Cheryll's hardwood flooring Edition

Do you want to make your home beautiful from the floor up? Then join our spokesperson Cheryll Gillespie for some amazing designer tips on putting Hardwood Flooring in your home.

According to Cheryll, hardwood flooring is "the number one desired flooring." It instantly adds a rich warmth to any room. When selecting hardwood for any space, there are some design elements to consider.

If you're trying to design a casual environment, Cheryl suggests selecting a distressed wide plank hardwood. If you're wanting a more formal look for a room, she would suggest going with something that is smooth, shiny, and probably a narrower plank.

She admits it can be challenging to commit to a hardwood colour. She would recommend a darker hardwood for a sense of formal shabby chic, and it contrasts well with the light cabinetry. If you have a wood cabinetry in your home, do not try to match the woods. "It generally doesn't work," she says. Pair light cabinets with dark flooring, or vice versa. Choose your colour carefully and look at everything in the space at the same time to know that it works perfectly.

Today's hardwood not only looks fabulous, but it's easy to live with and easy to care for. If you've got a busy family with an active lifestyle, consider a distressed finish on your hardwood.


Cheryll’s keen eye for detail and sense of style has led to a growing and successful career in interior design and the media. Cheryll ran an interior design firm in Western Canada for 15 years, specializing in both commercial and residential design work. As an established and celebrated designer, she began to share her expertise with a national audience – through public speaking, television, radio and print. Today, in addition to hosting two popular national radio shows, Cheryll writes for over 290 newspaper publications a column on construction, design and décor, making her one of the most successful syndicated columnists in Canada. She is also the official spokesperson for Floors Now!

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Edited by Stephanie Gilchrist.

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