Designers select each element in their plan as a striking contrast or subtle complement within a complete design scheme. They consider function, dimension, flow and the integration of elements within and across living spaces.
If you could ask a designer for the one best piece of advice on interior design, one that would apply to wood floor décor, this is the answer you would receive: “Start your design with the floor, and pay attention to detail.” (Details like … species, color, cut, texture, format and size, plus those specialties like borders, trim, transitions, grilles and grates.)
Wood flooring is one of a designer’s first choices because it establishes primary, broad design strokes, much like the critical outline of a work of art. Part of that decision includes species and color, of course, size and format, sheen, stain or paint. Your floor is one of the largest spaces to work with, and it represents a large part of your budget. (Remember, wood flooring is an investment, not merely an expenditure, which makes your decision all the more important!)
By selecting your wood floor first, you have established two things at once: a color and texture palette from which your design and all future deigns will spring and a foundation on which to build your creation! Let your imagination run free. Whatever you can imagine can be achieved in wood.