Engineered Wood Floor Styles
Engineered wood floors can suit a rustic country retreat, contemporary urban loft, and everything in between
It's a dead ringer for solid wood, faster (and, as a DIY project, cheaper) to install, and less prone to moisture damage. Best of all, with a wide-ranging palette of looks and textures to choose from, engineered wood flooring can suit a rustic country retreat, contemporary urban loft, and everything in between.
Wide-plank pine with a hand-scraped surface suits this formal farmhouse foyer.
A linseed oil finish highlights knots and wormholes. Aged Bourbon finish, about $9.50 per square foot;
Authentic Pine Floors
Naturally warm, reclaimed heart pine blends with the neutral tones in this bedroom. This unstained wood darkens over time. Clover Lea line, about $8 per square foot by special order; Lumber Liquidators
Traditional woods, such as this red oak, look contemporary with a dark stain and matte top coat, both of which are applied in the factory. Tahoe finish, about $10.25 per square foot; Kahrs
Your floor doesn't have to go in straight lines. Here, specially milled short and narrow lengths laid in a classic Chevron pattern are reminiscent of floors in Art Deco-style homes. About $9.50 per square foot; Mirage
Some makers bundle boards of varying widths in the same box, but you can also mix-and-match yourself. Just buy different sizes in the same finish and wood species. About $12 per square foot; Kahrs
Floors with these factory-made patinas have a vintage look that masks dents and dings.
Hand scraped: Workers use planes to shave random ripples into smooth planks, approximating the appearance and craftsmanship of hand-tooled colonial-era floors (shown).
Distressed: Mechanical drums fitted with chains, nuts, and wires roll over a board and crush the wood grain, imparting a time-worn feel. Some makers even add rectangular "Dutchman" patches, mimicking an old floor that's been repaired.
Wire Brushed: Rotating steel whiskers remove the softer wood from the surface, highlighting the pores in the grain. Mops can't reach dirt in these recesses, so use a vacuum instead. Just turn off its rotating beater bar.