In this large new construction project, Nathan Taylor, owner and principal designer of Obelisk Home, used the flooring as an opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the home’s design. “The perfect color floor can be the driving force behind all the other colors of the other materials in the home such as cabinetry [and] wall color," says Taylor.
Striking that perfect balance between the flooring and the rest of the home’s design was crucial to Taylor and something that took extensive searching and finessing to achieve. The homeowners wanted the hardwood to have as wide of planks as possible, but they also wanted it to be warm in color. “By the time we got to the hardwood flooring that’s mostly throughout the home, this was maybe sample number 10 or 11,” says Taylor. “It is an imported European white oak floor from Italy, and we had to get multiple colors to get it right. It was a challenge to get something that was light but warm,” Taylor adds. The living room fireplace material, the main entry door and the black of the windows were all selected as complementary elements to the flooring.