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How To Choose Engineered Timber Flooring

When I am working on a new build project or large renovation one of the first choices I make with my client is the timber flooring. The flooring colour, tone and format can dictate the overall aesthetic of the rest of the home. I am loving the range of engineered boards currently on offer and this is usually where I start. Engineered timber flooring is a great choice as it is welcoming, durable and can be more affordable than the hardwood alternatives.

There are so many options now available that it can be an overwhelming decision. Here are some guidelines on how to choose engineered timber flooring.

Style of Home:

The flooring choice can impact the overall aesthetic of the home. For example, for a more classic style I would suggest a darker oak board. Darker boards can make a room feel smaller and cosier.

How to choose engineered timber flooring

For a coastal or more contemporary home I would be looking at a paler option which will create a light and airy feel. It is also important to look at the underlying tone of the timber colour and whether this will complement your furniture and wall colour. It might be a warmer brown hue or cooler grey tone.


Engineered hardwood flooring is a great choice for families with pets and kids because it’s more resistant to scratches and stains than traditional hardwood flooring. When choosing the flooring colour, pets that shed fur are another consideration. Dark timber will show hair and dust more than a lighter board.

How to Choose Engineered Timber Flooring

(Image via Armelle Habib)


Once the product has been selected, there is usually a decision around format and size of planks. Most boards are now available in single planks (of varying widths), herringbone and chevron pattern.

In this renovation project we used a mid tone oak in a herringbone pattern. It suited the traditional style at the front entrance.

Tips on choosing timber flooring.

And also worked well in the new and more modern living and dining area.

What to consider when selecting flooring.

To work with the grand proportions of this Edwardian home, we used a wider plank, also in a mid brown tone.

Selecting timber flooring


For a superior quality board, I prefer a European or French Oak for its strength and durability. Many suppliers offer different grades for a particular board. This refers to the level of knotting and imperfections within the boards, as well as the variation between them. A natural grade will contain more knots and ‘character’ shown in these projects below.

Tips for selecting flooring

How to select timber flooring

This client preferred a ‘cleaner’ grade and a more uniform look.

Tips for selecting engineered timber flooring

One final tip in how to choose engineered timber flooring is I always suggest visiting the showroom to see the board in a large format and get an idea of the variation between them.

If you need help selecting a suitable flooring for your new build or renovation, feel free to contact me, I would love to help.

Belinda XO

All images via Suzi Appel, except image (2).


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