Are y’all tired of hearing me talk about home projects yet? Well, good, I’m glad you’re not! Thank you for the support! HA!
When we purchased our home, the main areas (kitchen, dining room, foyer, living room and hall) plus the bathrooms, were all tile. All four of our bedrooms, however, are covered in laminate wood flooring. It’s decent-looking. But all four of them are DIFFERENT FINISHES.
It’s enough to drive an OCD person like myself just plain NUTS!
So it’s been on the list from the beginning to replace all the tile (because I despise grout) with hardwood, and go ahead and carry that into a couple or all four of the bedrooms. I don’t mind a bit of difference here and there…I just don’t think there’s any need for 6 different types of flooring in one house. (Which is what we have, if you count the carpets in the closets, ha!)
I mean, look at this…
Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?! I dream of something like this all throughout our home!
So when Tate Handy contacted me with another fabulous infographic on hardwood flooring…um, YES, I needed it, and I figured you all would love to see it, too! Here’s what Tate had to say…
Choosing the right type of hardwood is essential to your next project. After all, you don’t want to build a porch swing with wood that can’t withstand the elements, and you don’t want a kitchen table that takes on food stains. Here’s what you need to know in order to choose the right wood for your next project.
For a durable, inexpensive wood, hickory is your best bet. Hickory is perfect if your project will take a beating; it’s used in tools, ladders, and even hockey sticks. Maple has been traditionally used in American colonial furniture, and it comes in two varieties: hard maple and soft maple. Hard maple pairs well with a natural finish, while soft maple takes stain well and shines with medium to dark brown finishes.
Oak is a classic hardwood and one of the most popular woods for American and English country-style designs, especially for indoor furniture and flooring. Birch has a wide range of colors and accepts many stains, making it highly versatile; since it’s moisture-resistant, birch works well in kitchens and bathrooms.
Walnut fits perfectly in a wide range of climates since it has a low risk of warping. It’s a beautiful wood without any stains that can be used in contemporary and traditional designs. Cherry wood is somewhat bendable and ages beautifully; it also darkens when exposed to sunlight, making it perfect for outdoor use. Finally, elm is fairly inexpensive and versatile. Plus, it’s naturally resistant to decay and moisture and it has no odor or taste; consider using it in your kitchen.
I love the walnut and the cherry the best! I never would have thought that you could get wood floors that were birch or elm! How neat!
What is your favorite? Do you have hardwood floors? What would be the one room you would put hardwood floors down in when it comes to your home?
Oh, and for more flooring posts from me here on the blog, check these out:
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