Both homeowners and designers love it.
A floor of authentic, rich hardwood adds an unmistakable air of elegance and
charm to a room. That’s why this choice of flooring for home interiors is
extremely popular. Both designers and homeowners love it.
In a recent gathering of designers from California companies Peninsula Floors,
Inc., and JPS Surface Solutions, flooring was discussed in general, and
hardwood’s praises were sung in particular.
"I have hardwood throughout my whole house," said Dana Johnson, who’s the Design
Center Sales Manager with Peninsula Floors in San Jose. "We’re using wood more
in areas of the home where you haven’t previously seen it, like bedrooms and
Johnson added that hardwood has been seen in America’s kitchens for several
years. When it’s carefully chosen and well sealed, hardwood flooring is a fine
choice for this most active area of the home.
Johnson’s colleague, Gaylene Higgins, is another designer partial to hardwood.
Working from JPS Surface Solutions’ Corona, CA, office, Higgins is fond of
adding extra impact in her interiors through layering and mixing -- specifically
hardwood and area rugs.
"I do a lot of hard surface in family rooms and use rugs for warmth and a cozy
feeling," she said. "You can roll up the area rug when the kids have a party,
and when you get tired of that rug, you can get another one. It’s easy to
She pointed out that when hardwood and area rugs are used together, redecorating
can be as simple as replacing or switching a rug with something in a different
color or pattern. So hardwood makes a wonderful, versatile base for a number of
In terms of trends, Dana Johnson has noted some obvious directions. "Hardwood is
going more toward distressed planks, planks in wider widths, and exotic woods.
It’s no longer just plain maple or oak. We’re seeing more mahogany, cherry,
teak, walnut. Also, mixing woods is done a lot now."
With hardwood being used all over the house, durable finishes and solid
warranties are more crucial than ever before. Manufacturers like Shaw have
stepped up to the plate, developing outstanding finishes that provide long-term
abrasive wear resistance and stain and spill protection.
Of course, to some, a scratch here or there is nothing to get concerned about.
Robin Phelps, Design Center Operations Manager with Peninsula Floors in San
Jose, noted that with all the distressed and hand-planed looks on the market,
little dents, dings, and scratches are scarcely noticeable. And even when they
are, she doesn’t mind. "When we scratch or dent our hard wood, it adds
character," she said.
Character does seem to be a hallmark of hardwood. This flooring material imparts
a sense of longevity, permanence, and lasting appeal. Hardwood simply never goes
out of style.
In addition, as if to score one last point for what he seems to consider a
nearly perfect flooring material, Dana Johnson said, "And I like the way it
sounds when you walk on it!"