There simply is no better floor than a hardwood floor (in my humble opinion). Yes, travertine has its place — in fact, I’ve lived in a home with 100% travertine floors and from a scratch perspective it was perfect! But, nothing beats a good hand-crafted hardwood floor for warmth and versatility in design. Hardwood floors can span the gamut from a rough barn wood cowboy ranch house to a highly polished French Chateau. Just for fun, my daughter and I once fixed an ancient parquet floor in an 18th Century Manor home near Orleans, France. She thought we were going site-seeing, but I had other plans.
This particular home pictured above features a hand-scraped alder floor (circle sawn) with white pine plugs. I like giving a floor a little attitude — and the discrepancy in color adds a ton of flavor.
Notice it can be fun and exquisite at the same time. Luxury finishes do not have to be boring.