A terrific way to dress-up your hardwood floor and add a bit of personality to it, is the inclusion, or add, of borders, insets, or inlays. You may opt for the simple, understated thin line of a Santos Mahogany or Jatoba feature strip, in 1” cut, bordering the perimeter of a room or the entire main floor; or you may choose to have Residential Floors design a ‘rug’ for you—inset and inlayed with various species of wood that work together and resonate their individuality.
A good start is to take a scale drawing of the space (or have us do it for you) and experiment with placement and colorations. Keep in mind that many of the exotic woods offer some pretty remarkable colorations like, medium yellow, regal purple and crimson red–to name a few—so designing something in natural woods vs. stained woods is infinitely possible.
One of the more well-known manufacturers of pre-made inlays is Oshkosh Floor Design in, of course, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Their on-line catalogue can give you some fresh ideas in what’s available ‘off-the-shelf’ or, if you’d prefer, serve as a visual resource as to how you’d like us to customize a design for you.
Custom work like this can transform the mundane into absolutely stately; and, above all, adds your personal statement into your home.