As a design element, narrow floors have traditionally appeared in formal spaces. Yet, effortless, custom styles can be created with a variety of clean or character-rich narrow width planks – flooring or paneling.
Narrower boards are classic. We’ve walked across ‘strip’ flooring so narrow it was face nailed (as it didn’t have t&g) but has held true for a century. Others have a tongue and groove connecting delicate 1.5″ planks. Still others in these legacy homes are laid in patterns. We’re seeing a resurgence of patterns in recent installations – horizontal and vertical – in homes and commercial spaces. The narrow wood lends itself to this use. While visually stylish, certain patterns such as herringbone or chevron, can give a narrow room the illusion of being larger. The slimmer planks are also ideal for intricate parquet patterns. (Above: Versailles pattern in American Gothic Reclaimed Oak with an oil/wax finish. Below: American Gothic Reclaimed Oak with a custom finish in a herringbone pattern).
Our patina (high character, original surface) products bring another step of revitalization to narrow width applications. An installation using narrow width patina grades will have more variation, as there are more pieces, but is likely to read as a single field in comparison to an installation using wider widths. (With wider widths, individual boards become more pronounced.) The unabashed character will also bring a relaxed atmosphere to spaces.
Structurally, narrow widths tend to be more stable and show less movement than wider width material. For projects that are located in environments where the humidity may fluctuate narrow widths can be a good choice.While we custom craft to order, we have a current selection of narrow width products ready for your project. Let your reclaimed wood expert know what your favorite is:
– American Gothic Mixed Oak
– American Gothic White Oak
– American Gothic Elm
– American Gothic Chestnut
– American Gothic Hickory
– Reclaimed Karri/Jarrah Patina
– Reclaimed Karri Bright
– Character Heart Pine
– Tropical Hardwood Mix, Bright
– Knotty’n’Naily Douglas fir
– Grandma’s Attic Softwoods