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Having all this time to spare in lockdown right now, I’ve found myself using Pinterest more than ever before. More specifically, to spend hours ogling over gorgeous home interiors that I can only DREAM of having one day. From living rooms to bedrooms, gardens to solid wood floor designs everything to do with interior design is piquing my interest right now. Maybe it’s something to start looking into further or maybe it’s boredom? Whatever the reason, it’s FUN.

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I don’t currently own my own home, as I still live at home with my parents but getting on the property ladder and the prospect of finally moving into my own home has been in the forefront of my mind a lot lately. I’m not ashamed of my current situation. I’m still living at home for a lot of reasons – my previous anxiety disorder being one of them – but I feel like I’m at a time in my life now where my own home would be the perfect next step.

Of course it’s not as easy as just going out and buying a house. There’s so many things to consider and things to sort out and it’s certainly not easy to get on the property ladder and buy a house these days. But I’m definitely hoping that once this COVID-19 situation has calmed down that I can at least start looking at properties to see what catches my eye and the kind of things I would want in a potential home.

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Anyway, enough of my rambling because today I want to talk about 5 solid wood floor designs that have really caught my eye over on Pinterest (and rightmove!) lately. Ideally, I’d love all 5 of these in my future dream home but I know that’s not realistic and I’d probably have to pick 1 or 2 favourites. But honestly? There are so many small details I’m excited to think about when it comes to designing my dream rooms. From flooring, colour schemes, skirting boards, wallpaper and furniture!

But I’ve always loved solid wood – it would always be my choice over carpet or any other type of flooring to have in a house. I just feel like it makes every room bigger, more open and sophisticated. Obviously I can’t pick out random images of these engineered wood flooring designs due to copyright reasons but I have linked to examples on Pinterest if you’re interested in seeing any of the specific designs mentioned!

Here are 5 solid wood floor designs for inspiration if you’re thinking about revamping your flooring!

White painted floors

A white solid wood floor is perfect for smaller rooms and those rooms that need a boost of lightness and brightness. There’s nothing that will reflect the light more! If you don’t like mopping, spend a lot of time in the garden or have messy dogs or children, then a white painted floor MIGHT not be the option for you. But nevertheless, it’s a great contemporary design that can completely transform a room.

See an example here!

Black / dark wooden floors

Black or dark wooden floors have certain gained traction over the last few years. If you’d have asked me a few years ago if I liked dark wood floors I’d have said no but the more I look at them, the more I fall in love. Obviously with this design you need to be careful of the specific room but a dark wood floor can help you introduce a seriously luxe vibe into the room you’re decorating.

See an example here!

Grey wooden floors

If white is too minimal and black is too out of your comfort zone, a happy medium for colouring could be a grey wood floor. Grey can be an incredibly sophisticated colour and matches wonderfully with so many different colour schemes, so would suit a variety of rooms in the house. Who doesn’t love a nice grey and pink scheme? In fact, I’m going to be having grey flooring in my office when it’s built with a green and pink scheme around it!

See an example here!

Distressed solid wood floor

I absolutely love this design – definitely my favourite out of the bunch. When I look at distressed finished solid wood floors I think of the beach. Anyone else? Of course most things will distress themselves over time but you can achieve this look yourself with various techniques worth researching. If you’re into boho and minimal vibes, this is a great option for you!

See an example here!

Varnished floor design

Probably the most popular design of the bunch and the one you’ll see the most often in homes in the UK and that’s the varnished wooden floor. Hard-wearing and fuss free, a varnished floor will go with almost any design or decor you have in that particular room.

See an example here!

Which of these solid wood floor designs are your favourite? Do you have any of these in your house? Let me know in the comments!


  1. My husband sands and refinishes floors for a living. We are seeing a lot of requests for grey floors lately. It has been quite a big swing away from the dark floors that were so popular for a long time. Also seeing a trend starting with white-washed floors coming in in certain areas too. That’s the beauty of having wood flooring, you can have whatever color suites your style 🙂

  2. Distressed wooden floor boards are the absolute dream for me, I’d have them in almost every room. I like a lot of white wooden furniture so I like the floors to look quite minimal next to that x


  3. I’m all about wooden floors! A house I used to live in had distressed white wooden flooring in the dining room and, even though I was a kid, I absolutely loved it.

  4. I feel you. I could resonate with your situation. Im still living with parents right now and it’s okay! And Pinterest is my go-to also when it comes to looking for inspos! Thanks for this!

  5. We moved into an older house 3 years ago and it’s hardwood floors throughout nearly the whole house. Due to the age of the home, they have that distressed wood look and I absolutely LOVE it. While I will be the first to admit that we chose this house for the back yard and the location, the flood also played a big role in it. Especially with 4 pets – wood floors are WAY easier to keep clean than carpets lol

  6. I love wood flooring so much, I spent hours trying o decide on one I loved most for my bedroom when it was recently renovated, this is such an informative post!

  7. I’m in a similar situation where I’m still at home but now really desperate for my own place and hoping within the next year depending on what happens with everything right now. Never really thought about flooring before but I might have just fallen in love with the idea of a grey one – not too stark but not too dark. Hmm pinterest here I come!

  8. I love wood floors! I find carpet so gross and would much rather wood with a nice rug on top in certain areas. I’ve also learned that my ideal wood floor would just be one that matches the tone of my dog, so her fur isn’t as visible! 🙂

  9. I feel like I can’t pick a favourite out of all the wood floor designs you have mentioned, they are all really pretty and I’m just a big fan of wood floors anyway compared to carpets. The distressed wood flooring does remind me of the beach too! I don’t own a house yet either but I would deffo go for a wood floor when I’m looking into designing the rooms!

    Chloe xx

  10. The grey wooden floors are something I can imagine having in my bathroom one day! I’m in the same position as you and I cant wait to get on the property ladder!!xxx

  11. This is so funny, last night Blair and I were discussing our ‘dream home’ and what we’d want, and we both said we’d 100% want wooden floors. I just think they look so much nicer and then you can jazz them up with rugs! I personally love the look of the white and dark woods, they just both look so nice with bright, clean walls. Too much choice!

  12. I’d go with the varnished wood floor for the living room and kitchen areas bur would be tempted to do my bedroom in grey or white x

  13. Oh how I love wood floors! It’s great to know there’s such a good variety out there 😊

  14. This is such a great post! I have decided I want to decorate my house in the next few weeks I had no idea there was so many different types of flooring! Thank you for sharing this post is so helpful!

  15. I love this post! I’m obsessed with following home accounts even though I’m no where near buying my own place yet – a girl can dream! My fave right now is white painted wooden floors, they look so clean and fresh but I have seen a lot of lovely dark wood inspo too. Hard (wood) decisions! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. I love the look of dark wooden floors, something about them makes a room feel so cosy! I’d love to try white floors also but with two cats & a dog I imagine it would be a nightmare to keep clean!

  17. It is crazy to think how much goes into decorating a house! Flooring alone is such a big decision to make. I love the grey flooring, I am a very grey house sorta person and it makes me excited to one day be able to design my own house!

    Em x

  18. Pinterest is taking over!! I think i have my entire dream house planned now – i love wooden floors

  19. I rent my house and we don’t have any wood flooring, when hopefully we get our own house, I’d certainly like some wood flooring in the house, I like the traditional varnished look, but could go with some of the other options depending on the room.

  20. Great article! I didn’t realise there was so much choice! When we moved into our house 5 years ago, I spent months looking for the perfect wood flooring. I still love it now, so I’m glad I put the effort in!

    Toni x

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