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Rustic Wood Floors Complement Western Decor

By Michael Hilton

Decorating with furnishings such as authentic cowboy antiques or Navajo floor rugs may help to give your home's interior a western flair, but to create a true western decor in your home, you need to have beautiful rustic wood floors. Rustic wood floors can set the stage for a western interior that can make your home feel as though it is nestled on a bunch-grass prairie overlooking the snow capped peaks of the Rocky Mountain West. When choosing a rustic wood floor, you need to know what styles are available and how each may effect the home interior that you are trying to create.

Wood Floor Styles for Western Ambiance

Here are some different styles of rustic wood floors:

  • Saw-kerf or circle-sawn wood floors look aged and well used, because unlike most wood flooring, the original saw markings are left on the finished boards. The resulting textured surface of the flooring is highlighted by straight markings, when the wood boards are cut by a bandsaw, or circular saw marks, which are produced when the wood is cut with a traditional circular blade. These types of rustic wood floors invite people to leave their shoes on when visiting your home and complement western interior furnishings such as saddle-seat barstools, antique pine hutches, and vibrantly colored area rugs.
  • Reclaimed or recycled wood floors are another option for those who want to create a casual, aged feel to their home's interior. Using reclaimed floor boards which have been salvaged from old structures, or using new flooring which is cut from recycled large old wood beams, creates a wood floor that has a living history and can make your home feel as if it is a century old. Recycled wood floors usually have visible nail holes and other markings that hint to the woods previous use. This style of rustic wood flooring goes well in a timber-framed or log home which has lots of exposed wood beams or log work.
  • Distressed wood floors are created by craftsman who use specialized tools and techniques to turn newly cut boards into wood flooring that appears to have been in use for generations. Hand scraping, wire brushing, and other distressing techniques create "old" wood floors from new wood pieces. From a light sanding on the board's edges to a hand planed scrape on its face, distressed wood floors can be custom ordered to match your expectations of western rustic.

Great western home interiors should be a perfect blend of furnishings, architecture, and interior finishes, such as rustic wood floors, which come together to create a timeless look in your home and visually hint to the ranches and lodges of the historic West.

 

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About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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