Whether you lean toward a Mid-Century Modern, Farmhouse, Nautical, or Scandinavian decorating style — or anything in between — there are some current design trends that transcend individual schemes. The overarching themes pervading today’s homes have something in common: They all play well with Rehmeyer Custom-Milled Wide Plank Wood Floors.
Open Concept Layouts
One major shift in home design from the 1960s to the 1980s was from compartmentalized rooms to an open concept floor plan. And it seems to be here to stay. With that change — or perhaps prompting it — has been the tendency toward less formal décor and compartmentalized living, which modern lifestyles and technology certainly allow for and encourage. Instead of formal entertaining, most families prefer a down-to-earth, interactive atmosphere where guests literally feel at home. Instead of feeling embarrassed to have dirty dishes in view, today’s hosts and hostesses prefer to be part of the action and don’t mind involving guests in the preparations and cleanup.
The integrated rooms in open-concept layouts make strict divisions in decorating schemes awkward; instead, today’s homeowners value a unified ambiance that blends rooms throughout the living space. Along with that coherent style, the idea of different colors of carpet or even different flooring types from one room to another seem completely out of place. Instead, wood floors have become the ideal unifying element for open-concept homes. To create visual groupings or focal points, throw rugs can be placed over wood floors, preventing the kind of monotonous look that comes with neutral-colored carpet spread over a large space.
Growing Home Size
Floor plans aren’t the only things that have changed about American homes throughout the past several decades. Throughout the past century, an even more significant shift has occurred: the size of the average American home. In the early 1900s, typical bungalows were between 600 and 800 square feet. In 1950, the average home was approximately 1000 square feet. In the year 2000, that number doubled! (Ironically, during the same timeframe, the size of the average family decreased by 50%.) Having expanded by 1,000 feet in fifty years, the American home would require a different kind of décor. Not only is today’s home larger, overall, but each room is also larger.
When you combine the evolution of the interior floor plan with the growing size of American homes, you have a shift in the kind of flooring that makes sense. Not only are hardwood floors the perfect complement to the ever-expanding American home, but wide-plank flooring, in particular, helps create a visual statement that matches the openness and sizeable spaces that our homes embody.
Rehmeyer Wood Floors provides a variety of flooring options with a fully custom approach. Rehmeyer offers you your choice of 6 Custom Collections, each with an array of premium wood species from which to choose, or an Extreme Custom approach, which is a cutting-edge idea that will appeal to your avant-garde side.
Rehmeyer Wood Floors
Rehmeyer Wood Floors offers a full range of custom milled and engineered wide plank hardwood flooring. Rehmeyer’s flooring is all 3/4″ solid hardwood and sold unfinished, prefinished or completely custom finished to suit your project.
Call Rehmeyer Wood Floors today toll free at (888) 474-4047 or visit their website at RehmeyerFloors.com to learn more about their custom flooring services. With its mill located in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, Rehmeyer Wood Floors ships nationwide.
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