Houston, we have a problem. We need a new wooden floor. It’s not an easy decision – but unfortunately ours has bitten the dust! When we moved in over 12 years ago, our open living room had a dark oak floor. It’s a really dark room, so we decided to lighten it up by sanding the floor and then applying a whitewash. Only then did we realize that the owners had laid a laminate oak floor in front of us – and the actual oak element was only a few millimeters thick. It looked beautiful at first, but over time cracks appeared and the edges of the laminate started to curl up. You can catch a glimpse of the picture above and the close-up pictures below!
It bothered us for a while as a tired looking floor can really affect the overall look of a room. But the last straw came on New Year’s Eve when we had a loud party that led to a dance-off until 4am (remember the days before the – whisper – “C” word?). It was great fun, but our poor floor was no match for it – and large lengths of laminate came off. It was definitely time to get a new wooden floor!
Where to start ?!
In Scandinavia, a wooden floor is the obvious choice – and luckily we don’t have a dog. We are therefore confident that the right wood flooring is a great, sustainable and long-lasting option. The natural material helps to draw nature indoors and to give the room warmth and depth. There is an overwhelming choice of options, but I already knew that I wanted one of two looks: herringbone parquet or a wide plank.
It’s no secret that I’ve always loved a parquet floor (see my function “Everyone welcomes the parquet floor”) – aren’t they breathtaking ?! Herringbone parquet flooring in particular is very popular in Sweden and many turn of the century houses are blessed with original versions in all their creaking splendor. This particular one Floor oak with a matt finish in ‘extra white’ is absolutely stunning, the only thing is, our town house is modern (it was built in 2001 and is 20 years old this year – time for another party ?!), so we felt we needed something more contemporary.
Wide board oak
I’ve been a fan of wide plank floors for a long time. They have something really clean and contemporary and yet they give a room a lot of warmth (this is the wide plank SVANSHALL in hardened oak – isn’t it nice?). Are you a fan too Per and I agreed that this option is the best for our open living space.
It’s one thing to look at the images on a website, it’s another thing to fully test samples. We were approaching Bjelin and tested as many samples as possible. We wanted to make sure that the wood was colored rather gray (and not a yellow or beige note that gets stronger over time). We also wanted to make sure that the wood wasn’t too dark and fit the design of the room (it’s amazing how much a wooden floor can change a room!). Here are some of the wooden floors we’ve tested:
Do you have a favorite?
I would like to know something about your preferred wood flooring style – and tips and advice you may have when laying a wood floor in your home! I feel a little nervous!
I promise to update you soon!
PS Have a look tomorrow and take a look at a breathtaking Danish summer house. You will dream of a summer in Scandinavia all weekend!
Photo 1: My Scandinavian home. All other photos: Bjelin
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