Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Want a Unique Looking Floor? Consider These Design Elements!

In our last blog, we discussed the different styles of wood to choose from when designing your home. In addition, there are many design elements to consider as well. These upgrades allow you to design an individual look that is unique to your home!

  • Borders: Contrast can be added to the main area of the room by outlining the room in a contrasting darker species of wood. Borders may include multiple wood species, stone, marble, stainless steel, nickel and other metals.

  • Medallions: Generally installed in the main field of the floor, such as foyers, medallions may incorporate multiple wood species and other materials such as stone, metal, or leather. Factory finished medallions can be routed into existing floors with minimal disruption. If you would like to add a personal touch, GR Flooring can help you choose the species and colors to fit your design idea.

  • Hand-Distressing: This process is labor intensive and time consuming, but, creates a unique and antiqued appearance. Typically, the look is  achieved by hand-scraping with tools such as chisels, planes, wire brushes, awls, ice picks, and grinder.

  • Painted Floors: Let your imagination run wild to design a truly individual and unique look! Your floor will be a piece of personal art. Create dramatic designs, patterns, country, formal, or anything you can imagine.

  • Staining: Staining offers and affordable way to change the look of your floors. Light color stains can refresh old floors. Warm colored stains will produce traditional looks, while dark colored stains give a new look.
Spring is the season of renewal so get inspired and let GR Flooring help you create your new look!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Show Your Style!

Spring is a season of new beginnings and a time when many homeowners enjoy making home improvements. One of the best investments you can make in your home is to install hardwood flooring. Before you think that all hardwood flooring is the same, let us show you just a few of the many choices you have to make your floor unique.

Which wood species, grade, or cut will best fit your design idea and the purpose of the room? Should you use solid wood or engineered wood? Which finish will be best? We have discussed these in previous blogs and will be happy to advise you on the specific options you have for your home.

Now, though, let's talk about style. There are three styles of wood flooring:

  • Strip Flooring: Ranging in size from 1 1/2" to 3" wide, strip flooring creates a linear effect which may make the room appear larger. Strip Flooring is often considered to be "traditional" wood flooring.

  • Plank Flooring:  If you are looking for a more casual look, consider plank flooring. The width ranges in size from 3" to 7" and is also linear.


  • Parquet Flooring: If a geometric, non-linear look is what you are after, parquet flooring may be for you. It varies in size and can create either simple or complex designs.

For more design ideas, stay tuned for our next blog which will discuss Design Elements.