Hardwood flooring may not be the most water-resistant kitchen flooring choice, but it is a popular and beautiful floor covering. The wide-plank hardwood in this kitchen is made with FSC-certified hardwood and protected with an eco-friendly wax-oil finish. Photo courtesy of DuChateau Floors
Wide-Plank hardwood floors add warmth and character to this all-white kitchen. Marble tile backsplash complements the white Shaker cabinets with brushed nickel handles for a sophisticated, classic look.
Wide-plank hardwood floors reach across the entire kitchen, from breakfast nook to bigger dining table. The wood's warm tones are a welcome contrast to all the crisp white of countertops, chairs and walls.
Wide-plank hardwood floors in dark brown anchor the white and cream palette of the glorious chef's kitchen. Calacatta marble tops the two islands and wood paneling painted white brings visual interest and texture to the ceiling.
Built-in shelving lines a hallway, adding loads of storage and making use of every inch of available space. Wide-plank, distressed hardwood adds warmth on the floors, while custom draperies soften the space and add a pop of color.
A beautiful black-and-white fireplace with elaborate molding sits at the center of the elegant formal dining room. The floor is left bare of rugs, allowing the wide-plank hardwood to gleam and complement the simple chairs and wood dining table.
Think beyond traditional finishes when choosing a hardwood floor for your kitchen. Wide-plank engineered wood floors with a slightly grayish hue lend a casual, rustic feel to this kitchen. An angled wood feature wall with open shelving adds additional texture and visual interest.
Geometry rules the day in this crisp, white entryway with dynamic and dramatic lines. Treads on the winding stairway connect to the wide-plank hardwood floors, grounding the space. Bold black-and-white artwork above the console table mimics the lines of a fun, modern chandelier. High windows bring in loads of natural sunlight, emphasizing the space's openness and airiness.
"Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles," says Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. While technically a fast-growing grass, bamboo is as hard or harder than most hardwoods when dried. Newer products called strand-woven bamboo, a highly engineered product using the inner fibers, are twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. Dean says that in addition to the common thin-banded styles shoppers have become accustomed to, bamboo is offered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it's best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.