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Feel the difference: real wood flooring

The natural touch
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 20-08-2019 17:00pm

It’s on the wish list for so many people, but wooden flooring have a whole host of positives that span more than just aesthetics.


Okay though, the aesthetics are still an important aspect. They add a touch of rustic style that looks so much more permanent and homely than tiling or carpets. Opting for darker wooden floors like lacquered oak add a sense of depth to a room, perfect for kitchens with lighter walls (especially as darker colours can hide a multitude of marks). On the other hand, the light tones of walnut and natural oak have a glow that create a warm look to any space. Contrasting the slightly old-fashioned look of wood with contemporary appliances and neutral wall tones is a great way to create a timeless look.

Low maintenance

Hardwood floors are super easy to clean. Just sweep, vacuum – or if you’re feeling energetic – steam clean it. But if you’re not always reaching for the steam-cleaner then you can relax back in the knowledge that your floor won’t be harbouring any environmental hazards like dust mites or mould.

Image: the Sanctuary


Long-lasting products are becoming increasingly popular. We’re becoming more aware of how costly and environmentally damaging it is to go for the cheap options that will need replacing next season. It’s possible to scratch or dent your wooden flooring of course, but you’d have to try. Regular upkeep (sweeping, polishing etc) should mean that a hard wood floor lasts for decades. All this makes it a highly practical flooring option for the bathroom and kitchen, where splashes and spillages can be effortlessly wiped away.

Image: Oak English board white pre-lacquered 

Better ecosystem in the home

Apart from the obvious benefit of bringing nature into your space, wooden floors also don’t trap things like carpet would. Carpets attract dust, animal dander, pollen, particulate matter or other common allergens. So if you’re someone with a sensitive nose, this is a great hypo-allergenic option. You’ll also have better acoustics around the house, good for those who have trouble hearing the calls to dinner.

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Hannah Caton

Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.