Farmhouses with old (ideally original or antique) wood flooring are the perfect places to live. As different style trends and home decor come and go, there’s always a pull back to rustic and traditional, and that includes floors. Today we’re featuring a couple of flooring options (wood and non-wood) that are just as decorative as your farmhouse furnishings.
Wide plank floors like the one in this room below are common in New England. Whether a smooth finish or rough surface is preferred, the knots and grain of these planks add so much more character to the space.
While looking closely at this floor you will notice the width of the boards alternate between wide and wider. This technique can bring out more variance in the grain and color of the wood, thus more visual appeal, and the metal inlay adds a touch of industrial to this unique farmhouse floor.
This floor is quite obviously a custom design fit for the homeowner; note the strawberries and watermelons against blue and white. This floor adds whimsical charm to the regal kitchen,
toning down the formal back splash and playing up the well-used and well-loved feel expected in a farmhouse. While this is not a rustic kitchen by any means, a floor like this has the potential to enhance the sentimental value of farmhouse home accents and spaces used to gather with friends and family
(and talk about a great conversation piece!).
The Harlequin print has recently made its way onto people’s design radar, especially when it comes to flooring. Done meticulously, it can be used as a way to bring furnishings and decor with many finishes together in a room, like the kitchen below in which the natural wood grain is exposed to complement natural elements, and the icy gray ties in the back splash, door and island.
If you want to try something different with your flooring but aren’t ready to commit to a custom fruit-inspired design or would prefer leaving the antique hardwood floor unpainted, look to this home for inspiration. The wood floor maintains a similar width throughout, but alternates directions from room
to room. This is easy on the eyes because the stain is about the same with each change; if it was not,
the floors would be quite distracting and we wouldn’t find it as satisfying to admire the dents and
grain variations of the natural wood.
Which of the above flooring options is your favorite? Have you ever dared to drastically switch up your farmhouse floors, or go back to basics with a rich hardwood floor? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.