Antiques and Solid Hardwood Flooring: A Perfect PairSeptember 23, 2018
Whether it is music, fashion or art, we love to reminisce about the past. Antiques also allow us to incorporate the past into our modern life. Although each named period has recognizable patterns, colors and furniture styles, many antique hobbyists are happy to find any piece that they find attractive, regardless of its history.
Each of the formal interior design periods falls within a defined time in specific locations such as London, Paris, Germany, Switzerland, and America. A formally-trained interior designer could assist you in creating an authentic period room if you wish.
Any style you choose to incorporate will still need to be balanced with color, pattern, and lighting with a dominant focal point. Hardwood flooring perfectly complements wooden antique furniture. Depending on the color of your antiques, you may want to find a close color match or choose a contrasting or complementary color. You can find great examples of this on Home Direct 365. They have illustrated how mixing the antique French style with a variety of hardwoods can still look elegant.
For a traditional look, MacDonald Hardwoods recommends their exclusive Rocky Mountain Dry solid hardwood flooring which is made from northern red oak and is milled and dried in White Lake, Wisconsin. It is specially treated for the Colorado Front Range climate and is therefore the best choice for local installations.
The Rocky Mountain Dry hardwood flooring comes prefinished in four colors: blanca which is natural, cimaron which is golden, paonia which is gunstock brown, and russet which is dark brown with a red tone.
Once you have decided on the color of your hardwood flooring, you may want to consider using area rugs for decoration. With the help of an interior designer, you could find a rug that matches the period of your furniture. Or, you can shop for a design, pattern, or color combination that you like.
Be sure to measure your room and plan out your furniture placement before purchasing any rugs. The rug should leave at least 18” of wood flooring exposed around the wall’s edge. Instead of covering the entire floor with one rug, you may want to use rugs to form individual seating areas. In this case, the rug is placed in the middle of the seating area with the front legs of the furniture resting on it.
Many people choose to leave their hardwood floors exposed to fully appreciate their beauty. In this situation, a dominant piece of artwork would help create a focal point in the room. Again, if you were trying to create a unified period look, an interior designer could assist you in finding original art or quality reproductions to use. To complete the look, you may want to seek out sculpture, lamps, chandeliers, and accessories that fit the same period as your antiques.
Youthful and mature customers alike appreciate the elegant sophistication of hardwood flooring. It is very durable, easy to clean, and adds value to your home. With carefully selected antiques and accessories, you can complete a stylish refuge for yourself and your family. The staff at MacDonald Hardwoods has had many years of experience and would be glad to assist you with your flooring needs.