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Decoding Wood Flooring Choices: A Design-Focused Exploration of Hardwood vs. Engineered Wood

Designing and crafting your interior space involves crucial choices, and none are as defining as selecting the right flooring. The dilemma between hardwood and engineered wood isn't merely about practicality – it's about shaping the very character of your space.


A beautiful hardwood floor in the kitchen and dining room designed by Simply White Interiors in Niagara on the Lake

Embarking on the Journey: Hardwood vs. Engineered Wood


Let's set sail on an insightful journey into these options. Imagine the elegance of solid wood, and you're envisioning hardwood. As the name implies, hardwood is a masterpiece hewn from a single wood species – like maple, oak, or walnut.


On the other hand, engineered wood flooring is a symphony of hardwood and plywood layers. This innovative composition resists the potential warping or bowing natural hardwood might face in humid environments. This engineered structure grants the appearance of hardwood, coupled with enhanced durability.



Delving into Key Aspects


As you navigate your flooring choice, consider these aspects:


Aesthetics: Both hardwood and engineered wood offer visual charisma. Natural hardwood boasts a spectrum of hues and species, while engineered options shine with wider planks – a modern design hallmark.

flooring, hardwood, in a designed bedroom in Niagara on the Lake

Longevity: Hardwood showcases timeless endurance. Its solid nature promises lasting allure. Meanwhile, engineered wood presents a cost-effective upfront choice that doesn't compromise on quality.


Installation: The installation choreography is important. Hardwood requires precision nailing and sometimes professional assistance. In contrast, engineered wood flooring offers versatile methods, including adhesive, nails, or the innovative float-and-click approach.


Care and Maintenance: Both types need similar care – regular sweeping, vacuuming, and occasional damp mopping maintain their luster.


Sustainability: Engineered wood aligns with eco-consciousness. Its efficient composition uses fewer resources per plank than hardwood, making it a sustainable choice.


white kitchen with wine fridge, subway tile, hardwood floor. designed by Simply White Interiors, Niagara on the Lake

Crafting Your Space


In your pursuit of the perfect flooring, remember this choice isn't a mere backdrop. Whether you prefer hardwood's elegance or engineered wood's innovation, your decision contributes to the essence of your space.


As you embark on this flooring journey, our team at Simply White Interiors is here to guide you. Your space is your canvas, and the flooring you choose sets the stage for the narrative you're crafting.


Bren Petrunick, Interior Design, creative Director at Simply White Interiors, Sitting on a white island with pink coffee cup

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Bren Petrunick

Founder, Creative Director

Simply White Interiors

Niagara on the Lake



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