Choosing the Right Exotic Flooring

Choosing the Right Exotic Flooring

There are few things more striking than walking through the front door to a home laden with beautiful, striking wood floors. With apparent grain texture, the smoothness creates a sleek, sophisticated style that stands above other forms of flooring. Hardwood floors are one of the most desirable design components of a home, so it’s important to research different varieties, colors and patterns to see how wood floors can enhance the beauty of your home.

Acacia Exotic Wood

Acacia Exotic Wood

When choosing the type of wood for flooring, there are three main categories: hardwoods, soft woods, and exotics. Most North American wood falls into the hardwood category which includes the most common selections including, oak, maple, walnut, ash, cherry, hickory, birch, and a few others. They are all beautiful, but are not as rare as some of the softwoods and exotics, which provide a top tier design style in any home. Most softwood includes evergreen varieties such as fur, cedar, and pine. Each variety of hardwood and softwood has a different color variation and grain pattern, making them each unique.

When choosing the type of wood for flooring, there are three main categories: hardwoods, soft woods, and exotics. Most North American wood falls into the hardwood category which includes the most common selections including, oak, maple, walnut, ash, cherry, hickory, birch, and a few others. They are all beautiful, but are not as rare as some of the softwoods and exotics, which provide a top tier design style in any home. Most softwood includes evergreen varieties such as fur, cedar, and pine. Each variety of hardwood and softwood has a different color variation and grain pattern, making them each unique.

Jamaican Dogwood Exotic Wood, country, rustic, red undertones

Jamaican Dogwood Exotic Wood

However, to really step it up in the hardwood flooring realm, consider going with an exotic wood species. Unlike the hardwood and softwood varieties, most exotic woods are found outside of North America and are imported from Europe, Asia and South America, among some other tropical islands. Exotic wood often has more choices in color, but like hardwood and softwood, also offers a huge sampling of different knot and grain patterns.

For example, if you are looking to create a country, rustic feel, try going with the Jamaican Dogwood. Its rich red undertone will stand out among others and mixes well with maple, oak and pine.  For a European flare, Macassar Ebony has the feel of a 14th century castle. The deep brown coloring resembles the dark wood that is found in many old European buildings, bringing a little taste of history into the present day. Lastly, there is nothing that says urban contemporary like the African Blackwood. Contemporary design is based on a palette of black and white with bold pops of color. The Blackwood is the darkest wood in the exotic variety, and would contrast wonderfully to white cabinetry and light decor.

Macassar Ebony Exotic Wood, Exotic, exotic wood, deep brown

Macassar Ebony Exotic Wood

With such a large selection of exotic wood options at Capital City Millwork, we can cater to the exact vision of your home through hardwood flooring. Whether your style is rustic, French chic, Metropolitan, or contemporary, there is a flooring to fit your palette. To see other varieties of hardwood, softwood and exotic woods, visit our website and view the gallery of specs and colors. Contact us today and our designers will help you pair the perfect hardwood variety to your design style.

November 6th, 2015|