There is no doubt wood flooring with all it’s beautiful unique natural grain patterns and varying colours tones is a statement feature which makes a fabulous addition to any home. Boards come in a range of widths and it is important to consider the style of floor to compliment a space. Although the dimensions of a room cannot be changed by selecting wide or narrow boards or indeed both can create an illusion a larger or even a less narrow room.
Narrow boards in a small space require more boards and as such result in more joins in the floor. It makes a room appear busier and smaller. To create an illusion of space choose wider board. For optimal effect, also consider the orientation of the boards. Laying boards parallel to the longest wall elongates a space as the eye is drawn along the joints in the floor. Clever planning of a floor using wide oak floorboards really opens up an area. By applying a light or natural finish this also makes a room appear larger.
You may think a large room requires larger boards to fill the space, however, this is not necessarily true. Narrow boards, traditionally found in period properties and stately homes, give an illusion of space. Wide boards look stunning too, making a huge interior appear more in proportion. There really are no hard and fast rules and a combination of both wide and narrow widths work equally well.
WIDE AND NARROW ROOMS
These areas can be challenging. Wide boards make a small room appear larger, a narrow room appear wider and a long room appear shorter. Consider using narrow boards in an alcove to give the space a cozy and intimate feel.
Dependant on the species our narrow boards start from a width of 80mm-120mm. A mid width board from 120mm -160mm and wider boards 190mm to 300mm wide. When sourcing our timber we specifically seek out long wide logs from which we achieve boards upwards of 220mm. All timber is responsibly soured from sustainable woodlands throughout the UK. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information and prices.