As you research your options when it comes to new wood floors, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the choices available. With that in mind we've put together some resources that we hope will help you understand both the aesthetic and structural qualities of various hardwood flooring species.
Maple and hickory are extremely dense and durable hardwoods. Their striated grain, color streaking, and knotholes are well suited for a rustic effect, but they can also be worked into contemporary design for striking contrasts in texture and color.
Ash, birch, alder, beech, and similar woods are clear, light, and monotonal woods best employed in contemporary design.
At the happy medium between rustic and contemporary are the classic Southern low country woods: cypress and longleaf heart pine.
Southern Yellow Pine
Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba)
Brazilian Walnut (Ipe)