If you’re fortunate enough to have a spacious hallway that greets you when you come in, then read on! The hallway, in most cases, is where your home makes its first impression so it’s important to get it right! But how exactly do we make the grand first impression that we desire? You want it to have a lasting effect on guests and often the answer is right below your feet.
Whether you’re looking for a dramatic effect or want something a little calmer, then wood flooring will nearly always satisfy your desires. Coming in many different patterns, finishes and colours, there’s something for everyone!
Not only is it important that your hallway has a stunning and stylish flooring, but durability is paramount. For many of us, the hallway is amongst the highest foot traffic areas in the home, where everyone will tread to enter and leave! It will also likely come into contact with lot of outdoor shoes, dirt and debris. The good news is that wood flooring is highly resilient and will last for a generation if cared for properly.
Let’s look at the classic gem of parquet wood flooring. Although it is often associated with outdated interiors and grand houses, it’s made an incredible come back and has gone wild in the world of interior design, often chosen in multiple rooms in modern homes.
Parquet is frequently chosen in the hallway to give a luxurious and characteristic feel, once more it comes in many colours from honey hues to rich walnut, you can fit it around your interior perfectly! As well, the intricate busy pattern really complements a larger space, why wouldn’t you lay it in your hallway?
Parquet’s good looks are also beneficial from a practical point of view too. The unique pattern is good at disguising dirt, debris and scratches, which unfortunately can come into contact with your flooring. The planks often vary in terms of colour too, perfect for camouflaging stains!
Even though we would always say when choosing a wood floor for your hallway parquet is best, all wood flooring will give your home added luxury and present the wow factor. Once you’ve decided that wood flooring is for you, then you’ll need to decide whether you’re going to go for engineered or solid. The main difference between the two is that engineered is able to handle the fluctuating temperatures of underfloor heating, something solid wood isn’t able to cope with. Underfloor heating is something that we are seeing more and more of in our homes, so it is certainly worth giving yourself the option of this if you can as it will help with the selling value of your home when it is time to move on.
There are also a number of species, grades and finishes available that you can customise to your heart’s content. In terms of finishes, you can go for a classic glossy lacquered, to a more subtle brushed oiled finish, there are so many options!
Of course, the choice is up to you! Although nothing quite compares to the rich look of real wood, if you need something more affordable and carefree then vinyl and laminate come in very convincing imitations of real wood.
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