August 4, 2012

flooring, Get the Look

With my husband’s attachment to traditional wood floors, I’m not sure if I will have an opportunity to live in a home with white floors. Perhaps I could convince him them if we had a vacation condo on the beach. It’s all about compromise, right?

I love the clean appearance and its versatility; they look great no matter your decor style. My only concern would be  regarding upkeep, but with products like laminate pergo I could get the look along with low maintenance. Until I have a chance at love with my own white floors, I’ll ponder these images and hope for a client with the same vision. Hmm….

When light and dark elements are combined they present a graphic contrast; this modern living room is no exception. The gleaming white floors layered with the textured shag area rug help to balance the glossy espresso doors and sleek leather sofa.

Hugh Randolph ArchitectsIt’s no secret that I’m attracted to spaces that juxtapose a rustic and refined aesthetic. Exposed brick, barn wood interior doors, and dark beams alone would make this entry way feel cave-like. The introduction of the whitewashed floors and pristine walls provide an fresh update to this Tudor style home. The same look for less can be achieved with a white laminate in oak.

You’d expect to find this white-washed knotted pine in a cottage style home, but it in this entry the emphasis is more on the home’s modern attributes.  Yet with its industrial stair railings and metal/stone sculpture, there’s no chance of a room feeling cold in the presence of wood.

A seamless floor effortlessly connects two living spaces together, no matter the color, but it is the white floor that gives the appearance of openess and soaring ceiling height.

Concrete flooring is white hot in this newly renovated MidCentury Modern home. Again, the contrast between light and dark modernized the space while the wood tones and views of the outdoors turn up the heat.

Are you bold enough to try this non traditional look?

Image Courtesy: Loading Dock Architecture | Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architecture | Berg Design Architects | Meister Construction
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Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, HGTV.com and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Raye Cage Says:

    Wood floors throughout a house has always been my preference, but after looking at these pictures of white floors, I want at least one room in my house with them! I love the white-washed knotty pine look.


  2. Robin Davis Says:

    Sorry- you’re crazy to think you want white floors. The upkeep will kill you. The contractor I bought my home from thought white 12-inch tiles in the foyer, kitchen AND eat-in dining area was a great idea. It never stays white- even with the quick and easy-to-use Wet-Jet…it stays white for all of an hour. Can’t wait to rip them out!


  3. Cyndi Murdoch Says:

    I’m loving the whitewashed knotty pine – rustic yet modern – and I bet it would be easier to maintain!


  4. Shadia Says:

    We are staining our wood floors white this week! Can’t wait! Specially bc the trims in our bungalow are dark brown and makes our house dark… I’ll keep you posted!


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