colourful patterned hardwood floor tiles

If you love the feel of hardwood beneath your feet but crave something with a little more… je ne sais quoi, take a look at the offerings from Mirth Studios.

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Flirt Tile

Rather than planks, their ½” thick engineered hardwood designs come in 12” x 12” tiles. There is no more fussing about the perfect stain colour, because Mirth Studios’ floors are painted, then finished with multiple layers of “abrasion-resistant, crystal-clear UV-hardened 100% resin urethane.”

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Classic pattern from Mirth Studios.

As with many engineered hardwoods, these tiles can be installed over most subfloors, including concrete, using a multiple-stick urethane glue. Should you want or need, they can also be lightly sanded and refinished multiple times and come with a 25-year residential warranty.

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Designer collection: cococozy

With more than eighty (80) patterns, which range from classic to geometric, solids to borders, there is also a custom option. Not to mention that you can easily mix and match to create something completely unique, including your very own “patchwork quilt.”

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Our Centro pattern creates a stunning backsplash.

For every order, Mirth Studio will donate to The National Forest Foundation to plant a tree in the US.

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Go bold. Or retro. Maybe you prefer colourful? There are plenty of options from which to choose.

The line is about to expand to include stair treads and risers, which could make stairs a lot more interesting in the near future! No official word yet on whether the treads and risers will come in larger sheets or remain as a tile, but something to look into all the same.



Wood Floors do not Always Come in Planks

Wood floors are much loved by many.  For those who like to be unique, they often try to search for exotics.  However, if your preference is to source locally, exotics definitely do not fit the bill.  Is there a compromise?


The Enigma collection is available in plain white oak, quarter sawn white oak, and walnut in polished amber, golden topaz, smokey quartz, and black onyx options.

Jamie Beckwith offers a stunning array of unique wood flooring – the Jamie Beckwith Collection®.  The collection has offerings for both floor and vertical surfaces that are durable enough to be used in commercial and corporate environments, as well as residential ones.

Each of the stunning Enigma patterns is CNC-cut and individually hand-sanded and finished.

The flooring is manufactured in Nashville, TN and all wood used in sourced from neighbouring states.  All collections offer both FSC-certified and reclaimed options.

The Enigma collection offers fourteen (14) patterns in three (3) wood species, four (4) colour finishes, and two (2) gloss options.  The stains are water-based.  All patterns are CNC-cut and use engineered hardwood.

All Mosaic flooring is finished on site, allowing you to customize your finish colour and sheen.

The Mosaic collection features the beauty of end grain blocks.  The entire collection, available in four (4) species, comes unfinished.

Both Mosaic and Projection use only water-based stains. The product does not contain any Formaldehyde and will exhibit zero VOC emissions in its final cured state.

Projection is designed for vertical surfaces and so is available in both traditional and more playful colour options.  The layering is subtle but creates a fantastic textured look.

Don’t be afraid to step outside the rectangular box of flooring!

Hardwood Flooring with an Eco-Twist

Most hardwood floors that are labelled “green” come from sustainably managed forests and/or feature local wood species, thus saving on transportation and the overall global footprint.  BR111has taken a different approach with their well-known exotic flooring collection through the introduction of their Green Label Collection.

BR111 - Wenge Hardwood

As you may or may not know, most hardwoods are 3/4″thick.  The Green Label line offers the same durability and wear layer but uses 36% less raw lumber to achieve a solid floor that is only 5/8″ thick — the “tongue” has been strategically lowered closer to the ground.

Additionally, all of the fifty-plus (50+) exotic hardwoods BR111 uses are 100% certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the company is a member of the Green Building Council (USGBC), and their products may qualify for LEED points.

BR111: Tigerwood flooring

The Green Label Collection is offered in ten (10) species: Afzelia
, Amendoim
, Brazilian Cherry
, Brazilian Hickory
, Brazilian Walnut, Macchiato Pecan, 
, Tiete Chestnut
Tigerwood, and Wenge.

The flooring, which can be either glued down or stapled, can be installed over a wood sub-floor or concrete on any grade level.






Trees have Curves, Too

Though hardwood and engineered wood flooring comes in rectangular planks, have you ever noticed that trees are not ruler straight?

Creating straight planks results in a lot of unnecessary waste — of knots, imperfections, and natural curves.  Enter Bolefloor from the Netherlands…


Bole, or trunk of a tree, is something Bolefloor has truly embraced.  They use trees in their entirety to produce curved-length flooring.

Using custom software to scan the trees for various imperfections and to ensure durability of the finished product, each piece of wood is tracked from the raw material stage through to installation.  On site, they fit together like puzzle pieces to create stunning installed floors.


Currently available only in oak, more wood species will be offered by summer 2011.   Joints can be grooved or ungrooved and it is possible to create a floor using both methods.  The floors are offered unfinished or with an oiled finish, available in a vast range of colour options.  Bolefloor uses WOCA Denmark oils for its pre-finished floors.




Coconut Flooring

Coconut Palms

If you’re looking for something more exotic for your flooring, but still want something “green,” consider coconut wood flooring, which is harder than both Maple and Oak.  It has a distinctive grain, and since it is technically a grass and not a tree, features no knots.

Part of the palm family, coconut trees regenerate quickly, growing to full maturity in five to six (5 – 6) years.  Unlike many exotic hardwoods, coconut wood is not harvested from cutting down a rainforest.  Coconut trees are farmed for their production of fruit.  But after fifty to eighty (50 – 80) years, the trees become senile and no longer bear fruit in commercially viable quantities.  Or they become too tall to safely harvest the fruit. 

It is the senile, “waste” coconut trees that are used to produce flooring when it comes time to make way for newer saplings.  Conveniently, these mature, non-fruit-producing trees offer harder, more durable timber.

Similar to bamboo, coconut flooring comes in vertical, horizontal, or strand configurations.  “Strand” produces a more homogenous look than the others, while the vertical grain accentuates the linear look.