Nicholas Sunderland Interiors are recognised as one of the high end luxury interior designers in London, and as such it is important we use the best products and services for our clients. We often use natural wood flooring in our projects, and when it comes to designing your home interior there is something wonderful about wooden flooring. Whether it is the fact that it can look both modern and traditional and it suits a wide range of home themes and colour schemes too; plenty of homes around the UK feature the beauty, elegance and style that come with wooden floors.
NSI Design asked Wood and Beyond to share their views on our blog.
Before you start to shop for your wood flooring it is important to know a little about the different types, colours, grades and sizes as this will help you make your ultimate decision on which best suits your home.
Types of real wood flooring
When it comes to real wood flooring there are two main types to pick from; solid and engineered. Both have their own plus points and your decision will entirely depend on what you are looking for in your own home.
The main difference between the two is how the panels are made. Solid wood is cut straight from the tree before being cut to size while engineered wood is made by pressing several separate layers of wood together with manmade materials to the desired level of thickness then cutting to size. Solid wood flooring suits most settings, but for the kitchen and bathroom areas. Engineered wood flooring suits any room, but service life is slightly shorter.
Grades of flooring
Once you have decided on your type of flooring then you will also need to look at the different grades of flooring too.
There are four different grades to consider; Prime, Select, Natural and Rustic.
Prime– Known as the AB-high grade, Prime is the highest grade of wood flooring that you can buy. It is taken from the centre of the log it has very few knots, and the knots it does contain will be very small. The wood itself is equal and neat in its appearance and it will have low sap levels too.
Select– Next down the list of grades we have the ABC or Select grade. If you choose this wood then you are likely to find some knots some of which can be up to 30mm in size as well as up to 15% sap in the plank too.
Natural– Natural wood can also be known as ABCD grade and is next down on the list. The knots in this particular type of wood can be up to 45mm in size and contains higher levels of sap too. There is also the chance of some colour variations in the wood as well as some small holes, although these will often be filled with suitable coloured wood filler for a smoother look.
Rustic– The final grade for wood flooring; this country style wood is as the name suggest the most rustic style of wood flooring. There is a great chance for the wood to vary in colour as well as have knots that are up to 60mm in size.
Colours of wooden flooring
Wooden flooring comes in a variety of colours in order for you to pick the one that best suits the style and colour scheme within your home. The most popular shades that you will see in wooden flooring is; natural, grey, white and dark woods. Seeing as your wooden flooring will be around for plenty of time it is important to pick one that will work well with your interior for years to come.
Lighter coloured woods such as natural, white and grey are neutral in their style meaning that they are best for those who want some flexibility in their choice. You can team a lighter shade of flooring with feature walls or bold furniture in your home and they work equally as well with pastel and neutral shades.
Dark wooden floors on the other hand are a much bolder choice to make. They provide a really dramatic effect that is just perfect with the modern home. It works best when combined with designer or antique pieces as well as bright and dramatic colours; anything that compliments the bold nature of the wood itself.
Sizes of wood flooring
The final thing to think about when you are buying wooden flooring is the size that you are going to need. There are long, short, narrow and wide varieties of boards to pick from. You may not think it, but the size of the board that you select can have a real impact on the overall look of your room.
Width ranges from 90mm right up to 200mm planks. Wider boards look fantastic in larger rooms where there is plenty of space; whilst the narrow boards will make a smaller room look bigger.
Length is anything between 120mm and 260mm and much like width and has less impact on the overall look of the room then width will provide.
Hopefully this article has shown you some top tips to transform your home. So go on, be brave and select the right wooden flooring for you.
Information by Wood and Beyond for the NSI Design blog.