When it comes to flooring your new home, or reflooring a part of your current home, timber flooring is always a safe choice. Timber adds an earthy and warm look to a home and can add some wonderful patterning in sometimes extremely eye-catching ways. The size of the planks used for your flooring can make a surprisingly significant difference to the look of your home, as the different sized can change the texture and patterns of your floors.
Once you’ve chosen the type of timber flooring you wish to use, whether it be; engineered timber, hybrid, laminate, loose-lay vinyl, or even bamboo flooring, you’ll need to decided wide or narrow planks.
Generally, wider planks are considered to be in vogue at the moment, as they will give a more unique look, as far more of the grain of the wood will be shown with its natural and uniform patterning.
Having wide planks also reduces the number of breaks in the floor between the planks, making the space seem much larger and more natural, rather than the stilted look of having narrow planks.
On the other hand, you might prefer to have narrow planks if you are not a fan of the natural knots and patterns of wood and would rather a more uniform and cleaner cut look to your flooring.
Now, if you are wanting a more modern or contemporary look you should consider narrow planks rather than wide planks, as you will get a more measured and more cleanly laid out floor. As there are more breaks in the floor between planks.
Narrow plank flooring also is better suited to highly humid areas, as the flooring has more room to expand in hot and humid environments.
Narrow planks can also make a smaller room look bigger in contrast, especially if a lighter colour of plank is used.
Whether you choose to use narrow or wide planks does ride heavily on what you want from your home. If you prefer a more natural woody floor and are looking to floor a living area, you might want to consider using a wide plank such as the Preference European Oak Engineered Flooring 15.4mm, or for a smaller room a narrow plank like the Dunlop Heartridge Vinyl Smoked Oak 5mm.
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