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Wood and Beyond Blog

  • Our Favourite Chocolate Brown Wood Flooring

      Chocolate. Even the word alone makes us feel happy and comforted. Whether it’s a hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day or a chocolate ice cream to cool down from the heat of the sun, there are so many associations we have with this simple word. When it comes to interiors, chocolate is hot right now. Whether it’s furnishings, paint or paper colours or accessories, a mix of whites, off-whites and chocolates; blacks, greys, whites and chocolates or even a heady mix of acid colours with chocolate, are all big news. And chocolate wood flooring is no exception. Chocolate wood flooring provides the perfect backdrop for your interior; modern or traditional. A warm and comforting floor colour choice, you can rest assured when you choo ... READ MORE >

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  • Dark Floorboards Suit Brighter Interiors the Best

      When choosing new floorboards, one of the top items on most people’s agenda is the colour that’ll work best in their room. Often fearful of very light whites or very dark blacks people think that natural wood colour is their only option. When they think of this, they veer naturally towards mushroomy oak colours. And don’t get us wrong, we love mushroomy oak colours in the right setting. Against a colour palette of pastel pinks, blues and yellows or even whites and off-whites, there are few things to beat a mousy, mushroomy floor. But we also know that a bit of courage and imagination always pays off when it comes to choosing the right floor. One of the scenarios that customers often struggle with is a bright interior. They wor ... READ MORE >

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  • Invisible Oil Wood Flooring for an Unfinished Look

      Wood is a naturally beautiful product and that’s why so many people are attracted to using it in their homes. No matter whether you’re choosing wood for flooring, furnishing or fixtures and fittings, one of the best ways to get the most from your wood is to have it in the closest you can get to its natural state. The problem with that is that wood needs to be protected so it stays looking good. There are various ways to protect wood and the two most common are by applying lacquer to it or oiling it. The thing with both of these options is that they change the look of the wood ever so slightly. Or they did until now. The great news now is that you can have the benefit of a finished wood floor without even noticing the finish. I ... READ MORE >

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  • Most Trendy Painted Floorboards

      Painted floorboards are in big demand. No matter whether your home is traditional in its style or highly modern, a wood floor that blends in with your décor and your furnishing is a great backdrop to any room. When it comes to choosing the right painted floorboards for your project, the secret is choosing the right colour and the right style. By doing this you’ll get a great immediate result AND great value for money in the long term. Some people choose to paint their floorboards once they are in situ or paint over existing floorboards, but there really is no getting away from the convenience and end result you get when you choose a prefinished product. When you choose a pre-finished floor it means that you know exactly what en ... READ MORE >

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  • How Does Parquet Flooring Measure Up versus Engineered Wood?

      How solid parquet flooring measures up against engineered wood parquet is a question we’re being asked more and more often at the moment at Wood and Beyond. Parquet flooring has seen a real rise in popularity over recent months and it’s easy to see why when you see it fitted. But the burning question for many is whether they should choose traditional, solid wood parquet flooring or an engineered wood option? For anyone who reads this blog regularly, you’ll know that we are big fans of wood flooring in all its different styles and guises – parquet included. Parquet flooring dates back centuries and is a style of flooring that, even to this day can be found in castles and stately homes across the whole of Europe. A flooring st ... READ MORE >

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  • Floating vs Fixed Wood Flooring: How the Two Compare?

      For anyone who has already bought and installed a wooden floor, you’ll know that choosing your floor is only one step in the process. Once you’ve chosen your floor (or ideally even before you make your choice), it’s important to think about which installation methods would work best for you. One of the biggest dilemmas that people face is whether to choose floating or fixed wood flooring. In fact, so many people ask us about this, that it made sense for us to put pen to paper to explain the difference. That way, we can hopefully help you get your head around the difference, and determine which might work best for you. Of course, all of that said, when you choose to work with Wood and Beyond, you’re never alone. So if you rea ... READ MORE >

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  • Medium Oak Flooring an Ideal Balance for Warmth

      As the name suggests, medium oak flooring is oak flooring that is neither too light, nor too dark. At Wood and Beyond we have a broad selection of natural shade wood flooring that fits nicely into this category. You can find it here. The great thing about medium oak flooring is that you’ll never tire of it. It’s a choice that will look great immediately when you lay it and it will still look great a decade after. While fashion flooring colours come and go, the colours in this range of wood flooring are here to stay. What’s more, a medium oak floor will always compliment and never dominate.     One of the most appealing things about these medium tone flooring options is that they are neither too light nor too dark. ... READ MORE >

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  • Single Plank Engineered Wood Flooring Always Comes Out On Top

      You’re here because you’re in the process of choosing a new wood floor. You’ve (more or less) decided that engineered wood flooring is going to be the best option for your project. And now you’re at the point of making the selection between single and multi-plank. Single plank versus multi plank wood flooring is a question that many people face when buying wood flooring. When speed is of the essence, the idea of being able to put 2 or 3 planks in place at the same time instead of 1 is really appealing and tempting. However, if this is where you’re at right now, we’d encourage you to think again. Why? Let us explain… What is single plank engineered wood flooring? Single plank engineered wood flooring as the name suggest ... READ MORE >

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  • Herringbone and Chevron Criss Cross Wood Flooring

      Criss cross wood flooring is a wood flooring solution that’s growing in popularity all the time. Also known as Herringbone and Chevron, this flooring style dates back centuries and used to call for extremely crafted wood smiths to create it. Thankfully, this is no longer the case and you can have a great looking criss cross wood floor in no time. To anyone who isn’t a wood floor expert, you could be forgiven for thinking that herringbone and chevron criss cross floors look exactly the same. However, when you look more closely, you can see that there are every so slight differences between the two. In this article, we’ll demystify the whole criss cross wood flooring story, so that by the end of it, you’ll know exactly which ... READ MORE >

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  • Reconstituted Wood Flooring Unravelled

      Reconstituted wood flooring is a much misunderstood flooring solution. While everyone is familiar with the look and feel of a great wood floor, people are realising that to find what you’re looking for can be more complicated than expected. There’s solid wood floor, there’s engineered wood floor, there’s laminate and there’s a whole host of terms used in the flooring world to describe each. In this article, we want to help explain what is meant by the term reconstituted wood flooring. How reconstituted flooring is built     Let’s start by explaining how reconstituted wood flooring is built. In a nutshell, reconstituted wood flooring is wood flooring that looks real to the eye and yet has a really clever constr ... READ MORE >

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