Hardwood Floors and Area Rugs

Hardwood and wood-laminate floors are very much in style in new homes and in floor re-modeling projects. The wood comes in all kinds of patterns, board widths and thicknesses. You can get engineered wood that is put down over an under pad and there are other kinds of flooring that can be put directly over solid surfaces or vinyl. Wood flooring also comes in a wide range of prices and it is still possible to replace old wood flooring, carpet, or vinyl economically with well-made, attractive wood floorings. With some study and “how-to” steps from the Internet or the library, you can even install the wood flooring yourself. If you are not handy or have some serious reservations about your ability to handle such a task, it is better to let a professional do the installation part. Wood flooring is a big investment and you do not want to diminish the aesthetic effect with a poor installation effort.

Regardless of the type or style of wood flooring that you select, you will want to protect it. This means doing some research on the right type of wood floor cleaner to use on your flooring. Be sure to get a cleaning product designed for WOOD floors. You will also want to select a good quality wood floor polish and invest in periodic cleaning and polishing of your wood floors in order to maximize their beauty and prolong their life over years of use.

And, of course, you will want to invest in rugs to cover strategic areas of your floors. As wood flooring has grown in popularity so has the use of area rugs. Area rugs offer a first line of protection against damage to your wood flooring, particularly in areas of high traffic. Wood floors can be refinished to eliminate scratches and dents but sanding and refinishing floors is messy and time-consuming and you will want to postpone those activities as long as possible.

Enter the area rug. Strategically placed rugs can minimize damage to wood flooring and can extend the period of time between floor refurbishments dramatically. Wood flooring is being used in every room in the home and area rugs are versatile enough to be similarly used. Rugs come in all sizes and shapes and so can complement your wood flooring whether it is in a bedroom, the kitchen, a bath, or a hallway.

While area rugs do a great job of protecting your investment in your wood flooring, they are also multi-purpose in that they also provide a room-decorating alternative in terms of color, texture, and accent. Rugs can brighten up a dark area with a contrasting color scheme. Large, unbroken areas of wood flooring can be “boring” and a rug will add interest to the area and minimize the sameness of the flooring square footage.

Area rugs do not require a professional interior decorator in the selection process nor do they need professional installation. There are a wide range of styles, sizes, and patterns to choose from. The average person can easily make a selection that will complement the wood flooring in place and the room décor while still protecting the budget. Area rugs, properly cared for, will add style and color and interest to your wood floorings for years to come.

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