Author: Andrea Greco, Designer
We’ve all seen that episode on HGTV. A couple buys an older home to fix up, and the first thing they do is run in and start ripping up that old dingy carpet in hopes of revealing what? Original hardwood floors!
We get that warm fuzzy feeling when they find it because we know that after a little sanding, staining, and polishing, those hardwood floors are going to add an instant facelift to the house. They will bring warmth and sophistication, as well as immediate value and a higher return on investment for the couple. We can envision them decorating the Christmas tree and creating beautiful family memories on those hardwoods for many years to come.
Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to have gorgeous hardwoods lingering under carpet. What is the solution? Where do we start? Luckily, we have Inde, where selecting new hardwoods to install has never been easier.
Hardwood floors can deliver an instant makeover to numerous rooms in your home, including kitchens, entry ways and even small powder rooms. Many people are overwhelmed at the thought of choosing a wood species, stain color, and sheen or finish- but don’t worry! With Inde’s wide selection of samples and designer assistance, adding hardwoods in your home is straightforward and effortless. Here are a few things to think about before you get started.
The first step in considering new hardwoods for your home is durability. Do you have pets? Children? Grandchildren? All the above? Hardwoods come in several different resilient species, as well as engineered options to ensure you get the most use out of them for decades.
Solid hardwood is a great choice if you have pets or children, due to their ability to be sanded down and refinished time and time again. We have also seen a huge upswing in the demand for engineered hardwoods. At Inde, we offer some of the most beautiful, high quality engineered hardwoods on the market today! With real wood on the top layer, and a sturdy manmade core, engineered hardwoods are extremely tough and more stable than most traditional hardwoods. They also offer wider plank sizes than traditional hardwoods, for a modern industrial look that is decades away from your grandmothers’ Victorian hardwoods.
The next thing to consider when choosing hardwoods is the type of wood or species. For solid hardwoods, some of the most durable species are ash, red oak, and hickory. Ash and oak give a more traditional look, with soft visible grain lines and dozens of stain colors to choose from. Hickory is one of the hardest wood species, and lends itself to a more rustic look with gorgeous visible knots. Some consider these “imperfections” a thing of beauty that only natural wood can produce.
The last aspects of hardwood to consider are color and finish. Stain colors come in a rainbow of options, from natural to onyx. Whether you want a classic honey color to pair nicely with your Queen Anne antique furniture, or the ever popular “greige” to complement your transitional gray or beige colored furniture- we have multiple options to keep you on trend.
You may imagine the shiny, reflective semi-gloss finish when you think of hardwoods. But did you know they can also come in satin and matte finishes? Satin is a great middle ground for people who want fresh looking floors without the fuss of super shiny, while matte looks gorgeous with modern furniture and beautifully masks any scratches. As a bonus, you can choose to complete your look by adding a wire brushed or hand distressed technique to the finish of your hardwoods. These options add character and a one-of-a-kind look for those of you who want your floors to make a bold statement.
When it comes to hardwood flooring, there is no better time to get started. Stop by Inde today to get a closer look at our samples and take advantage of our expert designer advice to help you choose your species, stain, and finish.