The wooden floor attracts a lot of attention, it is beautiful and elegant, and easily fits in all types of houses. The wood has many other advantages – it provides good thermal insulation, it is durable and hypoallergenic. 

If you are planning to replace your wood flooring, or you are going to install a new one in your home, you will probably be interested in some options that differ from the traditional ones. Take a look at some non-traditional wooden flooring ideas for furnishing and renovating your home. 

Bamboo flooring 

The most important advantages of bamboo as a material are its moisture resistance compared to most wooden floors and its eco-friendliness, due to bamboo’s rapid renewal in nature. Although it is technically not wood, but a sort of grass, in terms of strength and hardness, after special treatment, bamboo competes with even the hardest woods in the world. It also has a beautiful texture and can be painted in different colors if desired. 

Artificially aged wood flooring 

If you want to give an antique look to your home or combine your flooring with antique furniture, artificially aged wood flooring is a great solution for your interior. In fact, the flooring is brand new and has all the qualities and advantages of a freshly made one, but the wood is treated in a special way to look antique. Artificial cracks, stains and other imperfections are applied, before a a modern protective coating, which remains invisible. 

Wooden flooring - unusual materials for an elegant interior
The wooden floor attracts a lot of attention and easily fits in all types of houses
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Hand-made wood flooring 

This is a type of hardwood flooring for which the wood material is hand-cut into pieces. Manual processing is known for the fact that the texture is the most diverse, and the pieces are not always exactly the same. When buying such flooring, you should pay attention to whether the processing is really manual or an imitation by a machine. Keep in mind that hand-processed wood has a higher price. 

Recycled wood flooring

Recycled wood flooring is made from wood that has already been used once. It is preferred by homeowners who maintain an environmentally friendly lifestyle. This flooring also has some unsuspected advantages – it is made from old wooden objects that were made at a time when only the best part of the wood was used, and the material itself was aged under natural conditions, so the chance of it bending or cracking is really small. 

Flooring of exotic or rare wood 

As long as you can afford it, you can opt for flooring, made of exotic or rare and expensive wood species. Among them is the Brazilian cherry (Jatoba). It is found in southern Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. It has a warm reddish color and remarkable durability. Jatoba is one of the hardest woods used to make flooring – about 10 times harder than oak. Other very beautiful and expensive wood species for flooring are wenge, teak, Karelian birch, merbo (iron wood). If you opt for such an expensive hardwood floor, it would be a great idea to consult experienced professionals on what kind of wood to choose.


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