Wood Flooring in a Modern Style
Flooring is the largest design element in any home and can really set the tone for the entire space. Here’s how you can create a clean, modern look with wood flooring.
Choose a Refined Grade of Wood: You want a touch of character and variation to show that it’s a natural product; but if you use too much, your look will go country.
Consider Length: Modern design is defined by few lines. You don’t want your floor to be too busy and broken up by too many seams, so length becomes important. Lengths that average 6 to 7 feet will reduce the number of seams by more than 50 percent when compared to the typical 1 to 5 feet in length.
Stick to a Single Width: It’s important to select a single-width floor so that there is a consistent, linear feel. Opt for planks that are slightly wider than the industry standard, say 6 or 8 inches, to reduce the number of seams and create clean lines.
Go Dark or Light: If you want a sleek look with a consistent appearance in color, opt for a dark color like a deep brown or black that can overcome variation in wood tone. Alternatively, you can opt for lighter colors to create an airy feel that is quite modern. Lighter colors don’t cover up the natural variation in wood; so if your preference is to mask variants, go dark.
Get a Satin Sheen: This look will give your floor polish to create a sleek and modern style. Keep in mind that shinier, darker floors show more wear and dirt; so if you opt to go this route, you may need to sacrifice some day-to-day practicality for your design aesthetic.
Chris Sy, Vice President Contractor Sales and Development
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors