Specialty Design Elements

With advances in the industry over the past few decades, customizing your wood floor is easier, and more affordable, than ever before. You can create a unique look with simple upgrades such as borders, medallions, hand-distressing, painted floors, mixed media and exotic wood species.

 Mixed Media

Borders create a frame effect in a particular room or area, and usually contrast to the main area of the room. For example, a simple installation of a medium colored wood such as strip white oak might include a border outlining the room in a contrasting darker species of wood such as Brazilian cherry. The possibilities are endless, and are not limited to wood only. Borders can incorporate multiple wood species, stone, marble, brass, stainless steel, nickel and other metals.

Medallions usually are installed in the main field of the floor. They can incorporate multiple wood species, stone, metal and leather, and can be routed into existing floors with minimal disruption.

Hand-distressing offers an antiqued appearance. Hand-scraping is the most-common distressing technique used to achieve a worn look.

Painted floors transform an ordinary wood floor into something unique. Features such as borders or other design elements can be added and sanded off later.

Mixed media can create a one-of-a-kind floor by mixing wood with other materials. A marble and wood foyer makes a dramatic entryway, while brushed nickel accents in your kitchen wood floor could showcase your professional series appliances.

Imported woods are available in a variety of colors. From pinkish-red hue to to purple to black, almost any color is available with wood.

Staining can give your existing wood floors an entirely new look very affordably. Light, medium and dark stains transform your floors without replacement.

Check out the Hardwood Floors Resource Book for all your wood flooring needs.

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