Flooring is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make for your home, and you'll never go wrong with hardwood floors. They add warmth and elegance, never go out of style and add value to your home. There are hundreds of wood types from which to choose, but keep in mind that not all hardwood is the same; you need to consider budget, hardness, and even grain pattern. Here are some of the most popular species.
White oak: the most prized of all
Both red and white oak are the most popular, and there are two reasons designers favor white oak wood flooring; one is because the wood's raised grains and brown/tan color are particularly ideal for textures that can make the floor look distressed and give it a sense of heritage. The other is that they work with any decor. These floors feature a delicate grain pattern and consistent color with a smooth elegance that works with most design styles.
Red oak is a little coarser with open pores with a lot of swirls and wider grain lines. Despite its name, it's lighter than white oak with red undertones.
Other popular species include:
- Cherry (not to be confused with Brazilian cherry) is a softer hardwood with warm brown shades and a smooth grain pattern.
- Walnut with rich, chocolate shades.
- Hickory, a mocha-colored wood is so durable it was once the preferred flooring for gymnasium floors.
- Maple, which comes in beige, cream, or tan with some red undertones and scattered streaks and specks that add visual interest to your floor.
What is your design style?
Do you want a domestic or exotic species? Domestics tend to be warmer and more traditional, while exotics are darker and more dramatic. Also, think about whether you want a wider or narrower plank, and if you like a lot of grains, swirls, and knots, or something more "quiet."
With over 60 years' experience, Avalon Wood Flooring is where dreams become a reality. We'll help you make your vision real, so come into our showroom in Santa Ana, CA, especially if you live or work in Santa Ana, Irvine, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, CA. You'll walk out with inspiration and a free hardwood quote.