Inspiration
See how our superb real wood products could help you to beautify your home

Raw, natural, pared back style is without doubt one of the strongest interior trends for 2018, reflecting our growing desire to balance the increasingly busy digital world in which we live. Far from a fad, this is a trend which has been growing for some time and is expected to remain popular moving forward.

Beautiful wood floors with bare looking finishes and tactile surfaces are the perfect way to bring this look to your home. Remember though, invest in the best quality you can, as this style is all about the warmth, resonance and individuality of natural, organic materials which cheap engineered floors and laminates won’t deliver.

For a classic wood floor with a bare wood look and a subtle, natural texture, try Broadleaf Nude Oak flooring. Available as either a solid oak floor or our award winning Strata engineered oak floor, as well as on our Essential engineered boards, Nude Oak is the perfect back drop for any naturally inspired interior style.

   

For a bit more texture, and a more definitely raw feel, Broadleaf Chiswick Oak flooring is an ideal choice. As well as the authentic look of an unfinished wood floor it has a unique, slightly geometric texture which is wonderfully tactile and picks out all of the detail of the oak’s natural grain. Like our Nude Oak Flooring, Chiswick Oak is available as both a solid wood floor and an engineered oak floor in a choice of widths and generous lengths.

Alternatively, if you fancy a parquet wood floor instead of a plank, our Vintage Oak Parquet is the perfect way to marry classic design with this current trend. With gently distressed edges and a subtle surface patina it is elegantly raw in style and has an easy informality that adapts to almost any interior style. Choose Nude Oak Vintage Parquet for a bare wood, contemporary look, or Classic Oak Vintage Parquet for a slightly more golden, but still thoroughly natural feel.

And remember, the floor isn’t the only place that you can use our beautiful wood flooring – all of these options can also be used to create stunning feature walls, a solution well loved by designers to bring the benefits of real wood into smaller rooms, where there is less floor space on view !

 

 

 

Now we may be biased, but in our view flooring is the foundation of any interior design and if you get it right everything that follows will be more successful. Not only is flooring typically one of the largest features, but it also takes the most wear over time and is integral to both the atmosphere and acoustics of any room.

This is why wood flooring has been so widely used in prestigious interiors since the birth of interior design. Unlike other flooring materials wood is naturally warm and inviting; it is also uniquely adaptable and can be cut, selected, coloured and textured to create or complement just about any style imaginable offering huge scope for design. 

Wood is also timeless - somehow, whatever their style, wood floors that were fitted centuries ago are just as appealing as those on offer today. It also evolves beautifully - some of the most stunning wood floors are those which are centuries old, which is why reclaimed and distressed wood floors are so popular - we yearn to recreate the universal appeal of those worn over time by the passage of thousands of feet. With high quality modern wood finishes like hardwax oil it takes a lot less work to keep a modern wood floor looking good than it once did, but they can still evolve beautifully over time and with a little simple maintenance get better and better with age. 

And now it is easier than ever to choose a beautiful wood floor. Even 25 years ago beautiful wood floors were a specialist product, to be fitted by craftsmen and finished in situ to the individual specification of the client. Now beautiful wood floors are as readily available and easy to install as cheaper alternatives.

Engineered wood floors are no longer just poor cousins to their solid wood counterparts and now include high quality options as well as cheap and cheerful alternatives. Solid wood floors are no longer inherently more risky than engineered alternatives as advances in timber drying and machining have revolutionised their stability. 

So, if you are considering a wood floor, remember that it will probably outlast every other item in the room, and that it will take more wear. Buy the best that you can, ideally from an expert who can talk you through the process and make sure you get the right wood floor for your needs. Get the foundation right, and the rest should be easy. 

As you might expect, here at Broadleaf we love wood, and sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We have always recycled the sawdust made by our flooring production and used our offcuts to heat our factory, so that our team and our timber stay warm in the winter, but now we have taken things to a whole new level. Read more...



Grey wood flooring has been growing in popularity for some time, especially amongst designers, and is now well established at the top of the trend stakes. Like paint, wallpaper and textiles, grey wood flooring is surprisingly versatile and offers options to suit a fabulously wide range of interior styles. Read more...



As wood flooring designers we always love the chance to create something new and unique, so we were thrilled to be given the brief for this inspiring project - a truly designer floor for premier luxury fashion retailer Net A Porter at their stunning new HQ.Read more...



A beautiful wood floor should age beautifully, a bit like a good bottle of wine. Follow these top tips from the Broadleaf experts to keep your wood floor looking good.

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