Decorating & Design

November 7, 2016

Updated Classics: Wood Floors

Discover fresh alternatives to popular design trends in our online series, Updated Classics.


Classic Pick: Wide plank wood floors convey a subtle luxury that’s ideal in a rustic space. The oil-rubbed oak planks in the chalet of designer Grace Castaneda feel soft underfoot and the mid-tone stain is a mellow backdrop for antique furnishings in a range of woods.


Fresh Spin: Herringbone floors convey European sophistication. In designer Sarah Hartill’s city home, the smoked oak herringbone flooring plays up the bistro feel of this built-in banquette in the dining room, and gives the main living space a polished look.

Author: Wendy Jacob

1. Donna Griffith 2. Michael Graydon


1. Table, Crate & Barrel; horse prints, Vintage Fine Objects; chandelier, Absolutely Inc.; wreath, Sheridan Nurseries; wall and ceiling colour (throughout), All White (2005), Farrow & Ball. 2. Banquette fabric, Robert Allen; chandelier, The Door Store; kid’s chair, Ikea; table, LH Imports; art photograph by Sarah Hartill; flooring, Silverwood Flooring



1. House & Home November 2013 issue 2. House & Home February 2014 issue


1. Grace Castaneda 2. Sarah Hartill