Hardwood Flooring Room Inspiration Guide

Discover the best hardwood flooring for any room in the house.

When it comes to choosing the right flooring, let your space be your guide. How often is it used? Does it get a lot of foot traffic? Are there any moisture or temperature factors to account for? What style will reflect your personal tastes and mesh well with the rest of the home’s decor? Let’s go room by room and explore the possibilities.

Kitchen Flooring

The kitchen is the busiest room in the house, whether you’re cooking for one or serving meals up family style. It’s the place for socializing, pet bowls, spilled milk and dropped dishes. Kitchen floors have to work hard and look good doing it. And if you have an open floor plan, you’re looking for something that ties kitchen, dining and living rooms together and meets each space’s style standards.

Both solid and engineered hardwood are great choices, so long as you follow hardwood floor care recommendations. Want the highest level of water resistance in a hardwood? Try Bruce Hydropel, our waterproof 100% hardwood flooring that also resists scratches, stain and wear for a lifetime of beauty.

Living Room & Family Room Flooring

Living and family room areas are where we kick back at the end of the day to cozy up for TV, games, reading or chatter. They’re a place to entertain and be entertained, and should remain warm, welcome and beautiful over time. As you shop, consider the overall look you’re trying to achieve, where in your home the room is located, and how active your household is.

Different products can give off totally different vibes and some come with our highest level of scratch and dent protection. If you’re installing in a basement-level family room, or over concrete slab or radiant heat, you’ll want to go with a Bruce engineered hardwood such as Bruce Hydropel waterproof 100% hardwood collection or the Bruce Brushed Impressions collection.

Dining Room Flooring

Dining rooms often share a flooring style with adjacent kitchens and living rooms, especially in open floor plans. Consider the needs of all of those spaces when choosing a flooring product.

Durability is especially important for dining rooms that get more use than the occasional holiday meal. Many homeowners use their dining rooms daily, so dropped food, foot traffic and dragged chair legs are an inevitability (though you should always use floor protectors on chair and table legs!). Think about the potential wear and tear that could occur in your dining room, and consider hardwood flooring that will meet those durability demands.

Products with higher scratch and dent resistance, like the Bruce Dundee collection, which is coated with Dura-Luster Plus, a multi-layer finish that offers our highest level of protection, is a great option for regular everyday use.

Bedroom Flooring

Bedroom decorating often falls by the wayside, as many people prioritize making home improvements in living spaces that are used by more people. But a beautifully designed bedroom with hardwood floors can elevate the R&R potential and make you want to spend more waking hours there! Look for colors and styles that make you feel calm and relaxed.

Solid hardwood is a popular choice for bedrooms because of its timelessness and the lifetime of value it brings. Solid hardwood or premium engineered collections like our Bruce Turlington Signature Series will sound more quiet when you walk on them. Depending on the size of the room, wide-width planks, like those in our Bruce Turlington American Exotics collection, can create a sense of openness, while narrow strips can feel cozier.

Basement Flooring

A lot of homeowners have discovered their basement’s potential — as the family room, the home gym, the play room or the guest room. And with that has come the desire to make these spaces as stylish as the rest of the house. Because basements are below grade, meaning below ground, they have unique moisture and humidity concerns that impact what types of flooring are appropriate.

The only type of hardwood we recommend for basements is engineered hardwood. Its layered structure makes it more stable for underground installations, and there are lots of gorgeous styles to choose from. Check out the Bruce Hydropel waterproof 100% hardwood collection or the Bruce Turlington collections.

Bathroom Flooring

Steamy showers, wet feet, toothpaste droplets and, yes, overflowing toilets. This is the messy stuff that has traditionally made hardwood floors a no-go for bathrooms and powder rooms. Not anymore! Our Bruce Hydropel waterproof 100% hardwood collection is engineered on all six sides to lock out water for up to 36 hours — making it the perfect flooring for any bathroom.

If you love the look of hardwood, Bruce Hydropel hardwood flooring has a range of beautiful colors to choose from, so you’ll have no trouble coordinating with the rest of your decor. And with a floating installation and a smaller room size, it’s also super DIY friendly.

Foyer & Hallway Flooring

Want to express your family’s good taste for all who enter? The foyer is a great place to start. Go for a look that represents your aesthetic and previews the design choices you’ve made throughout the rest of the home. Hallways are another highly visible area and will likely feature the same flooring as your foyer, or other adjacent rooms.

Select foyer and hallway flooring that’s not only true to your style, but durable enough to withstand back-and-forth foot traffic and tracked-in dirt. Solid hardwood is a popular choice. It’s easy to clean and is quality-crafted to remain beautiful year after year. Consider the Bruce Signature Scrape collection for a beautiful hand-scraped look. Engineered hardwood like our premium Bruce American Originals collection, have the timeless beauty of hardwood and an extra level of protection with DuraLuster Plus wood finish.

Laundry Room & Mud Room Flooring

Like bathrooms, these spaces haven’t typically been hardwood-friendly. Too much potential for damage from things like heavy appliances, large spills, muddy shoes and stowed sports equipment. That was until the Bruce Hydropel waterproof 100% hardwood collection came along.

In addition to being waterproof, Bruce Hydropel hardwood flooring resists scratches, stains and wear and is available in a variety of colors and textures. Now it’s possible to extend your sense of style to utilitarian spaces — and have peace of mind that your floors are up for the challenge.

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