Hardwood flooring in the main areas of your home — living room, dining room, and even hallways — can dramatically improve the look of the space. Some people favor dark hardwood, while others favor wood that is lighter. If you're keen on laying down some hardwood in one or more areas of your home, and you're unsure of whether you want to go dark or light, one option to consider is contrasting inlays. By focusing on one shade of hardwood, but using a contrasting shade sparingly and in a tasteful manner, you can create flooring that will really stand out. Here are some options.
One of the simplest ways to plan out inlays for your hardwood floor is to go with a border design. There are several ways to approach this idea, but a common choice is to have a line of hardwood made from a contrasting color installed around the perimeter of the room. Some people opt for a single border, while others go with a couple of individual lines. This idea works well regardless of whether you choose dark or light hardwood to be the dominant color, and you can even get creative by adding a third shade of wood.
If you're really ambitious and like design elements throughout your home that stand out, a pattern border may be another choice. Whereas a border can be subtle, you can get creative with your pattern idea and come up with something that really pops. This isn't a project to tackle yourself, as you'll generally want not only a flooring contractor to do the work, but also someone who has done pattern inlays in the past. Some homeowners integrate a number of different types of colors of hardwood into their pattern designs.
Yet another design to consider as a hardwood flooring inlay is a medallion design. This idea typically involves a large, circular piece of made of different types of hardwood that is inset into your hardwood floor in a specific area. An entry hall, open floor space in a living room, or a master bedroom can all be ideal locations for a medallion design. You'll want to think about how long you plan to spend in the home, especially if you're tailoring the medallion design to something that is relevant to your family — the future owners may not favor this look, so a medallion design isn't ideal if you plan to sell soon.
Contact a company, like New York Hardwood Floors, for more inspiration.