Wood is easily the most popular material for flooring in both homes and businesses. Wood has warmth, character, and beauty that can’t be matched by other materials, and when properly cared for, it can last for centuries.
Wood also comes in a wide range of different species, colors, finishes, and sizes, so it’s possible to create a floor that’s as unique as your space.
Wood Flooring Design Ideas
If you’re looking for inspiration on how to incorporate wood floors into your next project, take a look at these 21 design ideas:
1. Texture and Movement
When you have a wide open expanse of space, having a floor that has some interest and character can help make that space a focal point. Rather than a pattern that might get repetitive, this floor offers something to look at that enhances the space, rather than competing with it.
Many hardwood species have some variation of color from plank to plank, but that variation is often subtle and has more to do with the grain pattern than the color of the planks. By using a more varied wood or using a blend of woods, you can get a lot more interest from your floor. This floor ranges from very pale cream to a rich brown, and it has more depth because of it.
3. Brick Accent
Wood doesn’t have to be used by itself; it can also be used to enhance other materials as well. This rich-colored wood is used to border and embrace some old bricks. The wood breaks up the bricks and defines the space, while also adding some warmth to the floor that bricks alone lack.
4. Rich and Dark
Add contrast to a room with a lot of white woodwork by using a very rich, dark hardwood floor. A light-colored floor in this room would wash it out, while this deeply hued floor makes the white walls and woodwork look very crisp instead. This contrast can be used anywhere to add depth to the design.
5. Long Light Corridor
This glass-walled corridor needs to draw the eye and the visitor to the end of the hall. What better way to do that than with a wood floor whose planks help elongate and point the way. The light color perfectly matches the wood and colors used outside of the corridor, which are easily seen through the glass.
6. Antique Charm
If you really want a wood floor with character, consider using antique or reclaimed wood flooring. These floors have a rich patina that comes with age, combined with the original nail and saw marks. They still have years of life left in them, and will add a lot of interest and depth to the room, perfectly complementing antique furnishings as well.
7. Varying Plank Size
Another benefit to using antique wood is the ability to mix and match plank sizing. This reclaimed floor not only has a rich patina and wear marks, it also varies in width from plank to plank, which makes the floor more interesting, and adds some dimension to the space.
8. Texture Contrast
This bathroom has a lot of clean lines and a lot of white Carrara marble in use. The antique floor with its prominent saw marks and nail holes adds a lot of texture and contrast to the room. This contrast keeps the room from appearing too homogenous in design.
This room already has a lot going on, with a warm wood ceiling, white brick and wood walls, and white wood cabinets as well. The floor strikes a balancing note for the room using a cooler, mid-toned wood that helps soften the contrast between the ceiling and the other tones in the room.
10. Worn and Soft
One way that antique floors can strike the right note in a room is when they have a worn, soft appearance. Wood not only develops a patina as it ages, it also conforms to the use it was meant to. This creates a floor that makes spaces look more welcoming and cozier than some newer floors.
11. Fastener Accent
Who says that the method of installing a floor needs to be concealed? These wood fasteners are the ideal complement to many floors and spaces, adding just a small amount of detail and contrast to the edges of the room. The dark color also matches the door that the floor abuts, blending the two spaces.
12. Sanded Smooth
Sometimes you need the floor to be a backdrop for the room, rather than calling attention to itself. Using a light-colored wood floor that’s been given a sanded, smooth finish is the ideal way to do so. This floor still has a natural appearance that complements the space, but it doesn’t contrast or compete with the rest of the interior.
13. Hints of Gray
Gray has been the reigning champion of interior colors for the last several years, and shows no signs of leaving any time soon. This floor has undertones of gray in it, despite being a warm color throughout. This allows you to use gray accents in the room, and to go for another, bolder color in the future as well.
14. Lighter Contrast
This space has a lot of dark, antique wood cabinetry, woodwork, and doors. Using a dark wood floor would make the space much too dark, but this lighter floor strikes the perfect balance. The grain in the wood picks up the darker wood nearby, while the texture pairs beautifully with the cabinets. The light tones help keep the space from appearing darker than it really is.
15. Patina Accent
All wood develops a patina with age, and depending on the wood, it may vary a lot from piece to piece. This wood floor shows off its natural patina to perfection, letting it blend and move naturally over the floor. The dark color is picked up by the cabinets, helping to unify the space.
16. Grain and Movement
This space blends both industrial and rustic modern styles together, so the flooring needs to be able to match both styles. It does so beautifully by having a varied (and prominent) grain that keeps it light, contrasting the dark wood tables, while also having enough dark tones not to seem out of place.
17. Tile Pattern
Natural stone tile has its own beauty, but can frequently appear cold and hard. Mixed with wood, this space has a lot of interest to it.The wood softens and warms the floor, picking up the wood colors from the nearby cabinets and table.
18. Diagonal Placement
Wood plank floors naturally lend themselves to being straight set and following the shape of the room, but they don’t need to be laid out straight. This diagonal placement adds a little extra interest and design to the room, pulling the eye from the hallway into the living room, and directing the viewer where to go.
19. Natural Color
This space features cabinets in two different painted colors. This is a popular way of adding a little extra design to a small area like a kitchen, but it often makes the space feel sterile and fake. Adding a natural-colored wood floor to the mix adds just the right amount of contrast to warm up the room and make it feel like home.
20. Wide-Plank Floor
The width of the planks you use for your floor will have a direct result in its appearance. The more narrow the planks, the busier the floor becomes, while the wider the planks, the more quiet it looks. This room looks restful and welcoming with a wide plank floor that lets the natural grain and patina show through.
21. Limestone Contrast
This space features a lot of natural, cream-colored limestone on both columns and the tile flooring. The wood warms up the space and adds some contrast to the limestone at the same time by using an antique wood with a rich color and patina to soften the area.
Create Your Ideal Space
There are many ways that wood floors can be used or combined with other materials, so you’re sure to be able to find the perfect match for your next project. Use these design ideas as a starting point to create your perfect space.