19 Rooms with Incredible Wood Floors

Flooring usually isn't the focal point of interiors, but in these spaces, humble wood planks are elevated to a starring role.
19 Rooms with Incredible Wood Floors

Nicoloas Schuebroek strove for understated elegance when renovating this Paris apartment, highlighting the original architectural details with a simple palette and modernist pieces like a Serge Mouille floor lamp and a Pierre Jeanneret armchair. Photo by Claessens & Deschamps

“The light finished flooring and soft white painted walls echo a blank canvas to emphasize the overall design concept for this space,” Amy Lau says of this Manhattan apartment. “Each element of the space — from the clean lines of the oak flooring, to the carefully selected furnishings in warm reds, light browns and blues, to the vast collection of African art — helps make it the perfect city oasis.” The Warren Platner lounge chair and ottoman are paired with a Hans Andersen side table and a Michel Buffet floor lamp. Photo by Thomas Loof

Jeffrey Alan Marks designed this Austin, Texas, kitchen, which has rustic wood floors and eclectic touches like a set of wire chairs around the long dining table and a pair of pineapple-shaped pendant lights hanging over the island. Photo by Douglas Friedman

“The understated sandblasted oak planks provide the perfect balance to the more refined chevron pattern,” Nate Berkus says of this Seattle home. “This marriage perfectly represents the design direction for the home, which features an incredibly curated collection of furniture, lighting and artwork assembled in an approachable, inviting way.” The space includes a pair of Louis XVI painted bergères from Antiques on Old Plank Road, a Carrara marble Eros table by Angelo Mangiarotti and vintage brass sconces from Galerie Glustin Luminaires. Photo by Christopher Dibble

The parquet de Versailles wood flooring complements the Louis XV or XVI wood paneling on the walls of this Manhattan apartment by Robert Couturier. A glass table by René Coulon is situated between a pair of 1780s Jacobean chairs. The candlesticks on the mantle are by Claude Lalanne. Photo by Zach DeSart

Francis Sultana designed the living room of this In a late 18th-century London townhouse around the large-scale artwork Reflection Memory Door by Zhang Huan. Pale gray plaster walls and neutral-hued upholstery offset the warm tones of the parquet floors and yellow silk pillows, and tie together the colors of the work. The armchair is by Giò Ponti. Photo by Manolo Yllera

Martyn Lawrence Bullard created a cozy, bohemian vibe in this Malibu dining room with wide-plank dark wood floors and a glass-front cabinet filled with books and antiques. Photo by Roger Davies

For a landmark brownstone in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood, Workstead built a library of beech millwork, which accentuated the honey-colored floor. “The floor pictured is an original floor from the 1850s, for a house that was built as workman’s housing on a farm in the Hudson Valley,” says Robert Highsmith of Workstead. “The space incorporates early colonial wooden Campaign furniture, that we thought of as an extension of the floor palette into the rest of the space. It features two Safari chairs by Kaare Klint, as well as a coffee table by Workstead fashioned from an old army cot. Photo by Matthew Williams

A wall of French doors brightens this traditional living room by Suzanne Kasler, balancing the rich walnut floors and a coffered wood ceiling. Photo by Simon Upton

A mostly neutral palette keeps the focus on architectural details like the intricate parquet floor in this Paris home by Bismut & Bismut. A vibrant red Eames LCW lounge chair adds a pop of color. Photo by Francis Amiand

The herringbone, blond wood floors highlight the play off the cerused oak table in the dining room of Nate Berkus’s former Manhattan home. The space also includes a mid-century pendant light and a decorative panel. Photo by Julie Holder Photography

Timothy Whealon hand-stenciled a Renaissance-inspired design on the wood floor of this Upper East Side duplex. Photo by Max Kim-Bee

The Hudson, New York, home of MR Architecture + Decor’s David Mann still has the original flooring, and in the dining room they topped it with a cast concrete table surrounded by a set of vintage Paul McCobb chairs. Photo by Simon Upton

Isabelle Stanislas transformed Paris office space into an apartment, including this sunny, rounded dining room where the table stands at the bullseye of a herringbone-patterned floor. Photo by Olivier Löser

“We selected the white oak in chevron pattern for its the warm Parisian feeling,” Fawn Galli says of this studio space in New York’s Soho neighborhood. She added a white Carrara marble-topped dining table to keep it “young and fresh.” Photo by Costas Picadas

“It’s a beach house, so informal can be upscale and vice versa. While looking at the ocean, one can imagine the look of the floors came from the local conditions, weathered by the sea,” Michael Boyd says of this Malibu home. “The floor is extra-wide-plank oak — sand-blasted and wire-brushed — with a seafoam-gray wash finish for soulful aged effect.” Boyd’s teak stools for PLANEfurniture are pulled up to the kitchen island. Photo by Richard Powers

“The chairs are by Dessin Fournir, and we kept them upholstered in a light fabric so that they wouldn’t compete with the floors,” Alyssa Kapito says of this Upper West Side dining room. “The custom sideboard has parchment-faced cabinet doors. We chose a slightly darker oak that had a great contrast to the floors but kept the piece light by adding parchment. The antique bronze urn was such a great contrast to the light floors and I loved the way it’s geometric shape kept the herringbone pattern feeling fresh.” Photo by Nick Johnson

In another Manhattan apartment by Alyssa Kapito, the light wood floor works in concert with the white cabinets and marble counters to make the galley kitchen feel bright and airy. The space also includes a Charles and Ray Eames dining table and chair in the style of Gerrit Rietveld. Photo by Nick Johnson

In the dining area of this Robert Stilin–designed Tribeca loft, molded wood, metal and leather chairs from Roark Modern pop against the light wood floors. A Kalmar nickel-plated brass table lamp from Cosmo sits atop a Charlotte Perriand pine cabinet. Photo by Manolo Yllera

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