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A Quick Guide to Different Hardwood Floor Styles: Which One Is Right for You?

On top of providing a home with warmth and elegance, hardwood flooring can last over 25 years with proper maintenance. However, it can be difficult to know which hardwood floor styles will best suit your home renovation project. At FAME Hardwood in Beverly Hills, CA we've put together a quick guide to help you gain a better understanding of which hardwood style is right for you.


While much of the hardwood selection process comes down to taste, choosing the wrong kind of hardwood can put your gorgeous new floors at risk for damage. It's important to select wood that both looks good and is appropriate for your project's location.


Solid and engineered hardwood are both durable, long-lasting, and come in a variety of wood species. The location of your floors will determine which type is appropriate for your project. If you're installing floors above ground level, use solid hardwood made from milled lumber. Solid hardwood works well in most rooms but is not recommended for bathrooms, kitchens, basements, or mudrooms due to the potential of damage from high humidity and standing moisture.

If you're installing your new floor in the basement, engineered hardwood is the way to go. Because engineered wood uses plywood, softwood stickers, and/or fibreboard layers in combination with real wood, it has greater moisture resistance. As a result, it is more versatile and can be used in more moisture-prone locations (such as basements) and is ideal for use in condominiums. Additionally, when working with a concrete subfloor, it is your best choice.


Wood species and texture selection are largely dependent on personal taste. Oak is a classic choice, and maple, birch, and walnut are also common. You will also need to consider color, grain, and texture. For example, some prefer their flooring to have visible knots or mineral streaking for a more rustic look, while others crave a more uniform appearance. Ultimately, the look is up to you.


It's important to carefully select which finish and gloss level you find the most aesthetically pleasing. There are three different types of finish to choose from hand-scraped, wire-brushed, or smooth. Hand-scraped or wire-brushed are ideal for hiding imperfections from daily traffic, pets, or children, while a smooth finish gives a more classic touch.

The gloss level will also dramatically impact the finished look of your flooring. There are several levels of gloss to consider, from ultra matte to high gloss. The best way to find what you like is to browse a collection and order samples to view in your home.

Ready to find a hardwood floor that appeals to you? Whether you've got a clear idea in your mind of what you're looking for or you need to review your options with the help of an expert, FAME Hardwood has you covered. Visit FAME Hardwood in Beverly Hills today.