There are a number of things to think about when choosing hardwood floors. You’ve already made the decision to go with hardwood over other flooring options, which is the first big step. The next thing we’ll help you to decide is the color of your hardwood floors.

The importance of flooring color

The color of your flooring is almost all about the appearance you want it to have. So, you need to think about the kind of style you like as well as the room that it will be going in. You might like a particular color of hardwood only to realize that it doesn’t suit the design of the rest of the room.

Another consideration is the amount of wear you expect your flooring to receive. If you live in a house with young children or animals, then you can expect spills. Certain colors of hardwood may hide these marks better than others.

So, let’s look at the differences between dark and light hardwood floors to help you weigh up your options.

Dark hardwood vs. light hardwood

A dark hardwood floor adds a real sense of warmth and richness to a room. Different colors can also suggest different things. For example, a rich brown floor can create a rustic appeal while black floors provide a dramatic and often luxurious appearance. Darker floors can also produce a more formal look compared to lighter hardwood. A light hardwood can be subtler, which is ideal if you want something else to be the focal point of the room. And light floors can create a more modern and casual look to a room.

One drawback to dark hardwood floors is that they can make a room look smaller. For this reason, you should avoid installing it in rooms that are already small or have low ceilings. A lighter floor will help to open these spaces up more, visually. You should also think about the décor and furnishings already in the room. These should complement each other. If your walls and furnishings are light-colored, then a dark floor could contrast with them perfectly, and vice versa.

If you go for a dark wood floor, then you have more choice when it comes to the material compared to light hardwood. This is because you can choose naturally dark woods, such as cherry or walnut, or you can choose a light wood and then stain it a darker color.

When it comes to maintenance, light hardwood is generally preferred for concealing the accumulation of dust and dirt, while dark hardwood tends to be better at concealing scuffs and scratches.

The choice ultimately comes down to your design tastes, the surrounding environment, and foot traffic in that room. For more advice on choosing hardwood floors or for installation services in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville, contact University Flooring Center.

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