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From the Ground Up: How Wide Plank Floors Impact Interior Design
In our last blog, we discussed the exciting experience of designing a custom wide plank floor by Carlisle — particularly how the characteristics of wood affect plank width, and how scaling the plank width will help you achieve the look you want in your floor.
Today, we are shifting our focus to the finished product, and how it plays an important role as a design element in your home.
Once Upon a Floor…
Close your eyes and imagine your happy place. Are you relaxing on the front deck of a sailboat or floating on the calm water of an open sea? Are you strolling down the sidewalk of your favorite city on a Saturday afternoon? Or maybe you’re hanging in a harness and descending from a cliff!
Whatever your vision, it is uniquely yours, and so is your custom floor. Some people choose to create floors with rich, serene, minimal-contrasting grain that bring a sense of calm to their space. Others embrace the movement of complex grain and texture, or add interest to their floor with cut patterns like the sleek intricacy of dovetailing herringbone. Whatever look you have created, you get to channel your inner designer as you build an interior terrain in you home that truly reflects your personality and style.
Visualize the floor of your home as if it were the ground-cover of a landscape. Then think about how it will work with your color palette, furniture and decor to create the mood or story of your personality and your home. If you long for a sense of calm or a tranquil environment, you may select wall color and furnishings that blend with the tone of your floor for a monochromatic or tone-on-tone look. If you crave action or excitement, you may want to use dramatic contrasting shades in your walls and floors, introduce additional distinctive patterns in your drapes or pillows, or provide pops of color in your room decor to create a bold or spirited look. Just as the appearance of your floor will reflect aspects of your personality, the colors and mood of the surrounding area will also tell a part of your design story.
The Lead Character
Our planet is covered in a multitude of different landscapes. And much like the design of your home, they provide a backdrop for your life. There may be hundreds of sandy beach vacation destinations, cityscapes, or rough terrains to climb, but it’s the people that inhabit them that make them unique. That is how you should view your living area!
The true character of your home is established when you bring your story and your preferences into the space. Don’t be afraid to make it yours! Your floor will always be a leading character. And it will enhance your home and express your personality even more when you add other things you truly love to its interior landscape. Hang that watercolor painting you found on vacation. Add the cozy wool throw you curl up with at night. Or display your favorite books on your cocktail table and place a colorful oversized basket near the door to collect odds and ends. Let your life happen and your house will reflect your personality and give you a sense of place, and you will call it home.
Happily Ever After
In the end, the decision to design a custom floor with Carlisle will provide you with endless opportunities to create your “happy place.” From your first inspirational snapshot to the installation of the final board, our Wide Plank Specialists are delighted to guide you every step of the way. The end result will be a masterful interior landscape that reflects your personality and brings your vision to life!
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Want to see the first part of this blog series? Go to: How Wood Characteristics Influence Plank Width