Hardwood Floor Inlays, Starbursts, and Medallions

Installing a new hardwood floor? Maybe you like the idea of adding inlays such as borders and corner designs with unique patterns to accent the beauty of your floors. Or maybe you have a grand foyer or great room where a large floor medallion would make a wonderful focal point. The good news is these inlays are much more affordable than they used to be, so you can give the impression that you live in a luxury home without spending a ton of money.

What accounts for the new affordability? Well, in the old days, inlays and medallions had to be hand-designed and hand-cut. Today, ready-to-install, prefabricated wood tiles sporting starbursts and other designs are available off the shelf from most hardwood floor dealers. That's because today's technology (specifically laser cutting) makes it much easier to create them. In the old days, they all had to be hand-carved.  Of course, you can still find wood makers who will create inlays by hand, but it will cost you more, and there is no difference in the end product.

Something to keep in mind is that if you want to add an inlay to your hardwood floor, you need to decide on it before you lay the first plank. Preplan your floor design and have an expert take a look at it.

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