That's the story. Wider boards are more expensive (older wood is less
plentiful). Expensive details go in more expensive homes. It's
certainly possible that the reverse was once true; wider boards more
plentiful and narrower boards require more surfacing. The costs, so
preferences may have reversed. Some 19'th century homes had 6", or
perhaps even wider, boards.
Maybe you're "different". ;-) In smaller rooms it might look
better. Homes are far larger now than they were 100 years ago, too.
Narrow boards tend to make large/long rooms look like bowling alleys.
There are many possible reasons for changes in preferences over time.
Look at tile sizes. Over the past 20 years or so, bathroom floor
tiles have gone from 1" mosaic, to 6", to 12", now sometimes 18" or
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