Hardwood Species: Designer Recommendations

July 31, 2015

Posted in macstaff

Not too long ago, we asked designers across the country to share with us some of their insights regarding the use of hardwood flooring in homes.  They were overwhelmingly in favor.  84% said they more often than not prefer to replace floors with hardwood when given the chance.


So what kinds of floors do these designers recommend?  Well, for homes with pets, there are some special suggestions, which we talked about in our post last month.  But, in general, almost 3/4 of our designers recommended one of three species above all others: Oak, Walnut, and Hickory.   These three domestic species offer toughness and durability at a reasonable cost.

Natural White Oak

Oak can be stained to enhance any decor and as North America’s most abundant hardwood, its ready availability in just about any cut and finish make it the perennial favorite of designers and homeowners alike.

Classic Walnut

Walnut offers a little added toughness to the classic beauty of Oak.  Its solid richness creates a warm, yet sophisticated look that shines with natural finishes and subtler stains.

Natural Hickory

Hickory, one of the hardest domestic woods, is also one of the most striking.  With a strongly variegated grain, Hickory is the go-to choice for those seeking a more natural, rustic look.


Why is hardwood so popular?  Well, besides being an enduring classic, hardwood “goes with everything”.  Whether you’re going for a modern look or a rustic design, hardwood flooring offers a beautiful, durable, and timeless option.