Design Inspiration

Meet the Little Black Dress of New Home Design

by Nikki James

LBD…Little Black Dress.  Everyone has one! It’s your go-to dress for any occasion.  You can dress it up for the evening with a pair of stilettos, or you can dress it down during the day with a pair of Tory Burch flats.  No matter what your style or occasion, the LBD is a must-have staple item in every woman’s wardrobe!


You may be asking, what does an LBD have to do with home design? It’s the same concept of sophistication and simplicity. And the LBD of design in a new home is hardwood floors.

Still with me? Let me elaborate. Hardwood floors are as timeless as it gets! Just like your LBD, hardwood floors are a classic element that allows you to personalize your home to fit your style.

Whatever inspires you, we can capture that look in your hardwood floors. Love the look of an old barn door or reclaimed wood?  If so, Shaw has a beautiful product featuring wide planks and a wire brush called Kingston Oak.  This is one of our favorites right now!  And why stop at putting it on the floor; this is a great product to take up the walls!


Source: Shaw Flooring

Source: Ashton Woods

So reclaimed isn’t your look? Do you prefer more clean lines and elegance? Do you like the classiness of the LBD and typically choose to pair it with black pumps?  I love where you’re going with this, and I have a wood just for you!  It’s a smooth-finished nail down Ebony stained hardwood floor. It’s a look that never goes out of style!  It is sophisticated and chic.  Continue that floor under your bar top, and you have a real show stopper!

Source: Ashton Woods

Source: Ashton Woods

Hardwood floors, much like the little black dress, are as personal as the person wearing it, or in this case, walking on it!  They should be a reflection of you and your unique style.