Decorating with Wood

I have always loved wood. From the rough barked tree trunks to the smooth curves of a wooden chair, wood is a warm, breathing, soothing material, and it is the perfect material for floors. It is durable, can be stained in many colours, can be laid in many patterns, and it adds character and warmth to a home.

There are different types of woods that can be used for flooring and each type of wood has its own unique characteristics. The softer the wood is the more the wear and tear will show over time:

Pine - Is the most affordable type of wood flooring. It is naturally light in colour and stains well. Being a softer type of wood it is less durable.

Oak - Is very popular for flooring due to its hardness and durability. It is lighter in colour and stains well.

Maple - Is very light in colour, but darkens naturally over time. It is strong and moisture resistant so it is very durable but doesn’t stain well

Cherry - Is naturally a darker wood. It is very sensitive to sunlight and darkens even further over time. It is softer and less durable.

Walnut - Is naturally dark and a softer wood that will show wear and tear over time.

There are also many possibilities to design the floor. From the calming feel of straight planks to the sophisticated look of a chevron design it all depends of the look and feel you are going for:

 In a chevron pattern the pieces are cut at an angle and lined up with the ends touching, creating a sharp, sophisticated look.  Photo and oak floor by Trækompagniet.

In a chevron pattern the pieces are cut at an angle and lined up with the ends touching, creating a sharp, sophisticated look.

Photo and oak floor by Trækompagniet.

 In a herringbone pattern the ends are cut straight and placed in a staggered zigzag pattern. The zigzag adds visual interest and makes the overall design of the kitchen more dynamic.  Photo and oak floor with natural oil finish by Dinesen.

In a herringbone pattern the ends are cut straight and placed in a staggered zigzag pattern. The zigzag adds visual interest and makes the overall design of the kitchen more dynamic.

Photo and oak floor with natural oil finish by Dinesen.

 Here the wide oak planks have been lightened with a white oil finish. Together with the straight planks it creates a cool and calm feel perfect for a bedroom.  Photo and floor by Dinesen.

Here the wide oak planks have been lightened with a white oil finish. Together with the straight planks it creates a cool and calm feel perfect for a bedroom.

Photo and floor by Dinesen.

 The oak planks of this gorgeous floor has a brushed surface giving it a unique rustic look that contrasts beautifully with the many modern elements in the kitchen.  Photo and floor by Trækompagniet.

The oak planks of this gorgeous floor has a brushed surface giving it a unique rustic look that contrasts beautifully with the many modern elements in the kitchen.

Photo and floor by Trækompagniet.