Hardwood Floors: Borders, Accents & Patterns

Deciding that hardwood flooring is the best option for your home is just the first decision of many. There are several design elements that you can control in order to produce a hardwood floor that is both beautiful and fits your lifestyle. After you have made some of the basic decisions such as what color or stain to use, which board width is best for the room, and what edge treatment you want, it’s time to move on to more artistic decisions such as boarders, patterns, and accents. These three design elements encompass a range of options that really allow the adventurer or artistic spirit to make a statement with hardwood flooring.

Borders can be used to add personal style to a room or in the case of large multi-purpose rooms, to designate separate spaces. Borders can be as simple as a different color or specie of wood which contrasts with the rest of the floor. However, borders can also be intricate designs.You may see borders used to draw attention to a certain aspect of a room such as a fireplace.

Accents such as medallions add a pop of texture, color, or design to a space. They draw the eye and give the room a focal point. Accents are a way to dress up an otherwise standard hardwood floor.

Patterns refers to the way the floor boards are installed. There are several different types of patterns you can choose from. Including:

Herringbone Pattern