Welcome to the final step in this series!
**Please be sure to take time to read the final thoughts at the end of this post.
Here is a recap of all the posts in this series:
Step 1: Add wood ceilings.
Today’s step is a no-brainer.
Add Wood Flooring!
There is nothing more characteristic of older homes than wood flooring.
The charm and beauty is hard to match!
I could spend time in this post talking about all different types of wood flooring, but I’m not.
Everyone has different tastes when it comes to wood flooring. Some like light wood. Some dark.
Some like thin planks. Some like wider.
There is soft wood, hard wood, engineered wood, and laminate wood.
Whichever type of wood flooring you chose, I can guarantee one thing…
It will add instant warmth and beauty to your home!
My personal favorite is a dark stain on real wood planks. And I prefer the planks to be 5 inches wide or wider.
We used pine wood for our kitchen floors which is a softer wood. It does show wear and tear more than the harder woods. If you do not like to see some wear on your floors, then you would definitely want to go with a harder wood. But keep in mind that the harder the wood, the more expensive it will be.
I don’t mind a little wear on my floors because I think it gives my home that old farmhouse feel that I love.
We are planning on adding the same hard wood flooring in our master bedroom and master bath in our addition.
Here are some beautiful pictures I found of wood flooring in a bathroom.
We also plan on putting wood on our stairs in our addition.
If you have stair rails on your stairs, one thing that you might consider adding for some extra “old house” character is an antique newel post.
I love the look of the top of the newel post stained to match the steps and the bottom half painted white.
I am hoping to find a newel post at an architectural salvage place for our new staircase. It will give our stairs instant charm!
Painted wood floors are beautiful too.
Look how fabulous these red wood floors look!
Here is an adorable nursery with painted floors…
Though I love the look of stained wood flooring, if I owned an older home with wood floors that were in really bad shape, and they had stains that couldn’t be sanded out, I would definitely consider painting them.
Another flooring choice that creates that “old house” feel is hexagonal tile.
I absolutely love this type of tile!
I am considering hexagonal tile for when we redo the guest bath by our kitchen this year.
Don’t ya love it?
Lastly, I also think brick flooring is a great choice for an mudroom or back hallway.
I think brick flooring is going to be showing up more and more in home interiors.
Here is a picture of brick flooring in the kitchen…
Well, that’s it!
I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have!
I would love to hear your thoughts about this series in the comments!
Final Thoughts on this Series
I just had to end this series with a word of encouragement to you!
I have loved posting these steps about how to create a charming home full of “old house” character.
And I have loved sharing all of these amazing inspiration pictures to help get your creative juices flowing.
But one thing I want to make sure I haven’t done is create discontentment in your heart about what you have.
Maybe your home looks NOTHING like these inspiration pictures.
Maybe your renting.
Maybe you are in a starter home, and it isn’t really the type of home you want.
Wherever you may be living, I pray that you are content.
This series is meant to inspire you to think out of the box when it comes to decorating your home.
It is not meant for you to feel frustrated with all the things you wish you could do to your home.
Remember to be patient. It takes time to get your home looking the way you want it to. Enjoy the process!
Start on a small room in your home, like a bathroom, and following these steps a little at a time to create a space you love.
But in the meantime, while you may not have wood floors, or pretty light fixtures, fancy trim, or whatever else you may want, count your blessings.
Let’s thank God for the roof over our heads.
For warm beds to sleep in at night.
For bellies that are full.
For family and friends to love.
You are loved by your heavenly Father more than you will ever know!