5 Ways to Elevate your Timber Flooring

Herringbone floor with a plank border and brass inlayChevron floor with a plank border and brass inlayA plank border with brass trim defines the transition between timber & tileA fine brass inlay defines the transition between timber and tileTwo fine brass inlays define the transition between timber and tileA wide brass bar makes a statement transition between timber and tileA plank border defines between the change of plank directionsA plank border with fine brass defines between this change in plank directionA plank border across the doorway defines between this plank direction changeA clever way to change direction when you reach a corner in a hallwayOld skirting vs new negative detail in a Villa renovationNegative skirting detail creates the ultimate minimal lookA curved wall looks stunning with negative skirting detailNegative skirting detail looks stunning stairs tooPerfectly mitered joints provide a seamless lookMitered joints with negative skirting detail gives a modern minimal lookBrass inlays on stair treads and risers gives a luxurious lookA brass inlay in this stair riser gives a elegant look

We've said it before and we will say it again - It's all in the detail! It's the little things like a brass inlay or a simple plank border that can take your floor to the next level and give your project a classy high-end feel. Read below for our suggestions on ways you can elevate your floor!


Timber borders have the ability to elevate a space and give a classy feel. Herringbone and chevron flooring in particular look incredible when finished with a plank border - you can also insert a metal trim (think brass or black) around the inside edge of the border to elevate the look further! Be sure to match the size of the border to your space - a wide border in a small space will overpower it.

Timber planks can also be used as a border around carpet in areas such as living rooms to give the impression of a giant rug.


Transitions between areas of timber flooring and other floor coverings such as concrete, carpet and tiles don't have to be ugly or boring! A plank border can be used to define between areas of timber and other floor coverings. Again, a metal trim can be used alongside the plank border for a classy finishing touch.

Alternatively a metal trim can be used on its own - think slim and discreet, or super wide to make a statement. However be aware that metal trims will scratch and the wider the trim is the more noticeable scratches will be! Be sure to match the size of the border to your space - a wide border in a small space will overpower it.

Changing direction

Occasionally we come across floor plans with angles or corners that require the flooring to change direction to follow the footprint. In an open area we suggest installing a plank border directly along the angle then mitering the flooring to meet it (see pictures for example). To change direction between rooms we suggest applying the same rule - just lay the plank border across the doorway. In a hallway where a direction change is required, you could apply the same principle or you can use a weave-like pattern to change the direction (again, see pictures).

Negative skirting detail

Love the fuss-free look of a space without skirtings? Negative detailing at the bottom of your walls can be used to hide the join where flooring meets wall, eliminating the need for skirtings!

Seamless stairs

Love the look of a sleek and minimal stair without an overhanging tread? A skilled installer can miter the joints of your stairs to give the perfect seamless look. Combine this with a negative detail on the stair edges to eliminate the need for skirtings and you'll have the sleekest staircase around! Brass detailing can be also be inserted into stairs for a beautiful luxurious look.

Date Added: Tuesday, 16th April 2019