Contemporary homes and offices have been trending towards hardwood for their floors for quite a while now. Additionally, they have been emphasizing a sort of spartan aesthetic. The minimalist trend and the trend towards hardwood have been converging in an interesting way lately. Homeowners and office designers haven’t limited the hardwood flooring to the flooring. The flooring has begun to run up the wall as well. The application varies for home and office in some interesting ways.
When you see hardwood flooring on the walls in offices, it is often built up the side of a reception desk or some other type of in-built structure. The design is interesting because reception desks and the like tend to jut out into the floor, reducing the amount of floor space. In certain offices, that can look somewhat cluttered. Obviously, that runs counter to the minimalist aesthetic that emphasizes openness and open floor plans. One way to reduce the look of clutter is to have the same hardwood on the side of the desk as on the floor.
Extending the floor in this way helps to create the illusion of unbroken space. A similar thing is at work when homeowners install wood up the walls.
You’ll often see hardwood flooring installed partially up the wall in a home; when wood is installed partially up a wall, it is generally called wainscoting. It doesn’t create the same sense of continuity that it would when installed on a desk in an office. Instead, it conveys openness by visually pushing the walls backward. The illusion of depth comes from the hardwood appearing as if it is the floor for a moment.
These two different applications rely on installing the same hardwood on the floor as on the walls. That would mean the same finish and stain so that it’s visually indistinguishable from the flooring.
The other trend involves installing a different hardwood up the walls. That different hardwood can be a totally different wood or just the same planks stained and finished differently. That won’t create the feeling of continuity; instead, it creates a more rustic feel. Many chalets and cabins in Northern Europe have local hardwoods for the flooring, the walls, and the ceiling. You can mimic this look with some hardwood planks installed on the walls. You want a wood that is complementary without being so close in color that it looks like a mistake. A professional can help you choose the right woods for your home.
When installing new hardwood flooring, your imagination is your only barrier. If you can think of it, it can probably be done! Call Dan’s Custom Hardwood Flooring today to discuss your dreams!