How to Get Natural-Looking Wood Floors

In a world where trends come and go faster than you can say "outdated," one thing has always remained timeless: natural-looking wood floors. They exude warmth, style, and sophistication. If you're on a quest to transform your home with the rustic, elegant charm of these floors, you're in the right place.

Ready to dive in? Let's journey together into the heart of natural wood bliss!

Understanding Natural Wood Flooring

To truly appreciate the art of natural-looking wood floors, we must first understand what sets them apart from the ordinary. Natural wood floors are all about authenticity, character, and depth. Unlike synthetic options, real wood flooring offers unique grain patterns, textures, and hues that only Mother Nature can create.

The benefits extend beyond aesthetics. Natural wood is hypoallergenic, durable, and environmentally friendly when sourced responsibly. Speaking of sourcing, we at From The Forest are passionate about sustainable practices, ensuring that every plank reflects not only beauty but also ethical responsibility.

Choosing the Right Type of Wood

1. Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Wood

When thinking about natural wood floors, you're immediately faced with a choice: solid hardwood or engineered wood.

- Solid Hardwood: As the name suggests, these are planks made from a single piece of wood. They offer unparalleled richness and can be sanded and refinished multiple times, extending their lifespan.

- Engineered Wood: Don't let the name fool you; engineered wood is still very much natural wood, just with a twist. It consists of a thin layer of real wood bonded over high-quality plywood. Great for areas with fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels, engineered wood brings flexibility without compromising on the beauty of natural wood.

Consider your specific needs, budget, and the environmental conditions of your home before making a choice.

2. Choosing the Species

Every wood species has its own personality. Here are a few popular options:

- Oak: Timeless and classic, oak is known for its durability and rich grain patterns. It's also highly versatile and can fit into both traditional and contemporary settings.

- Maple: Offers a clean and modern look with its subtle grain and lighter color palette. It's a tough wood perfect for high traffic areas.

- Walnut: For those who love deep, dark hues, walnut is a luxurious choice. Its rich color can add a touch of elegance to any room.

- Hickory: Offers a rustic and dynamic look with its varied hues and strong grain patterns. Ideal for those seeking a natural, vintage feel.

- Cherry: With its warm, reddish tones, cherry can introduce a touch of warmth and sophistication to your space.

Preparation Steps

3. Measure Twice, Cut Once

Proper preparation is the key to success. Start with accurate measurements. Sketch a floor plan of your space and take precise dimensions. Remember, always order extra wood. About 10% more should cover the occasional mistake and any future repairs.

4. Acclimatization

Wood is a natural material that breathes and adapts to its environment. Let your planks acclimatize by placing them in the room where they will be installed. This process typically takes about a week, allowing the wood to adjust to the room's humidity and temperature.


5. Subfloor Preparation

Your subfloor is the foundation upon which your natural wood flooring will sit. Ensure it's clean, dry, and level. Any imperfections or moisture issues can cause problems down the road.

6. Laying Out the Planks

Plan the layout before you start nailing down any planks. Typically, the wood should run perpendicular to the floor joists. This adds stability and reduces the likelihood of squeaks.

7. Installation Methods

- Nail Down: Ideal for solid hardwood, nails are driven through the planks into the subfloor, ensuring a tight and secure fit.

- Glue Down: Common for engineered wood. This method involves gluing the planks directly to the subfloor using a strong adhesive.

- Floating: A versatile method where the planks are not attached to the subfloor but rather connected to each other, "floating" above the subfloor. Often used for engineered wood.

Finishing Touches

8. Sanding and Sealing

If you chose pre-finished planks, you can skip this step. For unfinished wood, sanding is crucial for a smooth, even surface. Follow this by applying a sealant to protect the wood and enhance its natural allure. From matte to glossy finishes, there's a wide array to choose from based on your personal style.

9. Installing Baseboards and Transition Pieces

The devil is in the details. Trim around the room's edges to give your flooring a polished and professional look. Remember transition pieces for doorways and between different flooring types.

Caring for Your Natural Wood Floors

10. Regular Cleaning

Keeping your natural wood floors looking pristine is easier than you think. Regular sweeping or vacuuming is your first line of defense against dirt and dust. For deeper cleaning, use a damp mop with a wood-specific cleaner.

11. Prevention Tips

Prevention is better than cure. Use rugs and mats in high-traffic areas and under furniture to prevent scratches. Felt pads under furniture legs can also be a lifesaver.

Perspective Change

12. Dealing with Scratches and Dents

Unfortunately, life happens. But the good news is that natural wood floors can often be spot-repaired. Minor scratches can be buffed out, and deeper dents might benefit from some professional attention.

Embracing the Wabi-Sabi

Before we close, let's channel some Zen wisdom: embrace the wabi-sabi of natural wood floors. What's wabi-sabi, you ask? It's the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. Over time, natural wood floors develop character—tiny scratches, subtle color changes, and a cozy, lived-in feel. These aren't flaws; they are the narrative of your home.

Why Choose From The Forest?

At From The Forest, we live and breathe natural wood floors. Our mantra is to provide unsurpassed quality, sustainability, and beauty in every plank we offer. Here's why you should choose us for your flooring journey:

Unparalleled Strength

Our wood floors boast unparalleled strength. They are designed to withstand the test of time, daily use, and even the most playful of pets.

Sustainable Sourcing

We're passionate about the planet. All our wood is sustainably sourced, ensuring we give back to Mother Earth as much as we take.

American Ingenuity

Our products are proudly made in the USA and reflect the American spirit of innovation, craftsmanship, and quality.

A Superior Top Coat Finish

Our floors have a superior top coat finish. This enhances the wood's natural beauty and offers exceptional protection against wear and tear.


We believe that luxury doesn't have to come at the expense of the environment. Our commitment to eco-friendly practices means you can have beautiful floors with a clear conscience.

Experience the Difference of From The Forest

Ready to elevate your space with the natural allure of wood floors? Discover the exceptional quality, natural charm, and eco-friendliness that only From The Forest can deliver. Experience the difference for yourself. Elevate your space with our extraordinary wall panels and floors, boasting a superior top coat finish that withstands the test of time.

Let's transform your home into a haven of warmth, beauty, and unparalleled elegance. Invest in natural wood floors and step into a world where every plank tells a story, offered exclusively by From The Forest. Experience the blend of nature's best and human ingenuity. Your dream floor is just a click away!

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