I have always liked to have the same type of wood throughout my home. It creates a flow from room to room. There are still ways to define each space or add a pop of interest. The pictures in this blog show several options with borders.
Here is a small border for a change of direction in my hallway. It also adds a pop of color that brings out the wood grain. Since my woodwork is painted in this hallway, I had more choices for wood color and style. When picking flooring, think about your furniture or art for inspiration. Find something that is complementary rather than identical. Keep the color wheel in mind. Opposing colors on the wheel complement each other. Warm colors seem to move toward a person. Cool colors recede or fall back from the viewer.
This second picture is in the store where we are showing four different floors coming together with a frame style of border. You can see a better picture on the home page. Keeping the border the same shade and wood is a less obvious detail. It finishes the room, but does not draw attention away from other design elements.
The third picture is in my office at the store showing an inlay, border and parquet. The wood is red oak 2 1/4" by 3/4" by 24" laid in a herringbone pattern. The border is walnut with walnut and oak squares cut 3" by 3".
The last picture is a portion of a medallion in the front area of the store. Medallions can incorporate multiple wood species and even other mixed media. They come in a variety of factory finished designs and can be a great addition to a foyer.
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