Simplify Your Life

When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

3 Materials to Use With Hardwood Flooring for Inserts & Patterns


If you want to have new hardwood flooring installed in your home, there are many different choices of materials. This can allow for things like inserts and patterns that give your hardwood flooring a unique look. Some materials work better than others of these features and you will want to be sure that the woods have similar hardness. If you want to use different woods for inserts and patterns, here are three options that could work for you.

1. Mahogany & Oak for a Mix of Colors & Textures

If you want to have a combination of light and dark tones of colors, mahogany and oak can be a great flooring combination. Both of these woods have similar hardness scales, but with oak, you will have wide, more visible grain textures and the mahogany will have a tighter, smoother grain.

Oak will give you the lighter color areas with visible grains, while the mahogany will have more of a darker, solid look. These materials can be great for transitions, patterns and inserts in your hardwood flooring.

2. Cedar & Pine Wood for Different Colors with Softwoods

Cedar and pine are softwoods, which can also be used as hardwood flooring. Pine can come in many different colors and hardness, which a white pine will have a hardness that is similar to cedar.

Pine can give you lighter colors, while cedar can give you darker red tones. If you want to get a darker look to your cedar and lighter appearance with the pine, you can apply a dark stain to the cedar before the floors are installed to make it darker.

3. Hickory, Maple & Cherry for a Light Color Flooring with Different Textures

If you want to have more complicated patterns in your hardwood flooring, you may want to use several different species of wood. Hickory, maple and cherry can give you a great combination of colors and textures for intricate patterns.

These materials can be great for something like a focal point in a hall or foyer. You can also use other materials such as mahogany to get more dark solid colors in your floor design. Another option is to use different species of cherry and maple for different textures and colors.

If you want to use different woods in hardwood flooring, these are some of the flooring materials that work well together. If you need help choosing the best wood for your new floors and having them installed, contact a professional hardwood flooring contractor like Kenmark Hardwood Floors Inc to get advice about the different wood flooring materials that are available for your home.


18 March 2015