When it comes to homes, there aren’t many design elements as timeless as hardwood. Elegant, sophisticated, and sometimes rustic, a hardwood floor is a perennial classic that never goes out of style.

You’ve probably seen plenty of homes with hardwood flooring in the living room, bedrooms, and family rooms, but what about the kitchen? Or the bathroom, for that matter? For some homeowners, adding a hardwood floor to these two areas, and other unique places, adds a special touch that is just as beautiful as it is unexpected.

Below are a few ideas for adding a surprise touch of hardwood to your home.

Hardwood Flooring in the Kitchen

Tile and laminate flooring dominated in kitchen design for years, with good reason. Both are durable and easy to clean, the perfect option for a room that’s prone to spills and messes.

But, as modern kitchens have evolved into spaces where homeowners not only prepare and cook meals, but also often entertain or spend quality time with the family, so has kitchen style. Now, the kitchen is often the centerpiece of a home, a room that needs to blend form and function.

If you have a large, open kitchen in your home, a beautiful hardwood floor can make it a true showstopper. Combined with complementary cabinetry, a hardwood floor in the kitchen is a real showstopper. And, with proper care, it’s more damage-resistant than you think.

Hardwood Flooring in the Bathroom

Moisture can do a number on hardwood, so you’d never put it in the bathroom, right? You may want to think again.

A claw-foot tub or custom Jacuzzi bath can look incredible paired with hardwood, and hardwood flooring in the bathroom is far from unheard of. In fact, it’s an popular, high-end design trend. If your bathroom is well-ventilated, your hardwood floor is properly finished, and you protect the most damage-susceptible areas, like the space in front of the tub or sink with accent rugs or bath mats, your hardwood floor will stay elegant and fresh.

Hardwood Flooring in the Basement

Homeowners who finish their basements often aren’t sure what to do with the flooring. Often, it needs to be laid over concrete, so carpet or laminate are chosen to compensate.

Enter engineered hardwood! It’s real wood, not synthetic, but it’s been bonded to be more stable than traditional hardwood, and this makes it perfect for a moisture-prone finished basement, and it can be successfully installed on top of a hard surface like concrete. Give your bonus room just as much elegance as the rooms upstairs with a sophisticated, engineered hardwood floor. Friends and family won’t believe they’re on the lowest level!

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