Generally, the first flooring design that comes to mind when people think of the word "rustic" is hardwood. Hardwood floors are synonymous with an earthy, rustic look and are beautiful in a shabby inspired home. There are many hardwood options available and you are sure to find the right one that complements your decor. Whether you opt for a traditional hardwood floor or choose something a little different like cherry or hickory, there are a myriad of shades from light to dark. For a polished, durable floor that looks charming and is easy to clean, hardwood is the go-to option.
Plank floors give your home a cozy, winter cabin feel. Planks are actually a type of hardwood flooring that is thicker than the standard design. This type of flooring comes in larger, wider pieces. Plank flooring gives a distinct rustic look, and comes in a variety of colors.
If you want to use hardwood flooring but the shiny look of the wood doesn't look rustic enough, opt for distressed flooring. This flooring can give your space a more antique, old-fashioned feel. Purchase reclaimed, already distressed pieces for your floor or do the distressing yourself if you're in the market for a little DIY action. You can use a combination of tools to distress your floor, including hammers, sandpaper, stain, paint, scrapers and wire brushes. Paint the floor beforehand and distress spots to make the floor look old and worn.
Evoke the look of a barn wood floor by priming and painting a hardwood floor a perfect shade of gray, brown, or red. Nothing says rustic more than a barn and recreating this look is a great way to add a touch of country to your home. You can even distress the flooring further or use a wood-graining tool to add a natural, knotted design to the floor that echoes the feel of an old barn.
A natural, exposed brick floor takes rustic to another level. Brick flooring isn't actually made with real bricks, but has the appearance of bricks without the weight and bulk. Brick tiles give your kitchen a rustic feel with their authentic design.
Another alternative for a pastoral floor is stone vinyl, tile, or actual stone flooring. Stone vinyl may be less expensive than actual stone flooring, but has the same interesting, eye-catching look that turns your home into a rustic paradise. Stone flooring comes in many colors and looks, and adds a hint of style to your shabby space.
Create a cozy, chic country nook when you contact Gowdy Flooring for help choosing and installing the flooring of your home decorating dreams. Call us today at (806) 353-6226 or browse our website for more information about our products and services. Send us an email with your questions, comments, or concerns. You're welcome to stop by and see our showroom in person, which is located at 5202 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.