Nature's design: discovering the beauty in oak wood flooring, doors and stairs

Jul 19, 2023

In the world of home decor, oak wood holds an abundance of stories waiting to be discovered. Nature's artistry comes to life in every wood board, showcasing the harmony of climate, soil, rain, sun, frost, lightning, and the passage of time. The oak board becomes a canvas on which we can read the intricate tales of nature. Imperfections are transformed into meaningful nuances, each carrying its own value and uniqueness. All we need is to understand and apply these natural wonders to our lives. To honor this legacy, we meticulously select oak wood exclusively from trees aged over 100 years for manufacturing of Ecohardwood oak wood flooring, doors, and stairs.

To simplify the process of selecting oak products, we have categorized them under the widely accepted term 'grading'. This empowers customers to choose oak wood products that align with their interior style, desired patterns, and the degree of naturalness they seek in their homes.

Can you spot where the oak tree branches once grew?

Preserving the natural growth patterns of the tree, our oak floorboards bear the marks of branches that extended from the trunk. These branches leave irregular lines or star-shaped patterns across the flooring surface. These traces of branches add an authentic and organic charm to each board, creating a unique character. The natural irregularities stand in contrast to the uniformity of engineered flooring, infusing the space with charm and visual interest.

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Ecohardwood engineered oak wood flooring in London. Colour: Light Nut.

Bringing the outdoors inside: embracing nature's beauty

Branch marks on oak floorboards blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor environments. Homeowners can appreciate the beauty of natural elements within their own living spaces. This connection with nature fosters a warm and cozy atmosphere, instilling a sense of calm and grounding.

When it comes to combining oak flooring, doors, and stairs, the Character and Original grades are popular choices among customers seeking an original and rustic ambiance.

Unveiling the artistry of oak heartwood in flooring

Oak heartwood holds the key to unlocking unique character and style within floorboards. This inner part of the trunk undergoes a natural aging process, resulting in a captivating range of colors. From warm golden tones to rich reddish-brown shades, the heartwood brings depth and character to the wood floor.

The variations in color within the heartwood form complex patterns and swirls, making each floorboard an individual work of art. The Character and Original grades are particularly rich in these captivating qualities. They add sophistication and natural beauty to any space, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that transcends time. 

Oak heartwood in dark wood flooring and light wood flooring.

As you know, oak is a dense and durable wood and is, therefore, highly resistant to wear and tear. This durability ensures that the flooring will last for many years, even in heavily used rooms. The innate strength of oak heartwood also contributes to its popularity in both residential and commercial environments, where it can withstand the demands of everyday life while maintaining its visual appeal. We have seen over the years that these natural floorboards are a desirable choice for those looking for flooring of real beauty and long-lasting quality.

Embracing the stories of oak wood cracks

Micro-cracks in oak wood, developed over time due to natural aging and environmental factors, contribute to the desired naturalness of oak flooring. These cracks emerge as the wood expands and contracts in response to temperature and humidity changes. While some may view them as imperfections, they enhance the aesthetic appeal by adding texture and visual interest to the surface.

Frost and lightning cracks are specific types of longitudinal cracks that taper from the surface towards the heartwood, adding an extra layer of authenticity and organic beauty. They showcase the natural aging process, infusing the space with a sense of history and character. Far from detracting from the overall appearance, these cracks create a connection to nature, bridging the gap between the indoors and outdoors.

Oak wood micro-cracks.

What is sapwood?

The sapwood is the outer part of the trunk of a tree, just below the bark. It is the living part of the tree, responsible for transporting water and nutrients. In our experience, and in our customers’ choices, a lighter, slightly whiter wood grain is a very attractive, more visually interesting detail in oak floors.

For oak floorboards, whitewash provides a contrasting colour and textural pattern. Its colour tends to be lighter, ranging from creamy white to pale yellow, compared to the deeper shades of the heartwood. This contrast creates a dynamic visual effect, adding depth and dimension to the floor surface. The interplay between the lighter off-white and the darker heartwood contributes to the overall aesthetics, making the floor more visually appealing and natural. 

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In addition, the light wood flooring or white wood flooring brings out the authentic characteristics of the wood. It highlights natural variations and growth patterns, reminds us of the tree’s origin, and contributes to the organic beauty of wood. This natural variation in colour and texture adds character and uniqueness to each board, enhancing the overall naturalness and charm of oak flooring. The whitewash flooring remains a popular choice in our Character or Original grading, highlighting the authentic characteristics of the wood. The Prime and Select grades are made from a more even grain.

The oak wood journey continues

Each oak plank is a testament to the myriad properties and characteristics of this remarkable wood. We hope to have sparked your curiosity and provided you with a fresh perspective on the world of natural oak products. Join us in our upcoming series on oak to discover interior styles, expert tips for choosing the perfect wood flooring and oak products, and insights for creating your dream home. Stay tuned for more captivating tales of oak's timeless allure.

Also read: How Ecohardwood oak wood flooring is made >>

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We recently collaborated with Ecohardwoods for our project in Ealing, and I must say, the experience was outstanding. A special thanks to Irmantas for his invaluable assistance. His expertise in engineered wood was evident in the quality of materials we received. The precision and quality of their engineered wood contributed immensely to the aesthetic and durability of our project. Our clients were extremely pleased with the results. Kudos to Irmantas and the Ecohardwoods team for their exemplary service and top-tier products. Highly recommend them for anyone in need of premium engineered wood supplies.
Highly motivated approach to customer service, exceptionally high quality flooring, delivered exactly on the day that was first estimated, extremely pleased and satisfied with the whole experience and will be placing another order in the next month or two for phase 2 of my flooring project.
We popped down to the showroom last year and ordered 2-layer Ivory, brushed character planks which we saw online. It was worth the journey as the planks are as beautiful as we thought. We also wanted flooring that the builder would enjoy working with as there is a lot of floor. Fircim Bici (our builder) was really impressed with the quality. But most of all, we have lived with this floor for five months and had many comments as it how beautiful it is.
Our experience at Indomo Ltd has always been positive with Ecohardwood. Their flooring offers an ideal balance between quality and price while being eco-friendly, which is perfect for our clients. The prompt arrival of samples and friendly customer service made the experience smooth. We have specified their flooring throughout the spaces of our project, including the kitchen, as we trust its durability and versatility.
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