If you ask me, one of the most charming things that a home can have is original hardwood floors. One of the things that drew me to the 1920’s brick duplex that I live in now was the inherent characteristics that came with living in a historic neighborhood, which appeared to be minimal bathrooms, zero closet space, and original hardwood flooring. You can decide which perk I was most excited to be dealing with on your own time…
Whether you’re living in a Parisian apartment with tall ceilings with elaborate architectural details or a Georgian colonial style with worn walnut finish throughout, one factor that remains constant, in many cases, is the original hardwood flooring that accompanies inhabiting such an established residence.
Although some folks might think that having patterned hardwood floors could be polarizing, especially for potential buyers, you already know that I’m all about doing what inspires you and makes you happy. If you own your space, I especially recommend designing to reflect your unique personality since everyone deserves to have a place that they can truly feel at home. However, I think that keeping or restoring the original flooring makes a place seem steeped in tradition like a family heirloom that can only be passed down from subsequent generations.
If you’re looking for a hardwood flooring design that gives a nod to the past while looking out for the future is herringbone. Totally traditional, this unique pattern is cooler than parquet and more interesting than your typical wood flooring. One of my favorite looks is an ebonized herringbone hardwood floor, which is stained in black but has the subtle detail of the herringbone pattern. Be sure to let me know if you love a herringbone floor, or if you’d like to share another type of flooring inspires you, over on Twitter and Pinterest!
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