With long-lasting durability and timeless, natural style, it makes sense that wood flooring is a popular choice for commercial spaces. The colours, patterns and ways wood floors can be fitted make them a great way to divide rooms without taking up extra space. This works well in offices, restaurants and other commercial environments that aim for an open-plan feel without compromising on function.
Wood flooring can define spaces in a more seamless, subtle way than walls or furniture ever can. It brings a consistent, natural look to spaces that lasts. Here’s some design inspiration from our headquarters where we’ve used a mix of woods and carpet to define working zones.
Using Wood to Create Distinct Areas
Goodrich Feather Oak creates a light, airy feel in reception
Open plan design is modern and helps spaces to feel roomy. Carefully considered zoning will ensure an environment doesn’t feel endless or difficult to navigate, and wood flooring is a great way to manage the task.
An office reception may be defined by a different type of wood to the walkway or other surrounding areas. Planks can be laid in a different direction or a different style of wood can be used.
A lounge in a hotel lobby or seating areas in a restaurant could benefit in the same way. A distinct area of wood flooring makes a zone easy to spot and easier to furnish.
Using Wood to Create Walkways
Chepstow Planed Washed Oak is abundant with natural character
Wood can be used to create obvious walkways throughout spaces that feature other styles of wood flooring or other floor coverings. Mixing wood with carpet, for example, adds depth to a space and obvious definition.
With an all-wood floor, planks can be laid in a different direction to define walkways. It’s a subtle yet clear way of showing a change between areas that’s still in-keeping with the stylish, consistent feel of the space.
Laying wood planks width-ways in a long corridor can also help to change how the space is perceived. This can give the effect of a wider, shorter space.
Pairing Contrasting Styles of Wood FloorinG
In an all-wood workspace, there are further, simple ways to define. Using different styles and colours of wood can create a consistent yet more exciting design feel than using one type alone, and help to create those all-important zones.
Consider pairing woods with similar tones for a subtle, stylish difference between sections, or bring bolder contrasts together in spaces that require more obvious zone differences.
Using parquet to create a statement
Goodrich Salted Oak makes a stylish statement
With its eye-catching pattern and beautifully natural character, parquet wood flooring can be used to make a striking feature.
It can clearly mark out an entryway or highlight a reception desk in a hotel lobby. Run it along the floor and up the wall for an even more eye-catching effect.
PAIRING Wood with Carpet
Pairing wood with carpet is a particularly effective way of marking out areas, especially in environments where acoustics are a factor.
The contrasting textures help to create a noticeable difference between sections, not just to the eye but to the feel underfoot too. The mix is perfect for designers looking for both the natural feel of wood and the colourful options of carpet.
Carpet can be used to dampen sound in more frequented areas, and wood used in walkways to add a characterful, stylish edge.