Interior Obsessions – Wood Underfoot

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

Wood up the side + Herringbone

Painted black

Painted white and High Grain

Monolithic expanse

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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definitely want to live in homes 1 and 4 from this interiors roundup from amy @formfireglass what about you?

(@papernstitch) (@papernstitch)

I bought a 6×9′ roll of wooden slats………..Don’t know what to do with them. Any suggestions? Over carpeting? Might be difficult to keep clean in the kitchen.

Ro Chelle
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