New constructions or renovations, residential or commercial buildings, timber flooring could be the missing element needed to create the perfect aesthetic. Mixing old and new timber designs can have a striking impact. Timber boards come in a variety of colours, grains, sizes and finish options, creating a completely different ambience depending on their application.

Designing a contemporary residential and commercial building

Timber floor

When it comes to designing a contemporary residential or commercial building, less is more. With a focus on innovation, sustainability and natural elements, timber flooring works great in an open plan design. Usually featuring very light or dark tones, wood flooring offers that sleek finish and contemporary feel sought by designers and architects.

Within our mega collection, we have a colour range which works perfectly in contemporary residential and commercial properties. Our classic 220mm wide boards offer a sleek modern finish. With a multi-layer hardwood base, this makes the floor structurally even more stable. These floors have been refined with brushing, hand scraping, smoking and staining techniques to create magnificent textural experiences.

Contemporary designs are typically offset by neutral colours, allowing designers and architects to be creative with textures and patterns. Our colour ranges, which include Winston Hill Light, French Grey Antique and Ivory White are often used in contemporary properties as these allow the details of your furniture metals and rooms accessories to shine through.

Mixing contemporary and traditional designs

contemporary and traditional designs

In contemporary buildings, it can often be difficult to distinguish spaces due to their open plan designs. One way to creatively overcome this issue is by combining two different timber flooring collections, clearly separating the two spaces while not affecting the overall feel of the room. To have the best effect, it’s a great idea to mix traditional and new patterns together.

Two collections often chosen due to their beauty and stunning appearance when used together are Milano and Chevron.

The Milano Collection has a great range of colours, from light to dark, from warm to cool tones, and these popular 190mm wide boards will suit any room. Most of this collection is coated with WOCA hard wax oil, combining durability with a natural timber look, while requiring less maintenance to your floors, making them the perfect addition to any high trafficked space.

Combined with Chevron these two designs create the perfect mix of new and old. Chevron has long been associated with elegance and prestige. An integral part in many distinguished homes, these boards are cut at an angle which creates a beautiful V-shaped parquetry. These two designs work perfectly together within an open space, creating a stunning appearance. Mixing two flooring designs can create an impressive architectural statement.

Other ways buildings can include the perfect mixture of old and new is by using them as a different textural element. Reclaimed panels on walls, for instance, create a standout feature with a rustic, calming feel. When deciding the flooring, architects often consider the ambience they are trying to create in the space, and then apply the colour tones, grains and finishes of timber to achieve the desired effect.

The use of traditional elements


Timber flooring is associated with elegance and prestige. Used throughout the years in a number of distinguished homes and stately architectural buildings, timber flooring continues to be universally popular in the design world.

Design patterns can have an instant impact on the ambience of a room. One of the most renowned styles of timber flooring is the Herringbone collection. The floor’s astonishing beauty and symmetry make this one of the most sought-after wood flooring patterns. Herringbone flooring works as a perfect statement piece in any residential or commercial property with its ability to flow effortlessly throughout a room, even creating the idea of more space if installed adjacent to the longest wall. Besides the traditional herringbone pattern, it also offers many other possibilities in design, such as Plait, Shifted Dice or Lamella.