8.02.2012

Dream House Alphabet: H

H is for...Hardwood Floors (of course).
Okay, if budget was no option, I'd probably opt for hardwood floors laid in a herringbone pattern in my dream house. Herringbone Hardwood for the double win double H.
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Something about this look stops me every single time. 
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 Is it too busy though? Too formal? Maybe.
More realistically, I'd love a house with some old, original hardwoods that I could refinish into perfection with character and charm (not me...the floors. I'm quite sure I'd tackle this project with something far from charm).

H was a pretty obvious choice for me. I feel like hardwood floors are on pretty much everyone's must have list these days, but there are so many options to choose from, including type of wood and finish. I like medium tones, like those pictured above. Medium tones are traditional, classic and timeless.

Light tones can really lighten up a space (duh), and are common in Scandinavian design. They work beautifully with darker toned furniture, you don't have to worry about matching!
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Dark Hardwoods (think espresso) are more modern and contemporary, but I've heard they show dust very easily. Does anyone have any input on that?
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 What tone do you like best? And as always, I'd love to hear what your dream house 'H' is!

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ps. I'm sorry about all of the unknown sources in this post, I've had some of them saved since before I was a blogger and thought to save the links! Do forgive me loves.

8 comments:

ka milka said...[Reply]

oh pretty :))

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Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...[Reply]

Tiffany, we have had light. dark and medium shades of hardwoods. The Bucket List House has a soft light shade, not bleached! It is the easiest to keep looking good. When we added an animal skin rug, it had to be very dark for contrast, if I had the darker woods, I could have gone with a gorgeous white skin rug. That's the only regret I have had so far!!

Albertina said...[Reply]

These hardwood floors are beautiful. They would be in my list too! I especially love the herringbone. Wood floors are just so much better than wall to wall carpet....and I love you can use area rugs in certain areas. best option

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...[Reply]

I am going to have to stick with your "H". herringbone hardwoods are to die for!

Katharine said...[Reply]

Perfect choice for H! I definitely enjoy all shades of hardwood, esp. since the individual home and room usually dictate what fits best. Personally though I think my favorite is the dark. It just looks so sleek. It's the perfect mix of the modern and the traditional in my opinion.

Katharine
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Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...[Reply]

LOVE the herringbone! If only I was a millionaire I would have them installed in my own house. Good choice! As for color, I go for a middle of the road, too dark and it shows every scratch and piece of dirt, too light and I feel like I live in an IKEA. :)

barbara@hodge:podge said...[Reply]

Those are gorgeous floors! I miss having hardwood floors, but if and when I get my dream home, I can't wait to have hand scraped wood floors!

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...[Reply]

I love the herringbone floors! Those are just gorgeous! We have dark hardwood floors and they do show dust a little more but for me that is okay!. With two kids crawling around on the floor I would prefer to know its dirty and clean it then not notice the dirt.