If you have decided on hardwood?floors, the width of each plank is not just another decision on your checklist. It is one of the key style options you have and selecting floor plank size will have a dramatic effect on the final look.
It?s not as simple as the difference between wide or narrow plank flooring. Floor width affects style, look and how appropriate your floors are for your d?cor. You may wish to start by considering the style and feel you want. Here are some tips for picking floor plank size:
Go thinner for an elegant look- A refined look often works best with slender 2-3-inch widths. If you?re looking for a herringbone or chevron pattern, these are the best widths to use.
Go wide for a rustic feel- Wider boards of at least 5-inches will look the most rustic and are most appropriate if you?re also looking for a weathered, bleached or distressed wood look.
Stick with thin widths for a classic wood floor- If you?re a traditionalist, planks between 2 ? and 3 inches are most common in homes and give you that classic hardwood floor appearance.
Go wide if you love character- Wider floorboards of 5 to 10-inches reveal a wood?s character, including grain and knots. If you love to highlight the uniqueness of wood, wider boards are an excellent option. If you want a more uniform look with fewer unique characteristics, narrow boards may be right for you.
Go wide if you love contemporary looks and modern trends- Modern designers love wide floorboards and widths of 10-inches are not uncommon. This is a very versatile look that works with modern d?cor but also looks current with traditional or historic homes.
Try wide widths if you want fewer seams- Some designers love the look of many seams, which means narrow floorboards are ideal. If you prefer a uniform look where seams are not visible, choose wider widths.
You may also want to consider the overall dimensions of your room. Large rooms look great with wide planks. If you want to make a small room look larger, you can do so with narrow boards. You can also create a dramatic look by choosing wider boards for smaller rooms.
Still having a hard time deciding? The reality is that a living room, kitchen or any room can look amazing with thin, medium or wide planks. Essentially, it is a style decision that can shape the design of your home.
To get expert help, speak to our flooring professionals. At Quantum Floors, it?s our job to help you find the perfect flooring that you?ll love at a great value. We pride ourselves on educating our customers on flooring issues such as these so that they can make the most informed decision. A great place to start is the Flooring 101 section of our website where you?ll find free downloads on all types of flooring to aid you in your decision.