Ornamental floors, in all their varied forms,
have become an increasingly popular choice for many consumers
who want to customize their homes. The description “ornamental
floors” covers a wide variety of options, some more difficult
to execute than others. These include feature strips, patterned
floors, hand-cut scroll work, laser-cut premanufactured inlays
and borders, and mixed-media installations (involving metal,
stone or tile with wood). An ornamental floor may be as simple
as a single, 3/4-inch feature strip following the room’s perimeter.
Or it may be ornate and elaborate, involving thousands of
pieces that combine for a true work of art. The techniques
used to create these flooring effects are as varied as the
contractors who practice them.