Hardwood flooring choices are limitless – with its wide array of grains, stains, finishes, board widths and other options, it enriches any home. In fact, sometimes it can feel like there are too many choices. How can you choose what’s going to look best in your home, with your furniture and your lifestyle? Let’s take a look at the kinds of hardwood floors that tend to suit traditional homes.

If you have a classic American home, say a colonial or Tudor or craftsman abode, chances are you keep to a more traditional look inside your home, too. In most cases, this means a dark, rich stain evocative ofOld Worldluxury and times gone by. Consider a dramatic cherry, walnut or mahogany stain to give sumptuousness to your floors. As an added bonus, dark stains like these don’t show dirt and wear as much, meaning less maintenance for you. Score! To add an extra-luxe touch, consider a wide tread for your boards. We’re seeing a consistent move toward boards that are five or seven inches wide, some even wider. These broad boards give an impression of space and expansiveness that works well in traditional homes.

When it comes to choosing a grain, think about using a distressed or hand-scraped finish for a touch that will add old-world authenticity. This can help tone down some of the formality of dark stains and add a certain artisanal touch you’ll love.

There are so many great options for flooring in your traditional home. Need more guidance? Call Tish Flooring at 879-TISH, theIndianapolishardwood floor experts. We’ll come right to your house and help you decide what best fits your home’s décor, your family’s lifestyle and your budget.