Parquet wood flooring in Downers GroveMany Downers Grove homeowners love the look of houses with old-fashioned charm. If you already live in an older home with vintage details, you can play up its age and character by installing floors with a similar charm. But even if you live in a new home, you can also add vintage character by choosing floors with rustic and decorative details.

Here are a few flooring picks from Floor Coverings International® of Burr Ridge that will give your space the old-fashioned style you love:

Parquet Wood Floors

You don’t often see parquet wood floors in modern homes – they’re more commonly seen in vintage buildings that are 100+ years old. Thus, they can add a beautiful and unique touch to a newer space. However, if you want parquet floors with old-fashioned charm, steer away from the square, honey-hued variety, which can just look dated. Instead, choose parquet flooring in a herringbone pattern in pale blond or dark brown wood.

Black and White Mosaic TileMosaic bathroom tile in Downers Grove

Like subway tile, classic mosaic tile has been making a comeback. This small-scale tile, which can be arranged to create borders and patterns in black and white, works well in bathrooms and backsplashes. It adds a vintage feel that brings to mind early New York subway stations. However, its neutral look also blends well with modern fixtures, bold colors, and statement wallpaper.

Multi-Width Hardwood Planks

For a rustic, farmhouse style, consider multi-width (or random) hardwood plank flooring. This style of hardwood uses planks in a range of widths—some narrow, some wide, some in between. The planks are laid in a random arrangement so that each plank is a different width than the one next to it. The inconsistency adds rustic character – perfect for homeowners who like a natural, hand-constructed look.

To learn more about these and other vintage-inspired flooring styles, talk to our experts at Floor Coverings International® of Burr Ridge. We provide free consultations to homeowners in the Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, and Woodridge area.

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