Last week I talked about the benefits of using reclaimed wood flooring, and this week I’m going to share how reclaimed wood flooring can suit most any style.  The mere mention of reclaimed wood flooring conjures up images of old barns and weather beaten farmhouses.  But reclaimed wood floors aren’t just for homes with high nostalgia.  Depending on the type of wood, the milling and the finishing processes used, reclaimed wood flooring can suit any décor style:

With clean lines and striking artistic statements, contemporary homes will typically feature reclaimed wood floors with monotone hues and a sleek finish, in keeping with the simplified approach of modern design. Many designers prefer ultra-light flooring, such as European Beech reclaimed wood flooring, which brightens up the room and provides a neutral backdrop for bright pops of color. Alternatively, an all-dark floor can create a wonderful background for other prominent features.

French Country:
With a relaxed, airy, and casual atmosphere, French country wood flooring often features chocolatey circle sawn rustic oak.  Additionally, honey-toned woods like Old-Growth Douglas Fir – preferably with nail holes and oxide stains showing – offer the right warmth and charm.

Arts & Crafts styling has been wildly popular of over a century, and a hallmark of these homes is oak or douglas fir wood floors in the main living areas.  When remodeling using reclaimed wood is a natural choice to match the vintage of the home.  At Viridian, we even use a classic milling pattern to match older Craftsman bungalow’s floors.

From log cabins to restoration farmhouses to lodge-style homes, no design style makes better use of reclaimed wood floors than the rustic motif. Items for these interiors are typically chosen for their uniqueness and character – the perfect setting for reclaimed wood floors.  Any wood with an aged patina will work well; circle sawn antique oak, with the original saw marks and nail holes showing, presents just the kind of weathered face that’s ideal for a rustic décor. Another popular technique is to mix-and-match wood types—for example, combine red and white oak—for a floor that’s loaded with personality.

Some of the most welcoming and eye-pleasing interior designs don’t adhere to any particular style. In fact, combining styles can often achieve a much greater impact than sticking with a single motif. Working with two contrasting styles can help highlight the most striking qualities of each. For example, if you have a sleek, contemporary home or ultra-modern furniture, contrast it with more rugged, rough hewn reclaimed wood flooring.  Viridian’s Jakarta Market Blend is a great example of reclaimed wood that works well in eclectic settings.

Regardless of the style of your home, you can easily find reclaimed wood flooring to match. Keep in mind that most wood floors can be finished to your specifications – even a slight change to the finish can drastically alter the character of the flooring, creating a virtually endless array of options.

Next week: How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Wood Trends 2013