What Wood Flooring should I choose?

Eric Anderson
4 min readDec 28, 2019


The hardest task of choosing a wood floor, is deciding on what type of floor is the right one for you. So where do you start?

You want a floor that looks good and matches the style of your home, but you also need to consider durability, comfort and maintenance.

The Hardwood Flooring Store is here to help you make that decision with our easy guide to Wood Flooring.

What are your options? let’s start with what room the flooring is for? use the chart below to get you started.

Now let’s look at the different types of wood

Solid Wood Flooring

  • Each board is made from a single piece of wood, typically 18–20mm thick.
  • Can be sanded and refinished several times to restore it to its original beauty
  • Swells in moist conditions and contracts as it dries
  • Visually stunning and adds value to your home
  • If taken care of can last for decades

Engineered Wood Flooring

  • Each board consists of layers, the top layer has a real-wood veneer allowing it to be sanded and restored back to its original finish
  • It is more attractive than laminate and structurally more stable than solid Laminate
  • A very popular choice

Laminate Flooring

  • Each board is made by compressing layers of fibreboard together and placing a photographic image of wood grain/stone or tile pattern as a finish
  • Affordable and hard-wearing

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

  • Made from PVC, which gives it extra strength
  • Affordable, hard-wearing and totally waterproof
  • An increasingly popular product given the amount of styles now avaliable

What wood colour should you choose?

You have chosen your floor so the next step is to decide on a colour. Choosing the right colour is one of the most important factors as it can make a huge difference on how a room looks and feels.

With so many options, choosing the right colour can be incredibly frustrating! But here are some tips to help you decide

  • Consider the size of your room, avoid picking a dark colour floor for a small sized room as this will make it look even smaller! Consider a light colour floor in order to convey a sense of greater space.
  • If you prefer a traditional look then go with natural wood or traditional brown colours
  • Flooring samples are a must! They allow you to test several styles and get a better picture of how your floor will look. You can also get an idea of which colour matches your existing furniture and lighting.
  • Consider the amount of natural light falling on the floor. Sunlight damages floor so the darker the floor the more potential of discolouration.

What design should you choose?

There are many different designs

  • Plank — Wood planks are laid at a 90-degree angle to the walls and are by far the most popular style. With different lengths and widths to choose from you can get pretty creative.
  • Chevron — Can sometimes be confused with herringbone and is a highly underrated and an often-forgotten wood flooring laying pattern. The tips of the planks are cut at a 45-degree angle and arranged to face each other forming the letter V.A zigzag pattern that comes to a sharp point. Popular in old European homes.
  • Herringbone — Uses simple rectangular blocks in a zig-zag pattern. There’s a wide variety of lengths and widths to choose from giving you the ability to achieve a wide variety of looks.
  • Panels — The basis of the Versailles panel pattern is a basket weave surrounded by a square, double plank border.

Now you should have a better understanding of the floor you are interested in. So why not visit one of the Hardwood Flooring Stores locations to see our extensive displays, touch and feel all the amazing products we have and speak with our sales associates to help make the final decision for you and your family.

Please see our many flooring options and discounts that we currently have going one.

Ash Sky Nuance 4"1/4 for $6.49/sq/ft

Old World Herringbone $8.99 sq/ft

Preverco Birch $4.75 sq/ft

Preverco Maple Sandstone $4.19 sq/ft

Preverco Red Oak Komodo $5.75 sq/ft

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Eric Anderson

Eric is a blog writer for the Hardwood Flooring Store and has a vast knowledge of the hardwood flooring industry.