Hardwood flooring makes a beautiful addition to any home. For rooms that need a little more style than even the most exotic hardwood can bring, though, there are several ways that you can accent the floor to highlight the space.
Contrasting Wood Tones
One way you can boost the appeal of your flooring and highlight the shape of your room at the same time is to outline your space with a single line of contrasting wood running through the home. Pick a dark-colored or stained hardwood that will stand out against the rest of the wood and install it a few rows in from the edges of the walls, outlining the room or rooms of your home. This subtle accent highlights the shape of the rooms without adding any extra pattern or design.
Use a Hardwood Floor Accent
Did you know that there are accents out there made just for hardwood floors? These decorative border pieces are the same thickness and width as your floor boards and are designed to be installed with a field of plain hardwood for a more prominent accent. They often come in repeating patterns and may be made out of water-jet cut wood or stone that has been pieced together in a unique way.
Change Your Pattern
If you want to emphasize a certain area of a room, such as the space where your dining room table goes, consider just changing the pattern your hardwood is laid in. For example, you can lay the wood straight until it reaches the designated area, then lay a single row as a border and fill in the interior with a herringbone pattern to offset it from the rest of the room.
Install a Medallion
If you really want to make a statement in a room such as a foyer or entryway, consider installing a medallion in your hardwood floor. Floor medallions are large murals made of stone or wood that has been pieced together into patterns. With new water-jet technologies, medallions can now be produced in nearly any pattern or design from a coat-of-arms to silhouettes.
Update Your Floor
With just a little imagination, you can update and transform your hardwood flooring into something amazing. All you may need is a little accent.