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Ten homes with characterful exposed wooden floorboards

In DeZeen’s new lookbook, they explore 10 homes with beautiful wood floors. Here are our top 5.  It’s no surprise that our favorites are the ones that showcase the rich and diverse character of wood grain, knots and other elements of nature’s design.

Photo is by Ståle Eriksen

ER Residence, UK, by Studio Hallett Ike

Studio Hallett Ike preserved the existing wooden floorboards in the living room of this renovated Victorian flat in London, sanding them down to expose more of their natural grain.

The floor is combined with pale grey plaster on the walls and black metal furnishings “to create an overall impression that is minimal and timeless, exuding an assured and understated elegance”, the studio said.

Image courtesy of Pauzarq

Apartment in Bilbao, Spain, by Pauzarq

Spanish studio Pauzarq integrated the original wooden floorboards of this Bilbao apartment into its broken-plan redesign.

It extended them out of the kitchen-living area into an adjacent corridor and dressing room, creating a stripy transitional section where the old and new, lighter-coloured boards meet to soften the contrast.

Photo is by Cristobal Palma

House in La Pedrera, Uruguay, by Alejandro Sticotti

Lightly distressed wooden floorboards mirror the board-formed concrete ceiling in the living room and bedroom of this holiday home on Uruguay‘s Atlantic Coast, designed by Argentinian architect Alejandro Sticotti.

Combined with bookshelves, two long desks and a large expanse of glass with views out to the ocean, these features come together to give the space a sheltered, serene feel.

Photo is by Ståle Eriksen

Marylebone apartment, UK, by Jonathan Tuckey Design

In this London flat, overhauled by architecture studio Jonathan Tuckey Design, wooden floorboards contrast with curving pastel-coloured walls of pink, green, blue and cream across the different rooms.

The combination creates a fresh and contemporary look, while also retaining a classic feel in keeping with the home’s Regency-era origins.


Photo is by French + Tye

Mo-tel House, UK, by Office S&M

London studio Office S&M set the pale timber floorboards in this Georgian townhouse renovation against an abundance of brightly coloured elements, from coral-pink bannisters to royal-blue radiators.

Unusually, the floorboards are laid diagonally across the open-plan space, emphasising the contrast further and adding to the playful feel.



This is the latest in DeZeen’s series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring homes with parquet flooringterrazzo flooring and wood-clad kitchens.


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