The first room in which hardwood flooring makes a welcomed addition is, of course, the living room. The warmth it radiates will not only be soothing to those that live in the home, but to your guests as well. What’s more, hardwood stands up well under heavy foot traffic and an occasional spill won’t be a problem if attended to quickly.
The den or study is another great room that seems to call out for this floor covering. It adds to the studious and yet relaxing atmosphere that these rooms often carry, and can even be an excellent conversation starter. Since these rooms don’t see the same amounts of traffic that other rooms do, you can be a bit more liberal in choosing from a wide array of domestic or exotic woods, and even some softer ones.
This flooring also makes a great addition to bedroom, dining rooms and hallways.
In deciding where not to place hardwood, it’s important to remember that water is the number one enemy of this floor covering. That is clue #1 in knowing which rooms aren’t the best option. This certainly includes the bathroom, where splashes, spills and accidents are a frequent occurrence, and most definitely the laundry room, where burst pipes are certainly not out of the question.
In addition, it's important to remember that due to humidity and temperature changes, hardwood should never be placed in the basement