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Home design reimagined: Embrace the versatility of natural wood finishes

From vinyl plank to engineered wood, House of Broadloom offers a range of durable and easy-care wood finishes that bring warmth and texture to any room design, with endless layout options to create a truly unique space

Some rules are simply made to be broken, particularly in the world of design.

After all, why can’t we have mixed patterns and colourful ceilings? And who says wood finishes have no place in the bathroom? It’s time to dispel those outdated notions and embrace the latest “trend”: natural wood finishes that bring the timeless warmth and beauty of wood flooring back to the bathroom.

“I use the word 'trend' lightly here as natural wood has a timeless, classic feel,” says Larissa Herbert, Flooring Specialist at House of Broadloom in Sudbury.

“Natural wood can be one of the most timeless flooring options. It's never gone away, it’s simply been brought back in the forefront of home design. The options are pretty much limitless with what you can do with flooring now, and we can work with you to create the most unique flooring options.” This includes durable, easy-care options that bring the beauty of wood back into rooms like the bathroom, kitchen and laundry.

On-trend natural wood finishes

Wood finishes offer the most neutral pallet to choose from and work beautifully with virtually every design style and colour palette.

“Using natural colours as your flooring really gives you unlimited options when it comes to other design elements,” says Herbert. “Choices range from warmer golden tones, to touches of grey, to more of a white wash.” At House of Broadloom, customers will find the full spectrum of tones throughout all product lines, including laminate, vinyl plank, sheet vinyl, engineered wood and even tile. So, even those who prefer vinyl or ceramic in the bath can still enjoy the beauty of an easy-care wood finish. Vinyl plank offers the most versatile installation options of any floor covering products out there.

A neutral tone is not only a great base to work from, it is very forgiving as well. “If your go-to is an engineered wood, a natural tone will help to hide any wear,” Herbert explains. “Wood is a natural product, so it will eventually start showing dents or fine scratches. But with a neutral colour, flaws are minimized because that colour is consistent all the way through.”

Create excitement with layout design

If you worry that a natural floor will look 'too plain' or lack impact, consider a new layout option.

Even something as simple as turning the boards on a 45 degree angle will create new and unique interest. “One of our vinyl plank lines has inserts and feature strips which you can build on to create borders, or designs in the flooring. Or try installing smaller planks in a herringbone or parquet format.”

Wait, did she say PARQUET? “But this is not your Gramma’s parquet – these are larger formats and fresh colours that bring this traditional installation method into 2023!”

Finding the perfect flooring is just the first step to creating a room that redefines the rules and raises the bar.

“It’s not just the floor you choose, but the direction you lay it that makes a lasting impression,” says Larissa.

“Choose a pattern for your space that accentuates the designs and elements around it. Border your entrance and install in a parquet or herringbone, then switch to a standard install throughout the rest of the space. Or do a herringbone in the hallway which can really open up the space. The options are pretty much limitless with what you can do with flooring now. We can work with you to create the most unique flooring options.”

House of Broadloom flooring specialists are on hand to help with design suggestions and a range of unique products. The showroom is open weekdays from 9 to 5, with evening appointments available upon request.

House of Broadloom is located at 68 Lorne Street, Sudbury.  Reach them at 705-674-4444 or online.