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Nowadays hardwood fashions are changing faster than ever. It’s hard to keep up, but it’s important to! If you’re considering outfitting your home with new hardwood you need to know a little about the trends so that you can make a choice: to align with fashion, go for a classic look or something cutting edge.

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The Right Hardwood Finish for Your Home

Every hardwood product needs to be finished to seal and protect it, but different finishes have different benefits and depending on your priorities some finishes will be better for you than others. Factors at play here are: VOC content, durability, luster level and maintenance schedule. Let me break it down for you.

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Stairway

If you’re putting new floors in your Calgary home and you have a stairway, you might have a dilemma on your hands. Should you put carpet or hardwood on the stairs? Sometimes the choice isn’t obvious. If you have carpet upstairs and hardwood on the main floor you can go with either.

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Art

Contemporary design is built on a historical foundation. It uses many tried and tested principles from the past— balancing form and function, exploring the effects of colour, combining objects from the past and present and using images and symbols to create meaning. Read up on the Art Nouveau movement and how it has influenced contemporary design.

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Kitchen oak flooring

Do’s and Don’ts are crucial when it comes to cleaning hardwood. Adhering to the Do’s and avoiding the Don’ts, (especially the ‘Never!’ category) will make sure you don’t accidentally damage your floor. Hardwood is a natural material and while it is tough, it is hygroscopic. This means that it absorbs water and is therefore susceptible to water damage. Cleaning solutions can be used, but only the proper kind in small quantities. Read this guide to learn how to properly and safely clean your hardwood floor, keeping it beautiful for years to come.

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Wideplank Hardwood

“Wide plank:” if you’re in the market for hardwood, surely you’ve heard the term. Wider boards are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. They have a subtle but decisive affect on a room: whether 5” or 10”, they showcase the intricate beauty of wood grain more than strip flooring. Like a large canvas, a wider board contains more room for characteristic variation. The contrasts between soft grain, hard grain and eccentric knots create a stronger impression that is both tactile and visual.

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Interior design with hardwood flooring

Hardwood installation problems in condos are not uncommon. When the humidity levels fall too low, gaps between boards grow quite large and in the worst case, boards begin to crack or pull up from the subfloor. As you can imagine, the result is unfortunate and costly for the homeowner.

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Biophilic Design

In the world of flooring, nothing compares to the grace of natural materials: Hardwood, Stone Tile, Cork and Wool Carpet. Most would agree that they make a space feel more warm, inviting and even peaceful. The interesting thing, is that this isn’t just a feeling you get… it is a biological response. More and more evidence is surfacing that reveals the way in which Nature’s presence in human-made spaces positively affects the body and brain.

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Raw oil

When it comes to hardwood, this means that we don’t want the layer of finish to cover the textured and intricate pattern of the wood’s grain. We want those patterns and textures to pop and to feel them underfoot. Enter the new generation of oil finishes—as a result of some impressive recent technological innovations, contemporary oil finishes are very matte, have little to no VOCs, are quite resilient and available in a wide range colours.

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