Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wood wishes ...

I wish I had hardwood floors. No tile. No carpet. Just beautiful, warm wood parquet laid in a chevron pattern.

Photo via Dolphin Carpet.

Everytime I step into an apartment in Paris, I come down with a case of floor envy. The beauty of wood complements any design scheme, and the chevron (or herringbone) pattern exudes character and enriches the room's largest surface.

I'm quite fond of the floor layout above from Renovation Headquarters that suggests creating a border around the room's perimeter. A small inlay of darker wood separating the border from the featured pattern was a technique used in many older homes' formal parlors.

It seems that the most beautiful rooms feature aged French oak hardwoods, with an antique gray cast. But, I have to say that the stained pecan finish with waxed lustre appeals to me, too. Images above via Trouvais (left) and Elle Decor (right).

Yummy floor and wainscoting ... bellissimo! Image via Turquois Shed.

If wood flooring is already in place, why not stain it to create your own pattern? Here, Alicia B. Designs has taken worn planks and added stunning drama to an entry. Brilliant idea!

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