It can, depending upon your decorating style, as well as the room in which you plan to install. Wide hardwood planks are currently trending, but they can make an already small room look smaller, and you may prefer a narrower one. They also have darker tones and a vintage, antique look that tends to work better in traditional or rustic decors.
We've recently started to see wide planks in contemporary homes; in fact, they can look pretty great with some minimalist Swedish decors. Alternatively, narrower planks tend to be more airy and modern, but those are now showing up in some traditional atmospheres! The bottom line is to explore samples, determine your needs and wants, and select the best for you. As always, we encourage you to come into Kelly's Carpet Omaha showroom when shopping for wood floors in Omaha, NE. We’re happy to answer all your questions.
About the wide plank
Typically, planks are 2-½ to four inches wide, but genuine wide plank floors are well over four inches in width. Some even go as high as 20-inches wide, and because they’re so large, there are fewer seams and more room to show off the knots, grains, and swirls.
Wider planks became popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which explains why they’re often found in older homes. Wider planks also tend to be more rough-hewn because hand scraping was so popular during that period. While it is possible to find wide planks in reclaimed wood collections, manufacturers, more and more, are creating reproductions with that same distressed look, but now these wide planks can also be found with the smooth surfaces of most other hardwood floors.
It’s essential to keep in mind that wide planks need to be longer to maintain balance in the proportion, which can make them more expensive.
A word about mixed-width or random pattern planks
This is sometimes done as a compromise when it appears that a room is too small for a total wide plank installation. What this means is that you would combine planks of various widths into one unique design. It can make a distinctive, stunning design statement.
To learn more about hardwood flooring, visit the Kelly’s Carpet Omaha showroom, serving the entire Omaha, NE area, including Elkhorn, Papillion, Ralston, Bennington Bellevue. Be sure to ask about our free quotes.