One thing that is always at a premium in homes is space – whether you are buying your first home or are already on the property ladder, for many people making the most of the space that you have in your home is close to the top of the list.
When you are maximising the space that you have, it is always nice to have the option to use some optical illusions to make your space look bigger than it really is. As you can see from this post on the Home Designing website, the use of reflective surfaces and mirrors is a great tip for making your rooms look bigger than they are. An oak floor that has a lacquered finish is perhaps one of the most effective ways of giving the illusion of more space in a room. At different times in the day, as the sunlight moves across the room, the lacquered floor surface will reflect the light and make the room look a little bigger than it is.
Any oak flooring that has a light coloured finish will be a great choice for a smaller home, especially if you are considering having oak flooring installed throughout your home with the same finish in all of your rooms. By having flooring with the same finish in all of your rooms, there will be more of a continuous flow feel to your home and you will limit the “cut off” between rooms which can have a reductive feel to the space that you have available.
Oak Flooring Finishes In Detail
Our most popular oak flooring finish across both our engineered and solid oak flooring ranges is Brushed and Natural Oiled; this is a finish that will look great installed in a home under 500sq feet and that will look as good in several years’ time as the day it is installed. Brushed and Natural Oiled is a popular choice because it blends with the existing surroundings of any room very well and is a perfect complement to any colour palette. Whether you are going for a muted colour scheme of pale creams, greys, blues, pinks or any other muted colour or you are opting for more vibrant colours in your home, this finish will match seamlessly with whatever your colour choice may be.
If you are looking to truly maximise the space that you have available, underfloor heating is a great option and can allow you to save on average 10% of usable floor space that is normally taken up by traditional wall mounted radiators. Brushed and Natural Oiled is the finish that we offer with our revolutionary underfloor heating product ThruFlow, which is exclusive to Oak Floors Online and has been tested and proven to be more energy efficient than standard underfloor heating boards. This means that you can save money on your heating bills whilst making the most of the space that you have available to you.
A common example of making the most of the space available in smaller homes is the New York City apartment; many people have learned the best way to maximise the space that they have and even innovative ways to personalise their home without creating clutter or a cramped feel. Design Sponge’s post of “A Lesson In Design Compromise” demonstrates how smaller homes often also involve compromise for what you want and what is realistic within the space that you have available. Having hardwood flooring in a smaller property is a feature that adds value in financial terms but perhaps more importantly, in lifestyle benefits. You have much more flexibility to change the soft furnishings and colour scheme within your home with wooden flooring than with carpets, which is great for people who like to change their style often and give their home an update on a regular basis.
When you have a home that is more compact in size, it is important that you are happy with every single item and installation that you have, from showers to flooring and even artwork. For many people with smaller floor space, the option of an unfinished oak floor is the best choice. This floor board is available in engineered and solid oak and is the most versatile of available oak floor finishes because you have the luxury of deciding exactly how you would like to finish your floor once it has been installed in your home.
An unfinished oak floor is sanded and ready to have whichever finish you choose once you have installed it in your home. You can choose from a whole range of colours and finishes for your floor to reflect your own style and taste – you may choose a coloured wax oil for the perfect finish, or maybe a lacquer is more what you are looking for – you can decide once your floor has been installed and you have more of a feel for the space as a whole.
If you are looking for inspiration to decorate your smaller space and some helpful tips on how to make the rooms appear larger, House to Home has a whole range of decorating ideas for smaller spaces, along with photos that show you just how much can be achieved within a smaller space. One of our favourite tips from House to Home for smaller spaces is to use floating shelves to have effective storage space and make the most of the remaining space – beware though, this means that you have to be exceptionally tidy!
Whichever finish you choose for your floor, you will need to decide between engineered oak or solid oak floor boards. Both have their own features and benefits, making them suitable for individual taste and also for different environments. As you have read above, only engineered oak flooring is suitable for underfloor heating, you will find that many finishes are available in both solid and engineered boards.
Before you order any type of flooring for your home, make sure that you have asked any questions and that you have ordered samples of your favourite options so that you have the opportunity to see how the floor boards will look in each room after installation. We offer free samples on all of our oak floor range, click here to view the different finishes available.