It's raining here in Southern California today, which doesn't happen all that often. But when it does, I am reminded how much I enjoy having wood floors. There's something about the cold wet outside that makes the warmth of wood inside that much more appealing. Perhaps that's why it's such a favorite in Scandinavian design. The variety in wood flooring makes it perfect for any space. Straight-set full boards, staggered multiple size pieces or herringbone patterns just scratch the surface of choices you can make. Want to make a long hall feel shorter? Run the boards across the width, and choose one with a distinct break between the linear pieces. A wood type with lots of grain adds texture to your floor to play off of smooth or monochromatic surfaces, while a low-grain flooring can appear smooth and almost monolithic.
Painted wood floors are a great option if your original flooring doesn't really fit your decor, but the boards are still in decent shape. Or cover a discolored area with a painted 'rug' to showcase the wood flooring while hiding its flaws. And what if you have stone or concrete floors, and really don't want to remove them? Try floating a wood platform over the top of a portion of the room. This can help define a space within a larger area and increase the spatial interest within your home.
(above) Separated planks