Choosing the Perfect Hardwood Floor – Poulin Design Center

It’s hard not to love the timeless look and feel of hardwood. It’s warmth, durability, and versatility makes it a staple in Albuquerque homes. At the Poulin Design Center, many of our clients approach us with hardwood flooring in mind, but they are unsure of the species, grain, width, or finish that would complement their existing décor. Here are some considerations for choosing the perfect hardwood:

The tree you choose determines your floor’s color, grain, and durability. For light floors, many choose maple which ranges in color from cream to light amber. For darker flooring, try oak or cherry. Mahogany is truly unique hardwood. It is dark brown with red undertones, but its shade greatly changes depending on the viewing angle.

The species of tree plays a large role in a hardwood floor’s durability. Each wood type has a Janka hardness rating, which is determined by measuring the force required to embed a steel ball into the wood. Longleaf pine and maple are soft, with ratings of 870 and 950 respectively. Red oak (1290) and white oak (1360) fall in the mid-range and are highly durable for their price. Exotic hardwoods are generally the toughest, with some, such as ebony, garnering ratings upwards of 3220.


Traditionally, hardwood flooring has been derived from nearby trees. Board width was less important than efficiency, which resulted in random width flooring. During the industrial revolution, hardwood flooring became mass manufactured and standard two and one-quarter or three inch widths became common. These sizes are still very popular today, however, you can increasingly find flooring wider than three inches, up to one foot. This style of hardwood is called plank flooring. Variable hardwood flooring is also making a comeback and can be found in a number of species and finishes.

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At the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque, we carry hundreds of hardwood flooring options, from red oak parquet to maple planks. Call today for a free, in-home consultation!

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3 Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2015

Here in Albuquerque, we are always on the lookout for emerging trends in flooring and home design. If you’re planning to install hardwood floors in your home soon, check out these three hardwood flooring trends for 2015!

Wide plank

For many homeowners, the biggest decision when it comes to choosing new hardwood floors is the color. However, plank width should also be a consideration because it can significantly impact the overall look of your new floors. While many homeowners opt for a classic medium-width plank, wide plank hardwood floors are becoming more and more popular. They offer a bold, dramatic look and make the floors a focal point of the room. Wide plank hardwoods look beautiful in neutral and bold colors alike, from dark espresso to lighter blond colors. The wide plank floor trend works well in any room in your home where you would place hardwoods, including the kitchen, bedrooms, and living rooms. Because wide plank floors add visual interest to a room, many homeowners like to showcase them in higher traffic areas of their home, such as the kitchen or entryway.

Dark Stain

While a classic medium brown stain will never go out of style, dark hardwoods are becoming the look of choice for many Albuquerque homeowners. Dark hardwoods add drama and sophistication to any room, and work well in modern or contemporary homes. You can find hardwoods ranging in color from espresso brown to black and everything in between.

If you’re considering dark hardwoods, be sure to take into account the décor of your home and the room you want to install the floors in. Dark hardwoods work best in a room with ample lighting and a lighter color scheme. If you have dark hardwood floors, you’ll need to use paint color, furniture and décor to balance out your color scheme.


There’s no denying that glossy, smooth hardwoods look great. In fact, the sleek look of hardwoods is one of the things that make them so popular in homes today. However, we’ve seen a recent trend in homeowners choosing hand-scraped hardwoods over traditionally smooth ones. Hand-scraped hardwoods are textured and provide a wonderfully unique finish. They give a slightly vintage, distressed look and mimic the feel of hardwoods that have been in the home for years and years. Hand-scraped floors work well in a wide variety of homes, especially homes with a vintage or rustic décor theme. However, hand-scraped wood can work well in modern homes too. We love the contrast between the texture of the hand-scraped wood and the clean lines and minimalist design of modern homes.

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