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With Design Elements, you can unleash your creativity and craft a truly one-of-a-kind flooring masterpiece by seamlessly blending wood with an array of other materials, such as stone, tile, slate, marble, metal, and even leather. For instance, accentuating a marble foyer with wood can create a dramatic and eye-catching entryway, while incorporating brushed nickel accents into your kitchen wood floor could complement and highlight your professional-grade appliances.

Many homeowners opt to elevate their hardwood floors further by adding custom borders or medallions, which not only accentuate the flooring but also complement the overall home decor. These Medallions and borders are available in a variety of designs, shapes, and brands, allowing you to truly personalize your space and make a statement that reflects your unique style.


Departing from the conventional horizontal layout, this custom home features a striking diagonal floor pattern that elevates the overall aesthetic through its directional appeal. The diagonal orientation not only enhances the visual appeal of the flooring but also creates a subtle yet captivating separation between the dining area and the adjoining rooms.

As the homeowner’s gaze sweeps across the grain, the floor effortlessly guides their line of sight towards focal points within the room or seamlessly transitions their perspective into neighboring spaces, creating a harmonious flow and visual journey throughout the home.


Field: The “Field” is the central section of a hardwood floor, encompassed within the bordered area. It can feature any hardwood species, pattern, and installation method.

Border: A decorative element that surrounds the field, enhancing and complementing the beauty of the field material. Borders can also be incorporated within the field to achieve specific design purposes.

Frame or Skirting: This is the area between the border and the wall. It serves to balance the room’s proportions and create a seamless transition between the border and the wall.

Corners: There are several techniques for turning corners in the skirting or frame. The installation can run parallel or perpendicular to the field, with options for stepped or mitered corners, as shown.


Area rugs can serve as an additional design element when placed atop hardwood floors, offering not only aesthetic appeal but also providing protection for the finish. However, caution must be exercised when selecting a rug pad. Pads made of solid PVC or rubber without air holes can suffocate the floor’s finish, causing it to become dull or faded.

Similarly, excessively stiff pads may slide around and potentially scratch the flooring surface. To ensure the longevity and vibrancy of your hardwood floors, we recommend using rubber pads with a honeycomb design, as they provide a secure grip while allowing the floor finish to “breathe” and maintain its luster.

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