Oak. Hickory. Maple. These domestic hardwoods will always be classics, but sometimes you want your home to stand out from the crowd. When you’re looking for that extra pop of interest, you want to turn to the exotic hardwoods. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most beautiful exotics.
Even the name screams beauty and excitement, doesn’t it? Tigerwood is an extremely durable hardwood native to Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. Just like its namesake, tigerwood has broad stripes of color—usually a combination of rich, dark brown and creamy tan—in tightly grained stripes. The overall look is luxurious and a little wild. Pair it with deluxe fabrics like tapestry or velvet and a few standout pieces from your world travels.
Brazilian Cherry Flooring
Don’t be fooled—Brazilian cherry isn’t actually a member of the cherry family at all. But with its rosy hues, this exotic has the same striking red color as its domestic doppelganger, coupled with dramatic accent streaks. Brazilian cherry is extraordinarily hard—twice as hard as red oak flooring. Pair this statement flooring with bold jewel tones or contrast it with stark black and white.
Sapele comes from the jungles of Africa. It grows to incredible heights—sometimes more than 150 feet tall. This exotic is in the same family as mahogany, and offers a lighter, gentler color over mahogany’s deep, dark browns. It has more pink and cream hints, and often has a striped or gently dappled texture, like light dancing through the leaves. This moderately hard wood can be a hit in both traditional homes—it’s gorgeous in a colonial-style dining room—or in contemporary lofts.
Acacia has a less glamorous name: thorntree. But it’s worth braving a few thorns for this exotic that’s found all around the world, but is most common in Australia. Acacia ranges from ashy brown to deep, rich chocolate. It has a fine grain full of whirls and swirls. Try acacia hardwood flooring to add warmth to a modern loft space.
No matter what your style, there’s an exotic hardwood waiting to add a beautiful uniqueness to your home. To find out what’s right for you, contact Tish Flooring, an Indianapolis hardwood flooring company. We’ll bring samples to your door and help you find your style.