Solid Wood Dining Room Flooring
Solid wood flooring in the dining room or the kitchen-diner is not only practical but will make each room look stylish and contemporary too.
Dining rooms can be as conventional or relaxed as your own taste dictates and Naturally Wood Floors range of solid wood flooring can help you to reflect that.
If your dining room is a formally designed room, high quality solid wood flooring can work well here to give the room a more traditional feel. A kitchen diner is slightly more relaxed, used for cooking, socialising and entertainment, however solid wood flooring still works well here, especially in an open plan kitchen that joins the dining area or a family room, as it conveys a sense of space.
Unlike a separate dining room, which is reserved for special occasions, kitchen diners are high traffic rooms so they need durable solid wood flooring to withstand a lot of use. Both rooms are places where visitors get taken, so it is important to make them feel as inviting as possible.
Naturally Wood Floors will advise you on the right solid wood flooring for your dining room or kitchen diner. We supply and install all types of solid wood flooring and we specialise in providing a complete flooring package to customers in London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Kent.
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Choosing Flooring for the Dining Room
When you are thinking about choosing solid wood flooring for your dining room there are many things to consider.
There is a huge range of styles to choose from for the solid wood flooring in your dining room. Bespoke parquet flooring is the most popular choice for a formal look. We have parquet designs in a variety of patterns including chevron, single and treble basket weave, 5:1 basket weave, herringbone, double herringbone, parquet panels and strips.
The wood type you decide upon all depends on your style, taste and budget. It also helps to think about the size of dining room you have. We can advise you on the right colour and style of solid wood flooring for your home.
Choose light coloured woods like Oak, Maple or Beech for contemporary designs and to make a small room appear larger and reflect light. Dark colour woods like Walnut, Wenge or Merbau will go well with a country casual look or if you have a bigger space. It ‘s also worth thinking about your dining room furniture. Do you want a wood to compliment your existing dining room table and chairs? Oak is a great choice here as it can be stained to many different shades to fit in with the wood you already have. Or you may want a complete contrast and go for a dark wood floor with light décor and dining room suite.
As separate dining rooms do not experience heavy footfall, you can afford to choose a medium hard wood here like Oak, Walnut, Beech or Mahogany.
With the dining room the main furniture is often in the centre of the room so to make your solid wood flooring more individual you could pick one wood for the main section of the floor and then a contrasting colour wood for a parquet border. Without much furniture around the edge of the room there is little to break up the pattern of a border and it can be shown off to great effect. Parquet borders can help define the space and add interest to your flooring.
There are many finishes that can be applied to solid wood flooring. Some enhance the beauty of the wood like stains, and others deepen the colour of the wood like heat and smoked based treatments that can be applied to Oak.
Oils and lacquers will protect your solid wood flooring and these may be more advisable in a dining room to help guard the wood floor from food and drink spills.
Choosing Flooring for the Kitchen Diner
Solid wood flooring in a kitchen diner is ideal for a healthy living environment. Wood floors are more hygienic than carpets as they do not trap dust, mites or mold. Spills are quick to mop up and it is much easier to maintain than you might think. Regular vacuuming and sweeping is all any wood floor really needs to prolong its life and retain its natural beauty.
For an open plan room, like a kitchen diner, solid wood flooring can give a seamless appearance and create a feeling of space. Engineered wood flooring is a practical choice for kitchens as it is durable, easy to clean and less likely to trap dirt. An aged and distressed floor will also mask marks and scuffs and is good for families with young children and pets.
For a really unique look, bespoke parquet flooring can look stunning especially when laid across a large area.
A kitchen diner gets walked on a lot more than a separate dining room, so you need to choose a hard wearing wood for this room.
Dark woods such as Wenge, Merbau and Jatoba are all durable and strong enough to cope with the wear and tear of a household kitchen diner. Their dark colour contrasts well with modern white or cream kitchen units for a contemporary look.
You may prefer your solid wood flooring to blend in with your kitchen and Oak is always a great choice as many kitchen cabinets use this wood as a base. Oak is hard enough to deal with heavy footfall and wear and tear and its vast range of shades make it flexible enough to match with existing kitchen and dining room furniture.
Wide strip flooring, like parquet strip, can be very effective in a large space like a kitchen diner. Parquet flooring also comes in a range of patterns, herringbone, double herringbone, 5:1 basket, single basket weave, treble basket weave and panels and chevron.
We can advise you on the right pattern for your kitchen diner to suit the wood type you have the chosen and the size of room you have.
Wood floors can be finished with oil or wax, which give a weathered, antique feel. Oils and waxes are less durable so for the kitchen you do need a finish that will be harder wearing such as a lacquer.
Oiled floors need to be retreated every 1 to 3 years so do take a bit more looking after. Lacquered finishes last longer and only need re-applying every 2 to 10 years. However a lacquered floor does need to be completely re-treated if there are signs of wear. Oils can just be applied locally to any areas needed and combine well with the existing oiled finish.
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