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Wood flooring comes in a wide range of colors, species, widths, finishes, and patterns. It’s all a matter of taste, but keep in mind that a wood floor is for life and a good specialist can help choose the best floor for you.

A stained floor gives a unique feel to each room. Be sure to select stains that will match different décors (especially for exotic woods and natural stains), since your wood floor will outlast any trend in home fashion. But remember that stained wood can be sanded more than once, restained, and refinished to restore the original color of the species or even choose a new one.
Each wood species has its own grain, color, and veining. Your choice of species depends on your personal preferences and the effect you want to achieve. The most popular species are oak and maple, followed by hickory, cherry, and walnut.
Grading is a means of rating boards according to variations in the wood’s natural color. For example, “Select & Better” grade woods are more uniform in color than “Exclusive” grade, which present greater, more pronounced natural color variation.
Your wood flooring should ideally be installed at a right angle to your subfloor joists. But you should also consider the shape and size of the room. For example, installing the boards lengthwise may make a long room look even longer, and it may be more flattering to lay the boards diagonally. If you like an original look, choose a floor with patterns.
Boards are generally available in several widths and wider widths are becoming increasingly popular. Your choice will depend on the effect you want to create. Thinner boards make a room look longer, while wider boards make it appear shorter. Remember, however, that a tight grained wood like maple expands with humidity, which may make thinner boards preferable for some uses.
Installing a hardwood floor usually requires much more than just prefinished hardwood boards. You’ll surely need edgings, stairway nosings, vents, and moldings to join with the walls. Make sure you get these basic accessories in the same stain as your flooring.
Floor types
There are four main types of flooring on the market: engineered wood, solid wood, laminate wood and vinyl planks.  Each floor type offers certain advantages; everything depends on the room where the floor is installed and on your needs.
Choosing a dealer
As you can see, many factors influence the choice of a hardwood floor. However, one thing is sure: It is important that you are well-informed and that you carefully choose your dealer. It is essential that you purchase your hardwood floor from a specialized dealer who not only sells flooring, but can also advise you on achieving your desired result according to your priorities and budget. To locate a Fluent Floors dealer, visit our “Where to Buy" section.



Lighter flooring provides a fresh, natural look. They require less maintenance, and do not show wear and traffic patterns as much as darker woods. Lighter floors can brighten up most any room. They are perfect for interior rooms that don’t get much sunlight, and they have the added benefit of appearing to enlarge the space. The overall look can be categorized as either modern or traditional, depending on how you use the space above the flooring. You can either go light in your choice of colors when decorating a room with light wood floors or go darker if you want to bring more balance to the room.



Darker flooring provides a classic, warm look. It may require more maintenance as darker flooring tends to show traffic marks more easily. Many people are afraid to try a darker floor as it can make a room appear smaller, however, if you mix a darker floor with light-colored walls you can combat any gloominess.