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Design Trend: Vintage Flooring


Why is it people love old houses so much? Maybe it’s a sense these homes were built better and made to last longer. Or they like the spacious floorplans of old homes and the many little elements that add a whole lot of character to a home. It may even be people noticing how different old homes look from one another, a great contrast to the cookie cutter homes being built today.

One element of older homes which always seems to be particularly impressive to people is the expansive wide plank wood flooring that harkens back to the days before wall-to-wall carpet rose to popularity in 1960s. Even in real estate listings, the phrase “hardwood flooring throughout” makes a property more sellable, because the look and feel of hardwood enriches a space in a way few other finishes can. From the unpredictable variegations in color to the swirls, grooves and dents embedded in the wood, wood floors seem to be a testament to a life well-lived. It takes decades to build the kind of depth and patina exhibited by wide plank wood flooring.

So what about today’s homes? Even if you have a newly built home, or home that originally came with wall-to-wall carpeting, you can bring the distressed yet sumptuous look of vintage hardwood flooring to your home without having to walk over a floor for half a century. Tish sells many types of wide plank flooring, like our American Restoration Vintage Oak Hardwood Flooring or our Castlewood Oak , which will fit beautifully in a number of settings.

Wide plank wood flooring can range anywhere from 5 to 12 inches in width (or more) and it can work in practically any room of your home. You can mix hearty wood flooring with light-toned, luxuriant furniture and soft pillows and throws to create a welcoming space in your family room or add it to bedrooms to give the feel of being away on a trip in a secluded mountain cabin. If you’re in a condo or loft, wide plank wood flooring will immediately liven up a dull, generic space. If you’re in an industrial, urban loft, wood flooring will bring the natural elements indoors. This type of wood flooring is incredibly versatile; much like the old homes, any room to which you add wood flooring will be transformed into an intimate space of character and warmth.

The experienced staff at Tish flooring can help you select the just the right type of wood flooring for your Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, or Zionsville home. If you’re looking for a wood floor with a timeless feel that evokes the nostalgia of quality woodworking of the past, wide plank wood flooring will be a great choice for you. Feel free to stop by and visit our showroom to see our selection of wide plank wood flooring or let us bring samples you can try in the comfort of your own home.