Wood flooring can be enhanced with something as simple as a strip border
around the perimeter of the room or as ornate as a coat of arms in a foyer or a
Custom designs can give a homeowner a "one-of-a-kind" floor and are a
wonderful way to put a splash of personality and individual character in a home.
Mixed Media - By combining wood with several different media such as slate,
stone, marble, metal or ceramic tile, floor designs and patterns come to life.
Adding detail with paint is another alternative. Designs properly applied will
enhance and differentiate any wood floor. Use a solid gloss or semi-gloss paint
to make stripes, checkerboards, stenciled borders or even flower or animal
scenes. The paint must be compatible with the finish and the floor must have two
coats of finish over the paint.
Mixing Species - Mixing wood species is another way to create contrast in
wood flooring. Oak is not the only wood type being used today. Maple, birch,
walnut, Brazilian cherry, mahogany, ash and many other species offer unique
grain and color specs.
Affordable Custom Floors - A floor refinisher can use different wood stains
to create fool-the-eye inlays, pinstripes or borders. A simple brass inlay
around a fire place is a cost-effective way to add that value-added touch. Or
ready-to-lay, prefabricated wood tiles with medallions, star bursts and
elaborate borders are available through wood flooring dealers. These
pre-fabricated tiles allow homeowners to mix and match to create their own
patterns and designs.
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