Modern Hardwood Floors

Your guide to modern hardwood floors

While hardwood flooring is a classic and time-honored option for residential interiors, many homeowners today are looking for more modern hardwood floors that meet the needs of a stylish design aesthetic. Modern floorboards frequently use trending wood floor colors, texturing techniques and wider planks to achieve a look that that is decidedly contemporary.

At Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, we offer the finest flooring products in the country, with options for both traditional and modern hardwood floors. Our design consultants can work with you to select the wood, color, texture and other options that will make your modern hardwood floors a defining feature of your home.

Selecting the species for your modern hardwood floors

We offer 10 species of hardwood that can be used to create stunning modern hardwood floors.

  • Ash floors are amazingly dense and feature hues that range from cream to light blonde to rich nutty brown hues – perfect for modern light wood floors.
  • Birch floors have blonde outer edges and warm amber portions, and feature grain patterns that range from highly figured flames to subtle swirls.
  • Brown Maple floors have hues of rich gold, amber and brown, along with subtle and consistent grain patterns.
  • Cherry floors boast lustrous deep red tones that can be polished to a burnished auburn color, and they offer subtle but distinctive flowing grain patterns.
  • Hickory floorboards have remarkable strength and density, along with hues that range from lighter blonde sapwood to cocoa brown and beige heartwood.
  • Red Oak floors feature deep, salmon tones and tight grain that produces boards of exceptional widths and lengths.
  • Walnut floorboards have rich chocolate and mocha hues with surprising auburn undertones and complex grain patterns.
  • White Maple boasts striking, flowing grain patterns with clean and lighter hues for a more neutral finish.
  • White Oak floorboards have dramatic grain patterns that range from simple and sleek lines to vibrant swirls, with hues that range from beige to nutty brown.
  • Rift & Quartersawn White Oak floorboards are cut with special techniques that produce straight parallel lines in the grain with vibrant ray flecks that radiate across each board.

How to customize your modern hardwood floors

In addition to a choice of wood, we offer a variety of additional options for customizing your Carlisle floor.

Our custom wood grades are designed to help you achieve your ideal look by revealing more or less character in the floorboards. Our Original Grade features boards with more knots, mineral streaks, ingrown bark and color variation. Our Heirloom Grade features less character and fewer variations in color and grain patterns. Customers seeking modern hardwood floors tend to prefer the consistency of the Heirloom Grade.

When considering the structure of your floor, we offer both solid wood and engineered wood flooring. Engineered floors are made with multiple layers of material onto which a thick veneer of hardwood is glued, creating a floorboard that is more resistant to extreme changes in temperature and humidity. While there is virtually no difference in appearance between our solid and engineered floors, modern engineered wood flooring is often better suited to installation below grade, on concrete slab or over radiant heat.

Texturing your floor can produce a unique appearance in modern hardwood floors. Texturing techniques typically seek to replicate the appearance of older floorboards by adding imperfections and by gently wearing away the softer grains in the way that foot traffic and time normally do. Using techniques like brushed wood flooring or hand-scraped edges can add visual interest and character to modern hardwood floors.

Color is often the attribute most associated with modern hardwood floors. We offer stains in a virtually unlimited variety of modern hardwood floor colors and can perfectly match the color of almost any item you send to us.

Carlisle makes creating modern hardwood floors easy

When you want the best modern hardwood floors in America, Carlisle is your only choice. As a leading innovator in flooring surfaces for more than 50 years, we have built our business on delivering wide plank floors of the highest quality. Every Carlisle floor is a masterpiece, handcrafted one plank at a time to reflect your sense of style and taste. With unsurpassed customer service that delivers expert guidance every step of the way, we work diligently to ensure your modern hardwood floors will meet your exacting requirements and exceed your expectations. The beauty of your Carlisle hardwood floor will delight you and warm your space for years to come, and it will always be a welcome reminder of where you are each time you return home.