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3 Eye-Popping Hardwood Floor Design Trends for Your Home

Choosing new hardwood flooring for your home is an exciting step in the home renovation process. Perhaps you’ve already made those crucial decisions regarding species, size and finish, but now it’s time to talk design. Dare to be a little different? SVB has some bold hardwood flooring options for those looking to make your new hardwood floors pop!

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Chevron Wood Floor Designschevron wood floor design

The chevron design uses a series of angle cuts to form a consistent “V” pattern. This “V” pattern is then repeated, which creates a stunning 3D effect. In addition, it has the ability to make a smaller room appear larger, plus you’ll appreciate the longevity obtained from its high structural integrity.

A beautiful, yet simple pattern, a chevron wood flooring design is an ideal choice for anyone looking to make a statement.

Herringbone Wood Floor Designswood floor designs for entry

Often confused with chevron, herringbone is similar in that a “V” pattern is also achieved, though no angled cuts are present. The square edges simply butt together creating a timeless, symmetrical zig-zag design which has made a name for itself all over the world. Though better suited to larger rooms, with its many small boards tightly woven together, the herringbone pattern also has superior structural stability due to its precise dimensions and alignment.

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Diagonal Wood Floor Designsdiagonal pattern wood floor for kitchen

Both chevron and herringbone are definitely strong patterns that will make a statement, but for those seeking a more clean look, you may prefer a diagonal look with hardwood floors installed at a 45º angle. This classic pattern deserves far more credit than it receives.

Sleek and simple, this design element adds breadth to your room by drawing your attention out to the corners. It creates interest without being busy or overpowering, which means it can be the perfect choice for those who want to focus the attention on other design aspects of a room.

At SVB Wood Floors, we love the challenge of working with interesting patterns and making your dream floors come to life. Contact us online or give us a call at (816) 965-8655 for more information, or visit our gallery for more great design ideas.

Wood Floor Grades Explained: How to Choose & Why They Matter

wood-flooring-grades-explained-living-room-svb-kcThere are many choices to be made when choosing wood flooring, like what species of wood to use, what stain color, and what size boards. However, many homeowners don’t realize that it’s not only the type of wood that matters, but it’s the also the wood’s quality, or grade, that ultimately determines the finished look of your flooring. To help explain the difference, SVB is breaking down the different types of wood grades and what they mean for your wood flooring.  

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Does Higher Grade Mean Higher Quality?

Your first thought might be that a higher graded wood is better than a lower graded wood, or that it’s somehow stronger or more durable. However, this is a common misconception. The major differences between a #2 Common Hardwood, #1 Common Hardwood, and a Select Grade Hardwood mostly have to do with the wood’s appearance rather than its durability.

Higher graded wood is typically more expensive due to its more uniform appearance, free of knot holes and other unique markings. It’s also important to remember that each variety of wood is different, and so a #1 Common Hardwood rated Hickory floor will not have the same appearance as a #1 Common Hardwood rated Red Oak floor, for example.

#2 Common Hardwood

A #2 Common Hardwood floor is the cheapest by cost and has the most character to them. This isn’t a bad thing, it is simply aesthetic preference. This tends to be less expensive because it is easier to find wood featuring more small knots and striations. Major defects are, of course, not permitted in wood graded at this level, so any “imperfections” are mostly at the cost of a uniform appearance.

Coloring can also vary somewhat at this level, giving floors built with this wood a variety of similar shades. For many new homes, builders use #2 Common graded wood because it is an attractive but cost-effective flooring solution. This is also a common option for homeowners putting down the flooring on an entire level of their home.

#1 Common Hardwood

The mid-tier option in terms of both cost and aesthetic appearance, #1 Common Hardwood floors strike a happy medium between uniformity and added character. The wood used within this grade still has striations and small knots, but the coloring is much more uniform, and the striations and knots that do appear are smaller and less frequent. For many people undergoing home remodeling, this is the option they choose, as it does give a more uniform look, and when redoing only part of the home is still cost-effective.

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Select Grade Hardwood

Select Grade Hardwood flooring is top-of-the-line in terms of both appearance and in terms of cost and comes from the heart of a tree. Because of this, the wood’s sap content is very low, which results in very uniform color, very few knots, and the smoothest finish of any grade wood. Because of its uniform look, it is the most expensive option for home remodeling, but when it’s used it achieves an extremely polished look.