Can handscraped floors be 'modern'?

beb0622June 20, 2011

We are getting ready to start building a house and trying to decide on a prefinished flooring option. We love the look of handscraped floors but think of them more as "rustic". Our house will be fairly modern/transitional, with shaker style cabinets in the kitchen. Do you think these floors could fit well in this type of home?

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I'm with you. IF going for contemporary or modern, I'd recommend staying away from hand-scraped.

I'd lean towards a wood with little grain, or if it has grain, grain so consistent that it's sort of a "monotone grain" if that makes sense. Or bamboo. Essentially stay away from "wild grain" unless you're really looking to use the floor as a design statement or a design focal point.

Now with all that being written, your shaker-style cabinets and "transitional" design description open up possibilities.

It's up to you to decide how much you're going to be "in transition". The cabinets and flooring combine into a fairly large portion of what one sees in a kitchen. So "shaker cabinets" and "handscraped flooring" each on their own might make the room "transitional", but combining both together might sway you far far away from "modern".

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 2:33PM
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I agree. 'Some' hand-scraped flooring, such as the one in the pic, can look fake. Those that look fake are a little too trendy-looking for my tastes.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 5:28PM
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