Vintage Floor Options

April 12, 2013

Intricate mouldings, hand-carved details, rustic charm, ornate furnishings – there’s something about the vintage floors look that truly brings out the best in design.


Get the look: Vinatage Floors

In every interior style, your flooring brings the mix of various design elements together in a harmonised look and feel. However, when it comes to the vintage look, floors are even more important in the design. Your floors have the power to set the whole tone of the room, adding drama, intensity, interest and charm in their own right.

Here are some ways to use your floors to get the look:


Second time’s a charm when it comes to timber flooring. You can easily revive bare, tired wooden flooring to give it a new lease of life, while retaining the old-style charm and character. If you have existing floorboards, you will first need to sand back the timber to remove the existing finish. With this blank canvas, you can choose whichever stain, paint and finish you desire. For a charming Victorian-inspired look, ESB Flooring recommends a deep rich colour.

Wood Wash

Wood washes are simple and effective way to add subtle colour to your natural timber floor. This is most commonly used to create a soft, provincial look. If you’re feeling a little more daring, choose white and dark wood washes to create a chequerboard pattern.
A big colour statement on floors can take design aesthetics to the next level and timber stains are a great way to achieve this. The Victorian period was all about lavish looks and luxury so think dark stained floors to add sophistication, opulence and warmth to rooms. The flooring will also be a powerful backdrop for light furniture, cabinetry or stone surfaces. The secret to getting the right finish is to test the stain on a sample piece of wood first.


There’s simply nothing like an antique oak wooden floor, and wax is a great choice to achieve a warm, pre-worn look on the floorboards. It brings out the true beauty of the grain. And unlike many floor finishes, wax does not require sanding before application. You just need to be prepared to use a little elbow grease to get the desired effect.
Black Flooring 

Why not make a grand statement with black flooring? This will make any room stand out, adding drama and opulence. Dark wood floors will perfectly balance with cream-white furnishings and light walls. You can choose between black laminate flooring or black engineered wood flooring available with age distressed finishes for the perfect vintage mood.

Finishing touches

Once you’ve got your floor sorted, add some final touches to complete your vintage-inspired room:

•    Add a gorgeous chandelier for extra effect
•    Vintage door handles will bring a touch of elegance
•    Seek out antique Victorian picture frames for black and white family photographs
•    Display interesting and unusual knick knacks for eclectic charm
•    A book shelf with a few worn leather books is a must for the vintage look

If you have any further questions regarding vintage flooring we stock here, at ESB Flooring London showroom or you are looking for an advice about the best wood flooring for your home feel free to contact the ESB sales team. Contact us now to request your no hassle no obligation free samples or come down to our North London showroom for a closer look.

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