Accessories for your wooden floors
You have just purchased your beautiful hardwood floor and now it is laid and looks fantastic. Now all you need is to customize the floor. The following suggestions will help you improve your hardwood floor.
1. Wooden doors
Swap interior doors for matching wooden doors. There is a wide variety of wooden doors now available, especially oak doors. There is a full range of oak veneer doors, walnut, cherry, beech, pine, pitch pine and white doors and almost any color to match any hardwood floor.
Custom doors are also available, however these are more expensive due to the individual manufacturing processes. Doors can perfectly complement a hardwood floor and come in a variety of finishes. A lot of oak doors are unfinished when purchased, so they can be sealed to match the floor with oil or varnish and can even be colored greased to match an oiled floor of similar color. Oils are the most common finish for doors, however varnish / lacquer is suitable. Most doors are veneered wood for both preservation and stability, however there are a small number of solid wood doors available.
Most doors are identical in style on half hour rated fire doors that will pass all building regulations where 30 minute fire doors are required. A new line of supermodel doors also contains glazed fire doors that allow for greater flexibility with style and design. Exterior doors also come in various woods and are typically re-lined for stability due to high exposure to cold, heat, and humidity. A new front door is a perfect finish to the front of your house.
Wood doors vary in style from Victorian style, 1930s style to modern contemporary style, there is a door style to suit all tastes, colors and styles.
2. Skirting boards, architraves and door frames
The best way to complement a new wooden door is to complete it with the matching door frame, architrave, and plinth. There is a wide range of door frames, architraves and baseboards available to complement the hardwood floors and doors you have chosen in many styles and woods.
The most popular is oak and there are solid and engineered door frames. There is very little difference between solid and engineered housings, however carpenters will often specify preferred types or there will be a preference due to location (i.e. in underground applications) There are two types of door housings and door housings lowered and door liners that come with a loose stop. Both are suitable for all types of doors, however when a fire resistant door frame is required, there are ready-to-use door frames with the intumescent strip for building standards.
Architraves also come in solid and engineered wood. Sizes range from approximately 45mm to 90mm or wider depending on the application. The standard size is typically around 57mm for most houses dating back to 1900. Architrave style varies and will accommodate most skirting profiles. It is also possible to have architrave blocks and little squares in the corners and an older design is now becoming popular once again. Architrave styles include original designs such as bull, ogee, and lamb’s tongue, as well as other more contemporary styles such as round pencil (rounded tip), beveled, and square edge.
Architraves are available unfinished, pre-finished with oil, lacquer / varnish or colored oil to match the floor or doors.
Baseboards can make your new flooring look completely finished and enhance hardwood floors, giving clean lines around the edges of the room and the floors looking like they’ve been a part of the house for some time. Once again, oak skirting is the most popular wood to match with oak floors.
Solid and engineered skirting boards are available in many sizes. Engineered skirting boards are veneered with a real wood top layer and offer a choice of more types of wood, such as walnut, which is very rare in a solid skirting board but more widely available in a veneer.
Standard socket sizes range from 95mm to 220mm, however the most popular ones are between 95-140mm. Often times, you will be guided by the size of your previously installed baseboards, as the plugs and plaster will dictate the height. Skirting styles match all architrave styles and original designs such as torus, ogee, and lamb’s tongue along with contemporary designs such as square edge, rounded point (round pencil), and chamfered.
Skirting boards are available unfinished, prefinished with oil, lacquer / varnish, or color-oiled to match the floor or doors. Oak baseboards have often been used to complement light colored rugs, as well as oak floors to divide the room between light floors and light walls, and this is often done in bedrooms where people often want the comfort of carpet. but with a touch of wood.
Window boards made from the same wood as your flooring will brighten up any window and make it look new, and as with baseboards, doors, and architrave, oak is the most popular. Window boards can come with the original rounded edge or with a square edge for a contemporary look.
Window panel sizes are available between 100mm and 350mm in both solid board and oak veneer MDF board. Window sills are available unfinished or pre-finished in lacquer / varnish, oil, or oil color to complement the room.
These boards can also be used as a stair cladding to clad an existing stair. The rounded tip is perfect for the stair tread and the square edge can be used for the riser without the need to route the existing cantilever as the stairs can be packed first so that the siding goes over the top. A perfect accompaniment to all wooden floors.