Little black dress, Louis Vuitton Speedy bag, leather riding boots, and absolutely anything that comes in a certain blue box...the classic pieces in a wardrobe that are worth the investment because they never go out of style. Fashion for your home can be just as timeless when you select staple pieces such as classic hardwood floors.
A Great Foundation
There are floors that are bold and make a big statement. Undoubtedly beautiful, they are the centerpiece of the room and every other design element builds off of them and complements them. Then, there are classic hardwoods that command notice for their beauty, but in a more quiet and elegant manner. These hardwoods are the foundation for the design of the entire room.
Stunning hickory, maple, and oak floors with warm and traditional stain colors are generous to fabrics, furniture, and area rugs. They allow for the color scheme of the room to change and evolve, without ever losing their own high style. When you invest in timeless hardwood, you are never locked down to one look. Classic hardwoods can easily work with a traditional or contemporary room. Available in different plank widths and lengths, classic hardwoods are the floors you can count on to always be in style, regardless of how many times you change the decor of your home.
What's Old is New Again
Although matte finish seems to be the trend in flooring, we were in a living room recently with a high gloss floor that was so stunning, we couldn't take our eyes off of it. Also, a mid to high gloss finish makes it incredibly easy to wipe up messes on the floor.
Classic hardwood floors, especially solids or engineered with a thicker face, can be refinished if they become worn over the years. They can be restored back to their original beauty, or a new stain can be applied for a refreshed look. This is a definite advantage over a hardwood with intricate stains and a detailed surface treatment. When they are refinished, they can lose their original character.
If classic hardwood fits your home and style, we suggest browsing Azalea Lane and Somerset hardwood collections which offer both solid and engineered hardwood. These brands are well known for durable, beautiful hardwoods in a range of wood species, plank widths, stains, and gloss options. All of Somerset hardwood flooring is made in the USA, while Azalea Lane offers three domestically made collections.
Twenty & Oak flooring dealers offer both Azalea Lane and Somerset with many featuring the full display for both lines so you can see all the gorgeous options.
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