Some have already decided which floor they want in advance, and others need time to decide.It is a choice that will affect your house and your interior, on average; for the next seven years. Marita Hamre, Architect for Husgalleriet and Kielland AS, has chosen BOEN flooring for several of her projects. We asked Marita what she does when it comes to choosing flooring and what is trending right now. A GOOD FEELING Marita thinks it is important that the floor should be a natural part of the interior and form an entirety. She uses her time well when it comes to choosing the right floor, as the floor is a large and important surface in a room. Photo: Fredrik Ringe – A parquet floor is supposed to last a very long time. That’s why it is important to find a floor that gives you a good feeling. Some people prefer floors with a smooth surface, and others would like to bring forth the structure of the tree. We have noticed that the trends move more towards a rough floor, where the structure of the tree and the imperfections are highlighted (See our Handcrafted floors). In Europe, this trend has been seen for several years now, with everything from a sawdust structure to a wavier and “worn” surface. Marita has used BOEN flooring for several of her projects, and has good experience with the quality of the floor. – BOEN offers parquet in several price ranges, making it possible to find a floor that fits both the style you want for the interior and considers the budget. TWO PROJECTS, TWO DARK FLOORS When Marita is choosing floors for her projects, she wants to find a floor that creates harmony with the style that both she and customers look for in a new house. – We put together a colour-and material palette that explains something about the walls, windows, and roof colours; and the flooring type. It is important that each house is customized for each customer. That’s why we are giving ample time for discussion about what the customers like, and which style they want for their new house before we choose the right materials and colours. THE BRICKHOUSE One of the houses that Marita has designed with BOEN flooring is the Brickhouse. Photo: Fredrik Ringe – The Brickhouse was designed for an Indian family that has lived in Norway for over 30 years. They wanted an interior that would reflect their Indian heritage, and blend with the Nordic style. The white façade was established in the regulatory plan, so to create a contrast to the cold white exterior of the house and to create a balmy atmosphere, we decided to go for a beige-brown colour palette, which is continuous on all the walls, roof and permanent inventory. Walnut quickly became the wood species that would unite the Nordic style and Indian heritage. Photo: Fredrik Ringe – BOEN flooring was chosen because they could deliver walnut parquet in plank, which had the right glow and the right colour tone. The structure and the colour variations of walnut can vary significantly, dependent upon where the tree comes from. For us it was important that the structure of the walnut was calm, with a nice grading. The price was also a decisive. Walnut Andante has a reasonable price considering the quality of the tree. Photo: Fredrik Ringe For the main floor, Walnut Andante plank was chosen, and for the sub floor Walnut Andante 3-strip. If you are on a budget, this is a good tip for you if you want the same hardwood floors in your entire house. Choose plank in the large rooms where the surfaces are big, and choose 3-strip in smaller rooms where the floor often is covered by furniture, like bedrooms. THE WOODHOUSE The Woodhouse that Marita designed also has BOEN flooring. The colour palette for this house is a bit colder than the Brickhouse, with a pale grey colour on all the internal walls, roof, and the flooring on the sub level. Photo: Lise Bjelland searched carefully for the perfect floor to use for the main level. Photo: Lise Bjelland – When we were searching for flooring to the Woodhouse we looked for as dark a floor as possible, and one that also had some structure and could be delivered with combatable stair nosings. I think we were a bit premature looking for dark floors back in 2013-2014. The selection of dark flooring has been more developed during the past few years. We selected Oak Arizona plank, due to the “dusty” colour. In the Woodhouse, stair nosings were also an important factor when choosing the parquet. – The fact that BOEN also offers stair nosings in the same wood species and colour of the parquet how we decided on BOEN for the Woodhouse. We wanted a product that could help us create the illusion that the floor on the second level folds down the stairs to the lower level. When you have stair nosings and parquet in the same colour as the parquet, it gives you the opportunity to create seamless transitions between the levels. This makes the surface of the floor an entirety that flows between the levels. Photo: Lise Bjelland DARK WALL AND FLOOR COLOURS When it comes to styling, Marita says that the most important thing is to find a style that you are comfortable with. – Don’t just follow the trends that are shown in interior magazines or blogs, exactly, but use them as inspiration and pick out the parts you like and make it personal. I also think it is important to have some of your own history in the interior. Furniture, décor, paintings etc. that are inherited are part of a story that gives insight to who lives in the house, where they come from, and who they are. Dark interior often feels difficult to choose, but Marita says that it can bring a completely different feeling to the home than what you might expect. Photo: Lise Bjelland – Dark floors and dark wall colours gives a very different warmth and glow to a room, compared to light floors and white walls. A lot of people are afraid of choosing dark colours in the beginning, but with the right guidance when it comes to lighting, and composition of the furniture, there is no reason to fear the darkness. – When you dare to choose something that you normally wouldn’t go for, that’s when you are most likely to end up with a result that you are proud of and that will impress others. Darker colours and materials also highlight other elements, so that the colour on the walls floors, are highlighted in a completely different way, compared to white surfaces. Here you can read more about Marita, Kielland AS and Husgalleriet. See more of our products in our Floor Finder!