themselves better to certain styles.
For those who have a modern style home natural maple works well as it has a clean look with not a lot of variation. Gray stained oak creates a clean aesthetic look that also works with modern styles. When it comes to a more traditional style, hickory is a good choice as it mixes lighter and darker pieces to create a traditional cabin feel. Also boards with knots and wider planks fit well with a traditional style.
All of this being said, everyone has different preferences, and not everyone is attracted to the same types of wood. Don’t discount a wood just because it’s considered more or less appropriate for a certain home style.
Needless to say, we covered a lot of information here. But when it comes to making a decision about what type of hardwood to choose for your home, the more information, the better. There are countless species available on the market, so you’re not short on options. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or tweet us at @tukasacreations.