Post # 1
What kind of wood floor do you like? Should I go with hand scraped, or is that just a fad? Lots of interesting grain or a plainer floor?
What kind of wood floor do you have, what do you love, what do you regret?
Post # 3
I actually had to look up hand scraped, but it seems like a bit of a fad, and I think it would limit the type of decor you could use in the space. Also, it may limit the resale potentials since it is definitely NOT everyone’s style. For a non-glossy finish, you could consider an oil finish. My aunt has gorgeous medium-brown oil finished floors with wide planks. It doesn’t have the high gloss and gives a bit of interest, but is more versatile than the hand scraped look I think.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
When I moved into my condo, it had blond laminate. It was great for not showing dust bunnies, but I didn’t like how it looked. Now, I have espresso stained wood and I looooove it. The dog’s hair shows up much more, but I’m okay with that…it keeps me cleaning. 🙂
Post # 5
I prefer wide planks, or the standard size… don’t like the skinny planks. Definitely don’t like blonde wood. I love the dark espresso finish but my brother has that and it shows dust SO badly, so I think I’d go for something in more of a medium brown and with lots of interesting grain. I really like the hand-scraped but it is definitely more of a rustic look so I’d only do that if it goes with the rest of your style.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
When we re-finish our wood floors, we’ll go for a darker stain. Right now we have a warm, medium stain. It’s nice, but not quite “us”. I will say that you couldn’t pay me to go with the pre-finished wood floors. They can’t be refinished, so when you want a change you’ll have to totally replace them. That seems so wasteful to me. I would much rather buy unfinished floors and then finish them onsite so that we have re-finishing options further down the line.
Post # 7
Ours our wide, cherry stained birch planks. I’m glad that I talked Darling Husband out of handscraped – I think it’s fine for one room like an office, but not for a whole house.
Post # 8
Wide planked wood floor would be what I would do. I think they give homes an old world charm but also have a very elegant look. My tastes tend to lean towards more country chic-but the wide planked look could work for a number of different tastes and styles.
Post # 9
Medium-toned wood will show the least dirt and dust and have the most versatility to go with a lot of decor. I also think wide planks add to the “grandness” of a room and look more luxurious, whereas smaller planks have more of a boutique-y vibe.
As for handscraped, I think it looks good if you use it in a very particular way. It has a very particular rustic look, so I would be very cautious in making sure it works well with your decor and will continue to for many years, since hard wood is an investment. Starker, cleaner lines and colors in the room would keep it looking fresh instead of suffocating, as too much texture and busyness in a room can do. Personally, I would shoot for a grainier, glossy wood if you want to add interest before I would choose handscraped just because it’s more versatile.
Post # 10
My hardwood floors are wide planked, dark wood with a lot of color variations, and I love them! My decor is Tuscan style, with neutrals, and the floors look perfect with the taupe leather couch and oatmeal Berber rugs. I had my walls painted a white semi-gloss that catches the light and changes moods with the sunrise to sunset, it’s awesome. 🙂
Post # 11
@Sunfire: Your house sounds fantastic!
Post # 12
I prefer a medium to dark colored stain and standard to wide planks. Our hardwoods were finished onsite (versus the pieced together pre-finished planks) and I love how smooth they are.
I’ve never heard of handscraping but googled it and don’t really care for it.