Creating a Tranquil Home With Warmth And Character

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Sanctuary from the Tranquil Collection by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

By Pam Garnett
Showroom Director, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Consumers are increasingly thinking not only about the aesthetics inside their homes, but also about their health and overall well-being. These homeowners are looking at their residences as a place of refuge from hectic daily lives, and are drawn to spaces that bring a sense of comfort, peacefulness, and security. 

To create a calming retreat, homeowners are incorporating elements such as natural light, decluttering their living spaces, and bringing a connection to nature inside the home. It’s all about feeling completely “at home.”

Color Psychology in Interior Design

Color is a significant contributor to the mood of a home, and – as people seek to create more soothing spaces – neutrals will continue to play prominently in interior design. While gray and “greige” tones are still popular, the trend is toward warmer finishes that impart a cozy, welcoming feel. Accordingly, the classic ‘neutral palette’ has expanded to incorporate rich tans, camels and browns. 

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Eden from the Tranquil Collection by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

To inject a sense of warmth into the home, many homeowners are also turning to natural materials such as wood for their interior surfaces and flooring, and are opting for artisan-crafted products over mass-produced versions. 

Wood Flooring Trend: Wide Planks

One trend that has been growing, in particular, is wide plank hardwood flooring. Wide plank floors are typically sourced from old-growth forests in the Northern United States and handcrafted from the heartwood of the tree, which is tight-grained. As a result, the timber is harder and stronger than the wood from less mature trees.

In addition to offering a timeless aesthetic and long-term durability, wide plank wood floors tend to make spaces appear and feel larger. They have fewer seams, which helps to open up a space while highlighting the natural beauty of the wood grain. The authentic wood details and board-to-board variations within the planks create a very clean-lined, organic look that invites a sense of calm.

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Oasis from the Tranquil Collection by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

And, although wide plank flooring is often perceived to be more modern in style, it is also available in transitional and traditional styles – making it well-suited for a range of decor preferences.

Wood Flooring Finishes and Textures

While hardwood floors are available in a variety of finishes and textures, increasingly, homeowners are opting for smooth face flooring in subtle matte finishes. Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring recently debuted the Tranquil Collection, which features a layered, low matte finish in warmer tones. The flooring has the patina of a naturally “aged” material, bringing a timeless quality to a space. 

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Preserve from the Tranquil Collection by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

A home should be a sanctuary and provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of the busyness of life. From furnishings to accessories to flooring, investing in beautiful, handcrafted products that stand the test of time will go a long way in creating the perfect ‘home, sweet home.’ 


Pam Garnett is showroom director for Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, located in Dallas at The International on Turtle Creek Design Center.

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